This is my very first post on my new Fine Art site, and being a total newby to WordPress I’m having to find my way around – so bear with me.. Artist’s – particularly myself, am heavily influenced by other eminent artists. I guess it’s the benchmark for the level of creativity and competence they’ve attained. Painting is a natural thing for me, however I’m aware that it is an ongoing process to evolve and become better at it. Being a painter is more than the ability to paint, as the process requires the faculty to interpret visually what one sees. The power of seeing is an essential ingredient to the art of painting. This is acquired through knowledge of the subject matter. Paintings are ‘made’ through a cognitive and physical process. The power of influence can’t be understated as it can be a real factor for inspiration..
For me, the creation of an artwork is about capturing the essence of a subject, to explore the visual undertones.. The dedication and commitment and understanding of a subject is evident in the work of these ‘masters’ that inspire. There are several past masters and quite a few contemporary’s that have made an indelible impression on how and why I paint.
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres | 1780 – 1867
Master of graceful line and painter of note.
Johannes Vermeer | 1632 – 1675
Master painter – particularly of light.
Diego Velazquez | 1599 – 1660
Giovanni Antonio Canal (called Canaletto) | 1697 – 1768
Master painter of city scenes – particularly scenes in Venice.
Pablo Picasso | 1881 – 1973
Master of abstraction.
Master painter of wildlife.
Ray Harris~Ching on artnet.com
John Meyer | 1942 –
Master of the ‘narrative genre’
John Meyer website
Neil Rodger | 1941 – 2013
Neil Rodger – Everard Read Gallery | CT
Daan Vermeulen | 1934 –
Master painter of landscapes.
Daan Vermeulen – Johans Borman site
Jeremy Lipking | 1975 –
Jeremy Lipking website
– Updated 19 June ’15 –
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