To be in the arts, you must also enjoy them yourself...
Here is who inspires me:
I love the work of Ray Johnson. I stumbled across the documentary "How to Paint a Bunny" while I was in art school, and it forever changed my approach to art, and expanded my understanding of what it means to be an artist. When I think of how to push boundaries, I think of Ray Johnson. And..while i was compiling this list, I put stars around his name~
To me, this is the ultimate goal. I feel Da Silva's work is able to say so much without saying a word... What I love most about abstract work, and what I'm able to find so easily in Da Silva's art is this: the interpretation of her work shifts dramatically by the mood of the viewer.
I know some people firmly believe that that is simply a characteristic of abstract work, but I will argue that some abstract artists give too much of a story to their viewer, so the viewer is coerced to feeling a certain way when interacting with an art piece..
On the other hand, to me, Da Silva's work is open enough for the viewer to approach it at different stages/moods in their life, and in turn are able to experience different internal dialogues with her art. She is a true master at silent conversations...and yes, as I said to open with: it is the ultimate goal. :)
I know you can see his influence in my recent works. I adore the work of Yoshitomo Nara. Absolutely adore it~~ We have 2 framed prints of his little girls, I have 2-3 of his postcard books, a friend of mine got me his children's book... I mean, i love his work.
He has found a way to create a relationship between what is childlike and "cute" verses what I considered the disturbing realities of being an adult.
--One of those realities is that as an adult, we're not always happy. There are layers and layers to his work which one can explore while still enjoying the surface "cuteness" of his girls. I could go on for days with my love for Yoshitomo Nara's work. The only exhibition that was even remotely exciting in all my years of going to Honolulu's contemporary museum was his. Love. Love. Love.
I love the way Lempicka paints people--especially women. She makes life look luxurious. And I guess, it goes beyond just looking beautiful on the outside... she makes her subjects powerful.
After getting my fine arts degree, I started to really examine ways women were portrayed, and that's when I found (and fell in love with) Lempicka. There is only one other artist that tops my love for depicting women but, I couldn't write a blog about artists that inspire me without mentioning her...
To be honest, I never truly believed this about myself ,but a professor once told me that one of my strengths in art is portraiture and figure painting. I never believed it in myself, and (until recently) never had the space and/or opportunity to do live paintings. It was always too hard for me to commit the time involved to have a figure sit for me--and because of that, I've never moved forward in hiring a model...but, it was told to me by a professor I respected. So, it may be worth pursuing from this point forth... If I were to try again, I would like to paint women like Lempicka did. The presence of each figure is immense...and i love that.
Charley Harper's work makes my heart smile.
A dear friend of mine from Ireland (Simon!!) once sent me a calendar bookmark of Charley Harper's work. I kept each bookmark because I loved the artwork on it. In fact, I laminated each one (and still have it) because I liked the art so much.
The graphic simplicity in his depiction of insects and wildlife excites me.
I now have one of his large calendars in my bathroom and look at it everyday because it simulates my mind on the daily.
I like work that is clean.In fact, that may be the best way to describe Harper's work: Clean.
I often wish I could add that component to my own pieces, but sometimes I feel that I fall in love with certain things because they are so opposite of myself that its pure presence in my life is simply for me to admire it...that's how I feel about Charley Harpers work. I truly admire it.
As they say, save the best for last.
I have too much to say about my love for Matisse. So, I will just leave it at this:
"All things considered, there is only Matisse. "--Pablo Picasso
:) Thanks for reading!