RENÉ PIERRE ALLAIN

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2016-12-29T19:52:41+00:00

Since the mid-1980s, René Pierre Allain has “constructed” paintings with a technique that transforms metal surfaces using chemicals, acids, and the flame from a torch. Through the use of non-traditional materials on an atypical surface (with almost no pigment involved), the artist’s work could be dubbed “steel painting.” In an Art in America [...]

EDDIE ARNING

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2016-12-29T19:52:41+00:00

Eddie Arning grew up on his father’s farm in Germania, Texas—about 50 miles northwest of Houston. His bouts of depression and anger eventually culminated in an attack against his strict Lutheran mother. He was briefly hospitalized following the incident. After being committed to a mental institution for the second time in 1934, he [...]

Gil Batle

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2016-12-29T19:52:41+00:00

Gil Batle was born and raised in San Francisco to Filipino parents, in and out of five different California prisons over 20 years for fraud and forgery, now living on a small island in the Philippines. Batle’s self-taught drawing ability evolved behind bars into sophisticated and clandestine tattooing skills that protected him from [...]

NANCY BLUM

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2016-12-29T19:52:41+00:00

“In my drawings and sculptural installations, lush, active plant and insect life sprawl unpredictably across the page or wall. The work depicts the intensity, autonomy, and mystery of the natural world. Building layer upon layer of line and color or form, the space becomes dense with energy and activity. When one looks into [...]

MARCOS BONTEMPO

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2016-12-29T19:52:41+00:00

Marcos Bontempo was born in Argentina and moved to Spain with his family at the age of six. For the artist, painting is like breathing: sometimes it flows calmly and other times it comes in fits—punctuated by schizophrenic episodes. He lives in Ronda (in the mountainous community of Andalusia), a culturally edifying city [...]

ROSIE CAMANGA

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2017-03-18T04:34:31+00:00

Tino (“Rosie”) Camanga (1910-?) moved to Honolulu from his native Philippines sometime prior to World War II. He worked for a time as a photographer, probably in one of the souvenir photo booths where one could have a picture taken against a painted backdrop of a prototypical Hawaiian scene: grass shack, Diamond Head, [...]

SCOTT CAMPBELL

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2016-12-29T19:52:41+00:00

Born in Louisiana, Scott Campbell began his career as an illustrator before eventually moving to New York City, where he opened the renowned Saved Tattoo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2005. Campbell is known around the world as being one of the most talented hands in the world of tattooing. His living designs can [...]

TRICIA CLINE

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2016-12-29T20:02:50+00:00

Tricia Cline was born in Sacramento, California. As a self-taught sculptor, she has been working for over 20 years from direct observation of female and animal forms. Her small, highly detailed porcelain clay sculptures are complex metaphors describing humans’ relationship to animals and to themselves as… animals. Cline’s method of observation without mental [...]

HENRY DARGER

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2016-12-29T19:52:42+00:00

For most of his life, Henry Darger was employed as a janitor in Catholic hospitals. Come night, he gave expression to a private, aggressively original imaginary world—working from his small rented room in Chicago’s North Side. Over a period of more than 50 years, Darger created a magnum opus consisting of a 15,000-page [...]

THORNTON DIAL

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2016-12-29T19:52:42+00:00

Thornton Dial Sr. was born in Emelle, Alabama. He grew up in poverty and only attended school through the fourth grade. Lacking conventional toys, Dial and his siblings constructed playthings out of discarded items; a practice that influenced his later work as a sculptor. Dial worked for the Pullman Standard Company for 30 [...]

HIROYUKI DOI

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2016-12-29T19:52:42+00:00

Hiroyuki Doi was born in Nagoya, Japan. He began his career in 1980, after the death of his younger brother. This life-changing trauma redirected his energies to the creation of visual art, soon eclipsing his training as a chef. “I started to feel that something other than myself allowed me to draw these [...]

SAM DOYLE

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2016-12-29T19:52:42+00:00

Sam Doyle fashioned his uniquely-styled portraits and tributes with evangelical enthusiasm, blending ancestral Gullah lore and his devout Baptist faith into a rich multi-cultural impasto. As a youth in the early 20th Century, Doyle attended Penn School, which was established in 1862 to provide educational and vocational skills to newly liberated slaves near [...]

MICHAEL DUVA

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2016-12-29T19:52:42+00:00

Michael Duva lives and works in New York City. He attended Rutgers University and the School of Visual Arts, studying engineering/film and photography respectively. Duva’s celebrated portraits of wild and domesticated animals—which he photographs on location—allow the viewer into a contemplation that is both reverent and intimate. Duva prides himself in not disturbing [...]

WILLIAM EDMONDSON

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2016-12-29T19:52:42+00:00

William Edmondson, son of freed slaves, was born in Davidson County, Tennessee. One of six children, he grew up in Nashville and went to work at 16 as a manual laborer, railroad man, farm hand, fireman, and hospital janitor. He never learned to read and write. In 1929 he received “a [...]

TOC FETCH

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2016-12-29T19:52:42+00:00

Toc Fetch was born in Brooklyn. He studied for a year at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), though he quickly became disillusioned with academia. He moved to Switzerland in 1973, where he spent 10 years in a program learning the principles of Nondualism (also called non-duality; a term and concept used [...]

