There were good intentions to get you an Introduction post today, but unfortunately I didn’t get myself organized and I couldn’t get someone. It doesn’t happen to often, so I hope you will forgive me. Today I thought I might do something else, I though I might take a look at three of my favourite artists and what I can or have learned from them. I have shown them all to you before, but not together. This is for you as well as for me, sometimes we do need to just step back and reassess.
Those artists are Rick Amor, Edward Hopper and Antonio Lopez Garcia. They are three artists that I have loved for a long time and they do influence me and it is a timely reminder that I need to look at them again, see what I can learn from their work.
The thing I love about Hopper’s work is the sense of theatre, his work tells us a story. It is like a scene from a play or a movie. I like drama in images, and it is something I really try to do with my images, but I think lately I might have lost sight of that. It is something I need to get back into. I keep talking about it, but then never seem to do it.
Rick is an Australian artist and one I’ve met a few times, though he wouldn’t know me. There is something quite amazing about his work and it shows how big the world is, or how small we are in the world. His work is fictional, in that he creates his own. The buildings are often real, but then he exaggerates them and puts them together in scenes that are not found anywhere in reality. His work reminds that anything is possible, that new realities can be created.
For me this is quite wonderful and something I need to remind myself that I could do. I’ve been learning so much about Photoshop and my skills really should be up to a level where I could very easily do this sort of thing with my photos. I have done a little of it in the past, but not nearly enough, and it is time I did something about it. I keep putting it in the too hard basket.
Antonio Lopez Garcia
Antonio is extraordinary artist. His drawing skills are so amazing, as are his paintings. There is a level of detail that would require a great deal of patience and very good observation skills. The subject of his paintings are almost boring, they are what we see around us. It is the ordinary of the everyday world. We can find art every where really, in our homes, in the areas we live or away. For me the thing that I find the most fascinating is remembering the ordinary and not disregarding it.
So do you have artists that you find teach you important things about your work or photography? What have you learned by looking at other artists? Do you think it is a good thing to do?
I am going to put the above images and some others into a gallery for you now. I hope they will help you to understand why these artists are important to me.