Tuesday, August 28, 2012

František Kupka: Evolution of an Artist

One of my delights is to find art books with beautiful reproductions of an artist's works. I was in a local used book store when I came upon an artist who was new to me. His name? František Kupka (1871-1957).

The colors and the rhythm of his works were captivating. I wanted to know more about him.

Kupka was born in Bohemia and studied fine arts at the academy in Prague. He continued his studies in Vienna and Paris. During the course of his career, he evolved from the realism of his studies to pure abstraction. (He was a pioneer and co-founder of the abstract art movement.)

Let's move through the evolution of this gifted artist, yes?

"The Book Lover" (1897)

"The Wave" (1902)

"The Cathedral" (1912-13)

"Creation" (1920)

"Two Grays II" (1928)

"Sourire O" (1933)

"Prism" (1947)

Do you have a favorite period of his artistic evolution? Could you say why?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ivan Lovatt: From Chicken Wire to Sculptures

Last post was about Elizabeth Berrien, an artist who uses wire in a lacy, loose way to create images. This time, the artist also makes art from wire, but in an entirely different way.

Ivan Lovatt, (1966-) created art from a very early age. He experimented and explored with many media. His experimentation with chicken wire sculpturing led Lovatt to an unusual yet personally satisfactory sculptural medium.

He sculpts mammals, insects, and portraits in a compact, direct manner that has brought him accolades and many awards. (Click on image for larger view) Your thoughts?