Category Archives: Artists A-Z

John Baldessari | What is Painting?

What is Painting [Synthetic polymer paint on canvas (1966-1968) MoMA] Do you sense how all the parts of a good picture are involved with each other, not just placed side by side? Art is a creation for the eye and … Continue reading

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You Can Check Out Any Time You Like | But You Can Never Leave

Huseyin Bahri Alptekin |  H-fact: Hospitality/Hostility series (2003-2007). [A series of light box art simulating hotel signs from the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) collection]. According to Wikipedia, Turkish artist Huseyin Bahri Alptekin (1957-2007) studied aesthetics, philosophy of art, and … Continue reading

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These Are No Fakes | These Are Real Thake’s

  Eric Thake, (1904-1982), Australian print-maker, painter and photographer trained at the National Gallery School and the George Bell School. During his earlier career, he showed with the Contemporary Group in Melbourne between 1932 and 1938 before serving as an … Continue reading

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Not the Blue Poles You Were Perhaps Thinking Of?

Jonathan Jones Kamilaroi/Wiradjuri (born 1978) won an Art and Australia Emerging Art award in 2005 for his work entitled: Blue Poles. [Blue Poles (2004) 10 fluorescent lights, transparent synthetic polymer resin, composition board, electrical cord, 168.9 cm x 285.3 cm … Continue reading

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Three Slithers of Walter Withers

[Images: Allegory to Spring (Portrait of Gladys Manifold) oil on canvas (1902); The Drover (1912) Bendigo Art Gallery] Walter Herbert Withers was an Australian landscape artist and a member of the Heidelberg School of Australian Impressionists (The Heidelberg School) along … Continue reading

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A Topological Measure of Escher

[Images: Dream (early woodcut, 1935), Stars (polyhedron wood engraving, 1948), Vlinders aka Butterflies, (wood engraving, 1950), Circle Limit III (woodcut, 1959)]. Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis (M.C.) Escher aka “ Mauk” was born June 17, 1898, in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. … Continue reading

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This Nude Life of Janet Cumbrae-Stewart

[Images: Early in the Morning (1924 pastel on paper mounted on board NGA Canberra) Portrait of a Girl with Flowers (1922 pastel 74 cm x 53 cm) Janet Agnes Cumbrae-Stewart was born on 23 December, 1883 in the Melbourne Bayside … Continue reading

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Vanitas | The Still Life of Pieter Claesz

[Images: Vanitas (Still Life) by Pieter Claesz] Dutch Golden Age artist Pieter Claesz was born c. 1597 in Berchem, near Antwerp, Belgium. Living in Haarlem, he became a member of the Guild of St. Luke in 1620. Claesz was influenced … Continue reading

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A Backview of Caspar Friedrich’s Art

[Image One: Sunset – The Brothers (1835) The Hermitage, St. Petersburg. Image Two: The Wanderer Above the Sea of Clouds (1831) Hamburg Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany.] Caspar David Friedrich studied drawing in Greifswold before going to the Copenhagen Academy between 1794-1798. … Continue reading

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When Art Begins to Imitate Art

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) was a famous Dutch Baroque period artist who died at a veritable young age of 43 years; but managed to produce 34 quality paintings during his short career. Vermeer was known to paint slowly, touching and polishing … Continue reading

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The Glorio of Loureiro | In the Springtime of His New Moon

[Images: The Spirit of the New Moon (1888), The Spirit of the Southern Cross (1888) and Spring (1891) by Artur Loureiro.] Portuguese painter, Artur José de Sousa Loureiro was born on 11 February 1853, in Porto, Portugal. Lourerio attended the … Continue reading

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These models knelt for Albert Edelfelt

Finnish artist Albert Gustaf Aristides Edelfelt  was born on 21 July 1854 in Porvoo, Finland. He began his formal studies of art in 1869 at the Drawing School of the Finnish Art Society; and continued as a student of Adolf … Continue reading

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Joyeux Noël | Festive Greetings to You All

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) provides emergency food and healthcare to children and women in countries that have been devastated by war or other significant emergencies. UNICEF has been selling greeting cards for over 70 years. These cards … Continue reading

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To Market, To Market, To Buy a Fat Pig

[Featured images by Bartolomeo Passerotti | Two Market Stalls: The Fish Stall and The Butcher Stall (both oil on canvas 112cm x 152cm).] Italian artist of the Mannerist period Bartolomeo Passerotti, was born in Bologna in 1529. He traveled to … Continue reading

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From Hot Winds to Hayricks, its a Garden Idyll

[Mrs. Conder (Portrait of Stella)], [Garden Idyll (ca.1906) 65.2 cm x 75.5 cm], [Hot Wind (1881) oil on board 29 cm x 75 cm] and [Hayricks in Giverny oil on canvas]. English-born painter, lithographer and designer Charles Edward Conder was … Continue reading

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