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Monday, October 19, 2020

History of Medieval Art

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 Medieval Art History 

A span of almost 1000 years in between 400-1300 AD, known to be the era of dark ages, immense growth, and changes occurring in society, the time was considered as the start of the medieval period around 476 AD. As we all believe humans society evolves after going through certain phases, so do art. It evolves along with human societies through new experiences, exposures, and experiments. 

The medieval art encompasses 8 major artistic movements which include Byzantine, Islamic, Viking, Carolingian, Celtic, Ottonian, Romanesque, and Gothic art. 

As there is no proper beginning and end of the middle age era so we can classify medieval art into three major periods; 

  1. Early Christians

It is believed that the middle age was the period when Christianity and Catholicism in specific were becoming most popular in the Latin West. This means the rejection of ancient ways and traditions of life and increasing believes of Christianity as monotheistic religion was taking place as a revolutionary change in society.

So as an influence on this revolution, medieval art in churches, and worshiping houses reflects the sweeping popularity of Christianity. The medieval era saw the collapse of the Roman Empire into small political entities, yet this was the time when the criteria of membership of the community evolved. A society is free of race, origin, and ethnicity, and other factors yet in the form of community.

During the middle ages, visual art flourished, developing their artistic ideals and concept. Cathedrals, temples, sculpture, painting, textiles, manuscripts, jewelry, and ceremonial objects from artists were funded by the richest and most prominent members of society to promote art among people. Although these commissioners close to religion yet they also promoted secular art. Looking back to history, most of the artists weren't recognized by the world to date but they did leave an everlasting legacy behind.

  1. Romanesque Art

Medieval art continues to expand throughout Europe through Germany, Spain, England, Italy, and other regions. Medieval art in the beginning while growing symbolizes the wealth and power of churches and monasteries. Later this art can be seen in buildings and infrastructures characterized by thick stone walls and semi-circular arches. 

  1. Gothic Art

Later Medieval art was the Gothic art era as a result of the French monarchy. Menacing catacombs, lighter building designs, and flying buttresses were prevalent in the Gothic cathedral.

We can see the evolution of man along with religion highly reflected in medieval art.  The changes in the church's decoration with time can be seen through medieval art. With time, artists become bolder in representing religious figures.

There is much to be collected and researched from the Middle Ages, from religious paintings to scriptures and exciting architectural structures. During this period, the rapid socio-political trends throughout the world led to the development of multiple cultures and styles of art.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Ryan Karey Artist and Musician

Ryan Karey has been lifting spirits on Facebook live on Saturday with children enjoying and singing along to his performance. Ryan is on key and sounds awesome his choice of songs is rocking. Share his music and share his passion.

Also, enjoy his fine art on Wrinkle Art

Artist Statement
painter Ryan Antonio Karey was born in LaGrange, Illinois. He earned his B.A. in Graphic Design from Eastern Illinois University, where he studied under master watercolorist, Walter Sorge. Upon graduating, he went for a 2-week personal study in Florence, Italy. Ryan Karey is a self-defined oil painter, which he finds to be the truest conduit of his artistic soul. Ryan's work is a combination of beauty and raw emotion, texture, and smooth strokes of paint on canvas. His color usage is truly unique and innovative.

Since dedicating himself to his art, Ryan has had work displayed at various galleries and sites around the Chicagoland area. Including Thomas Moser Gallery, Gallery Swarm, Sacred Art, amongst other instate and out of state art festivals. Since then Ryan has expanded himself professionally to include an ever-growing client base in which he also does commission work. Ryan's artistic goals are to express himself creatively in as many different pathways and avenues whenever and wherever they present themselves.

In the News

Naughty Molly
It’s finally arrived! The long-awaited children’s book illustrated by Ryan and co-authored with his wife Jen! It is now available in hard-cover online and at Printer’s Row this weekend, June 10th and 11th!

It is a beautiful, sunny day and the window is accidentally left open. The Mommy and The Daddy have just left for work. Can Molly overcome the temptation to jump out the window to play with all her furry friends or will she get lost outside with no one to save her from the mean, old neighbor and the scary woods?

Wrinkle Art formerly Gallery Swarm has a long-standing relationship with Ryan Karey with his fine art and unique style of music. Yes, the music he has a band called Ryan Karey with SEED - is an eclectic Folk and Rock band based in Chicago. Our live sound is very powerful, heavy on rhythm and melody, and complemented by the likes of 2 djembe drums, bass, keys, harmonica, and a xylophone!

He has played for several events over the history of Gallery Swarm in a 6000 square foot space. Maison Rouge Gallerie and we always look to him when we host events in his neck of the woods in Chicago.

His art has a large presence on Wrinkle Art Online and we think his art is very original in how he uses his paint to get this beautiful balance of color and texture. We house a few of his works and want to help spread the word of Ryan Karey with his art, music, and his current children's book. He is currently in the process of creating his second book with his wife. He is very inspiring to our gallery a to other creatives and collectors.

Lawyers for the Creative Arts

Lawyers for the creative arts Chicago has been around for over 20 plus years. They are a pro-bono resource that helps creatives find help when they are limited to get the help they need on their own.

About the Lawyers for Creative Arts Chicago:

Welcome to Lawyers for the Creative Arts and our online resources.

Here you can learn about LCA and the services and educational programs we provide, and you can apply for them. We have provided numerous links and resources for you to pursue. If you are an attorney seeking to volunteer, all the information and forms are here. And we have made it easy for you to support the arts by donating to our cause.

