Category: Art practitioners

Visual and contextual research on well-established art practitioners

Visual research (3) – Process, Surface, and Environment

My tutor suggested some contemporary artists for further contextualisation in the area of process, surface, environment. I have to say I find it at times difficult to research the right artists for my subjects. I will look at possible take aways for my personal project. Exploration of Process Ian Davenport (b.1966) Webpage: http://www.iandavenportstudio.com/artworks/ and video about making of ‘Colourfall‘, 2014 at: https://vimeo.com/97707102 [accessed…

Gallery visit: Rolf Iseli – Bern, Switzerland

As part of my ‘getting to know paint’ for my new OCA course (PoP1), I went to the local Galerie Kornfeld in Bern (January 16 – February 20, 2016). The exhibition was called ‘About Painting‘. The main scope of the gallery is auctioning substantial swiss and international art. They also do exhibitions and publishing art books (at quite high prices though).…

Part 5: Visual research (2) – Context of my subject

For my personal project I will refer especially to the following mostly contemporary artists and concepts. For reference see also my Visual Research (1) – Schaffeld 10 Nov 2015, see post. Emma Stibbon (b. 1962) ‘Hverir’, 2012 and other works. [Online image] Available from:   https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/artist/emma-stibbon-ra [accessed 12 Oct2015] Claude Heath (b.1964) => for his gestural drawings Tatiana Trouve (b.1968) => for her drawings that explore…

Part 5: Visual research (1) – An overview

Link to the entire document incl visuals: D1: My personal project – Visual research – an overview Looking at my own works, recent assignments, and my mind map, I decided to do a broader visual research on various aspects. So far I decided to look deeper into the following aspects as they appeared to be my stronger and engaging topics, but…

Project Six – Reasearch point: Self Portraits

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606 – 1669) Rembrandt did some quite some self portraits over the his artist life, starting at age 23 to his oldest as age 63. All of them are nearly the same angle. The earlier one still in his painting style of light and shadow with a single light source. One can really follow hie life, the turbulences. However it could be critical to interpret too much into…

Visual research: Michael Borremans (b.1963) – usage of limited colour palette

Another contempory artist my tutor suggested me to look at is the Belgium artist and film maker Michaël Borremans (b.1963) as he is using quite a limited colour palette. As observed during my last assignment I tended to use too much pure and bright colours. I experienced that drawings with a reduced number of colours do not restrict me in my approach or markings.…

Visual research: Frank Auerbach (b.1931) – a physical approach in charcoal & Exhibition

Frank Auerbach (b. 1931) is a London based contemporary figurative artist. Besides Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, and a few others he is considered as one of the London school painters. However, Auerbach himself never considered himself as part of a style or movement. For his figurative works, mostly portraits, he works at times over decades with the same models/sitters who were…

Visual research: Emma Stibbon (b.1962) – monochromatic work

My tutor suggested to me to look at some works of  Emma Stibbon (British b.1962) for her stark monochromatic works. Stibbon worked in the past intensively with white chalk on with ink blackened paper. Also she experimented with graphite and gesso, with watercolour and partly even with pigment. Later she worked more and more in pure ink on paper. She works with reference…

Project Two – Research point: Foreshortening

Foreshortening = ‘The correct depiction in perspective of a single figure or object or part thereof in relation to its distance from the eye of the viewer. Foreshortening has been discussed in treatises and taught in art schools since the Renaissance.‘ Oxford Art Online [Accessed 26 July 2015] Me in the mirror (different media): I tried several poses to get…

Visual Research: Peter Peri (b.1971) – control in graphite

My tutor suggested me to look at the drawings of Peter Peri for his crisps control of working with pencil. Peri is a London based artist (draughtsman, painter and sculptor) who works quite controlled in graphite on smaller scale. Peri takes reference to the constructivism and modern formalism. Some of his drawings remind to M.C. Escher and to some of Paul Klee.…

Visual Research: Richard Diebenkorn (1922 – 1993) – tone and control

My tutor suggested me to look into the drawings of Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) and his use of tone and control. I included him already in my research on townscapes. In this research I will look more into his ink and watercolour drawings of day to day things and more figurative works. I am quite eager to learn more about more expressive…

Visual Research: Kate Downie (b.1958) – working on location

My tutor suggested me to look deeper at the works and her working approach of Kate Downie (b.1958). She is a U.S. born Scottish Artist who works in and with landscape, working on location with ink and charcoal. She is a member of the RSA (Royal Scottish Academy). Kate Downie did some journeys through China in 2011 and 2013 where…

Project Three – Research Point: Viewpoints

For this research I did not know first how to tackle it. I searched through some books form the reading list, searched online and actually got some references during my last museum visit. At the end I choose three examples (one from the course material). I felt attracted by the works of Amy O’Neill and Alain Huck and I was wondering…

Project Two – Research point: landscape in serie

Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) ‘Haystacks’ or ‘Wheatstacks’ 1888-1891 in Giverny. The serie is taking the same scene and object to reflect the different light and weather conditions over the time of a day and over different seasons. At his time it was very new and modern to put such a simple object as a haystack as the point of…

Project Two – Research point: Vija Celmins (b.1938)

Vija Celmins is an Latvian-american artist who is devoted to drawing, painting and printmaking. She bases her works significantly on photographs, studying in detail the underlying patterns of the image. Especially her graphic drawing of the galaxy, the desert and the ocean show her intimate approach to texture and patterns. In her earlier work ‘Night Forms‘ in monochrome with bold contrast…

