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Christine Ellger, 1948 | Surrealist Fine Art Photographer

German fine art photographer Christine Ellger was born in Dresden and took up photography as a hobby 11 years ago. At first she was just capturing the scenes and objects around her but then she focused on digital editing and photo manipulation.
She says "My life has become interesting and exciting through this hobby. It makes me perceive the Beauty. All the time, often unconsciously, I am on the search for motifs. I hunt and collect beautiful pictures. For a good result the image is editted".
Her images reflect pure creativity of her imaginative mind each of which takes you away for a while.

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Barbara J. Wachter | Abstract Figurative painter

Barbara J. Wachter expresses not only what she sees, but what she senses. That invisible quality takes her art to a level that really connects to the viewer. You can sense the emotion, beauty, even the weather in her paintings. An exciting new addition to her talents, encaustic painting, will also be on exhibit.
Art as defined by Webster is the human ability to make things: Creativity of man as distinguished from the world of nature.
Therefore, artwork being the personal work of the artist is as much invisible as it is apparent to the viewer’s eye, e.g. figurative works show the figure looking somewhere in the distance to those sights unseen.

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Leonardo da Vinci | Come la scultura è di minore ingegno che la pittura, e mancano in lei molte parti naturali..

Trattato della Pittura - Parte prima /34

Adoperandomi io non meno in scultura che in pittura, ed esercitando l'una e l'altra in un medesimo grado, mi pare con picciola imputazione poterne dare sentenza, quale sia di maggiore ingegno, difficoltà e perfezione l'una che l'altra. Prima la scultura è sottoposta a certi lumi, cioè di sopra, e la pittura porta per tutto seco e lume e ombra. E lume e ombra è la importanza adunque della scultura; lo scultore in questo caso è aiutato dalla natura del rilievo, ch'ella genera per sé; e il pittore per accidentale arte lo fa ne' luoghi dove ragionevolmente lo farebbe la natura; lo scultore non si può diversificare nelle varie nature de' colori delle cose; la pittura non manca in parte alcuna.

Pubblicato il 28/02/16 ed aggiornato il

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Ming Feng, 1957 | Impressionist painter

Award winning Artist Ming Feng was born in Guangzhou, China. He was admitted to the Guangzhou municipal Teenage Art School and graduated from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1986. There, he studied artistic theories and Chinese and Western art philosophy. Before arriving in the United States, Ming achieved prominence as an acclaimed artist in his native China. First, he worked as a stage designer with the Modern Drama Troupe of Guangzhou. Later, he worked for the Guangzhou Art Design company where he created layouts, advertisement designs, product placards, and book illustrations. In 1984 he became a member of the prestigious Chinese Artist Association, the nation’s top professional artist organization. His paintings are kept in a permanent collection in the Guangzhou Fine Art Museum.

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Barbara Flowers | En plein air /Figurative /Still life painter

Barbara is an international artist who lived most of her life in a small village near the Rhine Valley in Germany. A deep desire to create art began at a young age. Barbara’s parents encouraged her artistic growth with private art lessons and visits to Europe’s museums to see the collections of masterpieces. She was educated in foreign languages and had a successful career as a foreign language correspondent. Ultimately, Barbara’s passion to create art became so strong that she closed the door on her career and opened a new door to the world of art. She has never regretted making that decision. Every day Barbara looks forward to creating art that will convey the same sense of beauty to the viewer that inspired the artist.

Pubblicato il 27/02/16 ed aggiornato il

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Eyvind Earle | Conceptual Surrealist painter /Illustrator

Born in New York in 1916, Eyvind Earle began his prolific career at the age of ten when his father, Ferdinand Earle, gave him a challenging choice: read 50 pages of a book or paint a picture every day. Earle choose both. From the time of his first one-man showing in France when he was 14, Earle’s fame had grown steadily. At the age of 21, Earle bicycled across country from Hollywood to New York, paying his way by painting 42 watercolors. In 1937, he opened at the Charles Morgan Galleries, his first of many one-man shows in New York.

