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Claude Monet: 1840 – 1926

Born on November 14, 1840,  in Paris, France, Oscar Claude Monet was a founder and leader of the Impressionist art movement in France. The name Impressionism is derived from his 1873 painting Impression, Sunrise. Monet grew up in Le Havre on the Normandy coast. His mother died in 1857 and it was his aunt Marie-Jeanne […]

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Jeremy Mayer: Typewriter Sculpture

Today, I stumbled across the work of Palo Alto, California based artist Jeremy Mayer. Mayer disassembles old typewriters and reassembles them into full-scale, anatomically correct human figures and other sci-fi-ish bugs and animals. Interested in typewriters since childhood, Mayer started working with the machines in 1994 while living in Iowa. With an interest in assembly […]

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Brian Jungen: Sculpture

Born in 1970 in Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canadian artist Brian Jungen has gained national and international recognition over the last ten years. A member of the Doig River Band of the Dunne-za First Nations, Jungen creates artwork that depicts traditional First Nation symbology using ordinary objects such as plastic lawn chairs, golf bags, […]

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Jean Paul Riopelle: 1923 – 2002

Born on October 7, 1923 in Montreal, Canada, Jean-Paul Riopelle is one of Canada’s most famous painters. Riopelle studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Montreal in 1942, and then at the École du Meuble, graduating in 1945. He studied with Paul-Émile Borduas under whose direction Riopelle created his first abstract painting. Riopelle was a […]

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Annie Leibovitz: Photography

Born on October 2, 1949,  in Waterbury, Connecticut, Annie Leibovitz has been documenting American popular culture since the 1970’s and is one of the most sought after portrait photographers today. The Leibovitz family moved frequently with her father’s duty assignments in the US Air Force and Annie took her first photos when they were stationed […]

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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio: 1571-1610

Born in Milan, Italy on September 29, 1571, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is considered one of the first great painters of the Baroque school and a revolutionary figure in European art. Caravaggio trained in Milan under the Lombard painter Simone Peterzano, a pupil of Titian – the leading painter of the 16th century Venetian school […]

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The Art of Illustration | Off Book | PBS

Another interesting video from PBS Off Book. “Illustrators articulate what a photograph cannot. Using an array of techniques and styles, illustrators evoke stories and meaning in a variety of mediums, from editorial illustration in magazines and newspapers, to comics books, to activist media. And as their tasks over the years have become less informational and […]

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Alexandros Vasmoulakis: I’ ve Got You a Date with Botticelli’s Niece

In case you missed it (like I did), here are the latest gallery works from  Greek artist Alexandros Vasmoulakis‘ second solo exhibition in Greece (Feb. 15, 2011 – March 24, 2011) at A.Antonopoulou.Art Gallery in Athens. Vasmoulakis  is generally known for his large-scale wall paintings he has created in the streets of Athens-GR as well […]

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Gabriel Karagianis: Painting

Gabriel Karagianis grew up in Illinois and began to seriously study art while attending Woodstock High School.  He was awarded a scholarship to The American Academy of Art in Chicago and after graduating in 2003 with a degree in multimedia/web design, he shifted his focus back to drawing and non-digital media.   He has been painting […]