I recently went to The Royal Academy of Arts block buster Exhibition, Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse. It is worth seeing if you are interested in the Impressionist artists or if you just love floral paintings as it’s full of them. The Exhibition covers the main Impressionist artists, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde artists of the early 20th century, thematising around the modern garden. Monet’s masterpieces being the highlight including his infamous Water Lilies painting, The Agapanthus Triptych. This piece finalizes his career brilliantly – got me a bit teary as they are overwhelmingly beautiful and reflective of Monet’s mental state at the end of his life.
An impressionist artist who’s work really grabbed my attention in the Exhibition was Emil Nolde. He was a German-Danish painter who supported Nazi Germany from the 1920s and believed that Expressionism was a distinctively Germanic style. Hitler considered this art movement ‘degenerative’ and banned artists like Nolde from painting and removed his work from public display. He secretly produced a massive series of water colour paintings that are known as the ‘unpainted pictures’. Nolde painted portraits, landscapes and flowers as his subjects. His brush strokes are vigorous and textural producing expressionistic, luminous paintings – often with sombre undertones, fascinating to see up close.
Dan-ah Kim, a Korean film maker and artist who’s work really captures what illustration is all about. Her work reminds me of eastern folk tale illustration. Her paintings have an emotive presence through composition, colour and narrative appeal. These mysterious, beautiful illustrations often put the viewer in a voyeuristic position as though we are looking in on something that we shouldn’t. Kim often paints on wood panels, beginning with pencil and paint, then layering with other medias such as paper and thread. Check out her website to see more of her work.
I love it when I come across an artist who completely inspires me and sparks my creative juices! Jonas Wood did just that. I started working on a new design over the weekend and hopefully it will be finished by the end of the week.
Early 20th Century American art plays a big part in inspiring Jonas Wood’s work along with cubism and pop art. Unusually he combines oil and acrylic in his work to produce an overall flatness. Wood’s painting content is mainly home interiors and familiar landscapes. His humble aesthetic approach towards his subjects produces a disorientating sense of space within his paintings. Within the spaces, furnishings, plant life and memorabilia seem cluttered and squashed together, ‘using the domestic as a departure point for escapism, the claustrophobic compositions expand into an internal dream like space’. Wood’s interpretation of colour transforms into mock up collage paintings that echo his predecessors work. Jonas Wood is an L.A artist and is still relatively new. Take a look at his work below (it was hard to choose what to display here as all his work is fun to look at!)
I was going to post about another Rebecca Campbell but then I came across this Rebecca Campbell whilst doing my usual art web browsing and was stunned…I’ll post about the other Rebecca Campbell on a later date! This Rebecca Campbell graduated from the University of California in Painting and drawing. She is currently an assistant professor in L.A., her own work is presented in art fairs and has been featured in many publications including the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Art Papers.
Her website shows her collections of paintings and mixed media works which are certainly worth taking a scroll through. Campbell’s style of painting is dramatic and loose as her brush’s bristles drag this way and that. Her strokes are loaded with paint before quickly segueing into deliberate gestures eventually resulting in paintings with flattened volumes. She paints a lot of figurative work some of which have dark undertones and themes however I really enjoy looking at her landscape and floral pieces that are bursting in texture and colour, see below.