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Nishant Dange, 1982 | Abstract Portrait painter

Born in Nagpur, Maharashtra-India, Nishant Dange earned a BFA at Government Chitrakala Mahavidyalaya, Nagpur, in 2004.
Group Shows - Numerous group shows in India at, among others, the Nehru Centre, Mumbai, and Shridharani Art Gallery, New Delhi, and abroad including Singapore (2012), and Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2011).
Solo Shows - 2005/2010: Four solo shows in Mumbai and Bangalore.

Pubblicato il 26/02/16 ed aggiornato il

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Zdislav Beksinski | Utopian Realism /Surreal architecture painter

Zdzisław Beksiński (24 February 1929 - 21 February 2005) was a Polish painter, photographer and sculptor, specializing in the field of dystopian surrealism. Beksiński did his paintings and drawings in what he called either a 'Baroque' or a 'Gothic' manner. His creations were made mainly in two periods. The first period of work is generally considered to contain expressionistic color, with a strong style of "utopian realism" and surreal architecture, like a doomsday scenario. The second period contained more abstract style, with the main features of formalism.

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Jagannath Paul, 1976 | Abstract Figurative painter

Born in West Bengal, Jagannath Paul is a Mumbai based artist.The varied nuances of male and female relationship are manifested into his paintings through the medium of charcoals and colors on paper and canvas. He uses colours to depict relationships in different moods and emotions.
Jagannath Paul has graduated from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata 2000 with 1st class 1st. He has won many prestigious awards.

Pubblicato il 25/02/16 ed aggiornato il

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Francisco Goya | Drawing

Francisco Goya (1746-1828) was a Spanish romantic painter and printmaker. He is considered the most important Spanish artist of late 18th and early 19th centuries and throughout his long career was a commentator and chronicler of his era. Immensely successful in his lifetime, Goya is often referred to as both the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns.
For biographical notes -in english and italian- and other works by Goya see:
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Bernie Fuchs | Abstract Figurative painter and illustrator

Saturday, September 19, 2009
Bernie Fuchs, 76, Dies; Illustrator Defined Mid-Century Era
By Adam Bernstein © The Washington Post

Bernie Fuchs, 76, an illustrator whose influential work for magazines ranging from Cosmopolitan to Sports Illustrated seamlessly blended qualities of traditional narrative with hints of abstract composition, died of esophageal cancer Sept. 17 at a care facility in Fairfield, Conn. He lived in nearby Westport.
Mr. Fuchs was adept at balancing art and commerce. He met the needs of mass-circulation magazines accustomed to Norman Rockwell-style realism, but he injected a fresh vitality and impressionism that became hugely popular and transformed the illustration field. He even experimented with bold designs based on the abstract expressionism movement popularized by painters Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.

Pubblicato il 24/02/16 ed aggiornato il

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Markey Robinson | Expressionist /Primitive Naif painter

David Marcus Robinson, known as Markey Robinson (February 7, 1918 - January 28, 1999 (aged 80)), was an Irish painter and sculptor with a primitive representational style. His main passion was painting, but he also produced sculptures and designed some stained glass panels.
Robinson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the son of a house painter. He trained at the Belfast College of Art. He took part in boxing matches, under the name "Boyo Marko", and later worked as a merchant seaman. Robinson's first exhibitions were in Belfast during World War II. He became better known through over 20 exhibitions of his work at the Oriel Gallery in Dublin, where he used the upstairs framing room as his studio.

