Posts Tagged ‘fabric’

Artist of the moment……Alison Watt


Alison Watt is a British painter from Scotland renown for her works with the figure and fabric. Alison Watt was born in Greenock, Scotland in the year 1965.

Watt attended college at the Glasgow School of Art.

The artist concentrated on painting the figure until a show in 1997 when she exhibited her fabric paintings for the first time.

In this clip a brief interview and retrospective of works by Alison Watt:

Watt is now based out of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Price range information: Watt paints mainly in oils and works range from $25,000 to $150,000. Watt also produces prints, but no pricing schedule available for prints.

Below we take a look at Watt when she was preparing for show at London’s famous National Gallery of Art:

Watt’s paintings of fabric are amazing. My favorite works in this series are paintings of fabric that represent real life subjects, such as flowers. My favorite painting of Watt is titled “rosebud.” A painting that shows a piece of white cloth with folds similar to what one sees when looking at a real rose.

If you enjoy looking at many abstract shapes of cloth, be sure and check out my post on Daniel Adel. Adel has also created a series of paintings of white cloths on dark backgrounds.



Artist of the moment……….Mara De Luca



Mara De Luca is a contemporary American abstract artist. The artist has developed a unique working process that combines painting with collage.

De Luca attended Columbia University located in New York City where she earned a B.F.A. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts located in Valencia, California.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

The artist has been included in exhibitions in the United States and Europe.

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De Luca first pours a thin  layer of acrylic paint onto raw unprimed canvas. She then puts a layer of fabric on top of this. Depending upon the mood she wishes to create, the artist uses either transparent or opaque fabric. The artist credits Duchamp for inspiring her unique approach.

In this clip a brief interview with the De Luca as artist in residence in Irvine, California. De Luca was the first official artist in residence at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. Her printmaking process is quite detailed.:

De Luca also gives credit for inspiration to the daily life she lives in Los Angeles, California. A wonderful mix of digital technology and natural beauty.







Artist of the moment……….Kim MacConnel


Kim MacConnel is a wonderful abstract artist born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the year 1946. MacConnel is renown for his abstract paintings. MacConnel attended the University of California at San Diego earning a B.F.A. and a M.F.A.

MacConnel was one of few men that are associate with the Pattern and Decoration movement that took place in the 1970s. Another male artist associated with this movement was the floral artist Robert Kushner.

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The artist works as a painter with gouache, enamel, and acrylics. He is also an avid printmaker.

The artist had wasn’t respected by the art community as a whole because he didn’t work on canvas, rather he painted on fabric and sometimes bed sheets.

In this clip we view an interview and several works by Kim MacConnel. The artist also makes sculptures out of found materials in addition to his paintings. These sculptures were made out of items that washed up on the beach that MacConnel collected.:

I enjoy the artist’s bright palette and unusual shapes.




Artist of the moment…..Ernest Neto

Ernest Neto was born in Rio De Janiero, Brazil in the year 1964. Neto works as a painter, sculptor, and photographer. For sculpting he uses a variety of materials but is renown for his use of soft sculptures. These are made with a fabric material that Neto fills with other items including spices. Too bad SMELLAVISION doesn’t exist, the dream of chef tv host Emeril LaGasse, some of the very large sculptures by Neto are stuffed with spices.

For his artistic education Neto attended the school of visual arts located in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

The artist doesn’t mind people touching his artwork. Yikes! His museum size installations are very large in scale and can take up floor space, but he will then create the structure and have it reach the ceiling. In this clip we see a sculpture by Neto made to feel as if the viewer was walking through the inside of an earthworm. Very creative!

First exhibition was in 1988 in Brazil.

First international exhibition was in 1996.

In this clip an interview with the artist discussing his artwork:

Ernest Neto is based out of Rio De Janiero, Brazil.

In this clip a very interesting storyline. Neto is sought after by a running group to create a work of art. He succeeds and his results are unusual. He creates a sort of web that the runners can stretch out in and relax.

Neto represented Brazil at the Venice Biennale in 2003.

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Artist of the moment….Judith Pond Kudlow….

Judith Pond Kudlow is a wonderful realist painter working mainly with the still life. Kudlow was born in Whitefish, Montana.

I found out about the artist as I watch financial television all day and she is married to a well known economist who has a political and money show on CNBC, his name is Lawrence “Larry”  Kudlow. For the readers whom are financial people I would like to give a shout out !!! Congrats!!! To Tom Keene of Bloomberg who has been broadcasting twenty years today!!! He will be ringing the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange today.


I enjoy looking at her paintings of cloth the most. I first became aware of the artist after seeing some still life paintings she had made of Mr. Kudlow’s ties. The presentation and subject matter reminded me of the great Chilean master painter Claudio Bravo. Here is a wonderful example of Claudio Bravo and his paintings of fabric.


Kudlow has recently made a DVD talking about the sight size method and painting the still life. Below is a short excerpt from the program.

A link to the artist’s own website:

Kudlow attended the College of William and Mary. Kudlow also has studied at the Art Students League of New York, the National Academy of Art, and the School of Visual Arts.

Price range information: Kudlow works mainly with oils on linen. Most works are priced between $2,000 and $10,000.

Kudlow currently keeps a studio in East Harlem where she also has started her own atelier. The name of the atelier is the Harlem Studio of Art.  Kudlow and a well known  painter from Florence, Andrea Smith, started the school in New York city. Now the school has another location which is in Rome, Italy. Andrea Smith is in charge of this location.

Kudlow has appeared in several national art magazines such as American Art Collector and American Artist.

Another artist who is great at painting fabric is Janet Monafo. I have seen this artist’s work in person and was blown away by her brilliant painting of white cloth. She did a wonderful job using complimentary colors from the yellow and purple families and the fabric had a very reflective sheen in the painting. Below is an example of Monafo’s painting of fabric and cloth.


If you would like to improve your painting of cloth and fabric I would strongly suggest viewing Jane Jones and her program titled Painting Elegant Drapery. Jones is a well known artist that loves to work with flowers and fabric. She uses the same method of blending for both. I found this program to be a great investment and improved my skill tremendously. Below is click to her website. She now has 11 DVDs out on the market. For the old timers like myself I enjoy the DVDs but you can also download access to the program via sources like ArtClick.TV for different periods of time if you don’t want to purchase a hard copy. Her DVDs are for me the best value out there. Very reasonably priced.


Hope you are now inspired to try and paint some fabric and cloth!

Get those brushes moving!