Monday, October 11, 2010

David Birkin
http://www.davidbirkin.co.uk/
Photographer who makes some interesting diptychs. I like the experimental quality of his projects.

Hugo Bonamin
http://hugobonamin.wordpress.com/
Great out of focus paintings.

Alex Lucka
http://www.alexlucka.com/
Nothing all that subversive about them, but his photographs are beautiful. I enjoy fashion photography sometimes.

Adrian Ghenie
http://nicodimgallery.com/artists/adrian-ghenie/
I especially like his portraits where the faces of the figures look like paintings of paintings.

Toulouse-Lautrec


Amazing drawing skills. I find his emphasis on legs very interesting. My favorite pieces of his have an unfinished quality to them. I want to start doing more work on paper bags and other cheap papers.

I love Raoul Dufy



His line work is so distinctive and I really like the layering of different colors and mediums. His work just makes me happy.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Just a handful of the artists I admire

So I decided to start a list of all the artists I love so that I could have all the goodness documented in one place. Much more to come.

Jen Mazza

http://www.jenmazza.com/site/
These paintings are just down right sexy. Think Jenny Saville, just scaled down, a little more quiet, but don't lose the violent quality. Incredible use of red and gorgeous simplicity. They make the idea of licking a bloody corpse sound arousing. Her statement is also wonderful.

Natalie Frank
http://natalie-frank.com/index.html
Love the paint handling, the awkward subjects, and the skin!

Will Cotton
http://www.willcotton.com/
Yeah, they're a little problematic. But, I can respect his skill, his actual intent, and his process. They don't make my mouth water; I can feel my teeth rotting out of my head when I look at them though. But anyway, they're still wonderful.

Rai Escale
http://www.raiescale.info/index.html
Interesting combination of paint and collage. Bizarre, gritty, freaky. Not sure how I feel about his explanation of the work he does though. It both interests and irritates me.

Mia Makila
http://www.miamakila.com/

These are just funny and amazing.

Betsy Walton
http://www.morningcraft.com/projects.php
Great style, great layering. Lovely work.

Susan Silas
http://www.susansilas.com/index.html
Some lovely photographs of dead birds.

Marcel Dzama
http://www.richardhellergallery.com/dynamic/artwork_display.asp?ArtworkID=197
Love this guy! He has a great style.

Laura Anderson Barbata
http://www.lauraandersonbarbata.com/
She is so damn cool. Corn cobs with human teeth as the kernels, one of the best images I've ever come across. I'm both amused and jealous.
http://museum.oas.org/virtual.html
I trust this site has other great artists. It's where I found her.

Duane Hanson
http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/artists/duane_hanson.htm
These are funny. And good.

Ron Mueck
http://www.boredpanda.com/13-hyper-realistic-sculptures-by-ron-mueck/
God I love him. Huge, hyperrealist scultpures are always good.

Ernesto Neto
http://www.zeutch.com/cool/ernesto-neto-13510
Yes.

Denis Peterson
http://www.denispeterson.com/
Amazing hyperrealist painter.

Valerio Carrubba
http://trendland.net/2009/01/21/valerio-carrubba-paintings/#
One word, anatomy.

Yuko Shimizu
http://www.yukoart.com/index.html
She's funny and a little freaky. I like her.

Mark Ryden
http://www.markryden.com/index.html
Great presentation and stylization.

Victoria Reynolds
http://www.richardhellergallery.com/dynamic/artwork_display.asp?ArtworkID=1210
So to all the nincompoops who have said this isn't art, you are stupid and know nothing about art. These are, hands down, the most beautiful paintings I've ever seen. Trust me, this woman knows what she's doing.

Marisol Escobar
I couldn't find a good website with pictures of her work and I have no idea why. She is incredibly cool and possibly my favorite artist, ever.

Louise Bourgeois
http://www.cheimread.com/artists/louise-bourgeois/
But of course there's Louise Bourgeois. I want to be both of these women.

Doug Auld
http://dougauld.com/thumbs.htm
Hyperreal paintings of burn victims.

Ana Mendieta
An incredible woman and performance artist.

Lisa Bufano
http://www.lbufano.com/
Extremely interesting. Amputee performance artist who does a lot of work with crazy stilts and dance.

Fernando Botero
http://www.boterosa.org/photogallery/index.html
On my list of favorites, his paintings are probably on par with Marisol's sculptures.

Lucian Freud
Yeah, not going to bother finding a website. I feel like I'm beating a dead horse talking about his. But just the sheer amount of paint this guy uses is unbelievable. The figures which are usually shown at rest give off so much energy because of the paint handling.