Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of them in the last two years of his life. Born into an upper-middle-class family, Van Gogh drew as a child and was serious, quiet and thoughtful. His early works, mostly still lifes and depictions of peasant labourers, contain few signs of the vivid color that distinguished his later work. As his work developed he created a new approach to still lifes and local landscapes. His paintings grew brighter in color as he developed a style that became fully realized during his stay in Arles in the south of France in 1888.
Van Gogh was unsuccessful during his lifetime and was considered a madman and a failure. He became famous after his suicide, and exists in the public imagination as the quintessential misunderstood genius, the artist "where discourses on madness and creativity converge”. His reputation began to grow in the early 20th century as elements of his painting style came to be incorporated by the Fauves and German Expressionists. He attained widespread critical, commercial and popular success over the ensuing decades, and is remembered as an important but tragic painter, whose troubled personality typifies the romantic ideal of the tortured artist.
#1 Starry Night Over the Rhône
#2 The Harvest
#3 The Church at Auvers
#5 Terrace of a Café at Night
#6 Garden of the Hospital in Arles
#7 The Town Hall at Auvers
#9 First Steps (after Millet)
#10 The Fields
#11 Mademoiselle Gachet in her garden at Auvers-sur-Oise
#12 The entrance to the public garden in Arles
#13 The Yellow House
#14 The Langlois Bridge At Arles With Women Washing
Text source: Wikipedia | Paintings by Vincent Van Gogh | Photographs by Mike Marsham
Proportion is a principle of art that describe the size and the amount of one element in relation to another. They have a great deal to do with the overall harmony of an individual piece and our perception of the art. As a fundamental element in artistic work, it is also quite complex.
Philip Balow currently lives and paints in Riebeek Kasteel, near Cape Town. To Philip, light is the ultimate subject because it embodies the pinnacle of all reality. The figures in the landscape serve as carriers and reflectors of the light that falls upon them. Bathed in the luminosity, it is his hope that they would become more beautiful.
"Although I work within a long tradition of landscape painting, my depiction of the ‘seen’ landscape is simply a vehicle through which I navigate territory of another nature. A landscape less ordinary; where the line between the physical and the spiritual realm has seemingly been removed. However, these scenarios are not intended to be of a surreal nature. Hopefully they will seem curiously familiar and convincingly real" Philip mentioned
Andre Martins de Barros was born in 1942 in Pau, a small town near the Spanish border. Andre started to paint from the age of 15 and just after completing his military service decided to devote all his time to passion : Painting.
Curious by nature and a perfectionist he has always enjoyed a challenge and one can see that over the years he has constantly experimented with different styles, starting with classic, expressionism moving on to more abstract work and eventually returning to the classic style which currently motivates him.
His painting are never simple; they tell more than the story depicted on the surface and are often deep philosophical statements in themselves revealing great thoughts, secrets and symbols. They can be poetic or full of humour.
Every painting reveals another aspect of the artist's complex imagination and the style itself is a signature testifying that 'this is the word of Andre Martins de Barros, a world of fantasy
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I’m very intrigued by spaces and how they can affect and shape its occupants. As a child, I was always watching people, but was always more interested in spaces under the bed, in the crevice of a couch, or the corner of a wall. I would gravitate to those places and sit very close to them, feeling myself become separated from the world outside. I think that I still work in the same way, and am very sensitive to my surroundings, so the work that I tend to produce reflects how I was feeling within particular spaces.
I am constantly trying to find myself within the space of a canvas, even if it is through the portrait of another, or the portrait of someone that exists only in my imagination.
Wendi Schneider is a Denver-based visual artist whose painterly photographs illuminate a deep reverence for the natural world. Born in Memphis, she holds an AA in Art History from Stephens College in Columbia, MO and a BA in Painting from Newcomb/Tulane in New Orleans. Her photographs are inspired by the lush Southern landscape and a background in painting and art history. She turned to photography in the early ‘80s to create references for paintings. Missing the sensuality of oils, she began layering glazes on her photographs to create a more personal interpretation. After she photographed, designed and produced the award-winning re-creation of the 1901 Picayune’s Creole Cook Book for The Times-Picayune, she moved to New York, where she photographed nearly 100 book covers and was a major contributor to the original Victoria Magazine. She moved to Denver in 1994, and after several decades of photography, design and art direction for clients, she recently returned to fine art photography. She is the recipient of multiple awards and her works have been exhibited throughout the world.
