Category Archives: Fine Art

Ikki Matsumoto (1935 – 2013)

Ikki Matsumoto is the son of the artist we featured yesterday, Katsuji Matsumoto.  Ikki travelled to the United States to study at the John Herron School of Art in Indiana, where his older brother was a sculpture student. He transferred to the Art Academy of Cincinnati to study under the renowned wildlife artist, Charles Harper.  After an unsatisfying work in the advertising field, he established a new career as a painter and printmaker using the native birds as his subjects. Matsumoto intended for his work to make people feel good as he said, ‘there are no heavy messages in my work, I just simply wish to delight’.

More of his art can be viewed here on his posthumous website.

Images:  Courtesy of various sources.

Stéphane Bulan

French painter Stéphane Bulan’s first career was as a successful journalist and caricaturist.  In 1975 he completely devoted himself to fine art painting.  His images has a certain cleanliness to his form that is paramount in his artworks. The artist uses vibrant yellows, blues, greens and other primary colors in his work. Even with his intense colors, Bulan incorporates a certain liberty and serenity in each of his canvases. His work has been widely collected and exhibited throughout Europe, North America and the Orient.

More of his work can be viewed on his website, Facebook and Instagram.  

Images:  Courtesy of Stéphane Bulan.

Julie Brunn

In 2000 Julie Brunn received a Fine Art degree from Birmingham School of Art and went on to pursue a career in web base design graphics.  Because of her love and interest in animals, she changed her career interest completely to become an animal keeper at two locations. 

Starting a family gave her the opportunity to rediscover painting, combining her love of nature, animals and art.  Her experience working with animals enabled her to understand their nature and character creating a natural and atmospheric image. 

More of her work can be viewed on her website, Facebook and Instagram.  Some of her prints are available  here in her Etsy shop.

Images:  Courtesy of Julie Brunn. 

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