Your favourite artist?

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  1. karate princess

    karate princess Savvy??

    So I'm in the middle of my A-Level art work and I need to find some inspiring artwork (artwork being not just fine art, but photography etc too), but I'm having trouble finding something both striking and inspiring....there's just too many out there.

    My theme for my exam is 'Freedom' but my artisit research doesn't have to be related to freedom. It can be about the composition of the piece, the mood etc.
  2. Su lin

    Su lin Gone away

    Hey KP, it's a pretty big area there, and having a theme such as Freedom is pretty wide open too. A level art was what really got me interested in art history and I went on to do it at degree then Masters level too.
    Think about what genre of painting you like- abstract,landscape,portraiture,or sculpture,maybe even conceptual?

    For me the artists who are the most free are abstract painters, my favourite being Mark Rothko-he freed himself from subject matter and looked at painting as a medium in itself.
    I think you have to see Rothko's work in the flesh- I first saw his work in the Rothko room at the Tate (before Tate Modern opened) and I was just awestruck.They vibrate with such an intensity,especially when you are completely surrounded by them.
    Or you could look at artists who freed themselves from the constraint of painting altogether, such as conceptual artist Joseph Beuys.
    Or how about freedom of expression such as Van Gogh maybe- his freedom of expression in his mark making and brush strokes? His painting liberated and constrained him at the same time.

    I also love tony Bevan's drawings. I was lucky enough to help hang an exhibition of his work a few years ago,and he has real freedom with the medium of drawing (I specialised in it at uni) and also of treating the human form and often uses abstract elements too (his is the "Head" below)

    What medium do you prefer yourself?
    If you need any help just pm me. :)
    Here's a Rothko.

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  3. karate princess

    karate princess Savvy??

    Yeah, Freedom is a hugely wide theme!

    The artisit research itself doesn't have to relate to the theme of 'Freedom,' it's just about what you like and see in the artisits work and how it could inspire you or how you could incorporate something like what they have done into your work.

    Medium doesn't really bother me, although at the moment I'm quite into spray paints (with stencils) but I'm quite open to anything. I'll try out any media! I like the idea of incorporating wood into a piece but I'm still thinking of ideas.
  4. Su lin

    Su lin Gone away

    Well ,you could always check out graffiti artists maybe?Banksy is a good place to start,theres quite a lot of info on him.
    If you like things like found objects have a look at Kurt Schwitters, you could maybe look at freedom of material and using found objects? Also have a look at Marcel Duchamp and his use of "found objects" too maybe!
  5. Guizzy

    Guizzy with Arnaud and Eustache

    Easily the guy that's making this.

    And I'm actually indirectly financing the thing; he got a governmental grant for his project.
  6. aikiMac

    aikiMac aikido + boxing = very good Moderator Supporter

    My mom has Andrew Wyeth paintings on her walls. They're quite good. One of them is of a boy sitting in a field. That goes with "freedom."
  7. karate princess

    karate princess Savvy??

    Oh god, don't get me started on Banksy, he's one of my favourites!

  8. Moosey

    Moosey invariably, a moose Supporter

    What about Banksy? Perfect combination of "art" and "freedom" - politically motivated graffiti.

    Edit: dammit, beat me to the punch, Su Lin! :D
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  9. Su lin

    Su lin Gone away

    Awww sorry Moosey! It's my job to witter on about art. :eek:

    Ooooh the Hall I work at has just been on the telly box (ITV Grundy's Northern Pride about architecture.) :love:
  10. Cait

    Cait da Bionic is BACK!

    my personal fav is Monet - he led the impressionist movement, and created some truley striking paintings. we had to pick 3 for my art history final, and he was one of them
  11. Su lin

    Su lin Gone away

    Monet would be a good example of one of the pioneering en plein air painters, who moved their canvas outside and looked for the first time at the landscape in a completely different manner. (Monet got me a pretty good mark in my A level art history paper too)
    I had grown pretty tired of learning about him until I went to Paris and saw the Waterlilies, they knocked me sideways. :)
  12. Lily

    Lily Valued Member

    Salvador Dali
  13. wrydolphin

    wrydolphin Pirates... yaarrrr Supporter

    Ansil Adams will always be a favorite photographer. One day I want to get a large format camara to work with.

    As for art, I have always liked Picasso's early paintings, especially the rose period, and his line drawings. Klimt has an interesting richness and texture that I find fascinating. Other then that, I tend to pick and choose as I go.
  14. adouglasmhor

    adouglasmhor Not an Objectivist

    Paint Wassily Kandinsky

    Sculpture I like this piece by Katharina Fritsch.

    Photography Oscar Marzaroli but I can't find anything online.
  15. LJoll

    LJoll Valued Member

  16. Su lin

    Su lin Gone away

    Yep,The Death of Marat is pretty important,as is David's The Raft of the MEdusa in the Louvre,stunning to see in the flesh.
    And Guernica is perhaps on one the most important paintings of the 20th century, so yep Freedom could be attributed to that painting due to the subject matter.
  17. Pacificshore

    Pacificshore Hit n RUN!

    Christian Reese Lassen


  18. narcsarge

    narcsarge Masticated Whey

    Jackson Pollack! What could be more "Free" then slinging paint onto a blank canvas?

    I am with Wry on Ansel Adams! His work in Yellowstone is nothing but freedom. The openess of his scenes, the subject matter, no humans in the photos! Nothing but pure landscapes in Black and White! CLASS!

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