Legal advice is a necessity for all businesses, and the arts are no exception. However, most artists cannot afford market-rate legal services. That’s where LCA comes in. LCA is the only pro bono legal service organization in Illinois that is an expert in all areas of the arts. Now in our 45th year, we have assisted thousands of artists and arts organizations of all kinds with their legal issues. Click on Legal Help for more detailed information and to apply for help.

The dedicated members of our Board of Directors and our several hundred volunteer attorneys are the soul of LCA. With their assistance, artists of all kinds are free to do what it is they do – bring color, texture, and wondrous sights and sounds to all of our lives.

We constantly hear from our clients praising our staff and volunteer attorneys. LCA has been called “An angel to the arts,” and we are proud of our role in taking care of the legal concerns of artists. Our goal, like yours, is to enable artists to concentrate on creating and delving deep into their hearts to produce the most provocative, most beautiful, most audacious art they can find within themselves.

We at Lawyers for the Creative Arts stand with the individuals and organizations expressing their communal revulsion over the tragedy in Minneapolis. We join them in seeking ways to replace the systemic racism that led to the death of George Floyd, and others in similar circumstances, with the rule of equal justice under law.

The arts and other non-profit groups have identified resources for those desiring to assist individuals on the frontlines of protest and to advocate for change. We’ve collected several of those resource listings below.

The arts have a unique role in expressing the deepest human feelings, including those arising from the crisis, protest, and societal trauma our country is now experiencing. The many murals and graffiti-style portraits of George Floyd that have emerged from the current protests are good examples*. LCA is proud to support all those in the arts in their too-often under-appreciated contributions to helping us get through difficult times and envision a better future.

This resource is a must for creatives across the United States.

More on this resource at Lawyers for the Creative Arts

Imagist Ed Pashcke

Ed Paschke 

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Ed Paschke was a painter from America who is famous for his neon-hued photographs of pin-up posters, blooming televisions as well as classical Greek sculptures. Influenced by the Pop Art of Andy Warhol, he did works that mirrored media culture darkly instead of mimicked it, as one can see in his hallmark work Pink Lady (1970). Life is much about rule-breaking, about confrontation. Otherwise, history will just stand yet, he once reflected. Somebody has to come along and break the rules and try for whatever reason to go around things a different way. Even if it’s an easy sense of adventure, a sense of exploration. 

He was born on June 22, 1939, in Chicago. He studied at the School of the Art Institute located in Chicago as well as later worked as a freelance illustrator for Playboy. During his service, drafted into the Army, Paschke illustrated manuals given to new soldiers. Having returned to Chicago, he started exhibiting at the Hyde Park Center during the late 1960s as well as became a part of a loosely grouped bunch of artists called the Chicago Imagists, which involved Jim Nutt, Philip Hanson, and Gladys Nilsson. The artist passed away on November 25, 2004, in Chicago. Currently, he is memorized through the Ed Paschke Art Center who is preserving his work while servicing the art community of Chicago. His works are held in the collections of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Hirsh horn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York as well as the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, among others.



Between obtaining bachelor’s (1961) as well as master’s (1970) degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ed Paschke painted, traveled, and worked in a series of short-term jobs and freelance assignments. He was then drafted into the army and there he served for 2 years in Louisiana, where he drew guns and bullets for arms manuals, in 1962. Though he resented his time spent in the military, the position exposed him to individuals living apart from his normal experience. His time in the army and also a job assisting in a mental hospital, given complicated reference points, resounded with Paschke as he started developing his surreal imagery. He returned to Chicago, completed his master’s degree with help from the GI Bill as well as undertook an ambitious schedule of exhibitions. Among these were 2 group exhibitions, Nonplussed Some (1968) and Nonplussed Some More (1969), at the Hyde Park Art Center with fellow SAIC graduates Sarah Canright, Richard Wetzel, and Ed Flood. Paschke visited an exhibition of works by Andy Warhol at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in 1970. He said afterward that seeing the exhibition strengthened his inclination towards figuration. Furthermore, to use photos from newspapers as a resource, Paschke spent several hours wandering about Chicago’s colorful neighborhoods in search of interesting characters as well as street signs for including in his paintings. Several of his early works referred to celebrities and anonymous underworld archetypes; Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Claudette, pimps, prostitutes, and fetishists, all served as subjects. Though representational in style, Paschke’s composite and distorted figures and his expressionistic color palette, twist reality. Noting the emotional responses his works frequently evoke from viewers, Paschke remarked. They love it and hate it but are they indifferent to it rarely. In the 1980s, he shifted to an increasingly abstract style, with surfaces blurred by fluorescent bands of color that mimicked disruptions in current visual technology. In his career after some years, Paschke got back to figuration, where he pictured incendiary individuals from mass media. Additionally, to his artistic legacy, Paschke was called a prolific educator in the Chicago place, where he taught art theory and practice at Northwestern University from 1976 unless his death in 2004. The Ed Paschke Art Center in the Jefferson Park opened in 2014, on the tenth anniversary of Paschke’s death as well as celebrate the artist’s life and work.




