wassily kandinksky

(1866-1944)

O.k., many of you are probably thinking:  
Kandinsky, De Kooning, Pollock, they are fall into
the same category - "THAT'S not art!"  I'll
explain why I like Kandinsky.  First, when I was
a kid, I did not, shall we say, "Stop and smell the
roses."  For a variety of reasons, I felt I had the
weight of the world on my shoulders, so I didn't
notice the beauty of those things.  Now, I am
working to change that.  Simply, I like
Kandinsky's use of colors and shapes.  They are
vivid.  Second, I can "get it".  When I look at
Cezanne, or Renoir, or Van Gogh, I know that I
could study and practice until my dying days and
I could never express myself in that way.  
Strokes and blobs of color?  Yea, I can do that.  
It makes me happy.  I enjoy the process, even
when the final product is not necessarily to my
liking.

My favorite of his works are his
"Compositions".The catch is that the
Compositions are carefully planned works - he
didn't just approach the canvas and start
slinging paint.  









 

salvador DALÍ

(1904-1989)     

My college roommate, also a friend from high
school, had Dali's Sleep hung up in the wall of
our dorm room.

I loved the painting - it seemed to capture the
feeling of being sleepy brilliantly.  He sparked my
interest in the Surrealist painting style and from
there I started to learn about other styles of
art.  I have been to the Dali Museum in St.
Petersburg, FL, and although it is small, it does
have several of his masterworks.  It is a lot of
fun to look for the hidden images in his
paintings.  Of course, Dali is very popular.  He
can be found on coffee cups and t-shirts
everywhere.  I still love him, though, and I
believe his claim that he never did psychedelic
drugs.  


































 

willem de kooning

(April 24, 1904 – March 19, 1997)

 

Willem de Kooning was a Dutch American abstract
expressionist artist who was born in Rotterdam,
the Netherlands.

de Kooning was one of the artists who
influenced my painting style and got me
interested in the Abstract Expressionist
movement.

In the post-World War II era, de Kooning
painted in a style that came to be referred to as
Abstract expressionism or Action painting, and
was part of a group of artists that came to be
known as the New York School. Other painters
in this group included Jackson Pollock, Elaine de
Kooning, Lee Krasner, Franz Kline, Arshile
Gorky, Mark Rothko, Hans Hofmann, Adolph
Gottlieb, Anne Ryan, Robert Motherwell, Philip
Guston, Clyfford Still, and Richard Pousette-Dart.

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