Next is Chris Uphues. Over the past year in grad school people have told me during every crit to look at this artist. I do! I look! He's got lots of great drawings but every time I think of him I think of this image. Until I see him in person I will forever think of this image as his self-portrait. Go look at his website for a variety of work. It's where I took this pic!
This next artist is Francesco Clemente. He's an amazing artist who I discovered when I watched Great Expectations in high school. It may sound cheesy but his work in that movie excited me so much about making art. It definitely gave me more of a push into the art world. Since the movie I've discovered more of his great work but my favorite has always been the work from the movie. I wonder if he would hate knowing that?
And an oldie but a goody is Paul Klee. I've loved his work for so long. His aesthetic fits in so well with what's happening now. It makes me wonder what he would be doing if he were alive and young today. I think he'd be a bad ass printmaker and maybe I'd get to meet him at a conference. Wishful thinking?
And finally for today's list...I'm cheating and putting a woman artist. Ida Applebroog has made a lot of different art over the years and this seems to be part of her latest body of work. I love everything she does but for a while I wasn't as crazy about this series. I've really come around to it lately, however because I love how creepy it is. And bizarre. She talks about this work in the Art21 series. If you've never seen those videos check them out for even more amazing artists!