Directory of Artists


Artist Name: Walt Gonske
Description: Walter Gonske was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1942. He studied with the late Frank Reilly at the Art Students League in New York. At the age of thirty he gave up his successful career as a fashion illustrator in New York City and moved to Taos, New Mexico to paint landscapes. "It was the best move I've ever made," says Gonske in the book "40 Watercolorists and How They Work" by Susan E. Meyer.<br> <br> Gonske's work has been exhibited at the Eiteljorg Museum, Gilcrease Museum, and the Prix de West Invitational at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Artist Name: Erte
Description: The designs created by Erte during his long and illustrious life influenced not only the world of theater, film and fashion, but an entire art movement as well. The genius of Erte is evidenced by an enormous body of work that is considered among the most influential and unique of the 20th century.<br> <br> The legendary career of Erte spanned nearly the entire length of his life. In 1912, Erte moved to Paris and his unique talent was immediately recognized by the city's most established couturiers. In 1915, Erte began an association with Harper's Bazaar by designing covers of each of their magazines for the next 22 years.<br> <br> The influence of his work as a result of the high visibility of this periodical influenced an entire art movement that was to become known as "Art Deco." Throughout this period, Erte also created original costume and fashion designs for many of the era's renowned screen actresses, including Joan Crawford, Lillian Gish, Marion Davies, Norma Shearer and others. His creations for the stage included extravagant designs for productions at such venues as New York's Radio City Music Hall, the Casino de Paris and the Paris Opera, as well as for the Folies-Berg'res and George White's Scandals.<br> <Br> At the age of 75, Erte was encouraged to embark on a new career and began to recreate the remarkable designs of his youth in bronze and serigraphy. The Art Deco movement was hence reborn. A lifetime of international success has ensured this unique artist's place in the history of art. The original designs by Erte grace the permanent collections of prestigious museums throughout the world including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution and London's

Artist Name: Salvador Dali
Description: Salvador Dali­ is one of the most famous and prolific artists of the twentieth century, his fantastic imagery and flamboyant personality made him the best known artist of the Surrealist movement of the late 1920s and early 1930s. Born in Figueres, Spain in the northeastern province of Catalonia, Dali trained in the early 1920s at the Madrid Academy, where he perfected his realistic and meticulously detailed style.<br> <br> Salvador Dali was one of the greatest Surrealist artists, using bizarre dream imagery to create unforgettable and unmistakable landscapes of his inner world. In 1934, the Surrealists censured Dali. Toward the end of the decade he made several trips to Italy to study the art of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In 1940 Dali fled to the United States, where he worked on theatrical productions, wrote, illustrated books, and painted. A major retrospective of his work opened in 1941 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and traveled throughout the United States.

Artist Name: Marc Chagall
Description: Marc Chagall is without doubt one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. He created a unique world full of pathos, poetry, humor and enchantment, drawing on vivid memories of his childhood in what is today Belorus.<br> <br> During a 1944 interview Chagall said, "For me a picture is a plane surface covered with representations of objects-beasts, birds, or humans in a certain order in which anecdotal illustrational logic has no importance. The visual effectiveness of the painted composition comes first. Every extra-structural consideration is secondary. I am against the terms fantasy and symbolism in themselves. All our interior world is reality. Perhaps more so than our apparent world. To call everything that appears illogical, fantasy, fairy tale or chimera would be practically to admit not understanding nature." <br> <br> Clearly influenced by Byzantine and Russian icon painting and folk art, he wished his own mythological floating figures and symbolism to be interpreted freely. Chagall loved life. He loved the circus, he loved the Bible and found the same human paradox in both joy mixed with tragedy, beauty with sadness. The poetic and biblical inspirations of Chagall's art have always appealed to a broad public, and his works are collected, exhibited and admired all over the world.

Artist Name: George Barbier
Description: George Barbier (1882-1932) was one of the great French illustrators of the early 20th century. Born in Nantes, France on 16 October 1882, Barbier was 29 years old when he mounted his first exhibition in 1911 and was subsequently swept to the forefront of his profession with commissions to design theatre and ballet costumes, to illustrate books, and to produce <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haute_couture">haute couture</a>fashion illustrations. <br> <br> For the next 20 years Barbier led a group from the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89cole_des_Beaux-Arts">Ecole des Beaux Arts</a> who were nicknamed by Vogue as "The Knights of the Bracelet" a tribute to their fashionable and flamboyant mannerisms and style of dress. Included in this élite circle were Bernard Boutet de Monvel and Pierre Brissaud (both of whom were Barbier's first cousins), Paul Iribe, Georges Lepape, and Charles Martin. During his career Barbier also turned his hand to jewellery, glass and wallpaper design, wrote essays and many articles for the prestigious Gazette du bon ton. <br> <br> In the mid-1920s he worked with Erte to design sets and costumes for the Folies Berg're and in 1929 he wrote the introduction for Erte's acclaimed exhibition and achieved mainstream popularity through his regular appearances in L'illustration magazine. Barbier died in 1932 at the very pinnacle of his success. He is buried in Nantes.

