Bruce McLean is a Scottish performance artist and painter. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and at St. Martin’s in London. At the age of 27 he was given a one day retrospective at the Tate Gallery. After his studies he went on to teach at numerous art schools and today his work is in private and public collections world-wide. Rebecca Gordon, a Rise Art curator describes him as follows:
“Bruce Mclean is one of the major leading figures in Contemporary Art. He has obtained international recognition for his paintings and prints. His bold, confident approach to printmaking has proved extremely influential to his contemporaries and a younger generation of artists. The luminous colours and organic shapes give these works a fantastic expressive quality. Like so many great works of art, images of these prints sadly do not do them justice, they are truly great works, which in real life have a wonderful, vibrant energy that would suit any setting.”
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Images: Courtesy of Rise Art.
Tate describes figurative art as any form of modern art that retains strong references to the real world and particularly to the human figure. Alex Katz is such a painter known primarily for his large portraiture and landscape paintings. His work is inspired by the woodcuts of Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro with their flatness of color, bold simplicity and a feeling of cool but emotional detachment. We’ve posted his work because on December 1st his paintings will feature prominently on H & M womenswear, menswear, accessories and home decor.
Images: Courtesy of Alex Katz.
We’ve featured her work before on our previous blog site but the artist is worth a revisit since she has since elevated the paper craft, quilling, into fine art with this series, ‘painting with paper’. Russian-born Yulia Brodskaya is a paper artist and graphic designer currently based in the UK. These portraits are all about color and the unique tactile feel that paper strips add to it. The images resemble an oil/acrylic painting especially from a distance. She explains her new work here as follows:
“Initially when I just started to use paper craft, I was concerned about the limitations of quilling technique and the material – paper & card. I have started my portrait series in an attempt to overcome the limitations of the technique and find ways to bring this type of artworks onto a new level in terms of their ability to convey meaning and emotions. After a few years of experiments I no longer feel constrained by the medium, I learned to incorporate other paper craft techniques in addition to quilling, and all in all this makes the artworks visually more interesting and allows me to stay true to paper as only material. I think the strength of working within the medium/material constraints comes from the need to explore the medium and methods in more depth instead of looking into completely different directions. I still can’t see myself switching to any other material.”
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Images: Courtesy of Yulia Brodskaya.