What I learnt from Philip Guston, Stuart Bush: Studio Notes It is well known that during Philip Guston’s career and throughout his life’s work, he toyed with two opposing forms of art. There was the figurative cartoon style of his earlier work in the 1930s and abstract expressionism in the 1950s. Philip Guston’s career highlights what he believed to be the central concern in the career of an artist. No matter what anyone else says or does, Guston believed that “A painters first duty is to be free.” Free to make their own choice, that is said, “unless you’re the kind of an artist that gnaws on one bone all… Read More »What I learnt from Philip Guston
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.
Adrian Ghenie: The fuel of failure It’s no wonder many people see failure as the most painful moment in their lives, school wrongly teaches us we need to do everything we can to avoid failure. However, Adrian Ghenie makes it a central power source. Having to face humiliation and shame by returning to home to Cluj, Romania, after trying to start a new life in Vienna drove his artistic ambitions. Returning to live back at his parents home at age 27 in 2005 he had no future to look forward to. However, Ghenie used his difficult set-back as fuel rather than limitation. The fuel of failure is a common element… Read More »Adrian Ghenie: The fuel of failure
Etel Adnan shows colour alone is all that the painter needs Viewing Etel Adnan’s vibrant paintings, it is surprising to discover that when Adnan grew up in Beirut, colour only found its way into her home in the form of decorative rugs. Adnan’s childhood home had no paintings on the walls and there were no art museums nearby. Nevertheless, she became interested in making art. Unfortunately for her and us, Adnan was discouraged by her mother’s nullifying comments about being clumsy. So instead, Adnan found her creative outlet through writing. In 1977 she won the France-Pays Arabes award for her novel Sitt Marie Rose. Many years later after Adnan moved to America and… Read More »Etel Adnan, Colour is all a painter needs
What I see in Tal R’s paintings Tal R’s painting practice follows the traditions of oil painting. The artist walks the streets in Copenhagen near where he lives and works, looking for people, places and objects that appeal to his curiosity. He looks for the moment that he feels is slipping away and paints its soul in vibrant and colourful paintings that at times float into abstraction. Tal’s passion and exhilaration for paint clearly materialise throughout his work. In each painting, he is learning about the endless curiosities with life and paint. I see the pictures like a window into the inquisitive thoughts that are bouncing around in his head. When I… Read More »What I see in Tal R’s paintings
The ultimate experience – Crashing Wave by Mary Heilmann At the Whitechapel Gallery in 2016, many thoughts rushed through my mind the first time I saw the painting ‘Crashing Wave (2011)’ by Mary Heilmann. As I looked at the painting it evoked a special moment. I remember being out on my bodyboard on Manly beach, Australia, at complete peace with my surroundings. The air was crisp, and the sun was bright as I pitched forward. I kicked with my flippers while paddling hard with my hands as I took off down into a crystal clear barrel wave. I rode the perfect wave, a foaming mass of white water. The ultimate experience! … Read More »The ultimate experience, Mary Heilmann
The Inspirational work of Franz Kline Franz Kline’s art was based on personal vision and inner thoughts, influenced by what he saw around him; the streets of New York and Jazz Music. Abstract painting and Jazz music without words suggests a profound correlation with the way people experience the city. Each painting had its own rhythm. Line, colour and form were influenced by melody, harmony and rhythm like in the free jazz compositions of Miles Davis. The paintings reflected the streets. When looking at a Kline painting you have a unique sense that they go deeper and beyond the surface. The first time I saw the inspirational work of Franz Kline was… Read More »The inspirational work of Franz Kline
What I learnt from Alex Katz 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 outermost boundary of the painting and Katz has a lot more on offer in his paintings. 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. Katz focuses on ordinary, everyday life as a subject, but… Read More »What I have learnt from Alex Katz
The inspirational work of Egon Schiele One artist, I found inspiring as a student was the inspirational work of Egon Schiele. Egon Schiele was known for drawing mainly portraits and self-portraits. He worked in a striking graphic style that challenged the notion of beauty. It would be easy to have a fleeting look at Egon drawings and mistake them to be only about sexual arousal or pornography, but that misses the intent and the reason behind his work. Egon not only shows sex as beautiful, but he also demonstrates how he questions and adores life. At aged 16, Egon enrolled in the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. He died… Read More »The inspirational work of Egon Schiele