Journal

Friday
Feb072014

Paul Klee - Man of the Moment - The EY Exhibition

Paul Klee is the man of the moment.  With a huge show of his work on at the Tate Modern, his work is a joy to behold all in one place.  Paul Klee is a grower for me; when I was younger I loved dali and the more famous characters of the surrealist movement, but I then started to notice Klee’s paintings after one of my best friend’s told me, 'Klee is my mother’s favourite artist'. I was interested by this comment. I then started to look more closely into his work and have done ever since.  You can actually see his influence in my artwork and he will always be a grounding influence in my work. To me his work seems playful and delicate. (I am trying to be more delicate with my work but I have a tendency to be bold and not very subtle) His colours are all quite muted and calming. Believe me, it is very hard to make these colour combinations, and make them work in such a way. One wrong colour and the whole painting has a different feel.  I have tried!



Klee saw his art as a process of spontaneous creativity and natural growth, exemplified by his famous description of drawing as ‘taking a line for a walk’.   I really feel art should be about the journey and not all about the end product. If you look through a book of Klee’s work you can tell that it’s obviously all his work but you can see so many different directions and paths that he has taken. If there is too much emphasis on perfecting a style you never explore anywhere new and embrace the changes you make.

Klee has been variously associated with ExpressionismCubismFuturismSurrealism, and Abstraction, but his pictures are difficult to classify. He generally worked in isolation from his peers, and interpreted new art trends in his own way.

Klee worked as a teacher at, The Bauhaus from 1921 and even though he was one of the most beloved teachers inside the school, he differed from the Bauhaus philosophy in some important ways.  He developed some reservations towards the idea of the collective. Klee and his colleagues regarded art not as craft, nor as technique, but as a reflection of an internal and thus natural characteristic.

I have included my favourite Klee paintings within this blog.





 

Monday
Jan062014

Friedrich Kunath - I'm Running out of World - White Cube 2014

So, I was in London for New Year and after visiting the RA and seeing the Daumier exhibition, which I thought was good; I popped down to see what was on at the White Cube Gallery in Masons Yard.  My favourite thing in the world is to stumble upon a show, which you didn’t know was there, but inspires you so much you HAVE to buy the book on the artist before you leave.   The Artist is Friedrich Kunath originally from Germany, who lives and works in Los Angeles.  The man working behind the desk at the White Cube said of Kunath, ‘That he does not take himself seriously at all’, and that, ‘He stumbled into the profession of being an artist’.  Both comments are quite refreshing.  I find his work imaginative, surreal, fun and humorous and I felt happy to be there as all the colours and ideas invited me into his work. 

‘Kunath balances the temper of his art on a knife’s edge between postmodernism and nihilism, and then pushes it further, into a pictorial consciousness that seems part Fun House, part Las Vegas Rococo and part enquiry into the psycho-dynamics of visual language.’
Michael Bracewell



Sunday
May222011

Dorothea Tanning - born August 25, 1910


 

Sunday
Feb062011

Davide Eron Salvadei - Mindscape 5

I found Davide Eron Salvadei on the Saatchi Online website.  I think this picture takes you back to the innocence of childhood and also makes you think of the here and now in equal measures.  Its innocent yet, not.

Wednesday
Feb022011

Erika Fortiner's Art - Dark, yet beautiful and uplifting. I'm Transfixed.

           Hells Angels in ParadiseErica’s work is a contemplative language of process and experience. These elements range in setting but almost always include anatomy, urban ideas, sexuality, emotion, and chaotic structure. Each work is developed through predominately organic shapes using stream of consciousness, memories, and current events. Gestures can be softly or violently drawn, while more detailed forms and special attention to line are used to flatten yet 3-dimentionalize the image. These variations of dual intensity give her work a constant opposition of strength verses sensitivity. This composite can also be visible in the physicalmaterials of the work which include acrylic, airbrush, soft linens, and pours that have counter tactile qualities.