Monday, August 2, 2010

More Exhibition Work

Time ran away with me and I'm back at the computer to update the rest of my Exhibition work. One aspect of my course in Art and Design was to make an Artist Study. A couple of months again I asked friends on the QuiltArt list for their recommendations and had so many options! Thanks everyone!
The object of the study wasn't to copy their work but rather to examine the artist's use of imagery, their colour palette and style. The artist could be our own choice but Gail recommended choosing someone who wasn't heavily stylized, or limited in their palette. So Pollock wasn't an option or William Morris.
I had thought that Dale Chihuly and his glass work might be a good choice but really couldn't determine how I would interpret 3 dimensional work at 2-D art. I'd like to study his work some other time as I think it could be quite inspiring.
I finally decided that Freiderich Hundertwasser was a great choice. Lots of colour, strong lines, a wide range of work and a variety of imagery. I made a small thumbnails of parts of his art that spoke to me. I looked at the colours in his palette (nothing wimpy about his choices!) and created a sketch book.

From that book I worked on two larger pieces. The first one had a painted ground in softer colours and then collage of windows and doors in the blues. The green circles formed trees. If you look for his painting entitled Loewengasse-the Third Skin you might see how I was inspired.

The second piece was so much fun, I really enjoyed working on the entire process. Hundertwasser used spirals in much of his work, they were a very important image in so many of his painting and its common to see them scattered thoughout in many shapes and forms. The spiral was my inspiration for this piece of painted and collaged papers. I am simply itching to create it in fabric and masses of stitch! If you'd like to see more of Hundertwasser's work, check out this website:

So what did I learn from this artist study? much about looking and observation, taking elements of their work and determining their palette, making colour studies of a few paintings. Learning about their life, what inspired them to create, their impact on the art world and much more. I'll continue to do artist studies on my own, I think it helps my work and stretches me to work better. I've chosen Klimt as my next one....
Comments and thoughts?


Jackie said...

i love the 2nd one.

norma said...

I loved seeing the Hunderwasser village in Vienna and was so sure that I would make a quilt. I never did, but love what you have done.

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Thank you for introducing me to this very fascinating artist. He was a great choice for your quilt study.

gousley said...

Gotta love all that color! Your work is wonderful--what a great exercise. It does make you really SEE, doesn't it.

When I look at the work of other artists, I am always struck by how so many people use the same symbols, but in their own way. Thanks for sharing this one.