Work of Paschke was recognized by a major retrospective in 1989 to 1990 organized by the Art Institute of Chicago, which then traveled to the Pompidou Centre in Paris as well as the Dallas Museum of Art. His devotion to the Chicago earned him the nickname Mr. Chicago, and in 2005, a year after his death, the city designated Monroe Street Ed Paschke Way. In June 2014 the Ed Paschke Art Center opened in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Chicago to preserve as well as exhibit Paschke’s work, exhibit the work of other contemporary artists, and serve as an educational resource for teachers, artists, and academics. Work of Paschke is in countless private collections through the world and major museums both here and abroad, involving The Art Institute as well as Museum of Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York. The Hirsh horn Museum, D.C., Washington, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, among others. His work continues to crop up at art fairs across the world, and he has further recently enjoyed major solo exhibitions at Gagosian Gallery New York (2012). A show by Jeff Koons, one of his past assistants, and Mary Boone Gallery New York (2014). The Ed Paschke Art Center celebrates the life and work of Ed Paschke, one of Chicago’s popular artists. It recognizes his contributions to the artistic life of the city as a cultural ambassador, family man, teacher, and friend. Ed Paschke made art about the popular and the infamous. Bold, sometimes shocking, permitted his subjects for expressing their complex personalities. He strongly believed in the capacity of the viewer for interpreting his works of art on their own terms. He reveled in the tension between opposing ideas & imagery, hoping to provoke an emotional response in his viewers. 



Ed Paschke died abruptly in his sleep from heart failure on November 24, 2004, at the age of 65. One year after his death, the city honored him by naming a street after him. The Ed Paschke Memorial Way sign stands at the North East corner of Michigan Avenue as well as Monroe Street in the downtown loop of Chicago. This little street functions as the border between the Art Institute of Chicago & Millennium Park. As per officials, it is the memorial way sign that is ever been stolen.

Imagist Artist Chuck Close

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Chuck Close is globally famous for reinvigorating the art of portrait painting from the 1960s to the current day, a period when photography is challenging painting's dominance in this place, and succeeding in gaining appreciation as an artistic medium in its own right. Chuck Emerged from the 1970s painting movement of Photorealism also known as Super-Realism but later moved beyond its hyper-attentive rendering of a given subject for browsing how methodical, and system-driven portrait painting based on photography's underlying processes can suggest a vast range of artistic as well as philosophical concepts. Additionally, Chuck's struggles with partial paralysis and dyslexia, have suggested actual-life parallels to his professional field, as his methodical approaches of the painting are inseparable from his daily reckoning with the vulnerable of body and material condition.

Education and Early Work

Chuck enrolled at the University of Washington and graduated in 1962 and then he headed east to Yale for studying for a Master of Fine Arts from the university's Art and Architecture School. Drenched in the abstract globe, Close radically changed his concentrate at Yale, opting for what would become his signature style: photorealism. Using a procedure, he came to describe as knitting, Close made huge-format Polaroids of models that were re-created by him on big canvases.  This early work was bold, intimate, up-front, replicating the specific details of his selected faces, a fact made all the further compelling when considering that Close suffers from the neurological condition prosopagnosia, and face-blindness, which prevents him from recognizing faces. Furthermore, his pieces blurred the distinction between painting and photography in a way that had never been done before. His techniques were remarkable, in particular his app of color, which paved the way for the inkjet printer development. By the late 1960s, his photorealist pieces were kept in the New York City art scene. One of his good-known subjects from that period was of another young artistic talent, composer Philip Glass, whose portrait Close painted and showed in 1969. It has since gone on to become one of his most recognized pieces. He later painted choreographer Merce Cunningham and former President Bill Clinton, among others.


  • Photorealist painting of the 1970s that has celebrated the glossy and mirror like the photograph look, but after getting that ideal, Chuck turned to portraiture, suggesting it as a means to explore unsettling features of how self-identity is a composite and high constructed, if not finally conflicted fiction.
  • Dependence of close on the grid as a metaphor for his analytical procedures, which suggest that the whole is rarely more than the sum of its parts, is a conceptual equivalent for the analytical of the camera, serial approach to any given subject. Every his street-smart, as well as colorful Polaroid, is a time-based, fragmentary gesture as any arduous stroke of the painter's brush in the cloistered studio.
  • Close has worked with oil & acrylic painting, photography, mezzotint printing, and some more media. Shifting from one to the other, Chuck suggested that his intentions are timeless, while his tools or materials are interchangeable. Therefore, the chuck practice of portrait painting has remained surprisingly contemporary for over 40 years.
  • Slow of close, accumulative procedures, which enlist some abstract color apps in the service of producing realistic, and illusory portraits, most recently discovers application in the art of modern tapestry through a high illusionistic, computer helped method of industrial weaving that Close favors for its ability to suggest the hyper-real appearance of 19th-century glass photographs.

