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
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.
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 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
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