Danish designer and artist Per Arnoldi is an educated school teacher and worked as such for a short time before his interest in and engagement with painting, design and art became his primary occupation. He has worked in many medias including painting, sculpture, ceramics and poster design. His simplistic expressions are often categorized as modern art. He worked with the magazine Mobilia (about modernist furniture, interior decoration and crafts) for about 10 years, learning the craft of graphic design. In an interview with Berlingske he says this about distinguishing good of bad art:
“In terms of formation in general, it’s about you belonging to a culture and a cultural circle that we can see as a space. With the formation, you can move in that space with intimacy, and you can roughly understand where you are, and what you have with you, and what constitutes the space.”
“Formation is, of course, also conditional on being aware that ‘space’ exists. At the same time, you need to have a sense of what frequency you need to tune in to hear and see things in their essence.”
Images: Courtesy of Per Arnoldi.
Ivan Rabuzin is a self-taught artist who is renowned as one of the foremost ‘naïve’ painters of all times. He was born in 1921 in the village of Kljuc, near the town of Novi Marof, in Croatia. The Croatian artist worked as a carpenter for many years, and did not begin painting until 1956, when he was thirty-five years old. In 1959 he discovered the theme of lyrical landscapes and with it his own visual language. He painted wreaths of spherical clouds, trees with round trunks, dome-shaped hills, flowers and sun spheres. He found the utmost simplicity, concision and perfection in the sphere and the circle, which were to become his symbols of the absolute, of completeness. Rabuzin stopped painting in 2002 due to an illness. He died on 18 December 2008 in a hospital in Varazdin, Croatia.
More of his work can be viewed here in the Rabuzin Gallery.
Images: Courtesy of various sources.