Current Work

Chuck's current way of painting originated with pastel portraits of him in 1981. These portraits are derived by Closes’ juxtaposing of different colors within every cube of the grid, a procedure critic Christopher Finch has colorfully referred to as a pimiento-stuffed olive. The loose handling of color, as well as the richness of the pastels, resulted in a lush, tactile surface, which Close maintains in his further recent work. Through more complex combinations of color and mark-making, Close's style of portraiture has grown closer to abstraction, which makes its integrity to certain features of the photographic medium all the additional notable. Close suffered from intense chest pains that led to the whole paralysis below the neck, In December 1988. A watershed occasion in his life that the artist called the Event. With his wife's dedication, who insisted that his physical therapy focuses on the painting act, chuck was capable of regaining movement and control in his upper body to permit him to keep working. Steadily strengthening his arms, he finished Alex II (1989) while his rehabilitation period. This painting he made is small than his work called as Alex II is which is just 36 x 30”. It expresses a sadness that the artist states as representative of his disputed mindset at the time. It exhibits, however, no loss of technique. Chuck made a studio to accommodate his wheelchair and also a 2-story, remote-control easel, where he developed his artistic processes with the studio assistants help. In his early 70s, while evolving in his artistic practices, chuck is applying his approaches to the production of high illusionistic imagery in the format of portraits of his friends, colleagues, and others. Using the modern computer helped methods of tapestry, Close is now able to approximate, in woven photos, the mirror such as illusionism characteristic of the 19th-century photographic glass daguerreotype. As if coming full circle, Close can be said to have reinvigorated the genre of Photorealism just when everybody had assumed it had been relegated to history.

The Legacy of Chuck Close

Coming of age at a moment when Abstract Expressionism was yet a major force in the art globe and, for some a rather inhibiting one, Close suggested that a return to a former category of painting as well as realistic portraiture, can be a viable route for development of the artist. Close married this premise to his early fascination for photographic realism, concentrating on the sequential and time-based procedure of transferring a photographic image to the canvas as the conceptual premise to suggest the construction of self-identity and the persona, as a highly tentative undertaking, indeed despite its apparently seamless outcome. This conceptual foundation of Close's work is his important legacy to his many admirers & successors. The genre of portraiture itself and the gridded, sequential conceptual artwork, have since the 1970s taken an active role in avant-garde circles. The mix of the photographic sequence and its painterly reconstruction is seen early on, for instance, in the 1970s, work of Jennifer Bartlett, and it resurfaces time and again in the work of more portrait-based photographers of the 1980s like Cindy Sherman, Cass Bird, Annie Leibovitz, Nan Goldin, Kiki Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Andres Serrano.

Marc Hauser was an American photographer

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Marc Hauser was an American photographer from Chicago. He took photographs of celebrities such as Woody Allen, John Belushi, Michael Jordan, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton, Oprah, Cindy Crawford, Mick Jagger, Sophia Loren, and Dennis Rodman. He took the images for John Mellencamp's Scarecrow album cover. Hauser was raised in the Chicago place and began taking images at the age of 13. By the '80s, he had become a well-respected photographer, with subjects involving Mick Jagger, Dolly Parton, Eric Clapton, and Michael Jordan. He did win more than 100 awards for his work, including a Clio. However, during a shoot in 2007, he was taking shots of a golf course when the crane in which he was located toppled over as well as he fell to the ground. As a result of the accident, he lost the utilize of his right eye and had his right leg amputated. During his rehab, his tools were stolen from his studio. He was able for working, switching to family portraits, beginning a Groupon deal for $159 per session. However, his health declined, he faced diabetes and kidney issues, and his medical bills accelerated, with friends who created a GoFundMe page for financial help. As per those people who knew him, he was great at getting people to relax and will begin photographing folks as soon as they went into the studio. He did not allow them to overthink or get stale, said Bianca Lana. So, several photographers shoot too much film. You did not have that issue with Marc. You can say, we are now overwhelmed by photos, but that was never the case of Marc. He took many photographs, but very some images were perfect and timeless quality.

Marc Hauser created memories, will last forever. From his career beginnings, in the mid-1970s to his passing in 2018, the photographer built a genre of portraiture and editorial that will motivate generations. As per those who knew him, he was a fun-loving and generous soul whose talent was matched by inspiration to help others. Hauser’s most popular work occurred during the 1980s & 90s when he photographed celebrities such as Mick Jagger, Cindy Crawford, Michael Jordan, and Oprah Winfrey. Joining realistic vulnerability with technical expertise, the images display an impossible degree of truth as well as beauty. As Hauser’s influence expanded, so did his oeuvre. In the 90s, he sold many ties featuring his colorful illustrations through the upscale retailer, Bigsby, and Kruthers. During his later career, he photographed some celebrities and, in 2007, suffered an injury, damaged his eye and his right leg. But that didn’t stop him from shooting portraits. In 1966, he started working as an assistant to fashion photographer Stan Malinowski. 3 years later, when he was 17-years-old, an art director from Playboy dropped by Malinowski’s studio, saw work of Hauser, and hired him to shoot John Prine for the magazine. In the 70s, by the time he met D’Orio, the place of Hauser in the trade was firmly established. D’Orio as well as Hauser operated a studio for some years together before going their separate ways. Though Hauser continued doing his thing, D’Orio developed an award-winning reputation to advertise work, shooting Leo Burnett’s Curiously Strong Altoids campaign, among others. D’Orio’s respect for the talent of Hauser grew along with their friendship. To this day, he believes, Hauser can find a photograph no matter what the condition, and that he knows exactly how and when to capture a person.” But it isn’t just Hauser’s epic celebrity portraits that impress D’Orio; he admires the work featuring lesser-known subjects. Circus stuff of Marc is strong, he says. His cameras were stolen right before he shot it, and he went and bought a cheap small camera and used that. The eerie, circus series is darker than Hauser’s glamor work, but it is no less strong. One of its more popular pieces, Portrait of a Clown is a study in loneliness. Among those who admire the piece is Chicago artist as well as Patriot cast member Tony Fitzpatrick, another creative star in Hauser’s tight-knit circle. One of Fitzpatrick’s favorite Hauser achievements is Halloween in Buck town, a neighborhood essay published in 1987. As Hauser clarified to IPA, the series came by a suggestion from Cindy Crawford, who was sitting for a Marshall Field’s shoot when a small child came in dressed as a ghost for trick-or-treating. Wearing homemade costumes, the youngsters command attention with expressions that seem well beyond their years. They provide a glimpse of warmth and humanity that Fitzpatrick. Who never lived more than a mile from Hauser after they became friends discovered incomparable? I will do black & white photography that is the first love of me, Chicago photographer Marc Hauser told the Tribune in 1996. It is more than a decade since his portrait of John Mellencamp graced the cover of Scarecrow, but Hauser’s 2-tone work was yet full of steam. In the interview, he claimed to shoot 7,000 rolls of film every year, with subjects ranging from Patti Smith to Bulls-era Michael Jordan. The greatest of all time, in any given field. I think there is more color in black and white, he continued. You are more likely to be looking at the person instead of the color.


