Archive for February 5, 2012

Awesome Acrylic Artists series….. Leonard Everett Fisher….

 

When browsing thru some old pages of an art magazine I saw some works by this artist and figured it was Robert Vickrey. An artist who was born long ago, in the golden age of illustration. A period when many artists worked first for publishing companies and magazines and then became fine artists. Some examples are Bob Kuhn, Howard Terpening, and Norman Rockwell. The artist were well schooled in listening to editors give them ideas and suggestions and then coming up with a final piece that was both art but had a narrative as well. It is my belief that Terpening has become known as painter of the Native American peoples, he had great training.

So this fellow Leonard Everett Fisher was born in 1924. He has illustrated more than 260 books, 85 which he wrote himself.  He used to paint in acrylics and oils but now is mainly an acrylics man. One has to appreciate someone that has been painting for more than 7 decades.

The artist learned to draw with his father, who designed naval vessels. Later he took classes at the Art Students League of New York. The artist attended Yale for college.

The artist also designed 10 postage stamps, many for the bicentennial of the United States in 1976.

Received a Pulitzer prize for his paintings in 1950.

The artist now lives in Westport, Connecticut.

Paints with acrylics on canvas as well as masonite. I especially enjoy his paintings of bubbles and kites.  To me they are the essence of being youthful and living in a dream world.

Happy painting!

D

 

 

Awesome Acrylic Artists….Gilles Charest….

this artist is known for making large paintings of fruit or vegetables. He has a great sense of design. The fruit is painted for the most part smoothly, though in most every work a large splash of color is contained. His passion and favorite subject matter he states is  “Fruit.”

To quote the artist'” I paint simple things- pears, apples, cherries with strong complex evocations. I want to create a mood, to express a feeling, to convey sensuality and to surprise.”

The artist wants to make the viewer think, does a piece of fruit really look that exiting? The artist has a new way of seeing still lifes and I enjoy him for that!

The artist was born in Montreal, Canada in 1947.He went to college in Montreal studying literature, administration, and education. He taught for a short time then started his own advertising agency. In 1990 he started to devote a majority of his time to painting.

One gallery he shows at is the Martin gallery in Charleston.  Following is the link.

http://www.martingallerycharleston.com/more_about_gilles_charest.html