“Her subjects, with gazes ambiguously empty yet psychologically activated, assume formal poses and appear in calculated garb and hairstyles. Employing photography, painting, and computer manipulation, Lux alters the images, extracting extraneous details, distorting proportions, and setting the children against mediated backgrounds that exist somewhere between Old Master paintings and studio-portrait backdrops.”
Lux’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the globe and is included in the collections of major galleries and museums including: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, San Francisco MoMA, National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan, Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and others. In 2005 she received the Infinity Award for Art from The International Center of Photography in New York.
To see more, visit LorettaLux.de.
Simón Prades is a young illustrator studying graphic design at the University of Applied Sciences in Trier, Germany. His main interest lies in illustration and book design. “The old technique of etching is a rising passion, as it combines the sensibility of drawing with an exhausting handcraft.” Whenever possible, Prades works in analog techniques, mainly ink, pencil and aquarell before using the computer to finish the work.
To see more, visit SimonPrades.com.
Born in Paris in 1968, Jeremy Baudouin, A.K.A. Jaybo Monk, is a French artist currently living and and working in Berlin, Germany. Jaybo ran away from home at the age of 14 eventually landing in Berlin-Kreuzberg in the early 1980’s where he spent time as a graffiti writer, street actor, and hip-hop musician. At the beginning of the 1990’s, Monk founded the streetwear label “Irie Daily” and the cultural magazine “Style”.
Jaybo’s paintings, are “erratic and chaotic as they directly quote various fragments of urban subculture. His brushstrokes and figure characterizations are vaguely suggestive of Francis Bacon, the influence of Asian art can be seen, or slivers of the world of Walt Disney make an appearance – like his projection on the Berlin Cathedral, transformed into a veritable tidal wave of Mickey-Mouse hands. Jaybo himself characterizes these sorts of stylistic quotes as “visual reflexes,” designed to involve the observer by using their high level of familiarity with the elements interacting within the picture. It rests with the public to create meaning behind the artwork by allowing these imaginations to play out and by superimposing the pictures with their own experiences (that of childhood, for example). (from Circle Culture Gallery)
To see more of Jaybo Monk’s work, visit Circle Culture Gallery.
German collective Herakut have a new show on now at LeBasse Projects in Los Angeles, California. “The exhibition features 10 new canvas mixed media paintings showcasing Herakut’s unique style and aesthetics. Through the strength of their work, coupled with the demand for their unique style, Herakut are now regarded as some of the most exciting contemporary artists working today. Their ability to work seamlessly both on the street and in a gallery setting has only added to their collector base.”
Based in Munich and Frankfurt, Herakut have exhibited internationally throughout Europe and the US including London, Paris, Madrid, Germany, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Wayne’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the U.S. and Germany. She is in many public collections including Neuberger Museum of Art in New York, The Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Wayne’s current solo exhibition “One Big Love” runs through July 16, 2010 at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York.
For more information, see Wayne’s profile at the Jack Shainman Gallery.
Born in 1980 in Ravensburg, Germany, Stefanie Gutheil currently lives and works in Berlin. Gutheil has a BA and an MFA from the Universität der Künste in Berlin. This young artist’s work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions around the world.
To see more of Gutheil’s work, visit the Mike Weiss Gallery, website.
1. Beatrix Potter – July 28, 1866- December 22, 1943 – Born in South Kensington in London, England, Potter is best known for her illustrated children’s books. She was an author, illustrator, mycologist, farmer, and conservationist. In her 20s, Beatrix developed into a talented naturalist. She studied plants and animals at the Cromwell Road museums and learned how to draw with her eye to a microscope.
In her thirties, Potter published the highly successful children’s book, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”. She began writing and illustrating children’s books full time and became financially independent of her parents
Potter died on 22 December 1943, and left almost all of her property to the National Trust. She wrote and illustrated a total of 28 books, including the 23 Tales, the ‘little books’ that have been translated into more than 35 languages and sold over 100million copies. Her stories have been retold in various formats including a ballet, films, and in animation.
2. Kiki Smith – Born on January 18, 1954, in Nuremberg, Germany and raised in South Orange, New Jersey, Smith studied at the Hartford Art School in Connecticut from 1974 – 1976. “Since 1980, Smith has produced a variety of work including sculpture, prints, installations and others that have been admired for having a highly developed, yet sometimes unsettling, sense of intimacy in her works’ timely political and social provocations. These traits have brought her critical success.”