Marc Hauser, a photographer who shot the cover for John Mellencamp's Scarecrow album, was died in 2018. He was 66. A big, bearded, gregarious man spent his ultimate weeks in a hospital bed receiving treatment for complications from diabetes. Sharing takeout with friends as well as talking about future projects, he remained full of conversation unless he passed on December 30, 2018. It’s a sadness that we announce the passing of Marc Hauser, says a Facebook post from his studio. In the past few weeks, Marc suffered few health complications that forced him for being hospitalized. He died peacefully last night. Marc has left us with a deep void, that will be difficult to fill. His strong spirit, his laughter, and stories will remain with us forever, just like his legacy and effect on the picture community. Our prayers and ideas are with his family and friends.


Abstract expressionism

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Abstract expressionism

It is the term that is applied to new forms of abstract art which are developed by American painters such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning in the 1940s and 1950s. It’s characterized by gestural brush-strokes, mark-making, and the impression of spontaneity.


Types Of Abstract Expressionism

Within abstract expressionism were 2 broad groupings. The so-called action painters, who attacked their canvases with expressive brushstrokes as well as the color field painters who filled their canvases with big places of a single color.


  • Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning led the action painters who worked in a improvisatory manner often using large brushes to make sweeping gestural marks. Pollock placed his canvas on the ground and danced, pouring paint from the can or trailing it from the brush. In this way, the painters placed their inner impulses onto the canvas.
  • The 2nd grouping included Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman & Clyfford Still. They were interested in religion, myth and created easy compositions with big areas of color intended to produce a contemplative and meditational response in the viewer. In an essay that was written in 1948 Barnett Newmann said: instead of making cathedrals out of Christ, man, and ‘life, we are making it out of ourselves, out of our own feelings. This approach to painting developed from about 1960 into what became called color field painting, characterized by artists using big places of more or less a single flat color.


Abstract expressionism

In 1950, a group of artists wrote an open letter to the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York. A survey exhibition was slated to open at the museum, American Painting Today 1950, but when the group took a look at the jury for the artist selection procedure, they deduced that it will almost definitely include the more conventional art of the Met’s then-conservative tastes. The letter claimed the museum was dismissing the pioneering work done in modern, advanced modes of art that they are practicing since the early 1940s. Their protest will prompt a rift in American art, between the many forms of abstraction they practiced which were supported by the Museum of Modern Art as well as its director Alfred H. Barr, Jr.—and the realist art that the Met curators considered the high expression of 20th-century American painting. LIFE magazine picked up the story, publishing an article in January 1951, titled Irascible Group of Advanced Artists Led Fight Against Show. A photograph accompanying the article showed a sharply dressed group of white men, looking poised & assertive, who will henceforth be called the Irascible. Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb, Jimmy Ernst, William Baziotes, Richard Pousette-Dart, Clyfford Still, Robert Motherwell, Ad Reinhardt, Theodoros Stamos, Bradley Walker Tomlin, James Brooks, and Hedda Sterne. Along with other artists who signed the open letter, David Smith, Hans Hofmann as well as Louise Bourgeois notable among them these men and women largely constituted the 1st generation of Abstract Expressionist artists. Though they worked in myriad styles and brought different themes to the creative table, these artists exhibited together as well as met in studios, bars, and cafés to exchange thoughts about their pioneering new form of art.



The increase of Abstract Expressionism 

Abstract Expressionism was 1st concocted in relation to Wassily Kandinsky and his oeuvre in 1919 in Germany. This was primarily directed at German Expressionists of this era as well as the certain anti-figurative aesthetic that came with their works. In 1929, Alfred Barr was the 1st American to use the term abstract expressionism, relating it to stylistic similarities to 20th-century Russian artists, precisely again to Wassily Kandinsky. American art critic Robert Coates more popularized the term by tying it into works by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Arshile Gorky. Whilst Kandinsky is commonly cited as the pioneer of Abstract Expressionism, there are arguments that Swedish artist Hilma Af Klint might really claim that title having discovered it back in 1906. Af Klint was a daughter of an admiral and was born and brought up in a country that allowed women for studying art well before other European countries like France, Germany, or Italy. 


Key Characteristics of Abstract Expressionism

Unconventional application of paint, typically without a recognizable subject that tends toward amorphous shapes in excellent colors. Slathering, dripping, smearing, and flinging many paints on to the canvas is another hallmark of this style of art. Gestural "writing" is integrated into the work Sometimes, in a loosely calligraphic manner. In the case of Color Field artists, the picture plane is carefully filled with zones of color that make the tension between the shapes and hues.