MICHAEL FLOMEN

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2016-12-29T19:52:42+00:00

Michael Flomen, born in Montreal, is a self-taught artist who began taking photographs in the late 1960s. He exhibited his first series of works, “Shaker Light” (on upstate New York Shaker architecture) in 1972. Since then, Flomen has shown his work regularly around the world, For two decades, Flomen worked in the “decisive [...]

TIM FRECCIA

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2016-12-29T19:52:42+00:00

Tim Freccia was born in Seattle and began his working career as an Alaska fisherman at 16. After graduating from art school in 1989, he has covered crisis and conflict worldwide, traveling to some of the world’s most difficult and dangerous locations as a documentary photographer and filmmaker. Freccia documented Haiti’s first democratic [...]

MARK STEVEN GREENFIELD

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2016-12-29T19:52:43+00:00

Mark Steven Greenfield was born in Los Angeles. His practice focuses on with the complexities of the African American experience in contemporary society, often alluding to the process by which images are formed in the subconscious. Through his work, Greenfield explores the psychological dimension of African American stereotypes—as embodied in blackface minstrelsy and [...]

KEN GRIMES

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2016-12-29T19:52:43+00:00

Ken Grimes was born in New York City and grew up in Cheshire, Connecticut. For more than 30 years, Grimes has diligently maintained a stark palette of black and white, which he believes is the most direct way of showing the contrast between truth and deception. The artist’s paintings, which oscillate between whimsical [...]

THE ARTISTS OF GUGGING

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2016-12-29T19:52:43+00:00

Since 1981, The Gugging House of Artists (a colorful building approximately 12.4 miles north of Vienna, Austria) has housed and encouraged the creativity of artists whose drawings, paintings, photography, objects, and writings have made them world-famous. There are currently 12 residents at the House of Artists (six of them represented by Galerie Gugging) [...]

DEBBIE HAN

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2016-12-29T19:52:43+00:00

Debbie Han is a Korean-American artist who grew up in Los Angeles. She received her BA in art from University of California and a MFA from the Pratt Institute in New York. Han’s work explores how human experiences are shaped and defined in contemporary culture. Over the past decade, she has been exploring [...]

WILLIAM HAWKINS ESTATE

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2016-12-29T19:52:43+00:00

To accompany William Hawkins on his walks through the streets of Columbus, Ohio, was like following an experienced prospector in search of gold. Hawkins’s selective eye seized images from newspapers, magazines, and advertisements, which he habitually salvaged from dumpsters and kept in a suitcase for reference and use in his works. Hawkins combined [...]

ALICE HOPE

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2016-12-29T19:52:43+00:00

Known for her extensive work stockpiling industrial materials into premeditated patterns, Hope’s pieces incorporate profoundly complex ideas like numeracy, binary code, and planned obsolescence, as well as the inherent properties of the materials themselves: magnetism, weight, reactivity, reflectivity, and the capacity to dissolve and mutate. In some of her works, luminous shotgun pellets [...]

SINDY LUTZ

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2016-12-29T19:52:43+00:00

Lutz was born in Beach Haven, New Jersey and holds a BFA from the Pratt Institute. An accident that occurred in her childhood led Lutz to create work that questioned and subverted traditional notions of beauty. Her early work consisted of drawings of the human form integrating magazine cutouts stapled to [...]

LAURA CRAIG MCNELLIS

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2016-12-29T19:52:43+00:00

Laura Craig McNellis was born in Nashville, Tennessee, as the youngest of four sisters. McNellis’s mental retardation became apparent early in her life, but despite some social pressure to institutionalize her, the artist was raised and mostly schooled at home. McNellis greatly enjoyed painting from a very young age and did so regularly, [...]

AMANDA MEANS

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2016-12-29T19:52:43+00:00

Amanda Means was raised in a small upstate New York farming community and moved to New York City over 35 years ago. She holds a BA from Cornell University and a MFA from SUNY, Buffalo. Her artwork reflects a sense of nature within a crowded, urban environment. Initially, the artist photographed tangles of [...]

DAN MILLER

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2016-12-29T19:52:43+00:00

The visceral quality of Miller’s drawings has been much remarked upon; the energetic nature of his repeated gestures generates a dramatic tensile power. While so much energy may seem difficult to control—always on the verge of explosion or collapse—Miller deftly keeps disaster at bay, always leaving some white space open to breathe like [...]

RAKUKO NAITO

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2016-12-29T19:52:43+00:00

Rakuko Naito was born in Tokyo, Japan. Her main interest has always been shape (geometry and nature) and texture. She graduated from the Tokyo National University of Art in 1958, majoring in traditional Japanese painting. Following graduation, she moved to New York, where she currently resides. During the mid-1960s—after abstract expressionist [...]

MARTÍN RAMÍREZ ESTATE

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2016-12-29T19:52:43+00:00

[Click on images to enlarge.] Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Martín Ramírez is widely known as one of the preeminent self-taught masters of the 20th Century. Thrust by political and religious upheavals caused by the Mexican Revolution and seeking to support his family, Ramírez relocated to the United States in 1925. He [...]

