Hilma af Klint was painting these kinds of abstract paintings before Kandinsky and other artists of her time but she did not want them to be seen until 20 years after her death. I was lucky to see them in the 1980's but did not realize their importance at that time. There is a show of her work at the Guggenheim in New York now, incredibly it is a spiral structure much like the spiral temple she spoke of. To read about her and the show, click here.
Sesshu Toyo who lived from 1420 to 1506 is considered Japan's greatest painter. Most of his paintings are with black ink. In Japan black and white are considered to be colors unlike in the west. The painting below is titled Hanshan and Shide (Kanzan and Jittoku in Japanese.) To read more about Sesshu click here.
The most beautifully painted images of animals are to be found in ancient caves. Click here
The playfulness and seeming simplicity is so appealing and just makes me smile. To read a little something about Miro click here.
I have looked at so many artists that I admire and whose work I love but I always return to Matisse. He is the one I truly connect to. His art is not intentionally political but we can find political subjects in any art. If you click here you will link to an article that talks about this.
"Mitchell’s lavish brushwork is characterized by a robust and tumultuous lyricism. She often applied paint energetically, yet her images were slowly and deliberately built. A synesthete, she played music and read poetry in her studio, using sound as a source for radiant and evocative colour. She was seeking, she said, "the feeling in a line of poetry which makes it different from a line of prose."
She painted many works entitled "Sunflowers." The one below is called Sunflower VI, done in 1969. Click here for more about her.
Ito Jakuchu was a Japanese painter of the Rimpa School. "White Plum Blossoms in Moonlight" ink, color and silk
.There will always be artists who aspire to Buddha-like abstraction. The grid-and-stripe painter Agnes Martin did for example. But I much prefer Jakuchu’s joyful immersion in the colorful realm of living beings.
Daniel Richter says his painting is all about line. The above painting called Flower in Flames his take on another German artist, Caspar David Friedrich who lived and worked in the 19th century and is classified as a romantic painter. Click here for more about Richter. The picture below is a painting by me called Flame Flower.
Landscape has always held pride of place in the paintings of Peter Doig. I love the way Doig includes the figure in his strange landscapes. He used his photographs for subject matter then alters them for a kind of surreal image. I love this.
Paula Rego is a Portuguese artist who works primarily in pastels and tells stories with her artwork. My favorite quote by her is "You punish people with drawings." The image below is called Blue Fairy Talking to Pinocchio.