Project Two – Research point: Landscape

Landscape means mainly the depiction of a natural scenery. The depiction of a landscape in art goes back to the hellenistic period around 300 B.C. But only later it became a more selfstanding type of art. Especially the landscape painting from the early flemish masters of the 15th century. One example if the work of Jan van Eyck (1390-1441) of…

Project Six – Research point: Domestic interiors

Interior art works are going far back in the past, some famous fresco works from Giotto with interior views alongside the portraiture, mostly in the context of religion and the church interior. Pieter de Hooch painted in the so called ‘Gouden Eeuw’ in the 17th century in the Netherlands the intimate domestic interiors of its wealthy inhabitants. Recently I read…

Project Five – Research Point: Pets and other animals

1. Contant Nieuwenhujis (1920 – 2005) Constant, not really a contemporary artist, is mostly known as one of the member of the avant-garde group COBRA where artists from Denmark, Belgium and Netherlands came together in the years 1948-1951 to work together on the theme of spontaneity and experimentation, with some inspiration coming from children drawings. Still today there are related activities going…

Visual research: Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) – creation of depth and form

My tutor suggested me to look into the work of Alberto Giacometti (1901 – 1966) for his way of using ink and paint to create form and depth. Giacometti is well know for his thin figure sculptures. But he also established a wide range of drawings and paintings. A very good source for his work is the Fondation Giacometti. Giacometti’s talent…

Visual research: Robbie Bushe (b.1964) – narrative in ink

A further suggestion from my tutor was to look into the narrative work of Robbie Bushe and his usage of ink and pen. Robbie Bushe, a figurative artist from Scotland and currently working as a lecturer at the University of Edinburg, showed in his childhood great interest in cartoons and comics. He has a degree in graphics as well as…

Visual research: John Virtue (b.1947)

From the feedback I received on my assignment one my tutor suggested to look more into the work of John Virtue for his use of materials, tone and scale. He is an English artist specialized in monochrome landscapes. He is doing now very large scale works with views on London or the seacoast. His compositions are ‘abstract compositions of the environment as…

Project One – Research point: Positive and negative spaces

With this research I will look into the concept of positive and negative space, and how art practitioners are incorporating this in their works. Patrick Caulfield and Gary Hume, both mentioned in the course material, are both related more or less to Pop-Art. There is an interesting article about their group exhibition in Tate, London from Fox,D. (2013) in the Frieze magazine. I wanted…

Project One – Research Point: Still Life genre

Part two is looking at our environment in drawing and with this research I will look deeper into the evolution of Still Life pictures, works across the centuries to the practice of contempary artists. Traditionally still life or ‘nature morte’ is typical an arrangement if inanimate objects. eg. flower, fruit, artefacts, housefold goods, layed out on a table or other flat…

Project Two – Research point: Odilon Redon

‘Deux Arbres (Two trees)’, 1875: http://www.wikiart.org/en/odilon-redon/two-trees-1875 In this drawing the darkest spot is just in the center of the picture. It absorbs all the attention of the viewer. There is a small path leading towards this black hole. At the beginning it is bright light, slowly fading into the dark black background. Lights spots are accompanying the view along the path…

Visual research: Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945) ‘Gretchen drawings in ink’

After my previous research on ‘Brot! (Bread)’ from Kathe Kollwitz (see post from 17 Nov) I wanted to do a more thorough visual research on her ink drawings.  I selected three of them from the year 1889 (her early years before she went deeper into printmaking). These drawings depict the theme from J.W. Goethe ‘Faust’ well known ‘Gretchen’ scene. They…

Project One – Research Point: Feeling and Emotions

(amended Nov 29th, 2014 after reflection on feedback from my tutor) For this visual research I will look deeper into the work of Vincent van Gogh, Cy Twombly, and Willem de Kooning. I chose the three artists as I am very much attracted by their work. 1) Vincent van Gogh – ‘Tree roots in a sandy ground’ (1882) http://krollermuller.nl/object.php/KM%20117.091%20RECTO/Boomwortels-in-een-zandgrond-Les-racines?lang=en , Media used:…

Visual research: Cy Twombly (1929-2011) ‘Bolsena’

This drawing is made from the ‘Blackboard paintings’ that C Twombly started in 1966. In this drawing it is actually a whiteboard. Compared to the two pieces I looked at before (Da Vinci’s ‘Virgin’ and Kollwitz’s ‘Brot!’) this drawing is completely different. It is not figurative, many different marks. It shows abstract shapes, simple shapes as squares, rectangles, and some…

Visual research: Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945) ‘Brot! (Bread)’

Kathe Kollwitz is mainly known as a printmaker and sculptor, although some of her drawings are demonstrating very well her personal and emotional involvement in the picture making. Her own personal experiences, her engagement with the events and workers around her, and her later involvement in revolutionary themes, are key elements in her work This drawing reminds me a bit…

Visual research: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) ‘Virgin with child and cat’

From the Introduction Course I learned that in order to improve my reflective perception as well as my critically thinking skills, it is advised to do regularly visual and deeper contextual research/analysis. With this drawing from da Vinci I start my journey. The drawing ‘Virgin with child and cat’ was made by Da Vinci’s at the end of his first…