EGON SCHIELE (º1890 - †1918) was an expressionist painter from Austria. Schiele's work was initially very influence by his famous mentor, Gustav Klimt (you know him, The Kiss guy), but soon (reportedly after seeing the more expressive work of Edvard Munch (The Scream guy) and Van Gogh (come on - he's probably on your umbrella)), Schiele went his own way and his oeuvre could easily be described in one word: intense. In his work, which is often seen as very sexual and disturbing, he focuses on self-portraits and portraits of others - mostly in the nude. What I love about Schiele's work is the expressive, emotional line work and the very fragile human form. It's almost like we get to see inside his mind with all his fears and lustful feelings exposed. The honesty and distorted figures can be (and are in the case of the young girls) creepy, but I think this is what makes his work very human and real. More information: MoMA on Egon Schiele
Carmen García Huerta is a Spanish graphic designer turned fashion illustrator who first became known for her smooth, airbrushed fashion illustrations (see here for an example). She since has grown tremendously as an artist and her paintings and drawings brought up immediate Schiele déjà vu's. The emotional line, the distorted figures, the raw sexual attitude. I think I love her more recent work even more because it came out of the smooth fashion illustrations - it feels like a natural reaction to the smooth over-sexualised commercial aspect of fashion. Links: Blog | Portfolio
Petra Lunenburg is a Dutch illustrator based in Amsterdam. I absolutely love the way she turns the simple, emotional, ragged lines we recognize from Schiele into something so fashionable, it makes me think differently of Schiele. Lunenburg in Vogue? Yes! Schiele, then, in Vogue - hmm why not? The young girls, the vulnerability... Her lines are just a bit thicker, bolder and to the point, but they seem to reflect a strong personality, just like Schiele's lines seem so personal. Links: Website | Agent
Finally, Igor + André is, unlike what his alias suggests, one guy. One heck of a talented guy (oh, and he's cute!). A little while back he did this really great series of portraits of bloggers! I've been following him for a while, and his style reminds me a bit of Schiele. His portraits are very delicate and... just a little 'off'. The elongated fingers, the intense looks, the distorted angles. Do you see it, too? Links: Blog | Shop
Alrighty, that's it! (I need to find a better way to wrap up these post, honestly). Hope you enjoyed that! Please let me know if you know of artists / are an artist influenced by Schiele's work and what inspired you! I'd love to hear!
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MIRÓ: HARMONIOUS LIKE BUGS?JOAN MIRÓ (º1893 - †1983) was a Spanish graphic designer, painter, sculptor, and ceramist from Catalan, Spain. Born in Barcelona, he is still seen as one of the fathers of surrealism, a style revolving all around dreams, psychoanalysis, and free association. The movement saw its peak between the 1920s and 40s, but the style is still very present in contemporary art, design, and illustration. His move towards abstraction has made Miró especially influential to artists and designers throughout the ages. To be honest, though - I was never a great fan of his work until my boyfriend (a lawyer, usually not the least interested in art) pointed out the brilliance in his images. As often happens when you decide to pay more attention to a thing, you start to see the charm of it. And so I have come to appreciate Miró. His work has a very naive, yet completely balanced feel to it. Although the placement of figures and lines across the picture planes might seem random at first, when you pay more attention you see how Miró craftily guides your eye from one shape to the other - the mirrored circle shapes, the scattered dark spots forming a diagonal, it's all showing you connections between seemingly unconnected shapes. Like associations and dreams. Or bugs and amoebae (<-- my boyfriend's comment). More information: MoMA
PIECES OF THE PUZZLEThe first contemporary artist I associate with Miró, is San Francisco-based Mia Christopher. Her work has the same rhythm, I think. A cadence of scattered abstracted objects and figures, coming together in form and color, leaving much of the connections for you to find through the layout and positioning of things. Also, the colors, I think. The expressive puzzle pieces fit together in color, turning it all into a big happy orchestrated mess. Links: Website | Etsy Shop
MIRÓ'S GREEK LOVECHILDNext up, Best Before, or Andreas Karaoulanis. This Greek illustrator and animator shows us something I think Miró himself would have loved if he could have seen it. Karaoulanis has the same enormously expressive style in his line and collaged based work we see in Miró, and turns these into dream-like (sometimes nightmarish) animations. It's like Miró and Karaoulanis had a lovechild with Adobe's flash. Brilliant and kind of eerie. Link: Blog/Portfolio
LOST IN TAGSAnd to be honest... that's where I ran out of ideas. I couldn't think of a third artist (besides one I had already featured in another AHT post). But you know, I am a modern gal. And so I turned to Twitter, where @hvercauter offered up a great suggestion: DeltaInc. What I like about this suggestion is that although I saw the resemblance mostly in the colors at first, after rethinking this for a couple of hours, I think I see another, more important point of comparison. I think that DeltaInc has released the same kind of abstracting, associative thinking to graffiti and contemporary patterning as Miró applied to his own circumstances. I think the 3d wall pieces and room filling installations by DeltaInc can be seen as taking the art from the streets literally onto the streets (or, you know, gallery). And I like it. So thank you Hans Vercauter for this tip! Link: Website
Whoa! Sorry for the whole lot of words there. Well, I needed to make it up to you a little because I hadn't done one of these in a while. I really need to go to museums more often and get my inspiration going!
Anyways, see you tomorrow and let me know whether Miró is your thing or whether his works kind of creep you out...
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