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My Little Collection of Costa Rican Painters

Following on in my study of South American art and artists here is some formidable Costa Rican artists worth a mention.  I particularly like the work of the artist Jorge Gallardo who was a Costa Rican painter and poet. Gallardo’s works are among the most important art collections of the Government of Costa Rica as well as many individuals, both domestic and foreign. His art is an irreverent mix in which he uses an impeccable use of color, which many have considered flat and without complexities. He painted many colorful pictures displaying topics such as agriculture in Costa Rica and the working people on landscapes.

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Painting in Costa Rica began to grow in the early twentieth century with painters like; Francisco Zuñiga, Theodoric Quiros, and Francisco Amighetti.

 

 

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At the turn of the 19th century, Costa Rican art was very much associated with the social elite. It was mainly used as social and political tool, heightening statuses or emphasizing noble ancestory. The fashion at the time was to have foreign artists paint personal portraits, and so European traditions began to infiltrate Costa Rican paintings. Foreign artists such as Santiago Paramo, Henry Etheridge and Bigot started to teach Costa Rican painters new techniques. This foundation enabled Costan Rican painters to flourish. The most significant Costa Rican painters of the late nineteenth century were: Ezequiel Jimenez Rojas, Wenceslao de la Guardia and Enrique Echandi. These and other young artists were encouraged and supported by the establishment of the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes (National School of Arts) in 1897, which was under the charge of Tomas Povedano, a renowned Spanish painter.

Rich Colors and Beautifil Faces
Rich colors and beautiful faces © César Valverde Vega

Costa Rican painting began to flourish in the early twentieth century. The painters of the past century had had to overcome difficulties, but this enabled their successors to receive an education in Art and to enjoy a larger and more generous audience for their work. Some of the most famous Costan Rican painters from the past century include: Francisco Zúñiga, Teodorico Quiros, Francisco Amighetti and Margarita Bertheau. Their work didn’t just imitate European models, but the Costa Rican art world finally had a life of its own, free of its dependence on the elite and of the rejection from the rest.

via Painting in Costa Rica – Costa Rica Painters | don Quijote

 

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Inspiring People – Top 10 French Artists

The French certainly had some inspiring artists and here are some of the greatest.  My personal favourite is not on the list, Basquiat.

Top 10 French Artists

Jaz de Bouffan – 1876

A list of the greatest French artists and painters:

artist Claude Monet (1840 – 1926)  – Impressionist painter. The term impressionism stemmed from Monet’s influential work ‘Impression, Sunrise’ (Impression, soleil levant). Monet’s paintings frequently depicted nature in impressionist style.
artist Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) – Post impressionist painter. Began his career in the impressionist mould but developed new innovative styles, providing a bridge between Nineteenth Century art and the cubist / modern art of Twentieth Century.
artist Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) Post impressionist painter, who contributed to the growth of avant-garde painting. Gauguin had a temperamental relationship with Van Gogh
artist August Renoir  (1841–1919) Impressionist painter. Renoir played a key role in the development of impressionist painter. He was attracted to depicting human beauty and scenes of human society.
artist Camille Pissarro (1830–1903) Impressionist and post-impressionist painter. A very influential figure for both impressionists and the new generation of post impressionist painters.
artist Edgar Degas (1834–1917) Considered a forerunner of impressionism. He preferred the term ‘realist’ Degas was interested in depicting movement in art.
artist Édouard Manet (1832–1883) Manet contributed to the schools of ‘Realism’ and ‘Impressionism’ – playing a key role in the transformation to impressionism and modern art.
artist Charles-François Daubigny (1817–1878) Traditional landscape painter who was also seen as an important pre-cursor to impressionism.
artist Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) Romantic painter, inspired by the Venetian Renaissance painters and Rubens.
artist Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) Painter and sculptor associated with Dadaism.

Lived in France

artist Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890) – Post impressionist painter noted for boldness and vivid paintings.  Born in Netherlands, he lived many years in France.

Source: Biography Online

Some Inspiring Events

I have had a few exhibitions in the past and I have done some pieces for some special friends.  Some of the below are of places where I exhibit or have exhibited and some are just things I created for my friend’s restaurant and some are my paintings lying around in my studio and the last one, well you can guess that’s not mine, but it’s where I would like to exhibit.

I loved sitting in one corner when I had these and just listening, it could have been classed as self-harming sometimes, but nothing too drastic was said.

 

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James Presley – Room with a View (2017) Fresh, Fresh, Fresh!!!

Fresh off the paintbrush. One new painting with closeup photos, all available at http://www.jamespresley.design or Artmajeur

Room with a View (Painting), 80x60x1.8 cm by James Presley Abstract expressionism artwork by James Presley

Source: James Presley – Room with a View (2017) Painting, 80x60x1.8 cm

Gabor Kruzsely: Super Artist

I have known Gabor for many years, unfortunately over the past few years I lost contact with him, but one thing I do know is he is doing very well and living the way most artists would love to.  I n peace and harmony and doing that which he loves and that is to paint and draw.  He, like my brother Lee Woods managed to achieve that which I can only dream of.  Good luck to them both and I wish them a lot of happiness in the future.

Gabor was born, 1972,  in The Ukraine (the formerly Hungarian part) and now lives in Eger, Hungary, in a beautiful house in the countryside.  His style is mainly abstract figurative.  I love his works very much and if there were to be a modern artist who deserves to be at the top with all of the other abstracts, he would be my first choice.

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