AP Art Drawing & 2D Design – 11/26, 12/3, 12/10


Choose  any 2 artists, each week, for the next 3 weeks. Research online, getting a clear idea of their style and imagery, and the art historical context. Due every Monday.

Comment on the following:

Name them and post a reference to a particular work.

How would you describe their style (visual and physical characteristics) and artistic concerns (ideas about aesthetic presence)?

How do they compare and contrast with each other (you are choosing any 2 each week to comment on and compare/contrast)?

Briefly, what is the art historical context for each (other dominant art styles, ways they built on previous art by others and led to later art by others in the same media)?

(Please note: choose artists that have a reputation in the art historical context, and evaluate that on the basis of whether or not they have had a museum show or are in a collection of an art museum.)


12 responses »

  1. First off, I want to talk about Maxfield Parrish. He’s a pretty well known, classic artist and my reason for bringing him up, is because he was recently compared, in an article I read, to one of my favorite contemporary artists, James Jean. I’ll sight the works The Dinky Bird and James Jeans recent piece Black Dog.

    Stylistically, both artists convey a very soft quality to their work. Their works also concern supernatural, irregular situations and characters, which I personally love. The mediums they use, however, are severely different. James Jean works a lot in digital media (tablets, Photoshop, etc.) while Parrish would not have had such tools at his disposal. Some of Jeans work is more classical though, using oil and watercolor paints. Obviously, as far as inspirations go, Jean would have been inspired by Parrish, not the other way around.

    • What a great art reference! I can see why you find this artist inspiring. I definitely see the Parrish connect but also a lot of others. His use of transparencies and linear overlays reminds me of Salle but he is far more polished and ethereal. I am impressed that he uses a variety of media – from richly wrought oil paintings to acrylic and digital. He has such a lot of work, it’s easy to spend time at the site. Did you notice his biography is just photos?

  2. Polykleitos and Lysippos were well renown sculptors in Ancient Greece. Polykleitos introduced the first cannon of the ideal bodily proportions for the statue of a body. He came up with set ratios for the relation of different body parts to each other. He also created a “dynamic asymmetrical balance” in his works, which was meant to create the illusion of movement and action despite the fact that the figure is still. Lysippos created a new cannon. He also had a set of perfect proportions, but his created a more slender form. He also added a greater sense of action to his sculptures. His figures were usually performing an action, as in his sculpture of an olympic athlete scraping oil off his body. His work was so highly esteemed that Alexander the Great chose him to create his official portrait. Both Polykleitos and Lysippos worked during the Classical Period of Roman art, which began after Greece defeated the Persian invaders. This created the attitude in Greece that the Grecian people were favored by the gods, the ideal humans. This was reflected in the art of the time. Statues are heroically nude and show the ideal male body. Although both Polykleitos and Lysippos had different ways of approaching this ideal, they both were striving towards it.

  3. Ok i’m choosing my favorite old time artists here. Caravaggio and Bernini, one was a painter and the other a sculptor. Caravaggio had this dark style, his paintings were usually very dark (with very dramatic lighting) and powerful.This is a work that I enjoy, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Caravaggio_-_La_vocazione_di_San_Matteo.jpg
    He took many religious events that had been painted numbers of times and repainted them to something completely different. Next is Bernini, who made very beautiful sculptures out of marble. They had a lot of movement to them and looked very realistic. My favorite would probably be this one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rape_of_Proserpina_(Bernini)
    Both these artists created art in the baroque period, a time of using movement and clear detail. it is one of my favorite artistic times of art history. Caravaggio and Bernini are alike, in that they’re both baroque artists and do religious work. And both their works are very dramatic and moving.

    • It’s nice to learn these favorites of yours. Their drama is so emotional and palpable. True to the Counter Reformation, they told their story in a a very convincing way. The viewer has to empathize! It makes sense to me too that you like the narrative aspects. Have you thought about emotional drama or narrative in your concentration?

