Alekos Fassianos born in 1935 is one of the most prominent Green painter in the Thirties. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Athens and continued his studies at Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. With a French state scholarship he was able to study lithography and eventually received one of the greatest honors of the French Republic, “Celebrities of the Officer of the Legion of Honor”. His paintings are easily recognizable with “their massive figures with flowing heads of hair, often shown in profile, and their monochrome treatment.” He is influenced by ancient Greek myth and combines them with modern sensibilities. The artist lives and works in Athens but considers France as his second home.
Images: Courtesy of Alekos Fassianos.
Gina and Matt is the collaborative illustration studio of Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius. They met while attending the Maryland Institute College of Art where she focused on illustration and he studied painting. They were able to combine their skills to create art often together and sometimes singularly. They share their cultural influences here on Communication Arts website:
“In our art and in our life, we have drawn inspiration from a great many people and things that have included: vintage textiles, sixteenth-century Flemish painting, The American Visionary Arts Museum, Kelly Blair and Joel Holland, Greg Klein, Rachel Salomon, used book stores, The Last Drop Coffee House, Headcase Design, Lord Whimsy, the Standard Tap, Man Man, The Wissahickon, Dave Eggers, Donald Baechler, The Carter Family, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, Spur Design, Whitney Sherman and Julian Allen.”
You can find the couple on their website and with Gina individually on Facebook and Instagram and with Matt also on Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Gina and Matt.
Artist and playwright Raimonds Staprans was born in 1926 in Riga, Latvia. The painter is known for his depictions of fruit, chairs and architecture using flat planes of color to create form and light. In his own words he says this about his work:
“I am an abstract painter whose objects are really recognizable and sometimes quite realistic, but one has to really realize that they are all, everything, even if the object in the paintng looks quite realistic, they are really constructed from the ground up in absolutely abstract terms. But when you really look at it closely, even if I paint the glass, there is very little truth in it . It looks realistic, but when you compare it to the real thing, it really isn’t t here. It’s like the reflections on such, the shadows are quite different, so it’s an illusion. It’s an illusion. But the paintings themselves are quite abstract, and that’s why I really take a joy in it .”
You can learn more about the artist here on an interview with Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art.
Images: Courtesy of Raimonds Staprans and Google Images.