Australian abstract expressionism Ralph Balson

«A leading modernist painter, Ralph Balson is credited with holding the first solo exhibition of purely abstract work in Australia. Linked with a small group of artists pursuing modernism in Sydney from the early 1930s, he was exceptional in his development towards an entirely non-objective form of painting over a protracted period. Initially Grace Crowley’s pupil, Balson later inspired his former teacher to experiment further with abstraction, although his career reaped the greater benefit from their association.Balson was apprenticed to a plumber and house painter in Dorset, where he was raised, and did not begin painting until his early thirties following his arrival in Australia in 1913. In the early 1920s he began night classes at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, studying with Ashton, Crowley, Anne Dangar and Henry Gibbons, while supporting his young family through house painting. Through Crowley in particular, Balson absorbed much of the geometric constructive approach advocated by French Cubists André Lhote and Albert Gleizes. He attended the evening sketch club at Dorrit Black’s Modern Art Centre with Crowley and in March 1930 participated in the group exhibition, Progressive Art..........»


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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William Brice

William Brice (April 23, 1921 – March 3, 2008) was an artist known for his large-scale abstract paintings.Born to actress Fannie Brice and professional gambler Nick Arnstein, April 23, 1921, he spent his early years living with his mother and his sister Frances (later the wife of producer Ray Stark), while their father was in prison on a variety of charges stemming from a history of thefts, swindles and confidence schemes. Artists such as Clifford Odets and the Gershwin brothers were frequent visitors. His talent was recognized early, and even in childhood, he had the services of a private art tutor. Important influences included then-active artists Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, (one of whose works Brice acquired at the age of fourteen).
Their mother, pursuing a career in radio, moved them to Beverly Hills. There he attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles (1937–39, 1940–42), as well as the Art Students League of New York in New York City (1939–40). His first solo show of paintings and drawings was presented at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in 1947. The early work was figural and representational. A 1950 L.A. Times review of his solo exhibition at the Frank Perls Gallery (Beverly Hills) praises the still lifes «that stress the geometrical aspects of common objects.” Over time, he moved in the direction of greater abstraction, but rejected more progressive movements such as Abstract Expressionism and Action Painting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Akan David - African artist

Akan David — is an Enigmatic African Artist, currently residing in Nigeria his works ofart thrives mainly on Afro-Cultural, spiritual,
psychological issues,mythological tales, sensuality and folklores.
Although having multi-techniques in art he predominantly explores traditional painting using surrealism, sgraffito, chromolumism (pointillism). His works are Mostly with multiple pictorial units, elaborate and high embellished motifs and african traditonal codes like the «Nsibidi» sometimes amalgamating them with mystical and esoteric symbols all encoded in a picture.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Abstract expressionism Michael Loew

Michael Loew (May 8, 1907 – November 14, 1985) was an American Abstract Expressionist artist who was born in New York City.In the late 1920s, Loew studied at the Art Students League with the Ashcan School and was a recipient of a Sadie A. May Fellowship which allowed Loew to continue his studies in France. Michael worked for New Deal art projects from 1933–37 and during this time painted murals for U.S. post offices, high schools and the Hall of Pharmacy for the 1939 New York World's Fair. Loew chose to share his private commission with close friend and fellow artist, Willem de Kooning.From 1939 to 1940 Loew traveled to Mexico and the Yucatán, gathering inspiration for his future work. Joining the U.S. Navy Seabees in 1943 as a Battalion Painter, Loew documented the work being done on the airbase on Tinian Island. It was from this airbase that the Enola Gay would later take off from to drop the atomic bombs. Loew captured much of the work done on the island by the Navy in dozens of watercolors.Returning to New York after the war, having lost much of his hearing, Loew started over with his art studies. He studied with Hans Hofmann in New York and Provincetown, and with Fernand Léger in Paris. Loew became a member of the American Abstract Artists and The Artist's Club as well as The Spiral Group. His works were shown at the Stable Gallery Annuals of 1951–1955.In 1960 and again in 1966, Loew was hired to teach at the University of California, Berkeley. He also spent nearly three decades as a teacher at the School of Visual Arts.In 1976 he won a fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and in 1979 he was awarded a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Master Of Painting - Abstract Art - Antoni Clavé

Antoni Clavé (5 April 1913 – 1 September 2005) was a Catalan master painter, printmaker, sculptor, stage designer and costume designer. He was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design) for his work on the 1952 film Hans Christian Andersen.Clavé was one of Spain's best known and most celebrated artists. His work evolved from a baroque, ornamental style to a pure, minimal aesthetic. In his later years, his work is completely abstract, employing expressive lines and exploring the boundaries of collage, objet trove, shading, texture and color. He was trained at the School of Fine Arts, Barcelona, where he was taught by Angel Ferrant and Felix Mestres. With his works being influenced by artists such as Bonnard, Vuillard and Roualt. He is best known for his lyrical abstractions, works which combine paint with collage.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Barbara Swan