  4. Ok this week is Sofonisba Anguissola and Rembrandt. Both were painters but Anguissola was a Rennisance painter and Rembrandt was in what was called The Dutch Golden Age or the late Baroque. Anguissola’s style is…um painting portaits? Honestly i think her paintings sometimes look like weird frog people. But her specialty was painting portraits of people, and that she did well for the time period, as well as her sex. She was not allowed to study anamtomy, so that made painting people a little difficult. But she went on anyway.Her work is very detailed and captures small nice moments. Best example is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Chess_Game_-_Sofonisba_Anguissola.jpg
    Now Rembrandt (another favorite of mine) is very detailed in his paintings and etchings as well. he captures expressions and did many echings of him doing various expressions. Dramatic lighting, like Carrvaggio is used in many of his works. I absolutely love how he does people, http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8016/7109758081_17460f62d8_z.jpg
    These two are alike in that they were both painters, and did portraits. But that is really all. Rembrandt had more access than Anguissola, and he studied expressions more by making multiple self portraits and echings of himself.
    Anguissola inspired many female artists, since she was successful in her career. And even though some of her portraits looked weird, http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sofonisba_Anguissola_001.jpg her attention to detail was something that influenced many. Now Rembrandt is considered to be the best portrait artist in Europe. His style really demonstrates the late Baroque, with the detail there but the movement becoming less and less. I found a better painting done by him that demonstrates his skill, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rembrandt,_Portret_van_Haesje_v.Cleyburg_1634_2.jpg
    my god i love this guy, the detail is abosultely amazing, it almost looks like a photo..

  5. The two artists I’m going to reference are Cindy Sherman and Jaap Buitendijk. Buitendijk is a Still Photographer, which means he works on movie sets taking stills which are used for the ads and movie posters he then creates. Sherman has many collections of photographs but her most famous was the untitled FIlm Stills, a project in which she photographed a series of mock film stills. It’s interesting to compare and contrast their work, one being the work of a professional, the other being an imitation. In the two examples I chose, the artists relied heavily on lighting and shading for the shot. One is B&W which lends itself to contrast. Buitendijk works very well to incorporate the color into his composition however, as he also does here, playing with lights and darks: http://www.jaapphoto.com/#/Posters%20and%20Covers/Posters%20and%20Covers/1


    • I’ll have to look at movie posters more closely, there definitely is a recognizable style in jaap’s work. Next week choose some artists who may have some influence on your Concentration…..although I imagine these two could play a role since I know you like to show drama in your work.

  6. This week, in response to your comment, I’m ging to focus on just one artist, but a very inspirational one. Iris Lys is a tattoo artist from England who does watercolor painting tattoos. Her work can be found here
    For my concentration, I thought it would be an interesting project to watercolor/ink a series of tattoo ideas. Lys works in a very intriguing, unique style. It’s a style I really dig and would like to emulate, as well as, or in tandem with, my own style. I have been working on some sketches which I’ll be bringing in. In some of my ideas I’ve tried to emulate her style but none of mine have color yet and a strong point in Lys’ work is her sense of color and tone, which I really enjoy.

  7. All right first artists are Carl Warner, a photographer that paints pictures and replaces all the landscape factors (i.e. Trees) with food. That would be their style; I mean I don’t see a lot of artists making foodscapes, which is what they’re called. The next artist is Frank Stella, who is a 3D abstract minimalist dude. I like his later work as opposed to his non-colourful work. This is what I mean http://beccahsartblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/list-installment-8-painting-in-3d.html
    These two have nothing in common, ones a painter who paints foodscapes, ones a 3D abstractionist. Not very similar.
    I’m not sure how popular Carl Warner is, I couldn’t really find any info on him. But Frank Stella was influenced by Fraz Kline and Jackson Pollock. He seems to have taken the colour from Pollock and abstract hard lines from Kline. But he influenced many other abstractionist artists to come.

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