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Ivan Rabuzin (1921 – 2008)

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.

Yoon Hyup

Yoon Hyup is a New York based artist, born and raised in Seoul,  South Korea. His work is an abstract painting technique composed of free flowing yet structured lines and dots. His artistic style is also inspired by his skateboarding background and his experience with music. His Korean roots are respected through his use of Korea’s primary colours (red, yellow, blue, black and white) and cloud patterns which can often be found in his work.  In an interview with S’well he says this about how he started painting:  

“I never thought I would be an artist or some guy who would be talked about or asked to come paint [somewhere], but creation is something natural for me because I’m always motivated to express myself. I started studying art when I was in high school. I studied graphic art because I really wanted to design skateboards. Skateboarding and music were really big parts of my life growing up. In 2001, when I went to college, I met a lot of DJ and musician friends. A DJ crew wanted me to paint live while he performed his set, a mix hip hop, funk, disco, we’d perform all night. That was when I was 23 or 24 years old, and then I met more and more people, they would learn about me and ask me to do more paintings.”

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

Images:  Courtesy of Yoon Hyup.

Arne Kavli (1878 – 1970)

Arne Kavli was born in Bergen, Norway.  He studied at art academies is Antwerp, Paris and Bruges and also trained in Copenhagen.  In 1896 he debuted at the Autumn Exhibition in Oslo first painting in a Neo-romantic style but was gradually influenced by French painting.  He is most associated with portraits and landscapes of southern Norway.  

Arne Kavli was the recipient of the silver medal at the International Graphic Exhibition at Leipzig in 1914, was awarded at Gothenburg Exhibition in 1923 and was the recipient of the King’s Medal of Merit in 1968.

Images:  Courtesy of various sources.

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