Artist Name: Peter Max
Description: Peter Max (born Peter Max Finkelstein, October 19, 1937) is an American artist known for using bright colors in his work. Max synthesized the "Summer of Love" into artworks from canvas to mugs, clocks, scarves, clothes, and cruise ships. A master of Pop Art, he is the official portrait artist for the Statue of Liberty and welcome banners at the U.S. Ports of Entry.<br> <br> His work is an indispensable guide for cultural literacy of the 1960s, and his work commands a solid following worldwide and is consistently collected by the art world.<br> <br> Peter Max has inspired Americans for more than four decades. His one-man museum exhibitions have had record-breaking attendance while also demonstrating how fine art can extend beyond museum walls and enrich non-traditional media, such as a Continental Airlines super jet and a 600 ft. Woodstock stage.

Artist Name: Susan Rios
Description: Serene settings, gentle harmonies, soft, inviting rooms, lush, floral gardens, quiet seas that evoke tranquility – artist Susan Rios’ distinctive style is evident in every image she paints. We are drawn in by the love and peace depicted in each painting, uplifted both visually and emotionally. It is as if Susan has personally invited us into her private places, allowing us to linger there, partaking of the scene.<br> <br> “There are stories in most of my paintings, and often, the piece will speak of what is going on in my own inner world. I add elements to complete the memory of the dream or the moment. People often say that there is something that feels familiar when they see my work. I think what they may be responding to is the emotion a painting will evoke and there is a familiarity about that. We all share so many of the same feelings.” <br> <br> Susan resides in Southern California, amidst rooms very reminiscent of the images she paints. Many aspects of Susan’s world are subjects in her paintings, including her daughter, Olivia and granddaughter, Rose, her dog, Annie, as well as her furniture, collectibles, pillows, and ever-present bouquets of flowers from her year-round gardens.

Artist Name: Felix Mas
Description: Spanish artist Felix Mas uses his paintbrush to convey emotion. It is his gift. It is our good fortune. He considers himself a traditionalist, obsessed with form and color, creating images that celebrate femininity and luminous beauty of the female form.<br> <br> Born in Barcelona, he trained at both the Artes y Oficios and the Escuela Superior de San Jorge, then furthered his artistic education with extensive travels throughout Europe and the United States, eventually returning to his native Barcelona to work.<br> <br> For Mas, painting implies color, emotion and impression. His works, he says, are “infinite.” We, in turn, have the opportunity to decipher with our eyes and explore and interpret with our feelings. His elegantly dressed female figures, whether gazing into the distance or drifting into a daydream, captivate us with their graceful radiance and evocatively strong emotions.<br> <br> Mas finds inspiration in women amidst the opulent settings of the Asian world, especially Japan and India with their beautiful costumes and landscape, Egypt, ripe with its enigmatic symbols, and ancient Greece and Rome, saturated with their unique elegance and sensuality.

Artist Name: Joan Miro
Description: Joan Miró was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1893 and died in Palma de Mallorca in 1983. Miró left behind an important legacy, and is regarded amongst the most original artists of the 20th century. His work, in general, has been interpreted as Surrealism, and the realm of the memory and imaginative fantasy were to take priority.<br> <br> Miró studied at La Lonja School of Fine Arts in Barcelona, and in 1918 set up his first individual exhibition at the Dalmau Galleries, in the same city. His works before 1920 reflect the influence of different trends, like the pure and brilliant colors used in Fauvism, shapes taken from cubism, and influences from folkloric Catalan art and Roman frescos from the churches.<br> <br> While visiting Paris, Miró was introduced to and developed his trend of surrealist painting. In 1921, he showed his first individual exhibition in Paris, at La Licorne Gallery. In 1928, he exhibited with a group of surrealists in the Pierre Gallery, also in Paris, although Miró always maintained his independent qualities with respect to groups and ideologies.<br> <br> From 1929–1930, Miró began to take an interest in collages. This was a practice that was to lead to him to creating surrealist sculptures. His “tormented monsters” appeared during this decade, which gave way to the consolidation of his plastic vocabulary. He also experimented with many other artistic forms, such as engraving, lithography, watercolors, pastels, and painting over copper. What is particularly highlighted from this period, are the two ceramic murals that he made for the UNESCO building in Paris (The Wall of the Moon and the Wall of the Sun, 1957–59).
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Artist Name: Ansel Adams

