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Artist Index

Ansel Adams - Ansel Adams’ career took off in 1941 when the U.S. government hired him to photograph the country’s national parks.

Albert Bierstadt - Best known for documenting the beauty of American West’s scenery while on several expeditions of the Western Expansion, Bierstadt founded the Rocky Mountain School of Landscape.

Justin Bua - Growing up as a break-dancer and graffiti artist, Bua’s highly original work reflects an urban, multicultural, Hip-Hop influenced world.

Salvador Dali - Dali, as eccentric as his artwork, broke artistic ground with a Surrealistic style containing extraordinarily realistic detail and bold, disturbingly dreamlike images.

Leonardo da Vinci - An artistic genius, da Vinci also excelled in physiology, the sciences and mathematics, applying all of his collected knowledge to his art.

M.C. Escher - Escher's woodcuttings, lithographs and mezzotints, infused with advanced mathematically concepts, were influenced by Spanish tiling patterns and the Italian landscape.

Alfred Gockel - German artist Alfred Gockel has a unique abstract style featuring rich, bold colors, long, fluid brushstrokes, and intense movement.

Hiroshige - Hiroshige (1797 – 1858) is known for his poetic interpretations of ordinary landscapes.

Edward Hopper - An American painter who portrayed alienation in everyday life, Hopper’s frank work influenced pop art and the representational revival.

Jasper Johns - A forerunner of the Minimalist movement, as well as the Conceptual and Pop Art movements, Johns’ bold depictions of popular icons forced an awareness of the painting as the object, itself.

Wassily Kandinsky - Kandinsky believed that art could visually express music, and is credited for painting the first modern abstractions.

Hokusai Katsushika - Between 1796 and 1820 he created approximately 30,000 book illustrations and color prints, and produced his most important works after age 60, often depicting Mount Fuji as an spiritually significant symbol.

Paul Klee - Klee created small, delicate works, filling them with traces of dreams, music, poetry, and stylistically blended primitive art, Surrealism, Cubism and children’s art.

Gustav Klimt - Klimt’s elaborate, explicitly sensual works expressed themes of regeneration, love and death, and incorporated Egyptian, Classical Greek, Byzantine and Medieval styles.

Roy Lichtenstein - Important 20th century Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein’s work came directly from the pages of pulp fiction novels and comic books.

Don Li-Leger - Influenced by Asian art and Eastern philosophy, Li-Leger richly layers his work with calligraphy, geometric elements and natural forms.

Brent Lynch - Known for his vivid imagery and creative innovation, Lynch is a powerful figurative and landscape artist.

Henri Matisse - First labeled a Fauvist, his stunning artistic versatility included primitive art, impressionism and abstraction.

Joan Miro - Spanish surrealist Joan Miro (1893 -1983) , influenced by the 1920’s Paris counterculture, often uses primary and secondary colors as well as organic shapes to convey a lively, energetic zest for life.

Claude Monet - Artistic genius Claude Monet (1840 – 1925) founded and led the Impressionist Movement, applying non-traditional uses of color and light and how they affect each other based on his own observations.

Edvard Munch - Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863 – 1944) created haunting paintings conveying the grief of his own life, caused by one sister’s commitment to an asylum, and the deaths of his other sister, mother and father before he was 25.

Georgia O'Keeffe - Rejecting artistic norms, O’Keeffe expressed her own feelings through the vibrant colors and flowing forms of her enormous representations of flowers.

Pablo Picasso - Passionately creative in every genre from primitive art to sketches to Surrealism, Picasso profoundly impacted 20th century art.

Jackson Pollock - Pollock, who was influenced by Picasso, Miró and the Surrealists, expressed subconscious thoughts through his motions, and revolutionized a style of painting in which the work has no identifiable parts or focal point.

Norman Rockwell - Beloved American artist Norman Rockwell (1894 – 1978) is most known for his nostalgic, touching paintings that appealingly depicted simple scenes from everyday life.

Mark Rothko - Acclaimed for founding Abstract Expressionism, Mark Rothko (1903-1970), was a Russian immigrant and a preeminent artist whose fascination with concepts of mortality and spirituality deeply influenced his art.

Jack Vettriano - In creating his art, he listens to music that makes him feel uncomfortable to create a mood that fuels his edgy, mysterious creations.

Vincent Van Gogh - The brilliant artwork of post-Impressionist Dutch Master Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) powerfully impacted countless artistic movements.

Andy Warhol - Initially a popular Manhattan commercial artist, Warhol achieved fame with his multiple images of soup cans, soda bottles, dollar bills and celebrities, which revealed the beauty within mass culture.


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