Abstract Expressionism’s Legacy

Through the 1950s, Abstract Expressionism became the dominant influence on artists both in the U.S. and abroad. The United States govt embraced its distinct style as a reflection of American democracy, and individualism as well as actively promoted global exhibitions of Abstract Expressionism as a form of political propaganda during the Cold War. However, several artists discovered it hard to replicate the emotional authenticity implicit in the stylistic innovations of de Kooning and Pollock. Their work seemed studied and lacked the same vitality of the 1st-generation pioneers. Other people saw the metaphysical undertones of it at odds with a society concerned with a customer mentality, fueled by economic success and proliferation of the mass media. Such reactions will inevitably lead to the emergence of Pop, Minimalism, and the increase of a range of new artistic developments in the mid-20th century.


The Influence of Abstract Expressionism

Abstract Expressionism flourished in the 1940s & 1950s, and the paintings were seen all over the globe in traveling exhibitions as well as publications. Minimalism and Pop Art had begun replacing Abstract Expressionism as the dominant art movement in the 1960s. The new generation of artists had tired of the serious, grand ambitions of the Abstract Expressionists and their want to portray transcendence and the sublime in art. Still, the legacy of Abstract Expressionism remains considerable. Take, for instance, Frank Bowling, an artist who moved to New York in the mid-60s and was profoundly influenced by Abstract Expressionism there, continuing to paint in this style through his career, regardless of what the famous styles of the times were. Furthermore, in recent years, female Abstract Expressionists such as Lee Krasner, long overshadowed by their male contemporaries, are receiving the attention they deserve. The Denver Art Museum’s 2016 show Women of Abstract Expressionism celebrated the underappreciated female artists of this groundbreaking art movement.




Pablo Picasso His Art

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Pablo Picasso is considered for being one of the most popular painters in the 20th century. He was born in Malaga, Spain on October 20, 1881. Furthermore, to painting, Picasso was a printmaker, stage designer, ceramicist, poet, and playwright. He spent his most adult life in France.


on October 25, 1881, Picasso was born in Málaga, a city of Spain. The mother of Picasso was Doña Maria Picasso y Lopez. His father was Don José Ruiz Blasco, a painter & art teacher. A serious world-weary kid, the young Picasso had a pair of piercing, black eyes that mark him destined for greatness. Picasso's father started teaching him to draw and paint when he was a kid as well as by the time, he was 13 years old, his skill level had surpassed his father's. Soon, Picasso lost his wish to do schoolwork, and opt to spend the school days doodling in his notebook. When Picasso was 14 years old in 1895, his family went to Barcelona, Spain, where he applied to the prestigious School of Fine Arts. Though the school accepted students many years his senior, Picasso's entrance exam was so extraordinary that he was granted an exception and admitted. However, Picasso chafed at the School strict rules and began skipping class so that he can roam the Barcelona streets, sketching the scenes of the city he saw. A 16-year-old Picasso went to Madrid in 1897 for joining the Royal Academy of San Fernando. But, he got frustrated again with his school's singular focus on classical subjects and also techniques. In 1899, Picasso went back to Barcelona and met different artists and intellectuals who made their headquarters at a café called El Quatre Gats. Inspired by different anarchists and radicals whom he met there, he made his conclusive break from the classical ways in which he was trained and began what will become the all-time process of innovation.


Picasso is famous for reinventing himself, switching between styles radically and his life's work seems to be the work of 5 or 6 good artists instead of just one.  For his style diversity, Picasso insisted that his work would not indicative of radical shifts via his career, but, of his dedication to evaluating for each piece the form and technique suited to get his desired impact. 

Blue Period

Art critics break the adult career of Picasso into different periods, the first who lasted from 1901 to 1904 and is called his "Blue Period," after the color which had dominated almost all his paintings these years. later, Picasso went to Paris to open his own studio. He got depressed due to the death of his friend named Carlos Casagemas, and he then painted poverty, isolation, etc scenes in shades of blue and green. 

'Blue Nude’ and ‘The Old Guitarist’

Picasso's popular paintings from the Blue Period are known as "Blue Nude," "La Vie" and "The Old Guitarist," all were completed in 1903. In observation of his Blue Period, writer Charles Morice asked once, Is this intelligent kid not fated for bestowing the consecration of a masterpiece on the negative living sense, the disease from which he is suffering more than anybody else?

Rose Period: 'Gertrude Stein' and 'Two Nudes'

Picasso overcame his depression in 1905 and the artistic expression of Picasso was the introduction of warm colors like beiges, pinks, and reds which are known as his Rose Period. He was madly in love with a model, Fernande Olivier that time and he was newly prosperous. His most popular paintings from these years involve Family at Saltimbanques" (1905), "Gertrude Stein" (1905-06), and "2 Nudes" (1906).


It was an artistic style founded by Picasso as well as his friend and colleague painter Georges Braque. In the Cubist paintings of him, objects can be seen as broken apart and re-assembled in the form of abstract, which highlight their geometric shapes and depicting them from simultaneous viewpoints to make physics-defying and collage-like impacts. At once Cubism shocked and fascinated the art globe.

Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon

Picasso did a painting in 1907, which is now taken as the precursor and inspiration of Cubism. This painting is Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.

