Hermann Nitsch (born 29 August 1938) is an Austrian artist who works in experimental and multimedia modes. Born in Vienna, Nitsch received training in painting when studied at the Wiener Graphische Lehr-und Versuchanstalt, during which time he was drawn to religious art. He is associated with the Vienna Actionists—a loosely affiliated group of off-kilter and confrontational Austrian artists that also includes Günter Brus, Otto Muehl, and Rudolf Schwarzkogler. Nitsch’s abstract splatter paintings, like his performance pieces, address the excessive beauty and intensification of human existence. In the 1950s, Nitsch conceived of the Orgien Mysterien Theater (which roughly translates as Theatre of Orgies and Mysteries or The Orgiastic Mystery Theater), staging nearly 100 performances between 1962 and 1998.
Rona Pondick was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1952. She studied at Yale University School of Art and received her MFA in 1977. She lives and works in New York City. Rona Pondick’s work has been exhibited internationally and is in numerous public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), The Morgan Library & Museum (New York, NY), Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA), Brooklyn Museum of Art (Brooklyn, NY), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA), Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, OH), New Orleans Museum of Art, Sculpture Garden (New Orleans, LA), Fondation pour l’art contemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon (Annecy, France), Ursula Blickle Stiftung (Kraichtal, Germany), and The Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel).
I found some super inspiring works from artist Jeremy Schneider. Whoa.
Born in 1954, Patrick Tosani lives and works in Mayet and Paris. He studied architecture in Paris from 1973 to 1979. He has been making photographs since 1975 and he regularly exhibits his work in France and abroad. Many public and private collections acquired his work. He has taught at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris since 2004. He is represented by the Galerie In situ / Fabienne Leclerc in Paris.
Benoit Paillé is a talented self-taught Canadian photographer and Art Director currently based in Montreal, Canada. More to see here.
Vasilis Avramidis uses oil on canvas to work with the idea of false perceptions in painting language. Gestural brushwork, painted objects and people are translated as pieces of land, which then become an ideal terrain for smaller scale landscapes, scenes and narratives. Avramidis explores the ability of painting language to speak about itself, while at the same time it incorporates worlds, which refer to external situations. Avramidis draws inspiration from video game mechanics, where game play can dominate over narrative and vice versa, resulting in barely manageable challenges which maintain the pleasure factor. (via Kounter Kulture)
” Hello! I’m a 21 year old illustrator currently based in Bournemouth but originally from Denmark, where (with the help of my Grandmother, a fellow illustrator) I began discovering my love of drawing from a young age. I like to think my illustrations have improved considerably since then, and nowadays my inspiration can come from almost anywhere, but I find myself continually fascinated by the concept of imagination. Its ambiguousness is intriguing, and I like narratives where you can’t quite be sure whether something is really happening, or whether it is imagined. Recently I’ve found myself rediscovering my love of the pencil. Texture is very important to the imagery I create, and I like how versatile such a simple, widespread tool can really be. Alongside this I feel that experimentation with limited colour palettes helps to make my illustrations stand out and keeps them playful. I like to apply these techniques in creating strange creatures and interesting characters, and exploring them through one-off illustrations and different narratives.” – Maia Fjord
” After the unexpected passing of my father at age 62, I began creating cinematic scenes around New York that were reminiscent of his life. The American theme and unsettling locations that emerged seemed to create a tension with the time and place they inhabited. These landscapes and surroundings unveil a cold and strangely moving beauty, a series of movie stills that tells a story through its mood. ” – Mike Mellia
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