Wednesday, 19 February 2014

FAMOUS ARTIST BIRTHDAY, ANSEL ADAMS - PHOTOGRAPHER - WIGWAM, MINI MASTER SERIES

WIGWAM by Sea Dean in Daylight
WIGWAM
PAINTING BY SEA DEAN AFTER ANSEL ADAMS
4" x 4" Mini Master on Canvas Panel
Homage to Famous Artists on their birthday

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I displayed one of Ansel Adams prints on my wall for many years and wanted to paint that wigwam or teepee for this homage. I looked high and low and couldn't find a print online, so this painting is from memory. I recall the print being sepia toned, but I added a hint of colour. I think I've achieved the right atmosphere without making an exact copy of Adams' work.

Rather like Edouard Manet in painting, Ansel Adams played on strong contrast between light and dark tones. I always find this style very challenging to paint without the finished work looking like a cardboard cut out. Here, the wigwam, took more than an hour to find the correct tonal balance.

ANSEL EASTON ADAMS
WIGWAM by Sea Dean in halogen light

Born February 20, 1902 in San Francisco, California, USA.

Ansel Easton Adams was a photographer and environmentalist. His black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park, have been widely reproduced on calendars, posters and books.

Adams mainly used large-format cameras which helped create the sharpness of his images. He also perfected the Zone System along with Fred Archer, a technique for translating perceived light into specific densities on negatives and paper, giving photographers better control over finished photographs. The technique created the depth and clarity which make his photographs so mesmerizing.

His legacy includes helping to elevate photography to an art comparable with painting and music, equally capable of expressing emotion and beauty. He told his students, "It is easy to take a photograph, but it is harder to make a masterpiece in photography than in any other art medium."

Numerous works by the artist have been sold at auction, including 'Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park' which sold at Sotheby's, New York in 2010 for $722,500, the highest price ever paid for an original Adams photograph. For more on Ansel Adams see wikepedia

He passed away April 22, 1984 in Monterray, California


Cat # 14038 Wigwam