Friday, 24 June 2016

FAMOUS ARTIST BIRTHDAY - ANTONI GAUDI


Did you know that Damien Hurst was born on the same day as Paul Gaugin, June 7th?

Other famous June artists include Raoul Dufy,  Diego Velazquez, Gustave Courbet, Andree Derain, John Constable, Nicolas Poussin, M.C. Escher, Cornelius Kreighof, Antoni Gaudi, and Peter Paul Rubens. Some of these I have already blogged and linked, others are yet to come.

Today, I'm going to focus on Antoni Gaudi, who single handedly transformed the cityscape of Barcelona, Spain and forever made it a place of pilgrimage for those who love art. Antoni Gaudí i Cornet was a Spanish Catalan from Reus and the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí's works reflect an individual and distinctive style. He was by trade an architect, but he was so much more. He blurred the lines between science and art and created extraordinary buildings of great beauty.

As we dig deeper into his art, we can see he was fascinated by color and curvaceous line. The combination give his work a highly sensual and inviting nature. The inclusion of mosaic on many of his constructions make them very time consuming to build, and his most famous work, the cathedral is still under construction 90 years after his death. I've always loved mosaic and in the past I have included it in my work. I love the way that it can be created with old and broken pieces of just about anything.
Born: June 25, 1852, Reus, Spain
Died: June 10, 1926, Barcelona, Spain
Quotes
"Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic."
"Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.
Copiers do not collaborate."



The work that most reflects Gaudis curvy style in my collection is a unique painting called UG2BK (short for you've got to be kidding). The painting can be purchased by contacting me and will soon be re-imaged and placed in my Artfinder shop

UG2BK
by Sea Dean
16" x 12" Deep Gallery Wrap