Mexican Artist Alfredo Arreguin “Frida in Flames” on Canvas
Alfredo Arreguin, the Seattle artist, was born in Morelian, Michoacan, Mexico in 1935 and moved to Mexico City thirteen years later. Moving to the Pacific Northwest in his twenties, the artist Alfredo Arreguin notes Mexico, and the people who live there, to have inspired him. Painting famous Mexican citizens has become a strong theme throughout the paintings of artist Alfredo Arreguin. Though artist Alfredo Arreguin’s portraits and landscapes directly relate to his heritage, his background has influenced more than the artist Alfredo Arreguin’s subject matter. The colors Alfredo Arreguin uses as an artist relate directly back to the Mexican landscape that he treasures.
In one of the most famous works by the artist Alfredo Arreguin, Frida In Flames, the complex use of bright images to create Alfredo Arreguin’s artistic impression of the famed Frida Kahlo seem to form a tapestry. The images Alfredo Arreguin uses as an artist to make up Kahlo’s portrait include mask-like faces, patterned tiles and vegetation, all of which have a definite ancient Aztec style to them. An artist with a strong command of color, Alfredo Arreguin has an artist’s masterful way of creating large images out of smaller icons. Looking at the palate of bright colors the artist Alfredo Arreguin uses, one can’t imagine how the small tile-like images come together to make up the details of Kahlo’s likeness in Alfredo Arreguin’s artistic painting.
“The Magic Realist”, artist Alfredo Arreguin is one of the most well-known living artists today. Paintings by artist Alfredo Arreguin hang in such prestigious places as National Academy of Sciences, The Smithsonian, Tucson Museum of Art, and The Mexican Museum in San Francisco. Of their acquisition of “Sueño (Dream: Eve before Adam)” by Alfredo Arreguin, the artist, the Smithsonian rated it, “one of its seven most important acquisitions from among more than 600 works of art collected by the museum in 1994.” Alfredo Arreguin continues to inspire artists today.
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Alicia Grau’s Still Life “Apples”
Alicia Grau, born in Barcelona, Spain, is known mostly for her impressionist paintings of children on the beach. Alicia Grau’s style of textured views of the innocent meeting the knowing ocean has been imitated by her peers and admired by art lovers since Alicia Grau’s pieces surfaced. However, it is Alicia Grau’s masterful still lifes that can represent and seem most indicative of her work.
Take Alicia Grau’s painting Apples, a tablescape laid out on a crisp white tablecloth against a wall of the same shade. Somehow, Alicia Grau succeeds in capturing the commonplace and vaulting it to a celebration of the way we live. It’s almost as if Alicia Grau captures the scene of an altar rather than the collection of objects necessary for a snack of apples. It is this ability Alicia Grau has to bind the light to the objects in Apples, giving them importance and lending them an ethereal quality and giving the objects honor that makes still lifes by Alicia Grau so compelling.
In Apples, Alicia Grau capably captures the golden cast of afternoon light from a window in the left of the room that remains unseen, and the light itself almost becomes the subject of Alicia Grau’s piece. The textured surface of the objects in Alicia Grau’s painting easily depicts the cups, plate, apples, flowers tea pot and bottles laid before us. With the muted coloration due to the overall yellow cast of light, Alicia Grau unites the items in a way that seems so natural. It’s as if the objects belong together not because of their usefulness at the time, though we accept that to be true, but also because the light has chosen to bless them in this moment Alicia Grau so aptly captures.
So take the time to seek out pieces by artist Alicia Grau that break from the subject of the people she loves to paint. You will be surprised and delighted at the way Alicia Grau, the European artist, can lend her loving eye to objects in a way that rivals her better known paintings by Alicia Grau of children on the shore.
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Artist April Richardson, a print maker living in the Pacific Northwest, is known for her vivid botanical mixed media monotypes. April Richardson gives life to the flowers and plants in her work through the use of saturated color. April Richardson achieves rich deep hues through her unique process. April Richardson combines techniques such as drawing, painting, collage and print making techniques and layers drawings, paint, tissue paper, and colored pencils into her finished pieces. April Richardson explores “living things” and their “origins, repetitions and patterns” and the history of the land on which they grow. This examination by April Richardson of the cycles of light and dark, bloom and wilt, life and death is evident in the compositions by April Richardson, and they seem to spiral in on themselves with vines, stems and leaves and blossoms.