Classical Period: ‘Three Women at the Spring’

Picasso’s works from 1918 to 1927 are known as his Classical Period, getting back to Realism in a career otherwise dominated by experimentation. The outbreak of World War I ushered in the next good change in Picasso's art.  He grew further somber and, once again, preoccupied with the depiction of reality. His best works from this mentioned period involve 2 Women Running on the Beach (1922), 3 Women at the Spring (1921), and "The Pipes of Pan" (1923).


From 1927 onward, Picasso became caught up in a new philosophical as well as a cultural movement called Surrealism, the artistic manifestation of which was a product of his own Cubism. Picasso's popular Surrealist painting, considered one of the great paintings of all time, was done in 1937, during the Spanish Civil War known as Guernica. 

Later Works: 'Self Portrait Facing Death'

Contrary to the dazzling complication of Synthetic Cubism, Picasso's paintings painted later display childlike imagery or crude technique. In the aftermath of World War II, Picasso became further overtly political, joining the Communist Party. He was twice honored with the International Lenin Peace Prize, first in 1950 as well as again in 1961. By this point in his life, he was an international celebrity, the world's most popular living artist. Some people paid attention to his art during this time. Picasso kept on making art and maintain a schedule in his later years, believing that work will keep him alive. 


On April 8, 1973, Picasso passed away at the age of 91, in Mougins located in France. He died due to heart failure, while he and his wife named Jacqueline were entertaining friends for dinner. being radical in his work, Picasso keeps garnering reverence for his visionary creativity as well as profound empathy. For 80 years, he devoted himself to artistic creations, he believed, which will keep him alive, contributing to the modern art development in the 20th century.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Protest Art in America

A Brief History of Protest Art

From the Dadaists to Guerrilla Girls, here are the most politically impactful artists of the last century.


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In the current political climate, artists are finding ways to be involved in politics. With an American administration that called the support of art and humanities not “prudent”, the creative population are taking it upon themselves to prove that art plays a vital role in society.

The result has been everything from individual actions, like Richard Prince’s denouncement of his work owned by Ivanka Trump, to exhibitions like The Knockdown Center’s Nasty Women in Queens, New York that donated artwork sales to Planned Parenthood.

As people are called into action on the street, some artists may want to put down the brushes, shut their laptops, and join. But they can also use their talent and vision to aid a movement. For example, artist Christo decided to walk away from a project that has cost $15 million of his own money, as well as over 20 years to create, in what the New York Times called “the art world’s biggest protest yet.” Action from other artists seems imminent...

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Protest Art in America

Hannah Höch, “Untitled (Large Hand Over Woman’s Head)”, 1930, Photomontage via Artsy

"How Could I Have Known" by Cabell Molina, part of the Untitled Space's "One Year of Resistance" exhibition. Credit: Courtesy The Untitled Space

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This weekend marks the first anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration. It also marks the first anniversary of the Women's March his election inspired, the largest single-day protest in the nation's history.

To memorialize the occasion, artists across the country are taking part in the first Art Action Day, a patchwork of public events, workshops, and performances happening across the US. Hoping to reclaim the day for artistic expression, the initiative is being promoted under the slogan "Art is Essential to Democracy."...

Mexican Muralists
Muralists for the Mexican Communist Support

In North America during the 1920s, the Mexican Muralists were in a revolution against tyrannical industrialization. They intended to protect workers’ rights. Artists such as Diego Rivera were painting large scale public frescos illustrating the strife of the proletariat. The group aligned under Leninist ideas and engaged with politics through the standards of the history of painting. They replicated traditional painting strategies most notably painting large scale frescoes. Like Renaissance artists, they communicated to masses of people through their didactic and powerful scenes.

Jacob Lawrence
African American Social Painter

Jacob Lawrence is one of America’s most important visual artists. He made an illustrative series of works focusing on historical moments capturing racial inequality. The image depicted above is part of his massive 60-piece painting collection called The Migration Series. The series depicts the causes, turmoil, and results, of the great migration of African-Americans from the South to North Eastern/Central cities. The migration took place after Jim Crow threatened their lives and equalities in the south. Lawrence painted tirelessly on cardboard and simple wood with colorful tempera paint. The paintings express moments of the journey including warmer moments showing family and camaraderie. But most powerfully, he described the moments of violence, and oppression both in the South and in the North. Lawrence went on to make several more series on social-historical issues and was a prolific contributor to American Art...

To memorialize the occasion, artists across the country are taking part in the first Art Action Day, a patchwork of public events, workshops, and performances happening across the US. Hoping to reclaim the day for artistic expression, the initiative is being promoted under the slogan "Art is Essential to Democracy."...

Friday, June 5, 2020

Animation and Udemy for Classes

Udemy for online creative classes and more. You sign up wait for a deal for the class that is steeply discounted. The classes are user friendly and we have tested them out. We have taken comic book creation A perspective class And Blender 3d Animation class. All are very informative and easy to work. my only hitch is I am a Mac user and sometimes a class is specific for a certain devise Mac vs PC.

We highly recommend using this platform for your creative needs and beyond.

Here is a sample from my comic book character design class and animation class: 

Online Learning Steps-up: What the World is Learning (from Home)
April 30, 2020, By Romina Ederle Udemy News
Whether it is working remotely, looking for another job, schools being closed, or missing our friends and loved ones; shelter in place and social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to adjust to a new way of life. At Udemy, we are witnessing the resolve of people across the globe as they turn to our platform to overcome this period of uncertainty by finding resources to help them continue to work, teach, and learn.

