Could Picasso not again face what humanity had done? Did he recoil at the idea of any aesthetic response to horror and devastation on that scale? Or, in the face of such unimaginable suffering, did he find art unequal to the task?
I am conducting an experiment in free association -- creating a new image daily in a variety of media and posting them here weekly.
The conservator can talk about the nuts and bolts while I try and figure out what was going on in the artist's head and eye. In this case, what did Homer see, how did he chose to paint it, why that and how did he execute it.
Barry Nemett's recent paintings and drawings are a testament to a lifetime of uncompromised practice and ceaseless development.
In 2011 I began a drawing a day series I simply called '365.' After years of working primarily at my computer on commissioned illustrations I was tired of sitting at a desk and longed for working with my hands again, to paint and draw, and quickly.
Born in 1937, Erlebacher broke with the abstract expressionism of her generation to become a lifelong practitioner and advocate of figurative painting.
The game of trend-spotting at big-ticket art fairs has always been mostly about playing the numbers. What's selling, and to whom? But at this year's FIAC in Paris, amid the high-rolling and the splashy frontrunners, I began looking for a genre that refuses to stay moribund: classical painting
Veteran artist Wayne Thiebaud -- who will turn 93 on November 15th -- isn't slowing down a bit. His current one-man show at the Paul Thiebaud Gallery, Memory Mountains, consists of 31 paintings and 17 works on paper and fills both floors of the gallery.
As a married couple who have developed their parallel careers over four decades of partnership, Hearne and Gina have developed complimentary artistic practices that overlap into a kind of ongoing conversation.
If there is a boundary, trust an artist to cross it -- and then make you appreciate why.
The works which I find most deeply satisfying to create are the ones which feel like gifts that I have received through some sort of bizarre or miraculous circumstance.
In our attempt to define, decide and stake out territory, in our desire to eliminate uncertainty, messiness and ambiguity, why do we narrow something that should remain mysterious and somehow bigger than ourselves to whatever novelty we might think of?
Jennifer Pochinski is a Sacramento based painter who paints in a big, generous style. Although she is a representational artist, Jennifer works like an Abstract Expressionist, often covering an entire canvas in a single day.
Although he does use photographs as one of his source materials, Walsh does not define himself as a Photorealist. "You almost need to create the space from scratch, using the photographs only as a guide," he explains: "If you don't do that it won't be convincing as a painting."
Four years ago, I lost my job. I was sad, angry and unsure about what I wanted to do next. I knew, though, that I didn't want to go back into the corporate world, where the chances of another layoff down the line would have been pretty high. Yet, I was confused.
The Impressionists' work was eventually seen by the public (not all rave reviews, by the way), and the rest is art history. Those same paintings from that exhibit are today now worth more than a billion dollars!