Archives: Artists

Truly unique in the history of contemporary American landscape painting is the style of Bud Holman. This master captures the energy of the Southwest’s mountains and high desert in a myriad of colors applied with bravura brushwork, resonating in our subconscious.

This short-lived artist was one of the great outdoor billboard painters in Los Angeles during the 1980s. His paintings of rock stars also appeared on album covers. This talented realist became a confidant of Michael Jackson, for whom he painted a series of fifteen portraits of famous historical...

Thanks to his eponymous museum, this prolific expressionist master is finally emerging as one of the most important artists in the South during the 20th century. The discovery of his diverse and complex body of work in every medium presents a paragon from whom contemporary artists may grasp how to...

In 1960 Beverly Brodsky studied under Ad Reinhardt at Brooklyn College. On the first day she was simply told to paint a large canvas. Reinhardt returned a few hours later, paused by her easel and asked, “Who taught you how to paint?” Before she could find a reply Reinhardt answered his own...

McNease was a self-proclaimed “feral artist” of the bayou — a true self-taught Outsider who lived alone at the edge of Honey Island Swamp, Louisiana. Early on he gained serious critical recognition for his abstract natural photography. He then invented an entirely new technique of pigment...

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  “Were I to have more faith in and familiarity with the Eternal Muses, might I not find that there is an intergalactic aesthetic reality to be espoused? Not the latest artist arrival on the current of popularity & esteem, but the spaceman of all time. Great comfort would be in...

Jimmy Buffet wrote lyrics with him in mind. Basquiat painted his portrait. He built a 70-foot schooner and left the touch of solid earth for a record 1,152 days without touching shore, without resupply of food or water, and without fuel. This shaman created a large body of extraordinary abstract...

Imagine being inspired at a subway station. Here is an artist who creates urban environments as much as he does sculpture and paintings — in the shadow of the Acropolis. He continues to be inspired by that brilliant natural merger of art and science that the Ancient Greeks applied to their art....

Beginning in the mid 1980s, and until his tragic death in 1991, the doors to the pantheon of significant contemporary artists were open to Joseph Amar [1954-2001]. Critically acclaimed, his works were exhibited internationally and were collected by celebrities and major museums. A drunk driver...

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