Yesterday we lost one of the best and most important living painters, Lucian Freud. Leading contemporary figure painting for his generation, Freud was known best for his thickly impasted portrait and figure paintings which have been shown and collected in every major museum around the world. His works are noted for their psychological penetration, and for their often discomfiting examination of the relationship between artist and model.
Hope you’re hanging out with Andy, Pablo, Jean Michel in art heaven Lucian. You will be missed!
Shot in 2005, this video takes viewers on a tour of painter Fred Tomaselli’s studio where the artist discusses his elaborate process of maximalist collage and poured resin. Tomaselli throws everything but the kitchen sink into his psychedelic and psychological works from plants grown in his garden, prescription pills, to hundreds of magazine cut outs. The result is an explosive mix of obsessive and ornate pieces that delve into the darkest inner corridor of the human psyche.
Rachel Perry Welty reconstitutes supermarket labels and flyers, receipts, twist ties, fruit stickers, and many other products you’d find in the world of consumer junk to create obsessive photo installations.
Santiago Caruso’s beautifully nightmarish illustrations are what you might find in an ancient book of spells in a dark cave at the end of the world. Lucky for us they can also be found on his portfolio site.
Artist collective Ghost Of A Dream uses discarded lottery tickets to create brilliant installations of what lottery winner just might buy with all that cold hard cash. The installation above features over $70,000 worth of discarded lottery tickets to create the ultimate “Dream Home” full of expensive art, antique furniture, and of course a lottery ticket encrusted chandelier. View more images of the Dream Home as well as the dream car and dream vacation after the jump.
I’m loving these faux messy paintings by Fiona Ackerman. I included the above studio shot because it’s actually hard to tell what you’re looking at if you just look at the paintings alone. I can’t tell where real shadows are, what’s collaged (there’s no collage in the work!) and what is painted with a quick stroke of the brush and what parts used a 00 brush and lots of patience!