Artist Name: Bertho

Artist Name: James C Christensen
Description: Christensen was born and raised in Culver City, California. Christensen began his studies at Santa Monica City College. He later went on to attend UCLA. He then moved to Utah to finish his higher education at Brigham Young University (BYU). Christensen only started oil painting after he began studying at BYU. He would eventually earn a master of arts degree from BYU.
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Artist Name: Christopher Columbus Clock
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Artist Name: John Clymer
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Artist Name: Disney
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Artist Name: Egyptian Papyrus
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Artist Name: Ty Fawly
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Artist Name: Michael Kachan
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Artist Name: Anatole Kransnyansky
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Artist Name: Rev. Rose McCurdy
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Artist Name: Marcel Mouly
Description: Mouly was born in Paris, France on February 6, 1918.[2] His interest in art developed in grade school. Mouly was first sent to drawing class as a form of punishment. At age 13 he left school to work, first as a beach vendor, then as an apprentice to a local dentist and later for a wine merchant delivering heavy baskets of wine. In 1935, while still employed by the wine merchant, Mouly began taking night classes in the arts at French Academies, the Cours Montparnasse 80, where he remained until he served in military duty during the Second World War beginning in 1938. After France fell to Germany in June 1940, Mouly became a civilian again, and earned a living working odd jobs. Mouly befriended an artist named Bernard la Fourcade, and the two established a studio in Auteuil. During a trip to Normandy in 1942, they were stopped by German officials and questioned for their lack of travel documentation, which was then required by the Vichy government. Mouly and la Fourcade were arrested shortly after their return to Paris, and mistakenly imprisoned as spies. During his solitary confinement, Mouly solidified his plans to become an artist.

Artist Name: Patrick Nagel
Description: Patrick Nagel (November 25, 1945 – February 4, 1984) was an American artist. He created popular illustrations on board, paper, and canvas, most of which emphasize the female form in a distinctive style descended from Art Deco. He is best known for his illustrations for Playboy magazine and the pop group Duran Duran, for whom he designed the cover of the best-selling album Rio.
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Artist Name: Paque (Serge) Paquet
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Artist Name: Alex Perez

Artist Name: Pablo Picasso
Description: Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, also known as Pablo Picasso (/pɪˈkɑːsoʊ, -ˈkæsoʊ/; Spanish: [ˈpaβlo piˈkaso]; 25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973), was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. Regarded as one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a portrayal of the bombing of Guernica by the German and Italian airforces at the behest of the Spanish nationalist government during the Spanish Civil War.<br> <br> Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a naturalistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. After 1906, the Fauvist work of the slightly older artist Henri Matisse motivated Picasso to explore more radical styles, beginning a fruitful rivalry between the two artists, who subsequently were often paired by critics as the leaders of modern art.<br> <br> Picasso's work is often categorized into periods. While the names of many of his later periods are debated, the most commonly accepted periods in his work are the Blue Period (1901–1904), the Rose Period (1904–1906), the African-influenced Period (1907–1909), Analytic Cubism (1909–1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912–1919), also referred to as the Crystal period. Much of Picasso's work of the late 1910s and early 1920s is in a neoclassical style, and his work in the mid-1920s often has characteristics of Surrealism. His later work often combines elements of his earlier styles.<br> <br> Exceptionally prolific throughout the course of his long life, Picasso achieved universal renown and immense fortune for his revolutionary artistic accomplishments, and became one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art.
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Artist Name: Pollyanna Pickering
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Artist Name: Don Polk
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Artist Name: Rug

Artist Name: Itzchak Tarkay
Description: Tarkay was born in 1935 in Subotica, on the Yugoslav-Hungarian border. In 1944, Tarkay and his family were sent to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, until Allied liberation freed them a year later. In 1949, his family emigrated to Israel, living in a kibbutz for several years. Tarkay attended the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design from 1951, and graduated from the Avni Institute of Art and Design in 1956.<br> <br> His art is influenced by French Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism, particularly Matisse and Toulouse-Lautrec. His work was exhibited at the International Art Expo in New York City in 1986 and 1987. He has been the subject of three books, published by Dr. Israel Perry. Perry Art Gallery And Park West Gallery, his dealer.<br> <br> His art is focussed on almost dream images of elegant women in classical scenes which draw you into an imaginary world.

Artist Name: Angela Teeter
Description: The distinctive style and subject matter that has characterized Angela's work came to fruition while she earned her bachelors of art at the University of the Ozarks in her hometown of Clarksville Arkansas.<br> <br> Influenced by the West Coast's vibrant "Pop Surrealist" art movement and her admiration for classical as well as modern art elements, Angela's figurative, mixed media and acrylic work depicts metaphorical connections between consumption in popular food culture and in human nature.<br> <br> Angela resides in Northwest Arkansas where she works as an artist.
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Artist Name: Alex Winn