12/06/14

Oskar Kokoschka ~ The Elbe Near Dresden, c.1921

 - The Elbe Near Dresden, c.1921

Natalie Shau ~ Pop Surrealism Digital painter

Natalie Shau is illustrator and photographer from Vilnius, Lithuania. Her digital masterpieces have graced the pages of the French Vogue Magazine during a Lydia Courteille jewellery campaign and her extensive client list of music labels includes Island Def Jam, Sony Music Entertainment (formerly “Sony BMG”) Century Media and Nuclear Blast.
Gothic horror fiction, fairy tales and Russian classics (e.g. Dostoevsky and Gogol) are among the influences she lists for her surreal and strange creations. Shau uses a range of media, mixing photography, digital painting and 3D. The quality she seeks is “at once fragile and powerful”.
Natalie Shau è una illustratrice e fotografa di Vilnius, Lituania. Lavora principalmente con supporti digitali, le sue opere sono infatti una miscela di fotografia, pittura digitale e elementi 3D. Le piace creare creature surreali e strane, fragili e potenti allo stesso tempo. Lo stile di Natalie è molto influenzato dalle immagini religiose, delle illustrazioni delle fiabe della letteratura classica russa e horror, da classici come Fyodor Dostoevsky e Nikolai Gogol. Natalie Shau lavora costantemente alle sue creazioni personali, ma realizza anche illustrazioni su commissione di gruppi musicali, stilisti e scrittori. Le sue illustrazioni per la campagna dei gioielli Lydia Courteille sono state pubblicate nella rivista francese Vogue. Nell’elenco dei cliente di Natalie ci sono molte etichette discografiche e agenzie di pubblicità come Island Def Jam, Ogilvy Mather, Sony BMG, Century Media, Nuclear Blast, Trisol e molti altri.

Claude Monet ~ The Japanese Footbridge

Japanese Footbridge is an oil painting by Claude Monet. It was painted in 1899. It measures 81.3 x 101.6 cm (32 x 40 in.) It hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
In the last decades of Monet's life, his prized water garden at Giverny became a subject the artist explored obsessively, painting it 250 times between 1900 and his death. Eventually, it was his only subject. He began construction of the water garden as soon as he moved to Giverny, petitioning local authorities to divert water from a nearby river. The resulting landscape was Monet's invention entirely, and he used it as his creative focus and inspiration.
The treatment of the water's surface, like the enveloppe of light and atmosphere that bathed the cathedrals and other serial subjects, unified the Giverny work. Here, the sky has disappeared from the painting; the lush foliage rises all the way to the horizon, and space is flattened by the decorative arch of the bridge. Our attention is focused onto the painting itself and held there, not drawn into the scene depicted. In later lily pond paintings, even more of the setting evaporates, and the water's surface alone occupies the entire canvas. Floating lily pads and mirrored reflections assume equal stature, blurring distinctions between solid objects and transitory effects of light. Monet had always been interested in reflections, seeing their fragmented forms as a natural equivalent for his own broken brushwork. /National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC/

Augustus John (1878-1961)


Augustus John, in full Augustus Edwin John  (born January 4, 1878, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales-died October 31, 1961, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England), Welsh painter who was an accomplished portraitist, muralist, and draughtsman.
John studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London from 1894-1898. By age 20 he had won a reputation as one of the most brilliant draughtsmen in England. His portraits and other paintings done around 1900 gained attention for their vigour and skillful technique. John was greatly influenced by the work of Old Master painters, especially Peter Paul Rubens, as can be seen in the strong and sensuous Smiling Woman (c. 1908), a portrait of John’s second wife, Dorelia. John was known as a colourful personality who adopted an individualistic and bohemian lifestyle. Intrigued by gypsy culture and the Romany language, he spent periods traveling with gypsy caravans over Wales, Ireland, and Dorset. He based much of his work on these experiences, such as the painting Encampment on Dartmoor (1906). John was more modern in his approach to landscape painting, as seen in the bright palette and loose brushwork of paintings such as Llyn Trewereyn (1911-12) and The Little Railway, Martigues (1928).
After World War I, John’s creative vitality declined even as his reputation continued to grow. He painted portraits of many of the leading European personalities, politicians, society ladies, and literary figures, in a slick and somewhat superficial style, occasionally recapturing his former boldness and integrity of form. His most significant portraits include those of novelist James Joyce, playwright George Bernard Shaw, cellist Guilhermina Suggia, and poets Dylan Thomas and William Butler Yeats. John’s sister, Gwen John, was also a highly regarded artist who worked with the painter James McNeill Whistler and the sculptor Auguste Rodin. /The Encyclopædia Britannica/

09/06/14

Julie Ford Oliver ~ Still Life





An illustrator for more than 25 years, I returned to fine art after my last child graduated from college. I currently paint in a variety of media allowing the subject matter to guide my choices. I work out of a spacious studio situated next to my house in  Las Cruces, New Mexico, and another studio on Main Street, downtown Las Cruces. This also where I teach painting. I have found that I am happiest when I am at the easel, with both my daily painting discipline or passing on what I know to the talented artists who join me in the adventure of life long learning.
In addition to a one-woman show at the Americana Museum, El Paso, Texas, my work has been exhibited internationally and nationally in many shows including the book and exhibition Desert Echo Woman’s Museum, Dallas, Texas, and Along The Rio Grande at the Chamizal National Memorial, El Paso, and The Museum of the Department of the Interior, Washington, DC.

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