Your favorite Artists.

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Your favorite Artists.

Postby DeathBeforeDenial » Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:08 am

All media accepted: painting, drawing, sculpture, prints, ceramic, architecture, photography, fiber, video etc. There will be no artistic hierarchy here!

I think, my all time favorite painter is Rene Magritte. The man had such a brilliant mind when it came to his compositions. I mean look at "The Human Condition" and "Golconda". Simple, yet elegant and always playing with your perceptions. He also produced I think my favorite painting of all time, "The Treachery of Images". It just reeks of delightfully clever antagonism, and a desire to redefine the artform.

My favorite sculptor would most likely be Rodin, for his role as arguably the man who saved sculpture in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Had he not taken a revolutionary role to the portrayal of his subjects sculpture may have become a lost art in the early 20th century. The "The Burghers of Calais" is a perfect example of his brilliance. Of course, everyone is likely already aware of his most famous work "The Thinker"

More to come, as at present, I grow weary. Though I will leave for the time being with the dazzling video art of Bill Viola. "The Reflecting Pool"
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Re: Your favorite Artists.

Postby Aaron » Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:37 am

I don't have a favorite artist. But I really really enjoy ancient sculptures, tools, weapons, and architecture.

I did take an Asian Art History class...did you know there are ruins from Alexander the Great's conquest of the world in Kashmir?! (Area between Pakistan and India)

And to top it off it looks like the Greeks were there too!

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Re: Your favorite Artists.

Postby ilovemyguitar » Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:03 pm

Banksy. He's a British graffiti artist. He made the piece in my sig.

http://banksy.co.uk/
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Re: Your favorite Artists.

Postby Hirox » Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:15 pm

I am quite fond of Jason Chan

http://www.jasonchanart.com/gallery/200 ... ground.jpg
This is my favorite of his works. I have a 28 x 36 of this on my wall above my bed.

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Re: Your favorite Artists.

Postby Alunissage » Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:29 am

Escher. I also really like Sandro del Prete.

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Re: Your favorite Artists.

Postby Kizyr » Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:58 am

We're only talking visual arts, here, not literary or musical, right?

I don't have any favorite visual artists in particular, although a few do sort of stand out.

Banksy - I'm with ilmg on this one. My favorites are the murals he did on the West Bank wall, although the Gitmo prisoner at the Disney ride is a close second.

Hokusai - classical Edo-era Japanese artist, famous for ukiyo-e

Haji Noor (full name Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang) - modern Arabic, Chinese, and Arabic/Chinese fusion calligraphy (http://www.hajinoordeen.com/)

That's about all I can think of at the moment. I tend to just like specific works of art rather than artists overall (e.g., Thomas Cole--The Voyage of Life is on display at the National Gallery of Art in DC, and it's one of my favorites there, but I don't really care much for Cole otherwise). I also tend to like art that has some historic significance, like court painters during Mughal-era India or sculptors in Ancient Greece. KF
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Re: Your favorite Artists.

Postby GhaleonOne » Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:08 am

You said photographers so these are probably my favorites:

Ansel Adams - greatest and most respected nature photographer of all time
Michael Anderson - Probably my favorite photographer ever.
Jack Brauer - I nearly went to Croatia to shoot the Plitvice lakes and waterfalls just based on his photos.
Kah Kit Yoong and Winnie Ho - Not just landscape photography, but there's a lot of great architectural stuff here.
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Re: Your favorite Artists.

Postby Sonic# » Fri Aug 28, 2009 3:31 am

I like Escher as well, Alunissage. Especially his tasteful geometric designs, his tessellations... I like some of the artificial life art created recently that goes along these veins. Like this guy... http://www.karlsims.com/harmonograph/index.html. (It's a link to his harmonograph, which creates cool designs.)

I've always liked Seurat for his pinprick of color art style. Color and light! Though Sondheim's musical might have something to do with that.

Then there's Mary Cassatt. Try looking up Woman in Black at the Opera. I love the pose of that one, the way she caught her leaning forward and looking through her glasses. In other paintings, like Lydia Leaning on Her Arms, I love the colors that she picks out.

I like Waterhouse for his beautiful, beautiful women.
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Re: Your favorite Artists.

Postby Kizyr » Sun Sep 06, 2009 3:17 pm

ILMG and I were mentioning Banksy earlier, so I thought this would be relevant:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/engl ... 238896.stm

Basically, a local council in East London started painting over a Banksy mural "by mistake". This is despite the fact that it was a privately-owned building, the owner of the building wanted the mural there (as did many of the other residents of the area), and the owner of the building actually consented to have Banksy paint it in the first place. The council alleges that they tried to contact her, but all they did was send mail to an address she lived at 25 years ago.

Cllr Alan Laing said: "The council's position is not to make a judgement call on whether graffiti is art."
Yeah, but is the council's position at least to respect someone's property? KF
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Re: Your favorite Artists.

Postby ilovemyguitar » Sun Sep 06, 2009 3:32 pm

Kizyr wrote:ILMG and I were mentioning Banksy earlier, so I thought this would be relevant:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/engl ... 238896.stm

Basically, a local council in East London started painting over a Banksy mural "by mistake". This is despite the fact that it was a privately-owned building, the owner of the building wanted the mural there (as did many of the other residents of the area), and the owner of the building actually consented to have Banksy paint it in the first place. The council alleges that they tried to contact her, but all they did was send mail to an address she lived at 25 years ago.

Cllr Alan Laing said: "The council's position is not to make a judgement call on whether graffiti is art."
Yeah, but is the council's position at least to respect someone's property? KF



Man, I don't know what else I have to add, other than "that really sucks." The bit in the article about how the owner was literally in tears begging workmen to stop while they laughed was particularly tragic. Fatal hopping Philistines.
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