The Kitchen in New York hosted Smith’s first solo exhibition in 1982. She has exhibited annually from 1982 at the Fawbush Gallery in New York. In 1990, Smith received significant acclaim for her exhibition in the Projects Room at the Museum of Modern Art. “By manipulating everyday materials such as glass, ceramic, fabric and paper, Smith’s work examined the dichotomy between the psychological and physiological power of the body.”
Smith has also had major solo showings at the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva (1990), Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Massachusetts (1992), Whitechapel Art Gallery in London (1995), Museum of Modern Art in New York (2003), and Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (2006).
In 2009 Smith was awarded the Brooklyn Museum Women In The Arts Award. She currently lives and works in New York.
At the age of 15, Vigée-Lebrun was earning enough money from her portrait painting to support herself, her widowed mother, and her younger brother. For a decade she was Marie Antoinette’s favorite painter. European aristocrats, actors, and writers were also her patrons and she was elected a member of the art academies in 10 cities.
Vigée-Lebrun married Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Lebrun, a painter and art dealer who helped her gain access to the art world. In 1783, Marie Antoinette appointed her a member of Paris’s Royal Academy. As one of only four female academicians, Vigée-Lebrun enjoyed a high artistic, social, and political profile.
With the onset of the French Revolution Vigée-Lebrun fled France with her nine year old daughter. For the next 12 years she was commissioned to create portraits of the most celebrated residents of Rome, Vienna, St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Berlin. Vigée-Lebrun returned permanently to France in 1809.
Scholars estimate that Vigée-Lebrun produced more than 600 paintings. Her memoirs were published in 1835-37 and have been translated and reprinted numerous times.
4. Judith Leyster – July 28, 1609– February 10, 1660 – Born in Haarlem, Netherlands, Leyster was a Dutch Golden Age painter. She was one of three significant women artists of this period. Little is known of Leyster’s early training but the degree of professional success she achieved was remarkable for a female artist of her time. By 1633 she was the first woman admitted to the Haarlem Guild of Saint Luke and in 1635 she is recorded as having three students.
“Stylistically, much of Leyster’s work resembles that of Frans Hals. She favored the same types of subjects and compositions, notably energetic genre scenes depicting one or two figures, often children, engaging in some kind of merrymaking. In addition to these compositions, Leyster also painted still lifes.”
In 1636 Leyster married fellow artist Jan Miense Molenaer, and moved to Amsterdam, where the couple lived until 1648. She painted very little after her marriage. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish between the early works of Leyster and her husband, as they often shared studio props and models, and may have worked on each other’s pictures.
5. Remedios Varo – December 16, 1908-October 8, 1963 – Born in Anglés, near Girona, Spain, Remedios Varo is often overlooked as an important surrealist painter. Varo studied art in Madrid and moved several times between Paris and Spain where she met and exhibited with other leading Surrealist artists. In 1941, Varo and her husband Benjamin Péret fled the Nazi occupation in Paris and moved to Mexico City where many other Surrealists had sought exile. Her first solo exhibition in Mexico at the Galería Diana in 1955 was a great success and earned her international recognition.
Varo’s palette consisted mainly of somber oranges, light browns, shadowy grays and greens. Her paintings were carefully drawn, and depicted stories or mystic legends. She often painted heroines engaged in alchemical activities. Varo was influenced by artists such as Francisco Goya, El Greco, Picasso, Giorgio de Chirico, Braque, pre-Columbian art, and the writing of André Breton. She also borrowed from Romanesque Catalan frescoes and medieval architecture, mixed nature and technology, and combined reality and fantasy to create paintings that defied time and space. Varo was also influenced by a variety of mystic and hermetic traditions. She was interested in the ideas of C. G. Jung and the theories of G. I. Gurdjieff, P. D. Ouspensky, Helena Blavatsky, Meister Eckhart, and the Sufis. She was also fascinated with the legend of the Holy Grail, sacred geometry, alchemy and the I-Ching. She saw in each of these an avenue to self-knowledge and the transformation of consciousness.
This week’s Deviant is German digital artist Oliver Lehmann. Born in 1972 in Euskirchen, Lehmann currently lives near Cologne (Köln), Germany. Initally working with chalk, charcoal and pastels, he switched to digital art in 1999.
Lehmann’s influences include Hellnwein, Giger, Dali, Kubicki, and Bargeld. Using Photoshop, stock photos and textures, and imagination, Lehmann creates a striking digital fusion of Surrealism and symbolism.
Lehmann has had numerous exhibitions in Germany and his work has appeared on the the CD covers of German Rock band Sanction X (The Last Day), and Australian band Empires of Eden (Songs of War and Vengeance).
For more information about Oliver Lehmann, visit his profile on Deviant Art.