Painting

Fahrelnissa Zeid


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Turkish Princess and artist Fahrelnissa Zeid is best known for her large-scale abstract compositions blending Byzantine, Islamic and Western influences. To better understand the artist’s inspirations, we travel to Jordan to meet Fahrelnissa Zeid’s family and friends who recount her exceptional character and multifaceted life ahead of this first major retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern ...

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Melike Kara


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

In her expressionist, rustic figures, Melike Kara negotiates the relationship between forms and gestures to explore social relationships and individual subjective states. A student of Rosemarie Trockel, Kara focuses on the immediacy of bodily forms rendered through frenetic accumulations of lines or small, misshapen clay figures. Regardless of media, Kara’s work is unmistakably of the artist’s ...

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Billy Childish


Monday, July 17, 2017

Billy Childish is known for his introspective, autobiographical, and deeply emotional paintings, writing, and music. After leaving secondary school at age 16, Childish worked at the Naval Dockyard in Chatham as an apprentice stonemason. Initially denied an interview to the local art school, he produced hundreds of drawings that gained him entry to London’s Saint ...

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Aya Takano


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Takano’s work is the exemplification of Japan’s post-war cultural affluence, and its overwhelmingly diverse, yet aesthetic unification of information. With inspirations varying from 14th Century Italian religious painting to alien evidence to MTV, Takano’s worlds are shiny and futuristic, yet soft and full of traditional and sensual imagery.  Her drawings and paintings in which lively, female ...

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Eric White


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

White's paintings are derived from disrupted, cinematic moments where his subjects vacillate between character immersion and audience interaction: the landscape of the film set is just out of reach to the viewer. His work is centered on carefully executed figurative paintings, revealing influences of traditional Surrealism, neo-Realism and Conceptualism. "The paintings and drawings," says Leah ...

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Jutta Koether


Monday, June 5, 2017

With their translucent interconnected web patterns, fragments of texts and songs, Jutta Koether’s abstract paintings are like a portrait of the artist in our times. She is a painter, but not only that. Interweaving soft, sinuous brushwork and delicate colouring with bold cartoon-style figuration and graffiti-making is just part of a bigger whole – an ...

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Isa Genzken


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

With a career spanning four decades, Isa Genzken's works draw upon everyday material culture, including design, consumer goods, the media, architecture, and urban environments. Widely recognized for her significant, pioneering contribution to sculpture, Genzken's prodigious oeuvre also includes paintings, collages, drawings, films, and photographs, and frequently incorporates seemingly disparate materials and imagery to create characteristically complex, ...

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Martine Johanna


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Martine Johanna is an artist mostly known for her vivid paintings with both figurative and abstract elements. Her autobiographic works, seemingly light hearted, explore the duality between youthful naivety and anxiety-riddled adulthood. The often female figures, fierce but fragile, crowd the compositions and occupy the majority of the space gazing distractedly into the beyond. Each ...

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Jeremy Geddes


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jeremy Geddes studied painting at the Victorian College of the Arts, he has been a dedicated artist since 2003.  He is mostly known for his paintings of cosmonauts and people floating, story falling, colliding and drifting in empty landscapes. Geddess won the Spectrum Gold Award for his cover art for the comic, Doomed. His children's picture book, The ...

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Jeremy Mann


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Jeremy Mann was born in 1979. He holds a Cum Laude BFA from Ohio University and an MFA with valedictorian honor from Academy of Art University in San Francisco. In his creative practice, Mann aims to imbue his city, San Francisco, with drama, mood, and personality. He paints his immediate surroundings with intimate, dynamic expression. ...

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August Macke


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

August Macke was born in Meschede, Germany. His father, August Friedrich Hermann Macke (1845-1904), was a building contractor and his mother, Maria Florentine, née Adolph, (1848-1922), came from a farming family in Germany's Sauerland region. The family lived at Brüsseler Straße until August was 13. He then lived most of his creative life in Bonn, ...

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Afro Basaldella


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Italian painter Afro Basaldella, known simply as Afro, is best known for his calligraphic, abstract work from the 1950s. As a wave of painting called Art Informel (“formless” art, named for loose shapes and compositions lacking a central focal point) swept Europe and regional circles of modern artists proliferated, Afro joined the short-lived painters ...

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Clyfford Still


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Although not as widely known as some of his New York School contemporaries, Clyfford Still was the first to break through to a new and radically abstract style devoid of obvious subject matter. His mature pictures employ great fields of color to evoke dramatic conflicts between man and nature taking place on a monumental scale. ...

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Robert Motherwell


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Possessing perhaps the best and most extensive formal education of all the New York School painters, Robert Motherwell was well versed in literature, philosophy and the European modernist traditions. His paintings, prints and collages feature simple shapes, bold color contrasts and a dynamic balance between restrained and boldly gestural brushstrokes. They reflect not only a ...

