Derek Jones, 1945 ~ Watercolor Figurative painter

Derek Jones is a coal miner's son, born in County Durham, and he is currently based in Berwickshire. He went to Art College at Hartlepool and followed this by completing a degree in Fine Art at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Following a year working in a museum, Derek began to teach art. He later helped to run a gallery in Berwick upon Tweed. For the last twenty years, Derek has been concentrating on his own work, which consists mainly of figurative drawing.

Françoise Nielly, 1960 ~ Palette Knife painter

Françoise Nielly is a French knife-painter who is famous for painting vibrant and colourful closeup portraits of people such as Barack Obama. She was born in Marseille, brought up near Cannes and Saint-Tropez and is now living in Paris.

Pavlos Samios, 1948 ~ Greek romance

Παύλος Σάμιος - Pavlos Samios was born in Athens in 1948. At an early age, he started painting and drawing by helping his father with his shoe workshop.
He became fond of religious painting that attracted his interest since his childhood and worked in Dionysios Karoussos icon painting workshop until the age of eighteen. At the same time, he attended classes on drawing in Panos Sarafianos workshop whereupon he was accepted at the Athens School of Fine Arts.

Jin Hongjun, 1937 ~ Traditional Chinese painter

Mr. Jin Hongjun / 靳洪軍 was born in 1937 and is a native of Beijing. His family are descendants of the Emperors of the Qing Dynasty. He studied Chinese painting with many well-known artists such as Li Kuchan and Li Keran in the Chinese Painting Department, Central Art College of China. As a professional artist at the Beijing Painting Institute, Professor Jin particularly specialized in fine brushwork. His paintings have been collected by the China National Art Museum and by the Chinese government and many important organizations. One of them was elected into the 13th Exhibition of SECO of the U.N. Jin Hongjun also was invited to visit India and to teach in Japan plus to participate in art exhibitions of his works in the U.S., Singapore, Korea, Canada, Thailand and other countries.

Richard Diebenkorn ~ Abstract and Figurative Expressionism painter

By Michael Kimmelman, New York Times newspaper, March 31, 1993

Richard Diebenkorn 1922-1993, one of the premier American painters of the postwar era, whose deeply lyrical abstractions evoked the shimmering light and wide-open spaces of California, where he spent virtually his entire life, died yesterday at his home in Berkeley. He was 70.
The cause was respiratory failure after a long illness, said his dealer, Lawrence Rubin of M. Knoedler and Company in Manhattan.
Two rounds of open-heart surgery, pneumonia and a bout of radiation therapy over the last two years had hobbled Mr. Diebenkorn, making his breathing so difficult that eventually his creative efforts were limited to drawings and other small-scale works he could produce while bedridden. Even these, in the soft, bleached colors he favored, often suggested a vast scale.

Duong Quoc Dinh, 1967 ~ Body painting | VideoArt

Marco Grassi, 1987

Marco Grassi è nato a Reggio Emilia (Italia), dove risiede a lavora attualmente. Dopo aver conseguito il diploma di Ragioniere, decide di perseguire la strada dell’arte, iscrivendosi nel 2006 all’Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna; terminato il ciclo di studi sceglie di dedicarsi a tempo pieno all’attività pittorica, passione che lo accompagna da molti anni.
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