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.”
I chose Paul Elie Ranson as my artist of the week. It is enthralling how he takes the natural world and gives it textile twist. I love the Japanese and Art Nouveau Style plus I am a big fan of line work.
Living Visionary Art Culture – Realizing the Power of Imagination