A Few Inspirations for my Painting

A Few Inspirations for my Painting

I’d like to start a post which I can add to over time, a collection of the inspirations I find important at the moment.  Here’s my first installment.

January 2017

The paintings I’m showing in January 2017 at Smith and Vallee Gallery are my explorations of pattern, color and how to handle the complex data of forest environments. I’ve found some masters in my research. I love them all, and include these references in no particular order. Textiles, painters, architects, theorists. Many of these creators excelled across many disciplines. What a fresh idea, a confident indifference to boundaries!

Egon Schiele, Austrian, Landscape at Kurmau, 1916

Egon Schiele, Austrian, Landscape at Kurmau, 1916

 

William Morris, British textile designer, Strawberry Thief

William Morris, British textile designer, Strawberry Thief

 

Josef Hoffman, Viennese jeweler, brooch, 1904 (Lauder Neue Gallery, NYC)

Josef Hoffman, Wiener Werkstatte, Vienna, brooch, 1904 (Lauder Neue Gallery, NYC)

 

Gunta Stozl, Bauhaus Dessau textile designer, design for a carpet. Bauhaus women were mostly confined to the textile department

Gunta Stozl, Bauhaus Dessau textile designer, design for a carpet. Bauhaus women were mostly confined to the textile department

 

Piero della Francesca, Italian Renaissance, The Baptism of Christ, 1448-50

Piero della Francesca, Italian Renaissance, The Baptism of Christ, 1448-50

 

David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Art in London, with The Arrival of Spring at Woldgate

David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Art in London, with The Arrival of Spring at Woldgate

 

Mariano Fortuny, textile designer, Italian

Mariano Fortuny, textile designer, Italian

 

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, architect and artist, Part Seen Part Imagined

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, architect and artist, Part Seen Part Imagined

 

Gustav Klimt, Garden with Chickens, 1916

Gustav Klimt, Garden with Chickens, 1916

 

Martin Schongauer, engraver, Annunciation, 15th c

Martin Schongauer, engraver, Annunciation, 15th c

These images and ideas become memories I can summon whenever I want. The masters offer their various solutions to the very problems I need to solve when making my own paintings. I wonder what questions they asked themselves, what they were trying to solve. Then I can’t wait to start a new artwork with my own new questions. I’m thankful.

Detail from Madonna of the Back 40, 2016.

Detail from Madonna of the Back 40, 2016.

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