Meet Jon Carsman

By: Melanie Rosato Let me introduce you to Jon Carsman, a print maker and native of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Beginning his career as a painter in the mid-1900s, Carsman exemplified American Realism in his subject choices and use of materials. The artist later translated the aesthetics of his paintings into screen prints, which allowed for distinctive line qualities and color separations to occur. The artist incorporates … Continue reading Meet Jon Carsman

The Presidental Portraits

By: Melanie Rosato I don’t know about everyone else, but I was jumping off the walls when I woke up and heard the presidential portraits were reveled this past week. After viewing them, I am still marveling at the artist’s representation of the former President and First Lady. They are each striking examples of contemporary portraiture that breaks the rules and take an innovative stance … Continue reading The Presidental Portraits

Meet Ruth Speer

By: Melanie Rosato Let me introduce you to Ruth Speer, an Oregon painter whose work explores mythically and includes portraiture, botany, and ornate detail. In an interview with Written Citizen, Speer recalls her interest and excitement for art came from watching her mother, a graphic designer, illustrate, and well as children’s books she often read and looked at. Specifically The Twelve Dancing Princesses,¬†illustrated by K.Y. … Continue reading Meet Ruth Speer

Vincent Cianni’s Documentary Photography

By: Melanie Rosato Meet Vincent Cianni, a photographer who; for an influential project, focused on skaters in the south side of Brooklyn in the 1990s. With extensive interviewing and interaction with these young skaters, Cianni was able to capture not only their style, environments, and activities, but also their distinctive attitudes. Throughout this project, which spanned over 9 years, Cianni documented the group’s development in … Continue reading Vincent Cianni’s Documentary Photography

Edward Hopper

By: Melanie Rosato Edward Hopper, if you are not already familiar with him, was a master realist painter in the early 1900’s. He has a particular focus on architecture, light patterns, and process.¬†His extenisve sketching and planning resulted in paintings that have a spontaneous yet well resolved quality, capturing a single breath or moment in time. His use of light makes the fact that he … Continue reading Edward Hopper

Meet Emil Underbjerg

By: Melanie Rosato Let me introduce you to Emil Underbjerg, an illustrator and print-maker who utilizes dynamic line qualities to set his figures apart from other artist’s work. Through extensive sketching and planning the artist creates plans for linoleum cut and screen prints that have the resolution to stand alone as finished work. The variation in line weight and orientation create exciting textures and tone … Continue reading Meet Emil Underbjerg

Performance Art

By: Melanie Rosato When someone says Performace Art, many different things could come to mind. As an extremely open form of art, performance could land anywhere on a wide spectrum of expression. It is generally interdisciplinary; meaning it incorporates multiple concentrations within the arts. These two prominent performance artists do very different things, but also are both labeled as being performance artists. In this post … Continue reading Performance Art

The Hyper-Realism of Lee Price

By: Melanie Rosato Lee Price is from New York and attended Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, Pa to achieve her BFA (basically in the backyard of where I’m writing this post from!). She went on to study at various institutions and with personal mentors. Her large-scale, hyper-realistic oil paintings have strong personal, social, and conceptual meanings. While the subject is almost always the artist … Continue reading The Hyper-Realism of Lee Price

Meet Margaret Brundage

By: Melanie Rosato Margaret Brundage was born with the name Margaret Hedda Johnson in Chicago, in 1900. She progressed artistically and became the youngest student to attend the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied fashion design. After her education she pursued a freelance career in fashion illustration until she found her place in the pulp art scene in the early 1930s. Brundage is fittingly … Continue reading Meet Margaret Brundage