Vail Oxley is a Beijing-based artist that creates impressionist style garden scenes. Oxley prefers a country ambience reminiscent of Monet's Giverny paintings. The artist's paintings are gentle themes; painted using a clear, bright palette and soft edged visual style.
Vail Oxley's work has become popular around the world. Born in the countryside near Beijing, China, Oxley was influenced from an early age by the time he spent fishing with his beloved grandfather. The tranquility of water is a dominant theme in his paintings. He shows a deep understanding of light, movement, and color in his works, and this has struck a chord in the general public.Today, Vail Oxley's work is available in many forms. Prints, china, tapestries and many other items have been made bearing reproductions of his work. His love of flowers, soft light, water, and classic themes, such as country cottages and Greek columns in nature, gives his work a timeless quality that collectors appreciate.
"I first met Jackie Williams when she was a student at the Royal Academy Schools in the mid eighties. Already I could see she was following her own particular vision which had nothing to do with being consciously innovative or modern. Already as a student she showed a toughness and determination to swim against the tide if necessary, for she would not be drawn along by any current of fashion.Jackie's work is a celebration of nature, of beauty, and of light, and being celebratory she touches cords in her followers and reveals to them a world, her world, to which they can respond.
Musée d'Orsay, Parigi
Lionel Walden (1861-1933) was an American painter active in Hawaii, Cornwall and France.He was born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1861. He first became interested in art in Minnesota, where the family moved when his father became rector of an Episcopal Church there. As a young man, Walden moved to Paris where he studied painting with Carolus-Duran. In around 1893-97, Walden was in England, living in Falmouth. Paintings of Cardiff in Wales are in museums in Cardiff and Paris. Walden received medals from the Paris Salon and was made a Knight of the French Legion of Honor. He visited Hawaii in 1911 and several times thereafter. Walden died in Chantilly, France in 1933.
Sir Anthony van Dyck studied under Peter Paul Rubens and was one of his most accomplished students. Van Dyck's career flourished and he went on to become England's leading court painter.Using his own compositional techniques, van Dyck was soon ranked alongside Titian in terms of style and the relaxed elegance of his portraits helped shape English portraiture for almost two centuries. Anthony van Dyck was particularly well-known for redefining the iconographical style as well as his fresh approach to new color schemes.As well as portraits van Dyck also painted biblical and mythological subjects and was an accomplished etcher and engraver in his own right. He would often sketch his works as practise before executing the final version onto canvas.His etchings in particular show his great ability to define light and shadow contrasts and his dexterity in creating fine lines and detail to ensure a realistic rendering of the sitter.
Vicente Palmaroli González (5 September 1834 , Zarzalejo - 25 January 1896, Madrid) was a Spanish portrait and Genre painter.He was the son of Gaetano Palmaroli, an Italian painter and lithographer, who was his first teacher. After his father's death in 1853, he took over his official position at the royal art collections. He requested leave in 1857 to go to Rome and complete his education, using some surplus money from the collection fund. While there, he joined a group of Spanish painters who met at the Antico Caffè Greco, including Luis Álvarez Catalá, Dióscoro Puebla, José Casado del Alisal, Eduardo Rosales, Benet Mercadé, Marià Fortuny and Alejo Vera. He participated in the National Exhibition in 1862 with two works he created in Italy, winning a First-Class Medal. The following year, he returned to Italy and remained until 1866.
Arturo Ferrari (Milan, 1861-1932) was an Italian painter.
Initiated into artistic studies by his father Cesare, an associate of Luigi Scrosati, and the painter Mosè Bianchi from Lodi, Arturo Ferrari completed his training at the Brera Academy under the guidance of Giuseppe Bertini from 1877-1884 while working in the studio of Gerolamo Induno at the same time. He made his debut at the Esposizione di Belle Arti di Brera in 1879 with a view of the interior of Milan Cathedral, thus inaugurating the repertoire of Milanese perspective views that was to be a constant feature of his vast production of oil paintings and watercolours. He soon became the guiding spirit of a poetic and sentimental evocation of "Old Milan" during the phase of transition to the 20th century, when the face of the city changed radically through wholesale rebuilding. A regular participant in all the major exhibitions until 1932, the year of his death, he was the recipient of numerous marks of official recognition and enjoyed considerable success with the public as well as the esteem of conservative critics.
