I just thought I would post a topic for discussion that would be very interesting for a topic covering abstract to photographic realism. This topic is open for artists who are deceased such as Michelangelo, da Vinci, Sargant or any contemporary artists. Your favorite can be a painter, sculptor, illustrator, or photographer. So com'on and impress me with your choices. I will post mine a little later because I don't want to influence your choices in any way. But, you must back up your choices with why you chose this artist.
I love Turner. (Constable also but Turner is my true love)
Why? We see a lot about painting with light etc and he had that to a T. He managed to portray my love (the sea and water) with life and light and just so much energy, and all with a few ultra skillful brush strokes. His weather was the weather of my dreams. He managed to capture the wind and make us smell and feel the waves lashing out of the frame.
Who Is Your Favorite Artist And Why? Turner, because he was part of what he painted
Emily Carr was a painter and writer whose lifelong inspiration was the coastal environment of British Columbia. Her later paintings of the vast Canadian West Coast sky and monumental trees, with their sweeping brush-strokes, demonstrate her continued desire to paint in a "big" way that she felt was in keeping with the expansiveness of her environment. for more info see National Gallery at http://www.gallery.ca/en/see/collections/artist.php?iartistid=915
"Art is art, nature is nature, you cannot improve upon it . . . Pictures should be inspired by nature, but made in the soul of the artist; it is the soul of the individual that counts."
(Emily Carr, 1912)
You picked one of my favorites. There's not too much to add to what you have already said accept he painted historical subjects very well. His attention to his paintings was more on effect than details. To me, that's more difficult than just copying details. Wonderful choice.
His captures of how my city once was, is haunting and frank. Each person and location, once something to just be walked by, is now something to be studied, focused on, remembered forever, because Fred saw something no one else did and he shared it with the world.
Wow Harold, no fair. One? Well okay. There are so many across the sands of time using different techniques that I would be bereft if I could not see their work. BUT you said one so my pick must go to Mark Rothko. I never get tired of looking at his color field paintings, plus he had far more courage in protecting his art as it fit his philosophy of life than I ever would or could have.
Oh wow, Harold... I love this assignment... can't wait to see what everyone posts...but I can't limit myself to just one...all of my choices are Artist's works that invoke strong, positve feelings in me... whether awe and inspiration for their sheer talent and/or the sheer joy of viewing them.
I agree completely with Abbie on her choice of Turner and for the same reasons but another one I love Is James Tissot. I have sat in humble awe in front of this one at the Ontario Art Gallery in Toronto.
Two non-FAA artists who amaze and inspire me to be better... Daniel J. Keys and Becky Joy
and finally two FAA artists... I could have chosen about 10 more!
First... Dan Petrov...
and finally ... Joe Gilronan ... he is one who understands all about "catching the light" and takes me places I long to be.
Henri Cartier-Bresson...why? Because he was one of the earliest adopters of the 35mm, believed in "getting it right in the camera" (which seems to be dying a slow death these days!) and considered using flash as being impolite to your subject! His minimalistic approach to produce artwork of the highest quality is what draws me to him. And his best trait, treasuring his privacy and shying away from all fame!
In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little human detail can become a leitmotiv.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson
Photographer: Galen Rowell. He was Ansel Adams and Sir Edmund Hillary rolled into one. His use of filters to control light and color to show a landscape at its best. More over the work he put in to scout out locations and then kept going back until the light was just right to create not just photos but works of art.
Painter: Claude Monet. Monet's painting glow and have a depth to them that cannot be fully appreciated by looking at a print. His ability to convey a mood and share it with me.
A lot of what he was doing, I was doing. Only I was doing it in high school and didn't pursue it. And he brought art to the public, most specifically children. He engaged them : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj8M9UmrRyU
Throughout my life, all my favorite artists were alive..the first three in order, were( all "Ks")..Kautsky,....Klee and..Kline....Since my favorite artist ,now, is still alive, I'll leave it with those dead ones.
Ted Kautsky was my guru..Oh how I wished I could Watercolor paint as he did!!
Paul Klee- His subtle an sly way of drawing with paint, had captivated me for many years
Until I was introduced to Abstract Expressionism.and the Power of the application of PURE PAINT!!...And Franz was My Man!!
I LOOOOOOOOVVVEEEEE his art, its vintage, beautiful, and candy to my eye. seriously I love vintage women, gypsies, glam shots, and roman like draped dresses, and I ran into his art one day and was like... holy cow! perfect!!! he is a huge inspiration, and I hope to get pieces of his, on me. I love tattoos and his art is perfect to have on my body for the rest of my life. such beauty, such delicate features on them, awesome themes, beautiful color. I love the colors he uses, you don't see it often, even today. true beauty.
It depends on my mood, I love the craziness of Chagall, the humanity of Rockwell, the innocence of Cornell, Turner for his passion, Caravagio for the drama and Modigliano for his insight. However, tonight I'm feeling particularly relaxed and opt for some recent Hockney landscapes.
Don't have a favorite artist but I do favor some schools of art such as The Hudson River School. This was a mid-19th century American art movement embodied by a group of landscape painters whose aesthetic vision was influenced by romanticism. The paintings for which the movement is named depict the Hudson River Valley and the surrounding area, including the Catskill, Adirondack, and the White Mountains....
