Wayne Thiebaud was born in Arizona but moved to Los Angeles at a young age. Eventually he came to Northern California, studied more art and became a teacher at UC, Davis. I love his San Francisco Hillside Landscapes. It looks just like Pacific Heights!
Great Wayne Thiebaud Quotes:
“A conscious decision to eliminate certain details and include selective bits of personal experiences or perceptual nuances, gives the painting more of a multi-dimension than when it is done directly as a visual recording. This results in a kind of abstraction… and thus avoids the pitfalls of mere decoration.”
“Art means something very rare, an extraordinary achievement.”
“An artist needs the best studio instruction, the most rigorous demands, and the toughest criticism in order to tune up his sensibilities.”
“Commonplace objects are constantly changing… The pies, for example, we now see, are not going to be around forever. We are merely used to the idea that things do not change.”
“If I don’t have anything better to do that day, I’ll copy paintings, generally by people who have some relationship to the work of the moment.”
“We all need critical confrontation of the fullest and most extreme kind that we can get. You can unnecessarily limit yourself by choosing your criticism”
“an artist has to train his responses more than other people do. He has to be as disciplined as a mathematician. Discipline is not a restriction but an aid to freedom. It prepares an artist to choose his own limitations…”
“The figures… are not supposed to reveal anything… It’s like seeing a stranger in some place like an air terminal for the first time. You look at him, you notice his shoes, his suit, the pin in his lapel, but you don’t have any particular feeling about him.”
Jay DeFeo is a painter and photographer who lived in San Francisco during the Beat Generation. She is known for her painting “The Rose.” It is a large canvas that weights, over 1 ton! Its 8 x 11 feet and over 3,000 lbs. She worked on her masterpiece for 8 years from 1958 to 1966. The sculptural nature of her paintings and the very minimal color palette, shows that she studied South Asian Art, especially the stone sculptures of Gandhara. This crossroads area of land in the Indus Valley, now Northern Pakistan and Eastern Afganistan saw many influences including Vedic, Greek and Buddhist Culture.
Pablo Picasso is a fantastically famous artist, but most people don’t know the true scope of his work. He was extremely prolific creating of 50,000 works of art in many different mediums. I especially love his blue and rose periods. Of course his cubism and surreal images are awesome also, but his didn’t invent those styles. Many people don’t know that he also did sculpture. Also, his real name is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso!
This is going to be a week of Spanish Artists I appreciate.
Starting with Salvador Dali – The King of Surrealism.
Salvador Dali Quote: “Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand themthoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.” -Dali
Alex Grey is a visionary artist who really inspires me. He takes his art to the next level literally all his images include aspects that go beyond what our common senses register. His work is large scale, including his own museum and 100 foot tall installations at festivals. Also he does live painting so all the world can see his work and process.
“The infinite vibratory levels, the dimensions of interconnectedness are without end. There is nothing independent. All beings and things are residents in your awareness.” -Alex Grey
I add Anna Lea Merritt to this list because I love Pre-Raphaelite Art and I just learned that I am related to her. She was a daring woman artist in a male dominated world. Originally named Anna Massey Lea she moved to London to study art at age 21 and after 5 years married her teacher, the painter Henry Merritt who died 3 months later. She never remarried and devoted herself to art, making a living doing portraits and figurative works.
She joined a group called Royal Society of Portrait Painters, with 24 other artists in England who were dissatisfied with the selection process of the Royal Academy. She lived in Hurstbourne Tarrant in Hampshire England. Her works are in the Tate Museum in London and are known Worldwide.
The chief obstacle to a woman’s success is that she can never have a wife. Just reflect what a wife does for an artist.
Anna Massey Lea Merritt
“A Letter to Artists: Especially Women Artists,” 1900
More information: http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/artist.php?artistid=1903
Henrietta Shore was born in Toronto in 1880. Inspired to follow the path of an artist she found herself in New York where she studied at Art Students League with William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri and fellow student Georgia O’Keeffe.
I first saw her work in the Santa Cruz Downtown Post Office. These 6 murals are agricultural depictions of life on the California Coast.
Henrietta Shore exhibited her artwork with O’Keefe in New York and befriended Photographer Edward Weston in California. She also travelled to Mexico where she painted portraits of Jose Clemente Orozco and Jean Charlot. She worked in a modernist style that focused more on the idea of the painting rather than representing it traditionally.
Charley Harper is a Modern American Artist who’s work is regarded as “Minimal Realism.” His really celebrates the natural world with a superb balance of simplicity and complexity. He did some really awesome designs for the National Park Service!
“When I look at a wildlife or nature subject, I don’t see feathers, fur, scapulars, or tail coverts – none of that. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior, and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures. I regard the picture as an ecosystem in which all the elements are interrelated, interdependent, perfectly balanced, without trimming or unutilized parts, and herein lies the lure of painting: In a world of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe.”