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Artist Research Assignment

Contemporary Artist Research – Still Life

I particularly liked the way in which Jeff Hayes has positioned the objects in this painting so that you can see through the glass so that the lemon becomes distorted.It is also interesting that he has arranged the composition so that it is at eye level, so we see less of the table top and more of the background.

Hayes says of his composition:

“I thought I’d start with this, which is something of a recent personal favorite. I can almost never resist the urge to paint objects through glass, and this lemon seen through an old spice bottle was no exception. The green marble egg was more difficult to place in the composition – maybe because it’s actually an unusual object – but I’m glad I was able to include it.”

Frank Colclough takes a different perspective to Hayes, as in ‘Still life study on Striped cloth’ he arranges his still life as though he is looking down on the objects which gives him more of an opportunity to make the cloth a greater feature of the painting.I do like the idea of using a patterned support in the drawing to give a contrast against simple objects.The way in which the stripes bend in this painting also help to lead the viewer’s eye around the painting, and Colclough has also used ideas of reflection by depicting the cloth reflected and distorted in the bottle, and also the flowers are reflected in the fruit bowl.

Laura Shechter’s work is interesting in that she brings hyper-realism to her still life, and I particularly liked her close attention to the shadows and the way in which they add depth and give 3D form to the objects she paints.She says of her work “My process in doing the big still lifes is to first draw the grouping in pencil on a relatively small scale. …Next, I create a grid on the drawing and have a photocopying place enlarge each portion of the grid. Then, I transfer the enlarged drawing to the surface of the canvas. This preparatory work is painstaking…I control my light source–that’s why it’s dark in here. I want a very specific light–I’m really trying to capture a Moment of Light. My goal is to convey the precise visual sensation of the surfaces of the objects at one instant of light.”

In this painting by Jane Cruickshank, I particularly liked the contrast of the crisp white tablecloth and the black background, and also the symmetry of the almost 50/50 horizontal split between the two.

Red Rag Gallery Manager, Carole Teagle comments, “We are delighted to host this fascinating solo show by Jane Cruickshank. There is a gentleness and peace to Jane’s still life paintings that gives them an enduring quality and causes us to take time to ponder and reflect, a precious offering of stability at a time of fast movement and change.”

“It focuses on her still life work and includes delicately defined paintings of vessels of different materials (ceramic, metallic), household items (such as scissors), fruit and books – in each case helping us to see how the ordinary and the day-to-day reveal the extraordinary as we take time to observe them.”

I was drawn to Geoffrey Robinson’s work as it seemed so different from most other still life paintings and drawings I had looked at.His work is part painting, part relief, and I liked the way the perspective flattens the still life while the relief aspects brings a 3D element back into it at the same time which is evident in the slight shadows at the edges of the jug and bowl.This method makes you want to reach out and touch the objects and although they lack realism I actually feel more engaged with this work than with a realist painting.I also liked the way in which the flashes of colour draw your eye around the painting and lead you backwards and forwards between the items on the table.

I found this image via google images which actually took me to a link from another OCA student’s blog – interesting to read that we are all researching similar things! This newspaper collage is by Sue Flask – I loved the way in which the edges of text are clipped off on some of the objects which then really draws your eye to them as you want to read more – also even though the objects are flat this seems to give them a 3D effect as it is as if the text wraps around the objects in the same way a bottle label may do in real life.I also liked this idea of using the newspaper and thought of possibly doing this instead of ordinary paper for my own still life – I had already been considering maybe using brown paper but i liked this idea of clippings of text going off in all different directions and maybe tying this in to some sort of relevance with the objects chosen.The subtle pastel colours of the bottom section also work well in suggesting some kind of patterned table covering.

The photograph above is a very modern take on still-life – here Canadian photographer Sara Cwynar has photographed items which she owns that are one particular colour (not an original idea as I saw Helga Steppan doing the same quite a few years ago) but I did think it could help when trying out different ideas for my own still life as I have been finding it difficult to decide which items to put together, as sometimes the composition can look too contrived.I also thought this single colour idea might work well when combined with drawing in colours mostly I have been using pencil and charcoal.

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Presentation on theme: "Artist Research Assignment. Create a 10-15 slide Powerpoint presentation about a famous artist and their artwork You will research the artist’s biographical."— Presentation transcript:

1 Artist Research Assignment

2 Create a 10-15 slide Powerpoint presentation about a famous artist and their artwork You will research the artist’s biographical information, as well as the history and meaning behind a piece of their artwork of your choice You will also come up with an idea for a simple art project inspired by your artist It is up to you if you would like to work alone or with a partner

3 Your slideshow must: Be well designed, including the background and the slide layouts (arrangement of pictures and text)--- Sound effects and fancy transitions are not necessary

4 Include a title slide: (1 slide)  The name of the artist  The years they lived  A photograph or portrait of the artist  Your name(s) and date Include biography information about the artist: (1-2 slides)  Where they were born  What their parents’ professions were  Did they create art as a child?  Did they go to school to be an artist or did they have other careers? Include any major events in the life of the artist that effected their work: (1 slide)  Moving to another country, getting married, sudden illness, death of a loved one, etc.

5 You will then select one important artwork and describe the following:  The title, the year it was created, and the medium (oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolor, pencil, chalk, pen and ink, pastel, photography, etc.) used to create it (1 slide)

6  Describe what is going on in the artwork (1-2 slides) For example, if the artwork is about… o People- did the artist know them? what are they doing? what is the mood of the people? what happened before the image was captured? what will happen next? o Landscape- where is it located? is there any significance to the location? what is the weather or time of year? what happened before the image was captured? what will happen next? o Still Life- what are the items in the still life? do they have any symbolic meaning? what is the mood of the image? were the items carefully arranged or did the artist just happen upon them?

7  Now you will describe your interpretation of the artwork (1 slide) These are some questions that will help you… o Based on what you have learned about the artist and the artwork, what do you think the artist is trying to say? o Why do you think the artist created the artwork? o Do you think the artwork contains any hidden messages, meanings or symbols? o How does this artwork make you feel?

8  Now, tell us your opinion or judgement about the artwork?(1-2 slides) o Do you like this artwork? Would you hang it up in your own house? o Do you think it is a “good” artwork? Does it belong in a museum?

9 Lastly, you will come up with an idea for a simple art project to honor the style of the artist you have researched. Your project description should include: o A sample or inspiration image o A list of necessary materials o Is brainstorming and/or sketching necessary? o Simple steps to create the project (2-3 slides)

10 John James Audobon

11 Dale Chihuly

12 Chuck Close

13 Frank Stella

14 Frank Lloyd Wright

15 William Wegman

16 Wassily Kandinsky

17 Vincent Van Gogh

18 Georgia O’Keeffe

19 Alphonse Marie Mucha

20 M.C. Escher

21 Wayne Thiebaud

22 Alexander Calder

23 Claude Monet

24 Faith Ringgold

25 Andy Goldsworthy

26 Paul Klee

27 Keith Haring

28 Camille Pissarro