Showcase: Edvard Munch

When I think of Munch I only ever think of ‘The Scream’ and I am sure many of us think the same, that was until I read this post over at irevou.com and saw that there are many paintings by the artist that I didn’t really know about in my ignorance. I did discover that his paintings were all about emotion and if I was teaching adjectives to describe emotions to a foreigner what better artist’s artwork to bring to the classroom than Edvard Munch’s.

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Norwegian painter Edvard Munch’s works can cause psychological trauma. Or are they depictions of such trauma? There’s something bizarre about them, and said works show how art is not about the outward appearance of things, but their inner complexities. What hides behind a smile? What can you figure out about a person from their body language? What is it about colors?

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Expressionism to Minimalism to Expressionism

Notable minimalist artists were Piet Mondrian and Barnett Newman, who created large abstracts using mainly square forms and primary colours.  I, myself have been known to dabble a little with minimalism.  I created a whole line of paintings.  I always find myself bouncing back to expressionism though, this is how I feel I best express myself.

Piet Mondrian & Barnett Newman

Minimalism Art Movement, also called ABC ArtMinimal ArtLiteralist ArtReductivismRejective Art, emerged in New York in the early 1960s, in which the simplest and fewest elements are used to create the maximum effect.

Minimalism By James Presley

Is a school of abstract painting and sculpture that emphasizes extreme simplification of form, as by the use of basic shapes and monochromatic palettes of primary colors, objectivity and anonymity of style.

 

Minimalism By James Presley

Use of the fewest and barest essentials or elements, as in the arts, literature or design.
In Music, a school or mode of contemporary music marked by extreme simplification of rhythms, patterns and harmonies, prolonged chordal or melodic repetitions and often a trance like effect.

A great inspiration. Colourist of the 20th Century.

Featured image: Joy of Life (Le Bonheur de Vivre) (1905-06)

“What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject-matter, an art which could be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters, for example, a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.” – Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse is probably considered to be one of the greatest colourists of the 20th century with regards to his innovations.  His works influence me and I love to look at his beautiful paintings which inspire me an start my wrists twitching and my thoughts going ready for my own piece of work to begin.

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By Henri Matissewww.mcs.csuhayward.edu, 1 January 2008, PD-US, Link

During his Fauve years Matisse often painted landscapes in the south of France during the summer and worked up ideas developed there into larger compositions upon his return to Paris. Joy of Live, the second of his important imaginary compositions, is typical of these. He used a landscape he had painted in Collioure to provide the setting for the idyll, but it is also influenced by ideas drawn from Watteau, Poussin, Japanese woodcuts, Persian miniatures, and 19th century Orientalist images of harems. The scene is made up of independent motifs arranged to form a complete composition. The massive painting and its shocking colors received mixed reviews at the Salon des Indépendants. Critics noted its new style — broad fields of color and linear figures, a clear rejection of Paul Signac’s celebrated Pointillism.
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Woman with a Hat (Femme au chapeau), 1905 by Henri Matisse

via Henri Matisse Biography, Art, and Analysis of Works | The Art Story

There’s more to Peru than Paddington Bear

You might think that Peruvian art is all to do with their culture, The Andes and The Amazon, but it is as diverse as their country.  There are many Peruvian artists both past and present that have created beautiful artworks.  Here are three that particularly caught my eye.

 

Teodoro Núñez Ureta

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“This painter moves physically and emotionally between imbalance and depth. And so is his work, vivid, miserable and grandiose, not in size, but in spirit ” -Victor Humareda

Sérvulo Gutiérrez once said Teodoro Nuñez Ureta:

His strokes are feverish, dislocated, calligraphers, of a language, plastic of particular grammar, in which all the norms of logic are run over and imposed by a proper, instinctive, enlightened order.

To understand his art I will mention his appreciation of art and society “I have never believed in an art isolated from the reality that surrounds it and determines it, nor in a painting that pretends to ignore, as it is the impulse, the medium and the end of everything universal art “……. Read more

ÁLVARO SUÁREZ VÉRTIZ

 

Don Quijote y Sancho acercándose a los molinos de viento

As a child he began strict artistic training in an art academy directed by his father, Germán Suárez Vértiz, who was twice the Director of the National School of Fine Arts. Throughout his career, his style was constantly evolving. Through his experimentation, Alvaro eventually created a new style, self-described as “Garabaticista”, which requires a great deal of color and brushing. His work has been published in different art magazines in Spain, the United Kingdom and Japan among other countries.

Fernando de Szyszlo

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Fernando de Szyszlo is a Peruvian painter and sculpter who was an important figure in advancing abstract art in Latin America. Born in Lima, Peru in 1925, he spent many of his formative artistic years in Europe, where he met founding members of the surrealist movement like Andre Breton. He is best known for his use of pre-Columbian imagery in his red paintings. Szyszlo’s art is an attempt at reinventing Surrealist themes in a Latin American context, concerned more with feelings connected to indigenous mysticism than artistic conceit.

To read about other great Peruvian artists follow this link which is the source of some of the text.

 

Why not design album covers?

I woke up in the night because I couldn’t sleep, as you do and I had an idea about offering my art to album cover designers.  I could just see it all over the cover of a vinyl album.  That’s the thing I love about vinyl records coming back in, the album art on some of them is so outstanding, that sometimes you just buy the album because of the art.

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So I popped over to Canva and had a quick go at it.  Maybe if there are some musicians or design companies that need some images for their latest album cover design they could contact me and I would be more than happy to release the high res. images to them for a small fee. 🙂

Look no further Sony, Polydor etc.  I am here to help.