Early in her career, Barbara Swan (1922-2003) was closely associated with the Boston Expressionist school. Having studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts under Karl Zerbe, Swan adopted elements of expressionism’s themes and techniques. Eventually, she went on to formulate a very different kind of artistic vision, based on direct observation. In her portraits and still lifes, Swan utilized realism as a means to find a deeper understanding of the subject. In her portraits Swan sought intimacy with the sitter. In her still lifes (of bottles filled with water, patterned fabrics and art historical references) she addressed questions of how we perceive the world and what gives an object meaning.
Before attending the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Swan earned a B.A. in art history from Wellesley College. She was among the first group of women, in 1961, to receive a fellowship from the Institute for Independent Study (then called the Bunting Institute) at Radcliffe College. Swan held two residencies at the MacDowell Colony and a two-year traveling fellowship from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Her work is included in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among many others. Major exhibitions of Swan’s work have been held at the Boston Public Library, Danforth Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and the Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire, Durham.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oswaldo Vigas

Oswaldo Vigas (Valencia, Carabobo, August 4, 1923 — Caracas, April 22, 2014) was a Venezuelan painter and muralist.He was born in Valencia, Carabobo. He studied medicine at the Universidad de los Andes and culminated his career at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. His work was carried out between France and Venezuela, it is an original synthesis of the cultural roots of Latin America and the latest artistic currents of modernity. His work includes painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, ceramics and tapestries. He has made over one hundred solo exhibitions and is represented in numerous public institutions and private collections around the world.
Vigas died on 22 April 2014 in Caracas, aged 90


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Minimal art Ronald Bladen

Ronald Bladen (1918- 1988) was an American painter and sculptor. He is particularly known for his large-scale sculptures. His artistic stance, was influenced by European Constructivism, American Hard-Edge Painting, and sculptors such as Isamu Noguchi and David Smith. Bladen in turn had stimulating effect on a circle of younger artists including Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt and others, who repeatedly referred to him as one of the ‘father figures’ of Minimal Art.
Charles Ronald Wells Bladen was born on July 13, 1918, to Muriel Beatrice Tylecote and Kenneth Bladen, both British immigrants living in Vancouver, Canada.[4] His mother studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and was active as part of the suffragette movement. In 1922 the family moved to the Washington state before returning to Canada to live in Victoria British Columbia in 1932.The artist displayed his love of and capacity for art at a young age. At ten years old Bladen began drawing intensively, making copies of works by Titian, Picasso and Matisse. In 1937 the artist enrolled in the Vancouver School of Art where he studied until 1939.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jeremy Henderson — landscape painting

Jeremy John Christmas Henderson (25 December 1952 — 28 April 2009) was a Irish artist and painter. Artist in Residence at Kingston University, he exhibited at the Royal Academy and is included in National Art Collections.
«Jeremy Henderson, an Irish artist of Scottish decent, dedicated his life to the creation and realisation of his art and its meaning, reflecting life's panorama, be that of his home town of Lisbellaw and Ireland's troubles, or his unique journey through life, its loves and inspirations and the perspectives presented to him, destined to become a painter of influence.
»Jeremy and I had many conversations about his art and how he studied other painters, influences on his early years and locations which inspired his work".
-Sandra Tweedie, sister & fellow artist.
A painter of international respect, capable of expressing the deep and subtle nuance of meaning and sentiment of his art, layering paints to build a complex narrative across a medium open to the interpretation of the observer. Separate from many of his contemporaries, never courting the commercialisation of his work, Jeremy Henderson is probably Europe's most undiscovered artist and surely Ireland's invisible genius."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Contemporary Sculptures Beverly Pepper

Beverly Pepper (born December 20, 1922) is an American sculptor known for her monumental works, site specific and land art. She remains independent from any particular art movement. Pepper began her career as a painter, but after a trip to Angkor Wat, Cambodia in 1960, she was so awed by the temple ruins surviving beneath the jungle growth that she turned to sculpture. She made her debut in 1962 with an exhibit of carved tree trunks at a gallery in Rome.Pepper introduces her sculptural vocabulary with integrations of wood carvings and metal castings. Art critic, Rosalind Krauss has described the artist's works as violating modernist traditions… «the traditional craft of carving was closed to her … she attacked these logs with electric drills and saws.» After several exhibitions in New York and Rome, she was one of ten artists invited by Giovanni Carandente, along with David Smith, Alexander Calder, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Lynn Chadwick, and Pietro Consagra, to fabricate works in Italsider factories in Italy for an outdoor exhibition, «Sculture nella città», held in Spoleto during the summer of 1962. Working directly in the factory, as she would with subsequent major sculptures, Pepper created The Gift of Icarus, Leda, Spring Landscape, two other large works, and seventeen smaller ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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