In April Richardson’s diptych, Alley Rose I and Alley Rose II, you can watch the roses grow before your eyes. As one branch travels up the right side of Alley Rose II, by April Richardson, another dips down on the left side of Alley Rose I, cradling a budding rose.
April Richardson “Alley Rose II”
When viewed together, April Richardson’s pieces, the Alley Rose duo, appear to capture the lifecycle of the rose bush with both birth and regeneration of life. Buoyed by the sunlight, in April Richardson’s golden piece, Alley Rose I glows. Alley Rose II, however, points to the end of the lifecycle with open flowers full of weight and dark hues, appearing that April Richardson poised them to drip right off of the stems and drop to the ground to regenerate life.
When describing her thoughts while “sketching in a garden”, the first step in April Richardson’s multi-layered process, April Richardson says, “I consider the plot of land: these same few square feet that root the subject of my drawing today.” It is easy to spot April Richardson’s love of the earth and reverence of the moments created in gardens in her prints. An artist with love for her work, April Richardson’s success will grow like the blooms in her prints.
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Art reproduction printing is the new way to bring quality artwork by famous artists into your own home without spending thousands of dollars. Today’s art reproduction printing has been upgraded by technology. One of the most advanced printmaking technologies today is giclee. Pronounced “zee-clay”, giclee printing, from the French word meaning “to spray”, is a digital method of fine art reproduction printing that offers a much higher resolution, or sharpness, and a much wider range of color than art reproduction printing techniques of years past. Large digital printers that produce giclees can print on a variety of substrates like archival paper and canvas, allowing you to choose exactly how you want your finished piece of art reproduction printing.
Art reproduction printing allows fabulous works of art to be digitized, reproduced and printed at a specified size. This feature of art reproduction printing can change the way you are able to choose the art reproduction print for your home. Instead of choosing from a small assortment of pieces you find in the size of art reproduction printing you need, you can use color, style, artist or subject matter as your first criteria for your art reproduction printing. This opens up thousands of pieces from you to choose from. With art reproduction printing you can get high quality art in the exact image you want.
Giclee Print Paul Chang “Zypher Hills Spring”
Art reproduction printing is a legitimate form of artwork. Some artists exclusively make prints, and some have made art reproduction printing part of their mediums from which they work, just like painting or drawing. Art reproduction prints have sold at famous auction houses for tens of thousands of dollars. However, it is important to work with a reputable art reproduction printing company to ensure you receive quality work. Not all art reproduction printing techniques are the same. ArtThatFits.com is an example of an art reproduction printing company that works with archival quality inks and substrates and follows strict quality guidelines. When working with the right company, art reproduction printing allows consumers to hang the best quality artwork in their own homes.
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To David Owen Hastings, he’s lucky. “I’m one of the lucky few who get to combine passion with profession”, David Owen Hastings says. This passion certainly shows in David Owen Hasting’s work. Born into a family in Waterloo, Iowa, who invested in David Owen Hastings’ love for art, he now not only creates fine art, but also has a successful graphic design business, proving David Owen Hastings family’s encouragement fruitful. Influenced strongly by nature and the patterns he finds within it, David Owen Hasting’s mixed media prints are often layered prints whose “imagery speaks of the abundant life energy radiated by nature.”
mixed media “Fusa IV” by David Owen Hastings
In Fusa IV, David Owen Hastings uses the blues and browns of the seascape to create an abstraction of circles. David Owen Hastings has aqua and black “bubbles” appear to come from the orbs they float to the top of the piece. David Owen Hastings added a faint, almost watermark-looking blue wash in the background of the print. This technique of David Owen Hastings’ lends to Fusa Iv’s aquatic feeling. “I am constantly drawing connections between things, making ‘arrangements’,” says David Owen Hastings. This statement seems to connect directly to this piece of David Owen Hastings’ work. Like the rings that look like shadows made by the more dominant circles, there is a pattern within this abstraction by David Owen Hastings.
David Owen Hastings has moved to the monotype as his primary medium. David Owen Hastings experiments with the effects found when making prints in Fusa IV. You can see where David Owen Hastings has added negative space to the inks by applying an absorbent material. The underwater appearance is created through David Owen Hastings’ use of printing on translucent papers. As an artist, David Owen Hastings has really made his medium work for him instead of against him, as happens to other print makers from time to time. Passion for the technique is evident in the pleasant result, Fusa IV, in which David Owen Hastings not only turns to “connections” in nature, but also a connection between the viewer and his art.
