Research – artists

Been busy today going through a list of new artists that were suggested by my tutor in his report.  This is a quick whizz through them … I’m a bit stuck on the work of Ilona Kiss though at the moment.

b. Chehayeb 

Not too keen on this work, it seems like it’s been painted with PVA to me and looks a bit drab and all over the place. 

b. Chehayeb – installation view for exhibition

Mamma Andersson 

Very interesting stuff to explore further. This one is apt, as I’ve been encouraged to look at using pigment sticks (oil bars), I think this is quite brilliaant.

Mamma Andersson ‘Woodcut’ 2019 oil bars and acrylics on canvas

Grant Watson

Very loose, almost dry brush-like technique in a lot of his paintings.  He outlines stuff.  Chalky look to his work, looks unfinished, rough and abstract.   Brixton Market Fish – oil on paper – 2018 is the example I’ve saved.  Lots of movement in his work.

Grant Watson Brixton Market Fish 2018

Paul Housley

Very thick impasto in most of his works.

Paul Housley Impossible Sleep oil on canvas 2016

Landscape artists

Ivon Hitchens 

I’d never heard of this chap before.  I’m really entranced by his abstract treatment of the landscape in oils, with so few devices and leaving areas of the canvas untouched.  Watched some YouTube videos as well.

Ivon Hitchins Red Centre 1972
Ivon Hitchens Flower Piece 1943

James Dickson Innes (27 February 1887 – 22 August 1914) was a British painter, mainly of mountain landscapes but occasionally of figure subjects. He worked in both oils and watercolours.  (From the Tate website) His paintings all quite pretty, in a way naïve and the colour palette is beautiful.

Arenig, North Wales 1913 James Dickson Innes 1887-1914 Presented by Rowland Burdon-Muller 1928

Chris Gilvan-Cartwright,

Quite surrealist type work, big bold brushwork and colours … there’s a motif that seems to be in each of his paintings – a banana-cigar-penis? like shape that veers off to the bottom right of the canvas in nearly all the works I looked at online.

Richard Taylor

Multi-talented and working in various disciplines, I really like his landscape work – he uses really unique colour combinations. 

Richard Taylor ‘Ox Stones’ Oil and varnish on wooden panel

Maki Na Kamura

At first I couldn’t quite figure this stuff out, it seemed rather chaotic.  But then after another look, I can clearly see the influence of Japanese traditional art, especially Hokusai on her work. Unsure of the title of the first image.

Ilona Kiss

Featured works saved from her website.  I am besotted with this stuff at the moment.

Ilona Kiss ‘Fairy Pond’ oil on canvas 2016

Rae Hicks

Bold bright geometric shapes, bordering almost on graphic art.

Rae Hicks ‘Dominium’ 2019 oil on canvas


b. Cheyhayeb  (source of image)

Mamma Andersson

     (source of Wood Cut image)

Grant Watson  (source of Brixton Market Fish image)

Paul Housley  (source of Impossible Sleep image) 

Ivon Hitchins   source of image of Red Centre

and also for Flower Piece

James Dickson Innes   (source for image)

Chris Galvan-Cartwright  (Source of all the images)

Richard Taylor   (source of image of Ox Stones)

Maki Na Kamura (source of image used)

Ilona Kiss  (source of all images)

Rae Hicks    (source of image)

Further research today:

Additionally, I looked at interviews on YouTube with Giorgio de Chirico

The interviewer was especially annoying but it was interesting to see how this old master created one of his works.  I particularly love his sculptures, perhaps more than his paintings, they are so fluid and sensual.

Another set of videos I watched were concerned with the work of Markus Lupertz and how he creates his pieces, which was quite an eye opener insofar as how he attacks and fights with the canvas until he’s got it how he wants it.  I’m not sure I’m a big fan of his work though.  It was unsettling in parts of these videos how we end up looking at the artist, who in turn is looking at us as he watches the video of him producing his work!  Creepy.

Part 1:

Part 2:

My tutor also suggested a book ‘On and By Luc Tuymans’  which, of course, I’ve bought!  Hope to get it this week.  I’m always fascinated reading about Luc Tuymans and his processes.

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