Exposition Art Blog: July 2021

Barrie Cooke - Abstract Artworks


Barrie Cooke (1931 - 2014) is widely considered one of our leading contemporary artists. He was born in Cheshire in 1924, but lived in Ireland since 1954 until his death in 2014. Brought up in Jamaica and Bermuda, Cooke moved to the US as a teenager and studied art history and biology at Harvard University. He was a major figure in the development of painting in Ireland, an environment which he found offered him fertile ground for his lifelong love of nature, and his twin passions of painting and fishing. Cooke travelled extensively. His journeys to Lapland, Cuba, Cape Cod, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, and Madeira are viscerally depicted in his work. The formation, transformation and degradation of the environment have been constant motifs. Hugely respected by his peers for the commitment and integrity of his vision, Cooke had his first solo exhibition in Dublin in 1955 and the following year received a scholarship to study with Oskar Kokoschka in Salzburg. He developed deep friendships with several poets including the late Séamus Heaney, John Montague and Ted Hughes. He represented Ireland at the Paris Biennale in 1963 and exhibited widely throughout Europe, the US and Canada. Major retrospectives include shows in the Douglas Hyde Gallery (1986), the Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (1992), and LAC, Perpignan, France (1995). His work is held by IMMA, the Ulster Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Haags Gemeentemuseum, and in many other collections worldwide.(oliversearsgallery.com)


Milena Olesinska - Living Room Wall Art Ideas


 Even the most modern and thoughtful interior will not look fully harmonious without wall decoration. A beautiful renovation of the apartment, expensive furniture, high-quality textiles, figurines - all this is the basis of the living room. But if the walls remain bare, even in the most beautiful interior you will feel uncomfortable. So, in addition to furniture and decor, it is important to choose paintings in the living room in order to achieve maximum unity of style and harmony.

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Rufino Tamayo


 Rufino Tamayo was a Mexican painter and printmaker known for his large-scale murals and vivid use of color. Like Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco, Tamayo attracted international attention for Mexican art. Influenced by Modern movements such as Cubism, Surrealism, and Expressionism, Tamayo wove his country’s native motifs into his painting with a signature figurative style. Born on August 26, 1899 in Oaxaca, Mexico, Tamayo left the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts after a year and began to teach himself. He moved to New York in the 1930s after a falling out with the politically activist artists he knew at home. Tamayo’s work has been exhibited worldwide in museums including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Naples Museum of Art in Naples, The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. The artist would eventually return to his home country in 1959, where he died on June 24, 1991 in Mexico City, Mexico at the age of 91. In 1981, he founded the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, which houses his Modern Art collection, and the Museo Rufino Tamayo in his birthplace of Oaxaca for his extensive pre-Columbian collection.(.artnet)
Tamayo's method situates his composition as the focal point instead of emphasizing the subject alone. By doing so, looks at the painting as a whole. He explained his approach to Paul Westheim as follows: “As the number of colors we use decreases, the wealth of possibilities increases". Tamayo favored using few colors rather than many; he asserted that fewer colors in a painting gave the art greater force and meaning. Tamayo’s unique color choices are evident in the painting Tres personajes cantando (Three singers), 1981. In this painting, Tamayo employs pure colors such as red and purple; his restraint in the choice of color here confirms his belief that fewer colors, far from limiting the painting, actually enlarge the composition's possibilities. With that being said, Octavio Paz, author of the book Rufino Tamayo, argues that, “Time and again we have been told that Tamayo is a great colourist; but it should be added that this richness of colour is the result of sobriety". By being pure or, as Paz explained, sober with his color choice, Tamayo's paintings were enriched, not impoverished.
“     "If I could express with a single word what it is that distinguishes Tamayo from other painters, I would say without a moment's hesitation: Sun. For the sun is in all his pictures, whether we see it or not." - Nobel Prize-winning poet Octavio Paz. (Wikipedia)