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Elizabeth Horning is an artist who portrays the beauty of nature on canvas. The love of the landscape and all that it encompasses came early to Elizabeth Horning. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, artist Elizabeth Horning continued to live in the splendor of the Northeastern United States while attending the Rhode Island School of Design. While studying art, Elizabeth Horning was awarded scholarships for artists such as grants from the Carnegie Foundation, The Ford Foundation and a Royal Bailey Farnum Scholarship.
After her formal training as an artist, Elizabeth Horning dove right into becoming a fine artist. Never ceasing to examine art, Elizabeth Horning shapes young artists through her programs in the elementary schools of Franklin, New Hampshire. An artist directly influenced by her love of nature, Elizabeth Horning’s garden is bursting at the seams with blossoms and vines. This sounds like an example of Elizabeth Horning’s life as an artist imitating her art, for her canvases are thick and heavy with flowers.
Elizabeth Horning’s “Prickly Poppies”
The amazing photorealistic style artist Elizabeth Horning works in is technically very difficult. Somehow, though, Elizabeth Horning is able as an artist to keep her florals looking stunningly life-like while adding a touch of magical polish to them. In the painting Prickly Poppies, artist Elizabeth Horning captures a very realistic scene that in all actuality would occur quite rarely. Artist Elizabeth Horning painted all three soft pink poppies are in peak bloom and a butterfly has just landed for a drink of nectar. This skill Elizabeth Horning has as an artist is what creates the sense of wonder surrounding her oil paintings.
The quality of light artist Elizabeth Horning captures is ethereal creating otherworldly gardenscapes of her very realistic style. So important is light to Elizabeth Horning as an artist that she says, “So, foremost in my mind when I am working on paper is the preservation of the light which is vital to the life of the painting and which must come from the paper itself.” This attention to light is what gives artist Elizabeth Horning’s work her unique signature.
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Elizabeth Horning is an artist in the true sense of the word. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines artist as someone who “is adept at something”, and Elizabeth Horning is “adept” at capturing the realism of the bloom of the flower just as it is at its peak of beauty and drama. Through the open close-ups of the flowers she paints, Elizabeth Horning seems to invite us into the private and glorious insides of the botanical world. By seeing these flowers Elizabeth Horning presents cropped so intimately, it’s as if an entirely new view of items we see every day. A rose or a daisy becomes a landscape all its own through Elizabeth Horning’s eye and she shares this secret place with us.
Elizabeth Horning’s “Port Townsend Garden”
In her painting, Port Townsend Garden, Elizabeth Horning takes us into the world of the Iris. Creamy golds and vivid violets seem to glow as if Elizabeth Horning has somehow lit the painting from within. The absolute technical way in which Elizabeth Horning represents the blossoms is arresting. One almost feels as if they could reach out and feel the velvety beard of the flower, Elizabeth Horning creates. The straightforward representation of Elizabeth Horning’s Port Townsend Garden inevitably comes from her mastery of capturing the light; it highlights the imperfect texture of the petals and the shadowy depth of their ruffled edges in Elizabeth Hastings’ Port Townsend Garden.
To capture the light in just the right way, Elizabeth Horning likes to work with oil paints on paper and let the paper show through, giving the light a “more transparent quality”. Elizabeth Horning knows it is the light that is “vital to the life of the painting” and believes by working on paper, as opposed to canvas allows “preservation of the light”. Though the subject Elizabeth Horning captures is the flower, it is more appropriate to say the star of Elizabeth Horning’s work is the light.
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“Boots 1” Jamie Ellsworth
Jaime Ellsworth, artist and animal lover, creates simple-seeming scenes of every day moments. These scenes created by Jaime Ellsworth allow the viewer to imagine their own background story about what’s just out of view. One of the favorite subjects of Jaime Ellsworth is a black dog named Pagau. Pagau, a dog her daughter rescued in Beijing, China, has captured the heart of Jaime Ellsworth and for being such an amazing muse, she donates paintings to animal welfare societies. In her painting, Boots 1, Jaime Ellsworth captures Pagau the dog sitting just inside the closed door of a house. Pagau sits next to a discarded pair of rain boots in Jaime Ellsworth’s piece. On the brown and white checkerboard floor, the lone black dog sits looking to the outside world Jaime Ellsworth has created. The viewer is left to imagine what Pagau is pondering beyond the glass door in Boots 1 by Jaime Ellsworth.
