To become a better writer, one reads a lot. To become a better artist, I continuously seek other artists and their art. I find that this is the best way I can learn new techniques and get new ideas. Here are some contemporary artists whose sites I’ve encountered recently.
|Richard MacDonald – Sculpture/Graphics
There are very few artists’ sites on the web compared to sites on other topics and there are even fewer sculptors’ sites. Richard MacDonald’s sculptures celebrate the beauty of the human body in a way I haven’t seen done since Rodin. His characters can be strong and tough and yet poses a lot of grace. The slideshows of sculptures on his website, I can watch over and over again.
|Tom Haney – Sculpture/Artifacts
I don’t know if I could call Tom Haney’s work sculptures. His art probably fits better in the artifacts category, but he does create 3D objects, so they do fit in the wider category of sculptures. He uses metal, wood, wires, electricity to create the most complex and ‘cute’ objects. Toys would be an appropriate word to describe them. They’re a show of creativity and ingenuity that’s rarely found. The best part is, they come to life too.
|Ana Duncan – Sculpture
Ana Duncan’s sculptures are a show of beautiful simplicity of form and complex themes. The female form is apparent in most of her work, stretched and pulled by gravity displaying softness and strength.
|Ralph Heimans – Painting
When I look at his paintings I have to remember to breathe. Each of Ralph Heimans’ paintings holds so much beauty and emotion it’s hard for me to look away. They are not just paintings, they all have a story to tell and I have to stay and see it through.
|Dan Krall – Painting
Here is an artist who really knows how to have fun. Dan Krall’s art can be equally enjoyed by a younger audience and a more mature one. A child would be attracted by the cartoon like drawings and rich colors, an older person would find and ponder the hidden messages.
|David Reeves – Painting
For me, watercolors are a frightening medium, David Reeves is a god. I don’t remember seeing anywhere else so much control when it comes to watercolors as I’ve seen in his paintings. His paintings are an unbelievable show of mastery, but also of interesting and captivating subjects. He is Canadian and his art celebrates Canada and its culture.
|Ralph Goings – Painting
I’ve never been much of a fan of realism. I’ve always thought that it would be easier to just take a photograph if the painting is not going to look any different, but on a closer look I cannot but admire the incredible skill and the patience involved in creating his paintings. Ralph Goings’ art embraces the American culture with its dinners and pickup trucks signifying freedom of movement.
|Chris Buzelli – Painting
I look at his paintings and I try to find the meaning, I think I understand what’s going on, but then I read the title and it’s like a bulb that goes on and I say “of course”. Often I’m very close to the original intention. He seems to find the most creative and intelligent way to represent anything. Chris Buzelli’s paintings are captivating and what I really like about them is that there are so many ways one can look at them and understand them. In a way, they are very personal to the viewer.
|Melissa Moss – Painting
Melissa Moss’ art is simply beautiful. Her paintings float me away to a simple world where there are no conflicts just peace and beauty. There is a calming quality to her art. I can’t help but remember a perfect day floating on a lake keeping my hand in the water over the boat’s edge and listening to the wind and birds and nothing else.
|Rafal Olbinski – Painting
Rafal Olbinski’s art is my kind of art. His level is where I aspire to get. His art stretches the bounds of the imagination, creating a marvelous new universe.
|Jovi Schnell – Painting
Some of Jovi Schnell’s works look like drawings for a science project, one of those where a ball travels from one end of the construction to the other and on the way it sets off a triggers to light bulbs, open traps, pull levers, set off another ball. One has to stop and see where the maze ends. Her paintings have a poster like quality to them, being created with flat colors and simple lines, but they are also extremely inventive and wacky.
|Duy Huynh – Painting
I find Duy Huynh’s work to be quite melancholic, somber. His paintings often have a single person in them in a surreal landscape and to me they talk about the fact that we are all alone on our journey. We might get help at some point or other, but in the end, we’re by ourselves.