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Eugene J. Paprocki, 1971 | Plein Air /Impressionist /Cityscape painter

Eugene J. Paprocki, is an American painter, known for working in the Impressionist / En plein air style. Eugene J. Paprocki was born in Chicago, IL in 1971.
For biographical notes -in english and italian- and other works by Paprocki, see:
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Francisco Goya | The Marquise of Santa Cruz / La marchesa di Santa Cruz, 1805

Joaquina Téllez-Girón y Pimentel (1784-1851) was the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Osuna and Marchioness of Santa Cruz by her marriage to José Gabriel de Silva y Walstein in 1801. A friend of poets and literati, she was one of the most admired women of her time.
Goya presents her wearing white crêpe and reposing on a canapé upholstered in red velvet. She is crowned with grape leaves and clusters. This headdress and the lire -shaped guitar identify her as Erato, the muse of Love Poetry- a clear reference to her love of poetry and music.

Pubblicato il 23/02/16 ed aggiornato il

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Francisco Goya | The Disasters of War / I disastri della guerra, 1810-1820

The Disasters of War /Los desastres de la guerra / I disastri della guerra are a series of 82 prints created between 1810 and 1820 by the Spanish painter and printmaker Francisco Goya (1746-1828). Although Goya did not make known his intention when creating the plates, art historians view them as a visual protest against the violence of the 1808 Dos de Mayo Uprising, the subsequent Peninsular War of 1808-14 and the setbacks to the liberal cause following the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in 1814. During the conflicts between Napoleon's French Empire and Spain, Goya retained his position as first court painter to the Spanish crown and continued to produce portraits of the Spanish and French rulers.

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Benvenuto Cellini ~ Perseus with the Head of Medusa, 1554

Perseus with the Head of Medusa is a bronze sculpture made by Benvenuto Cellini in 1545. The sculpture stands upon on a square base with bronze relief panels depicting the story of Perseus and Andromeda, similar to a predella on an altarpiece. It is located in the Loggia dei Lanzi of the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy. The second Florentine duke, Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici, commissioned the work with specific political connections to the other sculptural works in the piazza. When the piece was revealed to the public on 27 April 1554, Michelangelo’s David, Bandinelli’s Hercules and Cacus, and Donatello’s Judith and Holofernes were already erected in the piazza.
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Leonardo da Vinci ~ Comparazione della pittura alla scultura

Trattato della Pittura- Parte prima /36

La pittura è di maggior discorso mentale e di maggiore artificio e maraviglia che la scultura, conciossiaché necessità costringe la mente del pittore a trasmutarsi nella propria mente di natura, e a farsi interprete infra essa natura e l'arte, comentando con quella le cause delle sue dimostrazioni costrette dalla sua legge, ed in che modo le similitudini degli obietti circostanti all'occhio concorrano co' veri simulacri alla pupilla dell'occhio, e infra gli obietti eguali in grandezza quale si dimostrerà maggiore ad esso occhio, e infra i colori eguali qual si dimostrerà piú o meno oscuro, o piú o men chiaro; e infra le cose di eguale bassezza, quale si dimostrerà piú o men bassa; e di quelle che sono poste in altezza eguale, quale si dimostrerà piú o meno alta; e degli obietti eguali posti in varie distanze, perché si dimostreranno men noti l'un che l'altro.

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Gian Lorenzo Bernini | Painting and Drawing | Baroque Era style

Gian Lorenzo Bernini (also Gianlorenzo or Giovanni Lorenzo; 7 December 1598 - 28 November 1680) was an Italian sculptor, painter and architect. A major figure in the world of architecture, he was the leading sculptor of his age, credited with creating the Baroque style of sculpture.

For biographical notes -in english and italian- and sculpture works by Bernini see Gian Lorenzo Bernini ~ Baroque Era sculptor ➦.

Pubblicato il 22/02/16 ed aggiornato il

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Diego Velázquez | Baroque Era painter

Diego Velázquez, in full Diego Rodríguez de Silva Velázquez (baptized June 6, 1599, Sevilla, Spain-died Aug. 6, 1660, Madrid), the most important Spanish painter of the 17th century, a giant of Western art.
Velázquez is universally acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest artists. The naturalistic style in which he was trained provided a language for the expression of his remarkable power of observation in portraying both the living model and still life. Stimulated by the study of 16th-century Venetian painting, he developed from a master of faithful likeness and characterization into the creator of masterpieces of visual impression unique in his time. With brilliant diversity of brushstrokes and subtle harmonies of colour, he achieved effects of form and texture, space, light, and atmosphere, that make him the chief forerunner of 19th-century French Impressionism.

