The Inspirational work of Franz Kline The first time I saw the inspirational work of Franz Kline was at the Abstract Expressionist exhibition in 2017 at the Royal Academy in London. Prior to that, I had only seen Kline’s work in reproductions in books. I had always been intrigued and impressed by his paintings and when I saw his original work for the first time l was not disappointed. Kline’s work had a strong impact on me. It evoked the feeling and emotions that l have about the city. It reminded me of the grandeur and the scale of the New York skyline. Using line and form, his mainly black and white… Read More »The inspirational work of Franz Kline
As an artist, I am always looking for art inspiration. When time stands still I know I have found some. To an outsider, this may appear to be an unproductive period, as I stand in front of a painting staring and taking it all in. However for me, by digest what is in front of me I find it extremely valuable. Inspirational art often triggers thoughts that often leads to new works. I hope this collection of art inspiration is also inspiring for you.
In my writing, I hope to explain why artists paint, how artists think and work. At times I may I get overwhelmed and excited thinking about the way they throw the paint around, as I try to convince you of the importance of the artists work.
In 1973 Alex Katz had his first exhibition at the Marlborough Gallery in New York. At the same time, Abstract Expressionism was riding a wave of popularity in New York. Katz believed and trusted that what he was interested in was of substance and significance, even though it went against the grain. On first impressions, Alex Katz’s work appears to be about people and daily life. However, it doesn’t take long to realise that the subject matter is just the outer most boundary of the painting and Katz has a lot more on offer in his paintings. Katz focuses on ordinary, everyday life as a subject, but his paintings are anything but… Read More »What I have learnt from Alex Katz
One of the artists that I found the most inspiring as a student was the inspirational work of Egon Schiele. At aged 16, Egon enrolled in the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. He died at the young age of 28. In those few years, he made some of the most enduring and intriguing work. I am very interested in understanding what it is in Egon Schiele’s work that encouraged me to follow my interest in art. Egon Schiele was known for drawing mainly portraits and self-portraits. He worked in a striking graphic style that challenged the notion of beauty. Egon had a concise way of working, similar to a poem… Read More »The inspirational work of Egon Schiele
When I was starting out as an artist, I was having trouble with feelings about the purpose of our human existence. I related to Karl Marx talking about the problems of consumerism and the alienation of labour. Marx stated that if you are cut off from the fruits of your work, then you are cut off from your creativity, and you lose your sense of self. This introspection on existentialism and the influential work of Francis Bacon lead me to become a painter as a creative outlet for my thoughts. I realised I was happiest when I was making something. It needed to be something for me that doesn’t have… Read More »The influential work of Francis Bacon