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Albert Oehlen


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Influenced by other German painters such as Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter, Oehlen focuses on the process of painting itself. During the 1980s he began combining abstract and figurative elements of painting in his works, as part of a reaction to the prevailing Neo-Expressionist aesthetic of the time. In the following years, he ...

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Leon Kossoff


Sunday, January 22, 2017

One of the most important figurative painters at work today and commonly associated with a circle of School of London painters that includes Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and R.B. Kitaj. At the centre of Kossoff's work is the human figure either in isolation or in urban or domestic settings and the ...

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Yves Tanguy


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Yves Tanguy was in many respects the quintessential Surrealist. A sociable eccentric who ate spiders as a party trick, and a close friend of Andre Breton, Tanguy was best-known for his misshapen rocks and molten surfaces that lent definition to the Surrealist aesthetic. Self-taught but enormously skilled, Tanguy painted a hyper-real world with exacting precision. ...

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Christian Schad


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Schad was born in Miesbach, Upper Bavaria, to a prosperous lawyer who supported him for nearly half his life. He studied at the art academy in Munich in 1913. A pacifist, he fled to Switzerland in 1915 to avoid service in World War I, settling first in Zurich and then in Geneva. Both cities were ...

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Emilio Vedova


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

He was one of the major Italian abstract expressionist, contemporary art undisputed master, hero of many a memorable Venice Biennale. Born in Venice in 1919 to a modest family of craftsmen-workers, as a boy shows a marked inclination for drawing, making a series of architectural views of his city, which soon, as an autodidact, combines ...

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Asger Jorn


Thursday, November 24, 2016

One of the most recognized 20th-century painters emerging from Denmark, Asger Jorn was an artist best known for his paintings, lithographs and etchings. Through his work, this Danish artist experimented with the spontaneity of the line and semi-figurative representations – aspects of Jorn’s practice that put him in a position to be a co-founder of ...

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Georg Scholz


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Scholz was born in Wolfenbüttel and had his artistic training at the Karlsruhe Academy, where his teachers included Hans Thoma and Wilhelm Trübner. He later studied in Berlin under Lovis Corinth. After military service in World War I lasting from 1915 to 1918, he resumed painting, working in a style fusing cubist and futurist ideas. In ...

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Nancy Spero


Friday, November 4, 2016

Regarded as a pioneer in feminist art whose work confronts social and political injustice with creative ingenuity, Nancy Spero's work has received considerable international acclaim with more than a dozen solo museum exhibitions around the world, including the ICA in London, de Appel in Amsterdam, Malmö Kunsthalle in Sweden, the New Museum in New York, ...

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Glenn Brown


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Mining art history and popular culture, Glenn Brown has created an artistic language that transcends time and pictorial conventions. His mannerist impulses stem from a desire to breathe new life into the extremities of historical form. Through reference, appropriation, and investigation, he presents a contemporary reading of images new and remembered. Borrowed figures and landscapes are ...

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Katharina Grosse


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The difference lies in detachment from action, from what his own feelings in the act can become hated because recognizable. Katharina Grosse is the subject aside, the one can not be compared to the color users, she could not belong to those who have made a gesture of artistic act. His path was necessarily steeper, ...

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Elizabeth Peyton


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

  Elizabeth Peyton's portraits of rock stars and other celebrities have made her one of the most-talked-about American artists of her generation. She and another New York-based contemporary artist, John Currin, have been hailed as the painters who brought figurative art—that which uses the human figure as its subject matter—back into fashion after a long absence. ...

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Alberto Burri


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Alberto Burri was an Italian artist who dedicated his entire career to wiping off the boundaries separating the mediums of sculpture and painting. This solitary artist explained his work as a search for elements that must function as a surface, material and idea. Alberto produced his pieces by creating wounds, cuts and holes on different ...

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Mark Bradford


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Known for his multi-layered collaged paintings incorporating materials found in the urban environment, Bradford created a series of new works about Hong Kong that explore structures of power and politics through the lens of urban planning, in the world’s most densely populated city. Using architectural floor plans for public housing in Hong Kong as a ...

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James Bullough


Monday, September 5, 2016

James Bullough is an American born artist living and working in Berlin, Germany. His paintings, and huge monumentally scaled site-specific murals, are phenomenal combinations of realist painting technique and graphic punctuation. Inspired by gritty urban graffiti as a young artist growing up in Washington, DC, Bullough harnessed its energy in his work, and perfected a realistic ...

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Mark Tennant


Monday, August 22, 2016

Mark Tennant received a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, and an M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art, in New York City. For the years 2008 and 2009, he was the Director of Graduate Fine Art Painting at Academy of Art University, in San Francisco, where he had been an ...

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Ed Ruscha


Friday, August 19, 2016

Ed Ruscha’s photography, drawing, painting, and artist books record the shifting emblems of American life in the last half century. His deadpan representations of Hollywood logos, stylized gas stations, and archetypal landscapes distil the imagery of popular culture into a language of cinematic and typographical codes that are as accessible as they are profound. Ruscha’s ...

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