Pubblicato il 21/02/16 ed aggiornato il

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Vincent van Gogh | Study of hands

  • Cos'è disegnare? Come ci si arriva? È l'atto di aprirsi un passaggio attraverso un muro di ferro invisibile che sembra trovarsi tra ciò che si sente e che si può.
  • Faccio sempre ciò che non so fare per imparare come va fatto.
  • L'arte è gelosa... bisogna lavorare a lungo e duramente per afferrarne l'essenza. Quello a cui miro è maledettamente difficile, eppure non penso di mirare troppo in alto.
  • Soffrire senza lamentarsi è l'unica lezione da imparare in questa vita.

Pubblicato il 20/02/16 ed aggiornato il

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Andrew Kish III, 1980 | Conceptual /Symbolist /Master Watercolor painter

Andrew Kish III is an award winning master Watercolor painter who is constantly pushing the boundries of contemporary watercolor. Andrew holds a BFA from Kutztown University and resides in eastern Pennsylvania.
Born in 1980 in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, Andrew M. Kish III has emerged as one of the premier watercolor painters of his generation. Kish received his B.F.A. in painting from Kutztown University. His paintings explore social subjects ranging from politics to spirituality and dive deeply into the contemporary human experience. His unique ability to blend thought provoking concepts with powerful compositions is evolving the landscape of contemporary watercolor. Kish’s current work deals with the morality of social paradigms and challenges the viewer with rich provocative and metaphoric imagery.

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Karen Hollingsworth, 1955 | WindowScape painter

Early in her career as an artist, Karen Hollingsworth painted mostly portraits and still life arrangements. Then, around 2002, while Karen was moving furniture around her studio to set up the scene for a new still life, she placed a chair in front of a window and thought, "Now that’s a painting!" That’s when Karen switched her focus and began mainly painting compositions of chairs and windows. From there she evolved into painting open windows with a variety of scenes beyond them. Referred to as "windowscapes", these works have become her signature style. Karen’s images vary from the whimsical (such as paintings with elephants) to the foreboding (such as paintings with crows).

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Barbara Jaenicke, 1964 | Plein Air /Still life /Pastel painter

Barbara Courtney Jaenicke (pronounced JAN-i-kee) loved to draw and paint as a teenager and decided at an early age to pursue an art career in one form or another. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986 from The College of New Jersey, taking as many fine art courses as she could, while also taking painting classes outside of her college studies. But with the desire to have a steady income right after college, she geared her education toward the commercial side and spent a little over a decade of her early career in advertising as an art director, then later shifted gears to a corporate role in marketing communications.

Pubblicato il 19/02/16 ed aggiornato il

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Hughie O'Donoghue RA, 1953 | Abstract Expressionism painter

© The Royal Academy of Arts /Hughie O’Donoghue RA was born in England but lived and worked for many years in County Kerry, Ireland. He graduated from Goldsmiths in 1982 and was Artist in Residence at the National Gallery, London from 1984-85.
His work is characterised by an engagement with the past. He uses figuration and abstraction to explore themes of human identity, memory and experience; and draws on history, mythology and personal records to create works which resonate with emotional intensity.

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Francis O'Toole | Figurative /Portrait painter

Francis O'Toole is a Dublin based artist, who has studied in Florence, Italy.
At 17 Francis was involved in an industrial accident which very nearly claimed his life. After spending over a year in hospital and rehabilitation, Francis spent a number of years confused about what path to take in life, this lead to him straying into the wrong group of people and encountering a dark world of up and coming criminals. One day out of concern for her son Francis' mother suggested he paint, at first Francis believe this to be silly, but slowly began to enjoy this activity.

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