These are artists I’ve written articles about on my blog so far. Some are very famous to the point of being cliches, some you most likely will never have heard of, and one or two are curiosities I stumbled upon that I’m sure you won’t know anything about. I’m focusing here primarily on painters, or image makers, because that’s the area of visual art I’m most interested in. I’ll add more artists over time. I haven’t written about some of my favorites yet.

For each artist I included one of their pieces, and one or more links to articles I’ve written either about them directly, or which include them significantly. Most posts have at least several more examples of there work.

David Park:

Couple 1959An overall look at David Park, with lots of pics of his best paintings.

David Park: A return to figuration decades ahead of schedule.

Bryan Kent Ward:

Breaking-open-the-headI found this guy on DeviantArt. My article about him, and then the interview go in great depth, and there are lots of pics of his work, and the art of his primary influences.

Death and Regeneration: The Dark Vision of Bryan Kent Ward

Interview with dark visionary artist, Bryan Kent Ward

Sophie Derrick

little_shilpa_010_croppedI discovered here while doing a Google search for Frank Auerbach. In the article I discuss her method, probably influences, and why I like her work. Lots of pics.

Sophie Derrick: Exhilarating Expressionist Impasto Paintings

Krzysztof Krawiec

MachikAnother guy I came across on DeviantArt. I think I have the only article written about him in English. If you like Beksinski, you should definitely check this guy out.

Krzysztof Krawiec

Zdzisław Beksiński

Zdzisław-Beksiński-Polish-Artist-Visions-Of-Hell-cross-2I learned about Beksinski from a YouTube video. He’s not the type of artist we studied in university.

The Cruciforms of Zdzisław Beksiński

Francis Bacon

Francis-Baco66Bacon is very well known, but he’s also reviled as often as he is admired. In this extensive article, I dismantle the criticisms of him from a few major critics.

In Defense of Artist, Francis Bacon

Glenn Brown

The Creeping FleshI discovered Glenn Brown via an article saying what a terrible plagiarist he is. I investigated further and found out he was a real artist, and then wrote a piece to defend him.

In Defense of Artist, Glenn Brown

The trial of Glenn Brown as a plagiarist/copyist continues.

Eric Joyner

hell-journeysmI have no idea anymore how I discovered Joyner. His thing is toy robots and donuts, which he paints in various settings. The results are much better than I’d have expected.

Artists I like: Eric Joyner

Vincent Van Gogh

The_SowerEveryone knows him, but I like to compare him to contemporary multi-millionaire artists and their very different approach to art.

Vincent’s dead but he never gets old, and Jeff Koons is already a skeleton.

The Red Vineyard, and why Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime.

Manop Rattanarithikul (the Mosquito Painter)

First-big-painting-copyI discovered this artist in Chiang Mai, Thailand, at the insect museum. The most interesting thing about his paintings is that he loves mosquitoes and puts giant mosquitoes in all his work. The article has lots of samples of his work, and the strange story of how he became obsessed with mosquitoes.

The Mosquito Painter

Andrew Newton

study_of_cathy_and_mug_by_andrewnewtonart-d4u5zlzYet another artist I found via DeviantArt. The interesting thing is no authority told me these artists were good, and they definitely aren’t popular on DA. In fact they are wildly, outrageously unpopular, at least compared to things like unicorns. Newton is a highly accomplished painter who started working in a photorealist tradition, like Chuck Close, but reigned in other influences, like Francis Bacon.

Andrew Newton stood on the shoulders of the giants of 20th century figurative painting, and leapt

Jackson Pollock

blue-poles-number-11-1 I think people like Pollock for the romance, or else his supposed “radical” contribution to art history, rather than his actual art. I examine this in the post, and why his art really is great.

How art history got Jackson Pollock all wrong, and why it matters.

Cindy Sherman

g02a05untitled-film-still-5-1977_largeThis article is a defense of Cindy Sherman against recent allegations that some her early work was “racist”, and includes lots of pics, as well as my debate with the author of one article criticizing her. I didn’t think it was a clear cut case, and that people were giving her enough credit. At some point in the future I’d like to write about her works which are my favorite.

In Defense of Cindy Sherman

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6 replies on “13 Artists I like

  1. It’s a great mixture of styles. I enjoy conceptual art as well as abstract art. I look forward to following the links of the artists I’ve never heard of and discovering new artistic expressions.


  2. Excellent choices for favs! ‘cept Pollack. The others all play well in both the form and content parts of art. Art (part 3) is making a living and I can’t tell how they are doing at that by just looking. Pollack, in my opinion, is an artist only if you count celebrity as a medium. I don’t. By the way your recent work plays well too.


    1. They aren’t my favorite artists necessarily, just the ones I’ve written about so far. The mosquito painter is a curiosity.Pollock I’m ambivalent about, because I think it’s a greater challenge to deal with subject matter and representation than it is to come up with a new way of painting. However, I do like his canvases, and he’s also a skilled, trained artist. However, artists can easily err in the other direction, getting too bogged down in representation. The middle ground is the more turbulent area to navigate successfully. Pollock is on the extreme and the fringe. That’s not going to appeal to a lot of people. In my case, I love paint, so, I can get into just looking at splatters of paint, it it’s done well. But I much prefer Bacon to Pollock, and if you read my article about Pollock it talks explicitly about how he is valued for his celebrity, and the romance surrounding him, rather than for his actual canvases.

      Thanks for commenting!

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  3. I’m late to the party but I brought goodies. I just stumbled upon your page and now i’m all ideas running fingers through my hair I love that you are digging in to leslast thser known or unknown artists. As an artist for the last 30 years I think I’ve earned my keep, my criticisms, my intentions and my work. I’d hope that Artists like Koon would be ok with taking a break from all the hype. Thanks for shar

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