Painter F. A. Alsbach
“Eventually the people decide what is truly Art with a capital A.”
Artists whose work haunts & sometimes taunts me.
Edward Hopper, restrained power
Peter McCardle neat stuff!
M.J. Heade, his late flower still lives are incredible in person.
Rackstraw Downes in some ways a role model for me… since attending a lecture of his in the early 80’s and meeting him I have thought long & hard about the things he said and his work. I didn’t change my style right away or anything but his work stayed with me, and worked on me gradually, but inevitably.
Mary Cassat master of composition, and rare ability to paint children as people, not sweet little objects.
Jerome Witkin makes me think… “I wish I had painted that.”Jenny Saville, painterly painter
James McNiel Whistler, love his combativeness, his relentlessness, his soft serenity.
The Buds: Marcus Bohne, Douglas Schermer, Brad L. Thompson, Frank Picini, Larry Philippe, Anthony Guidice, David Niehaus, Lita Kenyon, Pamela Lenk, Jeff Hand, Tom, Pete, Mike Ruble, Charlie Currie, & Eric Purves.
Degas, the hand
Falling manVictor Wang, powerful stuff
Tiepolo, father and son, few ever drew as well.
William (Bill) J. Williams ( Art Mentor)
Fire dancer, pain weilder, kind gentle patient teacher.
Lucien Freud, brought the thoughtful portrait back from the grave.
Jasper Johns, I just love his solid brushwork and low humming color.
John Singer Sargent, just look at his landscapes up close, once.
Edward Knippers, true courage
Tim Folzenlogen, hard headed painterliness.
John Constable, The king of clouds
weird way of capturing thoughtfulness.
Joaquin Sorolla, now he could paint light.
twist and shout
Peter Paul Rubens, no one ever drew better.
Man his paintings, landscapes, walk off the wall.
Janet Fish courageous thoroughness.
Patient with young pups in person. (me)
Jackson Pollock, Blue poles knocked my socks off.
MOST INFLUENTIAL TEACHERS:
Dekooning his landscapes make me float on air
William (Bill) Williams-the language of composition, layers of meaning, feel the heat.
Berthe Morrisot snaping, snarling brush
Sidney Larsen-taught me it was ok to love art
Thomas Hart Benton,
Frank Stack- test ideas through series
George Caleb Bingham the greatest self taught draftsman ever.
Ben & Brooke Cameron-art is happiness
Thomas Eakins, clear, complete, thoughtful, yet oh so human.
Jerry Bernesche-a rare example of goodness, patience & humility.
Winslow Homer, Knew nature like no other man.
L. Rugolo-“layers of color is the key”
Jan Vermeer, duh
Dr. Arthur Berndston (aesthetics)
Richard Diebenkorn his layered color with subtle electric sparks
Dr. Vera Townsend (art history)
DeChirico, love his use of perspective
Mr. Zolnowski-how to think clearly and debate strongly.
George Inness, oh man are you kidding me?
Roger Powers-first exposed me to art
& probably saved my life.
Francis Bacon, composition man
George Bellows, power
Artists whom I think are overrated:
Some…. Way, Way Way, overrated.
Robert Henri, snap
Hans Hoffman, duh
John Michael Basquait
Wayne Thiebaud graphic painterliness, draftsmanship
Frans Hals confident brushwork
F.E. Church Don’t knock it until you see it in person
Naim June Paik
Edvard Munch, weirdness
Marsden Hartley, tactile color
Maynard Dixon, strong solid architectural brush work,
Chardin, texture & self restraint.
Claude Monet his textures are what really hooked me in person
Rockwell Kent, xray colors in a “normal” landscape
R. B. Kitaj, literature & art collide
Movements & Artists I am encouraged by:
Mondrian, cool passion
The New Leipzig School
Kandinsky, music & art melt into one
Fairfield Porter, restraint in a time of excess
Joseph Albers, color
Ivan Albright, oooh man those are some spooky paintings.
Ulrich Lamsfub, ocasionally
Giacometti, love, I mean love the way he draws.
Alice Neel, cuts into the soul of the sitter.
R. Rauschenburg RIP