Unidentified Artworks

Do you have a painting or piece of artwork that you have often wondered who the artist is, or what the value or origin is? This is the place to ask questions concerning paintings and other pieces of art of unknown or indeterminate origins, with an eye to identifying the artist, title or value, and the work, . Are you knowledgeable about rare and unidentified works of art? Come on in and share your knowledge by answering questions.

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Who is Nor Ashraf Norazman the genius?

Nor Ashraf Norazman

This is a Malay name; the name "Norazman" is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, "Nor Ashraf" or "Ashraf".

Nor Ashraf Norazman was born on April 25th, 1989, in Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia. He is a small time genius and is currently studying in the University of Oklahoma. His father is a mechanical engineer, while his mother is a physician and endocrinologist.

His artworks reflect in some interesting ways introverted and singular temperament. His creation was spontaneous and miraculous. He found it without seeking it, without foreseeing it. While playing a keyboard instrument such as the piano, suddenly, complete, sublime, or it sang in his head during a walk, and he was impatient to play it to himself. Ashraf was something of a perfectionist whose works, at their best, look spontaneous, yet which reveal minute craft and attention to the smallest detail. Given these tendencies, Ashraf wisely specialized in miniature forms. Most of his output was comprised of small-scale repetitions of subject. He believed that instrumental music benefited from telling a specific story.

He was talented in the extreme to be sure; however, his youthful works are not masterpieces. Most of the pieces for which Ashraf is famous today were created during Ashraf's maturity. His ideas are not for a living, but communicate weighty ideas to posterity. Ashraf holds a reputation as something of a maverick. No rule or tradition could stop him if he felt his way was better. Why a young man who held studies in contempt would want to attend a school illustrates the irony of Ashraf's lifestyle. On the one hand, he felt satisfied with his own way and reluctant to change in order to please anyone else; on the other hand, he worked hard in his classes, and took engineering seriously. Ashraf was a maverick, who also managed on occasion to please both himself and the people around him.

Ashraf, by all accounts, is the most technically gifted person in many areas of his age. He possesses basic skills in different sorts of sports; rugby; parkour; gymnastics; soccer; badminton; ping pong; tennis; soccer; basketball; hockey; softball; dodge ball; running; volleyball; swimming; cycling; brawling; ice skating; skating. Maintaining good health and decent physique is one of his ethics in life.

Ashraf's most interesting innovation was the constant use of variation. His best pieces demonstrate a beautiful coherence, as most subjects within the piece, no matter how eccentric, relate back to the initial subject through some sort of imaginative variation. Ashraf's sense of sentiment to music extended to some of his art works as well. He designed a series of pieces with outlandish layouts such as the scherzo series. Ashraf's earlier pieces are humble in scope, avoiding any possibility of the watcher fantasizing about Leonardonian hero genius creating them, and generally ponting the way to a radical simplicity.

While in the United States, Ashraf showed considerable talent and learned to play the piano by himself. He was a great admirer of classical music. He attended relatively many classical concerts performed in the University of Oklahoma (OU) within a semester. His appreciation to classical music made him took interest in keyboard instrument such as the piano. However, he did not receive any piano lesson before coming to OU. It was said that he does not even know how to read the musical notes. Ashraf played the piano as if he received the adequate training every time he pressed the keys. All of the songs and movements are composed spontaneously whenever he was sitting at the piano. His self-style genius in executing his pieces is appreciated by a few. There was a time he joked about there's a Mozart in him; while Mozart composed his works in his mind before writing them, Ashraf composed the songs on a toy guitar and execute them on the piano. Most of Ashraf's pieces are a combination of different musical elements. In an unnamed song, there are several movements which contain indeterminacy, non-imitative polyphony, inversion, retrograde, unpredictable dissonance, weak atonality and trillo. He displayed great virtuosity as an inexperience performer. Most of them are whole tone scale.

For most of his time, Ashraf avoided public scrutiny. He did not seek out worldwide fame, preferring to view his art as a sign of self-reliance. He and his family, along with selected neighbors and friends, constituted audience enough for him. He did self-published several works, including his handsome musical distortion, an abstract piece with small scale variation of lines depicting the distortions.

Ashraf's virtuosity lay in his artworks and his superb ability as an artist always to pick interesting subjects. Ashraf does not quote any specific work from the past, but his pieces are full of styles common in earlier art. He always believed in by synthesizing visual art, music, and mathematics could be the best form of art there ever is. It is quoted from a good friend of his, Patrick Borelli, that Ashraf said the phrase during sleep, "There's a flaw in Mozart's equation". This quote is referring to whether Mozart did use the golden ratio when he divided sections of his piano sonatas. However, the measures of expositions to developments to recapitulations covers a considerable spread, from 0.534 to 0.833, even though the peaks are near to the golden ratio 0.618. The subject is still remains as a debate.