ELIZABETH ROGERS

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2016-12-29T19:52:44+00:00

Elizabeth Rogers is a classically trained sculptor and landscape painter. Her art is inspired by the direct study of nature and by the work of artists from a panoply of art historical periods and traditions. Within the medium of sculpture, she creates figurative work that is rich in plasticity. She sculpts [...]

TONI ROSS

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2016-12-29T19:52:44+00:00

Born and raised in New York City, Toni Ross attended Wesleyan University, where she studied ceramics and the arts, graduating with a BA in Film Studies. Her lifelong interest in visual arts then took her to Italy, where she absorbed the great traditions of the Renaissance and the Middle Ages while painting and [...]

BASTIENNE SCHMIDT

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2016-12-29T19:52:44+00:00

Bastienne Schmidt is a multi-media artist working with photography, painting, and large-scale drawings. She was born in Germany, raised in Greece and Italy, and has lived in New York for the past 20 years. Schmidt grew up in Greece as the daughter of an archaeologist, which influenced her creative process in many ways [...]

GÜNTHER SCHÜTZENHÖFER

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2016-12-29T19:52:44+00:00

Günther Schützenhöfer was born in Mödling, Austria. As a six-year-old, he arrived at the former Gugging Clinic and spent his life in various care facilities until 1999, when aged 34, he moved into the Gugging House of Artists, where he produced his first drawings. Over the past 15 years, Schützenhöfer has developed a [...]

HESTER SIMPSON

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2016-12-29T19:52:44+00:00

Hester Simpson’s small scale acrylic paintings layer color on color with an apparent waxy patina. Translucent fields hold geometric systems of repetition that seem to self-destruct and reinvent themselves—veering on and off the grid in a deceptively vast space. Simpson concerns herself conceptually with celebrating the ordinary rather than the dramatic. By layering [...]

NEAL SLAVIN

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2017-01-21T05:09:06+00:00

Neal Slavin is a world-renown photographer and filmmaker. His photographic books include “Portugal,” with an afterword by Mary McCarthy (Lustrum Press, 1971), “When Two Or More Are Gathered Together” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1976), and “Britons” (Andre Deutsch/London & Aperture Books, New York, 1986). His films include “Focus” (2001), written by Arthur Miller [...]

GERALD SLOTA

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2016-12-29T19:52:44+00:00

Gerald Slota’s photographs take an aesthetic cue from his notebooks, which are compiled of torn and reassembled photographs and handwritten notes. With the focus of a storyteller, Slota cuts, collages, draws on, and scratches the surfaces of photographs—transforming them into an active site where amendments are made visible. His works allude to the [...]

MAX STREICHER

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2016-12-29T19:52:44+00:00

Max Streicher is a sculptor and installation artist from Alberta, now residing in Toronto. Since 1989 he has worked extensively with inflatable technology in kinetic sculptures and installation works. In most of his sculptures he uses industrial fans and simple valve mechanisms to animate sewn forms with lifelike gestures. Light, paper materials (like [...]

LEOPOLD STROBL

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2016-12-29T19:52:44+00:00

Leopold Strobl was born in Mistelbach, Lower Austria. He has devoted himself exclusively to art for more than 35 years, and has been a guest of the Open Studio program at the Gugging House of Artists in Vienna for more than a decade. He draws in the morning and single-mindedly finishes a new [...]

LIDIA SYROKA

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2016-12-29T19:52:45+00:00

Body Alchemy by Lidia Syroka. “In my sewn paper work, I concentrate on the intimate reality of paper matter. I’ve always worked with paper; inspected its ‘inner’ dimension to extract its beauty. To touch its secret, I stuck it, sewed it, tore it, and stuck it again. Yet after many years [...]

BILL TRAYLOR

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2016-12-29T19:52:45+00:00

Bill Traylor was born a slave on the Traylor plantation near Benton, Alabama. After emancipation, he worked there as a field hand until he left for Montgomery. Welfare records indicate that he may have been in Montgomery as early as 1936. During the 1940s, visitors of this black neighborhood would have been treated [...]

REBECCA NORRIS WEBB

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2016-12-29T19:52:45+00:00

Rebecca Norris Webb has published five photography books, most recently "Memory City"  with Alex Webb (Radius Books, 2014): a meditation on film, memory, and time. As well as “Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image” (Aperture, 2014). Originally a poet, Norris Webb often interweaves her text and [...]

ALISON WELD

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2017-01-26T00:55:27+00:00

Alison Weld has been an abstract painter for more than 30 years. She believes that her work is a visual diary; revealing responses to both the natural and social worlds. Weld looks to abstraction—either creating her works or contemplating those of others—for evidence of a passionate response to life. Searching [...]

GEORGE WIDENER

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2016-12-29T19:52:45+00:00

George Widener was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. A self-taught artist and calendar savant, Widener creates mixed-media works on paper that give aesthetic, visible form to complex calculations based on dates and historical events—the sinking of the Titanic being one of his favorites. The artist often uses found paper, or a support composed of [...]