Notable Work

About once a week I post 700-1000 word biographies of visual artists. They are frequently, but not always, women and their work was created anywhere from the days of the Italian Renaissance to the height of popularity for Abstract Expressionist work. Continue reading Notable Work


Cultural appropriation, go fish.

But oddly enough cultural appropriation is a hot topic in art right now too. In March at the Whitney Biennial Dana Schutz’s piece Open Casket (a painting of Emmitt Till based off of photographs taken at his funeral service) caused protests, letter writing, tweets, news articles, opinion pieces, and the buttonholing of several black artists for their thoughts and feelings about the work. Continue reading Cultural appropriation, go fish.

Suspicious Minds

Suspicious Minds is a very recent Digital Composite that combines an old, mixed media, never finished paper collage, a woman from a Ben Shahn photograph, a photograph of Andy Biersack from the musical group Black Veil Brides, and various digital effects under the title of a song sung by Elvis. A few years ago artist trading cards became a minor fad in some circles. The idea was … Continue reading Suspicious Minds

Derivative Art

Derivative artwork contains an image that is a direct copy of another, usually better known and often legally protected, piece of artwork. A famous example of a derivative piece of work is Marcel Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q. (1919) which is Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa with a mustache. There is a bit of a stigma if an artist’s style matches someone else’s too closely but that in of … Continue reading Derivative Art

Flirting in the Color Field

Color is a big part of my job. I spend a lot of time thinking about color: different color combinations, saturation, complementary colors, the warmth or coolness of a hue … I could go on and on. I’m also interested in the psychology of color which is more typically used in advertising and marketing than in fine art applications. I have recently become a bit … Continue reading Flirting in the Color Field

“White is boring,” he said.

“White is boring,” he said. The comment bounced in my head. Bounce, bounce, bounce. Bouncing like a Superball it shot into every corner of my brain and caromed against the synapses. “BORING, BORING, BORING,” the Superball screamed. I said nothing. Art professors can be, in general, rather narrow minded and this art professor, in particular, did not seem to respond well to dissent from the … Continue reading “White is boring,” he said.