Ashraf went to the United States in order to study petroleum engineering, funded by Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS). In his freshman year, his outstanding mathematical skills were recognized from a mathematician, Michael Jablonski. He was offered to do undergraduate research at OU. Moreover, he also attended the Graduate Symposium. It is a conference where people in high academic excellence are honored to join in research opportunities. One offer is on multidisciplinary research while the other one is a mathematical research. However, he turned both of the offers down. He considered that research were not as fun a playing and hanging out with close friends. Due to his excellent performance in academics and managed to get into one of the top 20% of class standing, Ashraf decided to accept the invitation of joining the National Collegiate Scholars Society (NSCS). NSCS is a 501(c)3 honors organization that recognizes the academic achievement of first- and second-year undergraduate students.

In the United States, Ashraf gravitated toward a highly literate and accomplished circle of friends while expanding his network. Ashraf could be a reluctant public figure. Since his youth, he was used to interacting with various kinds of people. He was moderately popular within every close community he was currently in. His ability to recognize people by names and faces are indeed a powerful tool to him.

Ashraf's fame rests on his living-in-the-moment style. He is known to be using his spare time having fun all the time. His bizarre personality makes some to think that it is irony for a man like him to have it all. A few might argue that he was an overachiever for almost everything that he did was above average, including the things which are new to him. A genius mind like him would be an indispensable asset to any organization he works for. There are promising potentials ahead of him waiting to be untapped. It is all up to him to make the choices. There is one thing for sure; he will definitely make the best of them.

A proud Malaysian, he is.

How do you find information on an old crayon portrait that has a label on the back that reads Pasco and Rob't Pelan?

Old Crayon Portrait


"Crayon portrait" is an umbrella term for an art approach that encompasses both free hand, and photographic renderings. Photographic crayon portraits, are large format, most around 16 x 20 inches, with a vignetted or sometimes domed oval format to the artwork. They were often originally framed in a large guilded, or ornately decorated frame. They were the commercial portrait offspring of the first attempts at photographic enlarging through the Woodward Solar Enlarging Camera, patented by Woodward in 1857. The weakly printed solar enlargement required the crayon portrait artist's touch up work in order to strengthen the image. The combining of crayon and photograph gave birth to a new commercial portrait aesthetics in both photography and portraiture that enjoyed great success from roughly 1860 through about 1905, and in some isolated areas until the Great Depresion. These were the first "life-sized" photographic images that were available for portraiture. Artists used bromide, silver, and platinum prints as the photographic base. An out of print book (1882) by J. A. Barhydt describes the process of making the portraits, "Crayon Portraiture: Complete Instructions for Making Crayon Portraits on Crayon Paper and on Platinum, Silver, and Bromide Enlargements." Now and then a copy shows up on eBay for around twenty bucks or so. Unfortunately, the genre is not highly valued as a topic to historians of photography, as evidenced in most texts on the subject.

Concerning the dating of one of the artifacts . . . the enlargements were made from an earlier daguerreotype, ambrotype, tintype or late, any variety of the smaller prints made from glass plates. As a result, dating the image can be tricky and may require research. A daguerreotype made in 1847, for instance, might not have been enlarged until 1867. While clothing styles may have been updated on a few images, this is rare by my experience, and I have examined thousands of crayons as a photographic materials conservator who specializes in them. If there is a question regarding the date of the artifact, seek a conservator's examination--or date the artifact as closely as possible to a decade using circa; c1865, c1875, etc. To assist the dating of artifacts, there are books available showing clothing styles of the 19th century and how fashion changed from decade to decade. Attempt to date both the original and the enlargement if possible.

Concerning "Pasco and Rob't Pelan," These portraits were nearly all mail-ordered in response to ads in local papers or on the backs of cabinet cards. Some were contracted by traveling salesmen, who would take the original and then deliver the portrait back. Check for a historical society in Pasco, Washington to see if they have any information on this family or person. Robert most likely ordered the enlargement, and is quite possibly not the person in the image.

I am currently finishing my thesis work on historical and social implications surrounding the process. The thesis will be available through Boise State University sometime next year, and I hope to follow the thesis with a full book publication, which takes about two years.

Best regards, DiAnne Iverglynne

Great info Diane. I have a 16X20 crayon family portrait of a native family. Ornate frame and wood planks for a back. Letter "P" signed on bottom right. and advice about this.

What is information on White City Art Company 1904 prints by artist H M Pollock?

Hello I can not answer this, however it is the same question I have, the one I have is in an orange blouse with the same discription, can u help me out please,

What is the banister in the Horta House?

  • the wrought ironwork formed into curvilinear, whiplash lines

What is the painting with the man in the suit with a briefcase walking towards escalators in the middle of the ocean called?

It is actually an untitled work, but it is commonly called known by the simple title, "The Escalator." It is a photomontage by Scott Mutter.

How Much Is Gauges?

It was many price to buy. But whatever you like, like the good Gauges then it would be more price to buy(like: some hundred) or if something like small or normal then it maybe like $50 to $100...

My name : Thien Soscarim

What is the name of the painting by C Carson of a grandmother in her kitchen baking a pie with 2 grandchildren watching and one grandchild asleep on the dog?