Jaime Ellsworth has an amazing way of using strong and simple shapes when composing her paintings. Yet, upon closer inspection, one sees Jaime Ellsworth has not left the objects in her works flat or two-dimensional. There is texture and gentle shading to the forms achieved through using fine layers of strongly-colored oil bars to create the main forms, and then uses more layers, as Jaime Ellsworth describes the process, to “allow the under paint to peek through and transparent glazes give the final surface a subtle tint.” Jaime Ellsworth has perfected this layering technique, creating depth in her work that forms her striking signature style.
Incredibly, Jaime Ellsworth had been painting an imaginary black dog for about a year before her daughter brought Pagau home. Of the canine, Jaime Ellsworth says, “I began to observe and paint Pagau’s moments of contemplation and his story now unfolds visually through his discoveries.” Prolific in her work, Jaime Ellsworth has painted over sixty pieces in which Pagau is the subject. Here’s hoping Pagau continues to garner the attention of Jaime Ellsworth so we can watch the dog’s story continue in her delightfully cheery work.
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JB Hall believes artists should surround themselves with things tantamount to art. Perhaps that’s why, while living in Arizona with his wife and young son, JB Hall lists family outings, good eating and home projects among his activities. Oblivious to what other people assume an artist’s life should be like, JB Hall’s vast experiences inform his prints with a familiarity not easily found in other abstract work. JB Hall’s statement, “Truth is Perception”, invites the viewer to glean from his work their own stories and feelings. Of his work, JB Hall says, “Each piece or chapter is an incomplete exercise and can be reshaped and pounded into a success.” This statement by JB Hall reflects why printmaking is such a great medium for JB Hall. In paintings, the artist has time to work and rework the paint on the canvas, however, when creating prints, JB Hall must accept the outcome of what happens each time a print is created. Printmaking takes much preparation and JB Hall must trust that the work will result in a desired piece. Accidents must be embraced and thus, JB Hall’s work is “reshaped and pounded into a success.”
JB Hall’s “Key to Hope 4”
In the print, Key to Hope 4, JB Hall takes the everyday object of the key and pushes it to become the focus of the otherwise abstracted piece. Naming the key the Key to Hope, JB Hall reminds us with the large, dominant image, the key is available to us and it is our job to use it to unlock the future filled with hope. However busy the surface, JB Hall’s jet black key remains the focal point, as it is the topmost layer of the print. What does JB Hall want us to use the key for? He’s given it to us in a large, sweeping gesture. What will it unlock for the viewer of JB Hall’s Key to Hope 4? The Key to Hope, JB Hall’s title reminds us is the key to moving forward, to remember to have hope for the future and that “each piece or chapter…can be reshaped and pounded into a success”, and what a success JB Hall’s work is.
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Larry Miller’s art is quintessentially Californian. Born in California, Larry Miller now creates his art in Pebble Beach, the pristine coastal town known for it’s groomed golf courses and exclusive resorts. Larry Miller’s art is born through his love of the California coast line, so putting down roots in Pebble Beach is ideal. Larry Miller’s art is of the style known as photorealism, which Merriam-Webster defines as “realism in painting characterized by extremely meticulous depiction of detail.” This “meticulous depiction of detail” is what Larry Miller does best in his art. Larry Miller’s art particularly focuses on the coastal and mountainous areas of California’s landscape.
“Breezing Up” by Larry Miller
Breezing Up is one of Larry Miller’s pieces of art that captures an isolated beach from the vista from a mountain above. In this piece of art, Larry Miller chooses not to show the viewer the typical view of a mountain, but Larry Miller allows this piece of art to show a view which can only be seen from the high altitude of a mountain that is uniquely Californian. The top of the mountain artwork by Larry Miller is covered in a pristine white sand and dry yellow-green scrub grasses. Larry Miller’s art shows us a path leading down to the shoreline, inviting the viewer to follow it’s rugged line down to the quiet blue ocean on the horizon. The mountainous pine dominating the left of the canvas has boughs that are lifted by the wind and you can almost feel the breeze and smell the sea and feel its spray when looking at Larry Miller’s art.
Larry Miller’s artwork Breezing Up takes us to an amazing landscape that it seems fictional. However, Larry Miller captures the places in California that are indeed accessible to people. Through Larry Miller’s art one never has to travel far to experience the thrilling landscapes; one only has to look at the beauty captured in his stunning paintings.
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