Monday, 13 August 2012


I don't profess to know a lot about art, but I definitely have my favourite artists and I wanted to share them with you. I have a preference for art that says something about psychology, and this is reflected in my favourites.

Gustav Klimt

I was lucky enough to go and see a Klimt exhibition a few years ago at the Tate in Liverpool. He really is a fantastic painter and I've always admird his style. He used gold leaf in his paintings heavily, and painted soft, beautiful women often semi clothed or intereacting with other figures. His most famous painting is The Kiss, which I think speaks about the interaction between men and women. The man is clearly dominant over the woman and she simply succummbs. 

gustav klimt painting kiss
 Klimt- The Kiss

Egon Schiele

I really love Schiele's use of pencil and watercolour to create angular bodies. He was heavily inspired by Klimt, and also had some drawings at the Klimt exhibition. He portrays bodies in compromising positions showing anxiety or composure on their faces. He looks at the vulnerability of people.
egon schiele painting sketch
Egon Schiele - Liegender weiblicher Akt
Lucian Freud
This might be my absolute favourite artist. He was the grandson of Sigmund Freud and his art often reflects dark and disturbing ideas, penetrating the subject and making the viewer feel slightly uneasy. He uses colour so interestingly, using unexpected colours and a patchy painting style.
lucian freud painting
Lucian Freud - Benefits worker sleeping

Billy Childish

A painter born in Kent and known as an individual who struggled to fit in with society. Billy Childish painted 'on the doll' for years before his paintings became popular and began to sell. He paints still life and figures, using bright colours and heavy textures. He refuses to be acknowledged as a 'celebrity' turning down and offer to appear on celebrity big brother. He also wrote a book featuring extreme themes, and was in a punk rock band inspired by Nirvana.

billy childish painting
Billy Childish - untitled

 Ron Mueck

Ron Mueck is a sculptor who plays with perspective and scale, producing realistic sculptors either with huge proportions or scaled down to miniture. In photographs viewers make assumptions about the size of his art, however when seeing it in person it is quite shocking. I was lucky enough to see a Ron Mueck at the Turner gallery in Margate and it was extraordinary.

ron mueck sculptor
Ron Mueck - In Bed

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