Sunday, October 31, 2010

Ben Quilty

If you're reading a blog about painting you might already know Ben Quilty. If not, it might help to know that he makes basically The Boys in painting form, with less rape and more fun. Though, for some reason, he hates that he has made a career of boganism and is now deep ( but we liked you just the way you were?). He is possibly my favourite Aussie contemporary painter.

I should also maybe mention that photos are not good to his work, in reality they are mostly huge, with paint as thick as freshly squeezed toothpaste. It is good.

Sterling Hundley

Klimt meets early Cubism, with surprisingly cool results! I tend to find most Klimt inspired artists to be a total drag, they all seem to have this stupid hair obsession. But, I have complete respect for someone who goes at the heart of what was really good about those paintings (a glossy, swirly vertigo kind of thing), and then manages to put something new into it.

See more here.

C.C. Askew

It seems these days I have to look so hard for illustration that's not eye gouging 'graf inspired' whatever or full of pretty girls with deer antlers. Christopher Conn Askew is out there, there is still hope!

Just painting, forever. Matt Bromhead too!

Although I am an internet loud mouth and usually I love spamming my opinions about everything, this blog is just about paintings. There won't be any wading through terrible design, youtube videos, glitzy fashion photos or any of the other junk you usually find in the art blogs. Also, you won't find the other art forms. Not that I don't like 'em, just I think other people are better qualified.

If nothing else I guarantee that here you will find something good here. Hopefully it will be something good you also didn't know about.

To start us off, here's an artist I've been looking at a bit, Matt Bromhead. Classic pure abstraction with a more drawing-y twist. No colours (two at most), there's a bit of a texture obsession going on though. I really like the depth he squeezes out of these tangles of different textured lines, and the big satisfying wedges of spray paint.