In order to achieve her distinctive photographic style, she developed various original techniques, which involve precious metals, hand painting and Polaroid film.
States of Grace Encaustic
In State of Grace Encaustic Wendy illuminates beauty amidst the chaos. She is calmed by the simplicity of a graceful line and the stillness of the suspended moment and compelled to share an impression of the serenity she finds here. She captures the ephemeral movement of light on organic forms, to preserve that mystical moment that stills time for her. Photographing intuitively - what she feels, as much as what she sees - and informed by a background in painting and art history, I portray a personal interpretation by layering the images digitally with color and texture to find balance between the real and the imagined.
Most of her hand-painted photographs date from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s. Her hand-coloring technique was developed from a background in oil painting and was influenced by techniques of old masters. Delicate layers of oil paint are painstakingly applied to each archival fiber print to achieve rich and subtle hues. This technique differs from traditional hand-tinting, which involves applying and then removing color to leave a 'tint" of color.
Josephine with Pearls - New York, NY - c. 1991
Draped Nude - New York, NY - c. 1991
Eve (Girl with Apple) - New York , NY - c. 1990
These images were photographed on slide film, copied to Polaroid instant film, then peeled apart before fully developed and printed on damp archival watercolor paper.Some of these prints were then enhanced with watercolors or colored pencils.
States of Grace
In States of Grace, she illuminates beauty amidst the chaos. She captures the ephemeral movement of light on organic forms, to preserve that mystical moment that stills time. White gold, silver or 24k gold leaf is applied behind the image, creating a silken luminosity on the print's surface. Throughout history, civilizations have prized the use of precious metals for their beauty and sanctity. The leafing process suffuses the intrinsic value of the treasured subjects with the implied spirituality of the gold. The perception of luminosity varies as the viewer’s position and ambient light change.
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Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) is one of the most famous artists in the history of Western art.
Vincent often painted himself when he couldn’t afford to pay models. Explore his self-portraits
Internationally renown as the Queen of Double Eyes, Alex Garant studied visual arts at Notre-Dame–De-Foy College just outside Quebec City. She decided to truly commit to her passion for Arts after suffering from a heart attack in 2012, changing forever how she would see the world.
As a pioneer of Contemporary Figurative Op Art, her oil paintings offer a graphic quality combined with traditional portrait techniques. Garant establishes herself as one of the leader of analog Glitch Art by using patterns, duplication of elements, symmetry and image superposition as key elements of her imagery. Alex Garant's paintings are certainly conversation pieces as they are meant to engage the observers into an image investigation process and hopefully enlist their senses differently while doing so.
Michelle Jader from San Francisco creates outstanding portraits of people in motion. Her paintings explore moments when we willingly and unwillingly dive into the next phase of our life. Each oil painting consists of several layers of semi-transparent acrylic panels. They are stacked in front of one another to add depth and emphasize the feeling of movement. The works are mounted to reveal these layers, but no special hardware is required. Each painting can be hung on a wall using a traditional picture hanger.
futuristic landscapes and architecture, biomechanical surrealism and fantastic realism by Peter Gric
Peter Gric is Austrian painter, drawer and illustrator originally from Czech Republic. In his art appear motives of futuristic landscapes and architecture, biomechanical surrealism and fantastic realism. Most of his work he designs in graphic software and the more complex pieces, he models in 3D software. Despite his work in computer graphics, it is not his primary medium.
Charmaine Olivia is a self-taught fine art painter born in Southern California. Charmaine Olivia is seeking to explore who we are as conscious beings in the universe, and the role color, emotion, and self-discovery play in living a harmonious life. She believes that every being is an artist in their own way, and allowing that creative spark to express itself is vital for the future world we want to create.
Her illustrations, photographs and paintings have appeared in publications, museums, galleries and private collections all over the world.