I believe the painting is titled "Grandmother's Kitchen." (I am looking for a bio on the painter (C Carson) but have struck out to date.)


I also have a painting signed "C. Carson" and am trying to find out about the artist. Of course, it may not be the same person. Mine is of a shelf with flowers in a tea kettle, a plate, a duck decoy, books and a candle. It was valued by the Beech Street Art Company in 1995. Do you have any info?


I've looked for a bio for C. Carson as well, but haven't been able to find much of anything on the Internet other than that C. Carson is his pen name and he is a Korean immigrant to the U.S.. However, from talking with some artists I know, I've been told that he's been exploring other painting styles over the last decade and that he may emerge again in the next few years. I don't know much about his works, so I can't answer your question, but I have been impressed with the few paintings of his that I have seen.

Can someone please help me identify the artist of this amazing piece of art I cant read the signature and can't recognize the piece...?

here is the the link to the photos of the piece I think the signature is D. Makutz. I looked the name up on the internet, but couldn't find an artist associated with the name.

How does Downing St Design create their flameless art candles?

Downing St Design does not reveal the methods they use to create their flameless art candles.

For general information about Downing St. Design's candles, visit the Related Link.

How do you find the artist of a painting from 1889?

Well, you try and find a signature. If there isn't one located, using UV light (remember to wear goggles!), scan the light on the whole picture/painting and try to find any markings. If these don't work, see what style it is..and search the internet for an artist that uses that style to paint

What is tyra banks's email?

Go on tyrashow

Click on the link that says e-mail tyra.

And just email her from there. dear tyra my name is Angela Luna and i need help soon as possible iv been on my own since i was 12 yrs old i don't have no mom or dad in my life i don't have no family i have taking the wrong road i was at the wrong please at the wrong time iv also try to contact Dr drew i need all the help i van get i just came out of jail and i was given 6yrs of probation and i don't have no job no money i need to find my own place please help me if i don't get the help i need i can be locked up for 2yrs to 20 please help me I'm scared for my life i want to get on the right path in life i want a 2 chance please i don't have a lot of time thank you

What is the name of the painting on wall directly opposite of Mona Lisa?

Virgin of the Rocks, by Leonardo da Vinci

No. It's not a Virgin of the Rocks!!! it is The Wedding Feast at Cana (by Veronese)

The huge painting with the size of 6.77 x 9.94 m

Who was Georgia O'Keeffe's family?

Her parents, Francis Calyxtus O'Keeffe and Ida Totto O'Keeffe, were dairy farmers. Her father was of Irish descent. Ida Totto's father, George Victor Totto, for whom Georgia O'Keeffe was named, was a Hungarian count who came to America in 1848

Georgia was the first girl and the second of seven O'Keeffe children.

She married Alfred Stieglitz in 1924

Is graffiti a form of art or vandalism?

It depends on the eye of the beholder. A business person who has his shop covered with graffiti will be upset because it looks like gang members have tagged his store and his customers may be afraid to shop there.

Others may see graffiti as a type of art. Some areas allow for murals to be painted such as the Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn.

Anyone know of an artist named Ed Blouin from Louisiana that painted a picture of the Heritage House?

The only thing that I can remember of Ed Blouin is that he was from the southern part of Louisiana and he painted a picture of the Hermitage House that existed 1812-1814;or this is the information I was given. My family owns this painting. It is painted primarily by palette knife.

I bought a painting from Ed Blouin in his Art Gallery in the early 1980s. It was at 905 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116. Phone 523-1477. Residence phone 897-3285. My painting was of a jazz funeral.

Edmond Blouin Painted in the French quarter from the early 1960's until about 1996 or 1997. Over the years he painted thousands of paintings. He passed away in July 2003.

His oldest son Edmond J Blouin Jr inherited his father's love of painting and many of his paintings are found on the internet.

How do you find a print of a picture that you have seen in churches it is a lady in the raging ocean holding onto a rock cross you were told the painting is called 'the rock of ages'?

The painting you describe was done by Johannes Oertel, who lived for a while in Lenoir, NC, where he served St. James Episcopal Church as rector. This was in the mid 1800s. Because of some problem with his copyright, this very popular painting did not earn him much income, and few people seem to know that he was the artist.

Lots of current artists have painted their own version of Oertel's original. This website has prints for sale, but I am not certain that this is Oertel's version, as I have not found it anywhere on the net: I have not yet found it anywhere that attributes the image to Oertel.

Where can you find information about a painting called Misty Morning by Gordon Payne?

Perhaps you could contact the Evergreen Cultural Center, which had a Gordon Payne exhibition, at 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam BC V3B 7Y3 Mr Payne gave a workshop at Denman Island Art Center in Feb. 2007. They might have a contact address for him. PO Box 78 Denman Island, British Columbia Canada, V0R 1T0

How much are Paul N Norton paintings worth if original?

I have a Paul N Norton original water color, also, of East Lawn - White House. Have no idea it's worth. Any help?