Louis de Trinquesse [ca.1746-1800] was a French painter. He was a student at the Académie Royale from 1758 to at least 1770 and worked both as a portrait painter and a Genre painter. His portraits are usually gentle and uncomplicated likenesses painted in pastel colours, for example the Young Girl (1777; Paris, Louvre). When dealing with older male sitters, however, his style could be grander and more sober, as in the portrait of the Abbé Gentil (1783; Bagnols-sur-Cèze, Musées Bagnols-sur-Cèze) and the Portrait of an Architect (formerly identified as Jacques-Denis Antoine; 1780; private collection), the most ambitious of Trinquesse's known works, showing the architect as if measuring a drawing.
Trinquesse's Genre paintings are in the gallant and bourgeois tradition of Frédéric Schall and Louis-Joseph Watteau de Lille, depicting scenes of love and dalliance in parks and gardens, for example the Offering to Venus (1786; Dijon, Musée des Beaux-Arts) and the Declaration of Love (1786; private collection). Such works are thoroughly artificial, with a smooth porcelain-like finish; they demonstrate the painter's enjoyment of the depiction of rich materials.
Trinquesse was well known among contemporary collectors for his very assured drawings, mostly in red chalk, many of which depict young artists at work, such as the Drawing Class (Dijon, Musée des Beaux-Arts). He failed twice to become an Academician and exhibited instead at the Salon de la Correspondance organized by Pahin de la Blancherie.
Angela Barrett is one of Britain’s most highly acclaimed illustrators. Born in Essex in 1955. Studied at Thurrock Technical College, Maidstone School of Art and the Royal College of Art London. She has won the Smarties and WH Smith Illustrations Awards.
Gioia Cordovani is an talented Italian painter born in Tanzania. Lives and works in Rome. Since the 80s and up to 2006 she worked as a fashion designer and costume designer. Cordovani like to dig souls characters, leaving the viewer task to find the source through which the inner world of the woman comes out: look, shadow, light, or any other part of her image. The artist expresses himself through mixed techniques, more often, on the basis of acrylic.
Alfred Émile Léopold Stevens (1828-1906), Belgian painter, was born in Brussels on the 11th of May 1828. His father, an old officer in the service of William I, king of the Netherlands, was passionately fond of pictures, and readily allowed his son to draw in the studio of François Navex, director of the Brussels Academy. In 1844 Stevens went to Paris and worked under the instruction of Camille Roqueplan, a friend of his father's; he also attended the classes at the École des Beaux Arts, where Ingres was then professor. In 1849 he painted at Brussels his first picture, A Soldier in Trouble, and in the same year went back to Paris, where he definitely settled, and exhibited in the Salons.
Myron G. Barlow [1873-1937] was raised in Detroit, Michigan and remained deeply associated with that city even after he moved to France, where he lived for most of his life. His artistic career began during his teen years, when formal art training at the Detroit Museum School and at the Chicago Art Institute. He then traveled to Europe and enrolled in the Ecole des Beau-Arts, Paris in the atelier of Jean-Leon Gerome. Evidently, beginning early in his career, Barlow favored genre subjects in general, and he showed a number of these at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he exhibited almost every year from 1903 to 1910. Similarly, he showed paintings at the National Academy of Design in New York in 1907 and 1916. His Parisian experience was enhanced by study at the Academie Colarossi and, in 1898, by the first of many trips to Holland. Copying paintings in the Rijksmuseum, Barlow discovered Vermeer, from whose work he derived much inspiration. Like Vermeer, one of Barlow's favorite artistic themes became the depiction of figures, often female and usually set in an interior; frequently isolated and motionless, surrounded by a dream-like atmosphere rendered in a single, dominant tonality, often blue. Certainly some of these considerations pertain to many of Barlows paintings including, "A Quiet Moment; Knitting in the Garden". The artist's sensitivity to subtle human emotion is apparent as the woman, casually strolling through the garden, is caught in a moment of thoughtful reverie. The traditional aspects of the work contrast not only with the looser, more modern brushwork that surrounds the figure but also with the very shape of the canvas itself, which is square. The isolation of this young woman and that of many of Barlow's subjects was a reflection of the artist's own life. Around 1900, he discovered the French vilage of Trepied in the Artois and moved there, living alone for many years. He transformed a peasant's house into his studio and took to posing his models against a background of poppies in the bright sunlight of his garden. By 1914, it was noted that he was one of the oldest members of the expatriate colony in Trepied.
Robert Kemm was a British painter who lived in London from 1837 until 1895. He was considered a Romantic painter of Genre scenes, especially Andalusia landscapes and figures. This artwork called "Admiring the Painting" was painted in oil and is a highly staged piece of work.The room setting could easily be the artists studio, with the easel, palette and assortment of props. In the 19th century Orientalist themes were very popular and Robert Klemm might have used a local model and dressed her up in garments from the Orient.Artists would often bring home souvenirs from their travels to use later as props in paintings and to add visual interest to the setting.