inspirational Painters Series: Leon Bonnat

The inspirational painters series deals with painters who had a major influence on their students. These are painters and mentors who prized individual expression over technique. We judge these painters not so much on their output but on the mastery of their proteges. Leon Joseph Florentin Bonnat was one such Master Mentor. Leon Bonnat was born […]

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OBSERVATION VS. IMAGINATION

Magnolia, abstract painting in blues and pinks by Brian Rutenberg, header image

Drawing, like all things in life, is not a choice of absolutes; various factions within the art community would have one believe the exact opposite. Their entire premise is that for something to be right, its counterpart must be evil. This stilted fundamentalist philosophy is not only unuseful; it is detrimental to the creative process. […]

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Gestural Expression

GESTURE – Gestural drawing is the ability to consolidate the observed and imagined visual characteristics of the subject matter and convey the most inFORMation as graphically as possible. Capturing the Gesture or gestalt is about the melding of perception and conception. Gestural drawing is about merging what we know about our subject with our comprehension […]

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The Human Form As Art

The Crux III painting of a female figure with doves by Steven Kenny, 2013, oil on canvas, 24 x 60 inches

Steven Kenny was born in Peekskill, New York in 1962. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1984. His final year of art school was spent studying independently in Rome. … In 1997 Steven dropped illustration in order to devote his full attention to the fine arts.

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Paolo Roversi

Born in Ravenna in 1947, Paolo Roversi’s interest in photography was kindled as a teenager during a family vacation in Spain in 1964. Back home, he set up a darkroom in a convenient cellar with another keen amateur, the local postman Battista Minguzzi, and began developing and printing his own black & white work. The encounter […]

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Vania Zouravliov

Vania Zouravliov grew up in an artistic family. His mother was an art teacher and so he picked up painting from a very young age. His adolescent influences were both typical and unusual. The Bible, Dante’s Divine Comedy, early Disney animation, and North American Indians, included among them. Vania was soon labeled a prodigy. He […]

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The human form in the arts_Otto Greiner

Otto Was Born On 16Th December 1869 In Leipzig, Germany And Died On 24Th September 1916 In Munich. Greiner Was A Painter And Printmaker, He Started A Lithography Apprenticeship In Leipzig In 1884 And Also Took Drawing Lessons. Between 1888 And 1891 He Studied At The Akademie Der Bildenden Künste In Munich Under Sándor Liezen-Mayer. […]

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THE NUDE IN ART_ALBERTO ABATE

Alberto Abate_Italian_B. Rome, March 16, 1946_D. Rome, March 9, 2012 Alberto Abate was born in Rome on March 16, 1946, to a family of artists of Catania origin : his father, is the sculptor Carmelo Abate, his uncle, Alessandro Abate, is a painter, watercolourist and fresco painter. In the 1950s, Abbot attended the local Institute of Art in Catania: his masters were […]

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The Nude in art_Albert von keller

Albert von Keller_Swiss/German_B.27 April 1844_14 July 1920_Female figures are a prominent feature of his work. In 1865 Albert attended the Munich Academy of Fine Art for a short time. He made numerous study trips throughout Germany, France, Italy, and the Low Countries to study and copy Masterworks. From 1867 he apprenticed at several different studios […]

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THE NUDE IN ART_LOVIS CORINTH

Lovis Corinth_German_B. 21 July 1858_D. 17 July 1925 Corinth studied in Paris Munich, joined the Berlin Secession group, later succeeding Max Liebermann as the group’s president. His early work was naturalistic in approach. Corinth was initially antagonistic towards the expressionist movement, but after a stroke in 1911 his style loosened and took on many expressionistic qualities.

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