I have seen Sam Gilliam’s work in museums and I must admit. I walked up and looked at his work, first because it was drapped hanging canvas and I thought how wonderful that is. Then, secondly, because I liked what I saw. Next time go look at who the artist is when you see something you like. Take the time to learn more.
As an artist, I am constantly looking and learning from other artists. I somewhere in all of my searching have been looking for my own voice and hoping to hear familiar words and sounds in other artists work so I might join their tribe. I joined the Abstract Expressionists because I like the language they speak.
I love his titles: “Yet do I marvel,” “The Music of Color.” I hear you Sam. Thank you for inspiring me.
Go look at Sam Gilliam again, now in his eighties, his work is getting more recognition. How wonderful is that? Gilliam’s career is long “and it has been successful. I pray one day they say that about my work.
Go read more about him:
“Whatever you call it, Gilliam has been enjoying an unprecedented level of attention in recent years. The 84-year-old artist represented the US at the Venice Biennale way back in 1972; he was the first African American artist to do so. But his market has been slow to catch up—until now.”
A Long Time Coming
Gilliam’s late-breaking commercial success comes despite—or perhaps because—he eschewed a conventional path for most of his life.
He did things his own way, Binstock says, “by not signing on with a gallery; by selling out of the studio; by making abstract art when abstract painting was unfashionable; and by making abstract painting when black artists were being called upon by other culturally influential people in the black community to make art that was in line with the political cause. In other words, he actually did nothing that he needed to do in order to become successful.”
Take the time to learn more about Sam Gilliam you will marvel.
“Most painters are better when they’re older,” he says. “They’re mature. Single-minded. And they have something to say because they practiced, made a lot of mistakes, and they’re cultured.” Sam Gilliam
Sam am I old enough yet? Cheryl Johnson Artist
For some reason, I have a fascination with and for squirrels. I happened across a photo on Zebra Site...and thought…ah this site is familiar. How fun is that. Today I was inspired by a woman who apparently likes squirrels and has a number of sites, that are an inspiration. Lisa Brunetti.
I came across her site that you will enjoy if you love squirrels, honesty, photography, spiral art and more.
Go read it is worth the journey. https://playamart.wordpress.com/
I think I should say more about this site Playamart. Take the time to read this ladies journey. Her thoughts and writing will move and inspire you. And isn’t that what life is all about.
She creates art inspired by the spiral.
~ An Artist’s Eyes Never Rest
This note caught my eye
“A friend says that he loves my stories, but it’s a shame that I’m in an institution in Mississippi and making this all up!” Lisa Brunetti
Read more about this interesting artist
“We all leave traces of ourselves; tiny bits of our soul linger behind and continue to touch others. By having others help with a group painting, those energies will forever be embedded in that work.” Lisa Brunetti
With such a philosophy, it is no wonder she has created workshops centering on group painting called, “I Can Do This!” In these workshops held in Panama, Costa Rica and Ecuador, she calls for even more involvement, with a view to creating artists as well as art.
For more on Brunetti’s Mola Series, along with painting names and an in-depth look at how each work evolved, go to PRECOLUMBIAN MOLA SERIES. To connect with the artist herself and read more about her on-going projects, go to her award-winning blog: Zeebra Designs and Destinations.
PRECOLUMBIAN MOLA SERIES Watercolors by Lisa Brunetti – firstname.lastname@example.org (Detail: “Mariposa” original watercolor by Lisa
Be sure not to miss her other site. This Little-Blue Bird site will be on extended vacation now that Friends Helping Other Friends site is ready to connect like-minded people, especially those who are interested in protecting Ecuador’s cloud and rain forests.
Read more about her here. Thank you Lisa for the inspiration. Live Loud!
Rolf Iseli is a Swiss painter, one of the most important representatives of the artistic avant-garde in Switzerland in the second half of 20th century. Among others, his prints were on display in Museum of Modern Art in 1983. Wikipedia
I was cruising thru an old hard drive from many many years ago, before my hair was white and came across this work and went searching for more. I like his work very much.
(Swiss, born 1934)
, 1984Medium:acrylic, soil, graphite, charcoal and powder paints on paper
Since his startling emergence on the art scene in the 1950s as a wild young Tachist, Rolf Iseli (*1934) has remained one of the best known Swiss artists. This retrospective exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Bern surveys the artist’s fifty-year-career by means of about one hundred works – large groups of paintings and drawings, sculptures and prints – which Iseli produced in his studio in Berne and in St. Romain in Burgundy.
In 1957 Iseli caused a public sensation when he won the Swiss Federation Art Scholarship for a canvas covered in splashes of ink; Sam Francis asked him to exchange paintings with him; he was photographed bending over a work beside Barnett Newman – Rolf Iseli had his finger on the pulse of the nineteen-fifties-era and was regarded, alongside Jean Tinguely and Bernhard Luginbühl, as being among the most promising “dark horses” on the young Swiss art scene. He was one of the few Swiss artists to visit not only Paris but also New York, and he translated what he had seen in those art metropolises into one of the most coloristically intense and gesturally radical contributions to Abstract Expressionism in Switzerland. See work;
Kikuo Saito What a wonderful Abstract Expressionist. At moments he reminds me of Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler entwined. How lovely and sensitive his work is. Enjoy his boldly gestural abstract paintings that are truly exhilarating and full of life, teeming with saturated colors. In his paintings we all are confronted by zones of evocative color, freely deployed against white or pale grounds.
Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works from the late artist Kikuo Saito. The exhibition focuses on Saito’s work from 2010 – 2015.
I recently was googling around and came across the works of Henry Jackson a Figurative Abstract Expressionist artist. I love his use of space and color.
Really like his work: Go see his site. http://henryjackson.com/
Why write about Cesare Luchini? I came across his work first on Artsy when I did a search for Abstract Expressionism and asked myself this question. “I wonder who I would like to emulate? ”
Today my answer was-
What did I love. The transparent softness and feel of his work.
I was drawn to this piece because of the space, something I want to learn to put into my work more.
I have been finding a plethora of sites that feature women artists. How wonderful is that.
Take the time to explore this article. It is worth the time and the read.
“Wouldn’t it be nice to think that a gender-delimited list is no longer relevant? It’s true that to be a practicing woman artist today is hardly the struggle it would have been in Mary Cassatt’s era…”
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