Also for pure color, I favor Fauvism...This was the first of the avant-garde movements that flourished in France in the early years of the twentieth century. The Fauve painters were the first to break with Impressionism as well as with older, traditional methods of perception. Their spontaneous, often subjective response to nature was expressed in bold, undisguised brushstrokes and high-keyed, vibrant colors directly from the tube.
Another favorite is a personal friend by the name of Fran Di Giacomo. Today I happy to find one of her original paintings, a 24 by 32" in a junk shop. That size usually sells for about 6K, and I gave $25. for it.
Tamara de Limpicka would be one of my top favorites. Her technique was novel, some would call it "soft cubism". Her colors were vibrant, clean and she captured elegance in her work. A facsinating artist and she lived life well. b.1898 d.1980
Another of my favorites is Dalhart Windberg. --- Everyone should google him. He is a great master, and I happen to know him personally. I have studied with him briefly, but will never be on his level. There are a few of his young proteges such as Clinton Browyl, Kyle Polzin, & Mark Pette, that are almost as good as the master.
I love too many to list. I love Picasso, Van Gogh, Hokusai, Mucha, H.R. Geiger, Alex Grey. But if I can only pick one, I would have to pick Salvador Dali because of his mixture of realism with the fantastic. Plus, I have a lot of respect for his technical skills and imagination.
Claude Monet, I have always been drawn to impressionism, but something in the way he used color and his brush stroke to bring every day things to life draws me in more. He and his work have always intrigued me. His work is so full of life, and even when he had difficulty seeing after undergoing a double cataract operation and becoming partially colorblind, he continued painting and his work was still fantastic!! That is a true artist!!
Edit- I can't forget Rockwell, he's up there too!! His work has inspired me in more ways then I can count!!
To pick one would be too hard,I love so many, but I am most fascinated with the abstract expressionist thru minimalism.... I love them all... because they touched on something that is most unattainable to the most..
I guess my pick for the greatest artist that ever lived would have to be Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564).
Why?? Because of all the artists I have ever admired and read about, he accomplished more in more fields than most other artists dream about. He was a sculptor, architect, painter, writer and I believe if he ever chose to become a composer, he would have been great at that too. Now, don't ever refer to Michelangelo as a jack of all trades because he mastered every field he tread. His design for St. Peter's Dome was denounced by the architects of his time and said it would never last. That was over 5 centuries ago and it still stands after a couple of world wars. I am not fit to talk about his magnificent statues and his painting of the Sistine Chapel has been called the eighth wonder of the world.
I have always admired people who could excel in many areas. To me Michelangelo epitomizes that. I have many favorite artists. Some of them are here on FAA but Michelangelo is in a category all by himself.
Ha, I was thinking what I'd post when popped in and saw Hal's post. I agree, Michelangelo! I can remember the first time I saw his work even in a book, and I've since been privileged to see his work in person.
But I consider myself an intellectual and really admire from scientific, engineering, philosophic, and artistically (and even business) Michelangelo's amazing work. Michelangelo created art with the knowledge of anatomy from personal scientific dissection. Interesting artist make interesting art. Michelangelo is captivating.
--mary ellen anderson
John Frederick Kensett, or more in general, the later Hudson River School of artists. They provided a look into what was, is, and can be, a beacon of beauty and light in our otherwise grey and mundane existence. America.
Rembrandt is my favorite. His mastery of light and shadow, handling of form... deft touch and paint handling, penetrating portraits...
his subtle and amazing observational powers... his ability to capture humanity on canvas. His work and technique has a natural-ness to it
I like. In person his work is mesmerizing.
I once knew a guy who stated Longhi was his favourite artist, "What the rhinoceros guy?" I asked, he said yeah. I can't see it myself, each to his own I suppose, maybe he likes pictures of people in masks.
My current favorite living artist is FAA's own Mr. Chuck Staley.
Our imaginations are simpatico; I feel I could grab almost any piece from his portfolio and write an entire novel about it. His work pleases my eyes, stirs my interest, and much of it (especially his haughty and mysterious mannequins) has an inherent 'coolness factor'.
As a Watercolorist it would be expected if not a tad bit cliché, to say Andrew Wyeth.
Wyeth did not glorify his subject with beauty. He did not bring anything to a piece of work that was not inherent to the integrity of the atmosphere.
To view a Wyeth is to be escorted into his subject, and experience the earthy nitty grittiness of every day life, & the past fifty years - all at once.
t's a sensory experience, and one that I am intimately familiar with in my Pennsylvanian life.
Here are a couple of my favorites.
Peter Lik, Photographer.
His work is massive(large panoramas), inspiring, and beautiful. I just wish I had the backing and/or money to do the kind of traveling to exotic places and the use of helicopters, custom cameras, and a partnership with one of the major film companies to produce his gigantic chromes. http://www.lik.com/
McClelland Barclay, Illustrator. (1891–1943)
One of the great illustrators in his time, a contemporary of Rockwell doing Saturday Evening Post covers and many other magazine covers and ads. He also produced an enormous amount of jewelry, and sculptures in bronze and other medias. Some of us older folk will recognize his work. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McClelland_Barclay