Art inspiration plays a big role in my work. As a creative, I am always inspired by other artists and I love finding the commonalities among my work and theirs, whether intentional or subconsciously. Today I want to share with you some of my all time favorite artists and how they inspired some of my past work.
1. Willem De Kooning is one of my favorite abstract expressionist painters. I am especially inspired by his Woman series. Pictured (top left) is his Woman I painting. It was made with oil paint, charcoal and enamel. I made my own rendition with oil paint and charcoal. I call her Dita. Many people thought that his Woman series was his negative perception towards women but really it was his way of embracing his love for women.
2. Kees Van Dongen was a fauvist painter. I love how his portraiture was almost cartoon like but with so much expression. Pictured is one my favorites (bottom), The Corn Poppy. It was painted with oil on canvas in 1919. My jimigem portrait style (top) is very much inspired by his work.
3. Gustav Klimt captures my heart with his paintings during The Golden Era. Pictured is his famous piece Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer I. He was an Austrian artist, part of the Vienna Secession Era. I am so drawn to his use of shapes. My whole senior show in college was inspired by his work. The top piece is one of my favorites from my exhibition. I used oil paint and gold leaf on canvas.
4. Claude Monet is probably the most famous artist on this list. Many people recognize him for his water lily murals. One of my favorite pieces he made is Woman with a Parasol (top). In my rendition (bottom) I made it as a self portrait. This was my first 4x6ft painting. Throughout many of my paintings I am inspired by his impressionistic style.
5. Wayne Thiebaud gets the award for the tastiest looking paintings! He is part of the modern movement and born in Arizona. The thickness of his paintings make me drool. He applies the paint in layers and in person the texture is amazing. I love painting sweets and he really pushes me to capture that edible quality he exhibits in his work. His parfait piece (bottom) inspired me to create a layered cake with oil paints (top). This cake is actually the same cake I get every year for my birthday!
Think about how other artists inspire you in your work. Can you point out the resemblances?