Due to our huge range of affordable content for both work-related topics, like coding and communication skills, and “passion projects” like music and cooking, Udemy is uniquely positioned as an educational resource for people using this time to upskill, keep busy, or increase productivity. Noticing changes in learning behavior, we analyzed data on how people are using Udemy and published a special report today — “Online Education Steps-up: What the World is Learning (From Home)” – that provides a comprehensive look at how the world is learning and teaching since shelter-in-place orders came into effect in late-February.

Learning Trends across the Globe

Overall, course enrollments across the entire Udemy platform have increased by more than 425% and people are taking this moment to invest in themselves by learning all types of skills. As individuals around the globe proactively look to upskill or reskill in response to economic uncertainty, we are seeing strong growth in top-ranking professional skills including Neural Networks (61% increase), Communication Skills (131%), and Growth Mindset (206%). Meanwhile, increase in course enrollments in “passion projects” like Pilates (402% increase), Technical Drawing (920%), and Ukulele (292%), demonstrate that people are using Udemy to also stay active and learn skills they perhaps always wanted to but did not have enough time before.

This trend continues across every region with our research showing 130% growth in course enrollments in the U.S., 200% in India, 320% in Italy, and 280% in Spain.

How Businesses and Employees are Adapting

As COVID-19 has forced companies to shift to remote work, overall consumption across Udemy for Business has soared by 80% since late February. This unprecedented growth may be due to in-person events and training moving online or an increased need to upskill employees as a result of working remote, layoffs, and reorganizations. Unsurprisingly, Telecommuting (21,598% increase) surged the most in popularity, while the dramatic rise in Resilience (236%), and Stress Management (235%) may provide insight into the struggles employees and managers are encountering as they adjust to working and spending the majority of their time at home. Perhaps highlighting the ever-blurring separation between work and life, we’re also seeing higher enrollments in courses related to Fitness (816%).

“The ability to drive engagement with our employees is more important than ever. SurveyMonkey places a high priority on employee communication, and Udemy is one tool that provides value to our employees and their growth journey. Udemy’s ‘Feedback is Fuel’ course, for example, helps our employees learn how to ask and give feedback — a skill we’ve been encouraging our employees to learn for the past year, and one that is especially important now while working remotely with each other. Since our company has moved to a virtual work environment, Udemy has responded with speed to offer curated resources on best practices for remote working, employee productivity, and more. Those timely courses blend well with the custom content that we create on the Udemy platform.” – Monica Choi, Senior Program Manager for Talent Development at SurveyMonkey

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Wrinkle Art Article on Adventuring Artist by Jaron Smith

Wrinkle Art Online Gallery

Wrinkle Art is an online gallery that showcases art and artists in a global forum. This in turn helps give the gift of art to our clients that invest in the art to bring into homes, offices this helps to start a dialogue between artists and clients through art. Many works are priced for under $100.00 and our gallery features Intuitive and Outsider contemporary art and artists globally. Our creatives get an opportunity to showcase their talent across the internet and opens a unique way to exhibit, exchange ideas, learn, and sell their works of fine art. 

The Owners of Wrinkle Art have been creatives in their respective fields for over twenty years and have been in the gallery business for over ten years. Samuel Gillis is one of the co-founders who is classically trained in the atelier alternative and has molded his unique prolific style and techniques. he has exhibited all over the United States and is in collections around the world. Our Other co-founder is Glendy X. Mattalia and is a producer, writer, press agent, promotional guru, and the detail-oriented partner and artist of Wrinkle Art.

We have hosted events in many various pop-up venues and as well Samuel Gillis has taught the creative process in pop up, classes, for up to one hundred or more budding artists. We are all about art and it shows on our website Wrinkle Art we continue to always evolve and grow. Finally, we hope you enjoy our site and find our art and artists unique and inspirational to others who enjoy and make art. art/ 

Thanks to Wrinkle Art

It always feels good to have happy customers, even more, when they acknowledge our hard work with gifts of gratitude.

We feel humbled by such an amazing response from one of our customers, Wrinkle Art and we sincerely thank Mr. Samuel J. Gillis, the Founder of Wrinkle Art
for such a wonderful gesture, not only strengthening our relationship beyond expectation but also expressing their trust in us and motivating us to keep serving our customers better.

From this special act, we take immense pleasure as we have been notified of our motto which is customer service. We always value our customers and we assure the present and future ones that, our thirst for customer satisfaction is unquenchable.


“A Gifted Artist”
Carolyn R. on 11/6/19
Sam is a phenomenal artist! He utilizes various styles and mediums in his impressive collection. Sam's craft is truly an expression of his unique perspective and flows from his experiences: a vessel to share life's struggles, its beauty & wonder. While his work causes us to pause and view the world a little differently, we also get a glimpse into Sam's heart & soul.

Vicki O. on 11/9/19
Met Sam in Houston and amazed at his art. He can be anywhere and turn out beautiful artwork.
It is so much fun to see what he will do next. Whether if he is at the hospital with his wife, or Starbucks for the morning tea he is always painting. Besides being a talented artist he is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Thank you Sam for making the world a more beautiful place.

History of Medieval Art

Image Provided by Wikimedia Gardens of Earthy Delights by  Hieronymus Bosch   Medieval Art History   A span of almost 1000 years in between ...