Joseph Toney looks to a variety of sources for influence. He aspires to be like Albrecht Dürer, the German Renaissance artist who was an early typeface designer, mathematician, painter, illustrator and printmaker, by mastering several mediums. He looks to 20th-century art movements like Cubism, Futurism and Op Art […]
Colour Maisch says she loves artists “who are able to distill an idea down to a primary form or space and allow some breathing room.” It’s the kind of art that provides a break “from a constant barrage of meaningless chatter.” Martin Puryear is just such an artist. […]
“I have a major art crush on John McAllister,” says Nancy Andruk Olson. She found him on Instagram, which she began using a few years ago when she was getting back into painting after a motherhood-inspired hiatus. “Like all major crushes, I use the internet to stalk him […]
Bernard Meyers’ graduate thesis explored the roots of creative expression and paths to moments of inspiration, so you’d think he’d be fairly verbose about the artists that have inspired him. But some points of inspiration are so powerful it’s enough to simply point and says: “There.” Meyer took […]
Emilia Wing says she has been drawn to the work of Gustav Klimt, ever since she discovered the artist as a child. “I didn’t know what it was about his work, but I remember not being able to take my eyes off of his paintings,” she says. “Something […]
Pick just one artist you love. It’s not an easy thing. But if you’re thinking about it and there’s one artist you keep coming back to, again and again (and again), maybe that’s the one.
For Rachel Henriksen it’s the late, Cuban-bornFelix Gonzalez-Torres.
“There are artists that you fall in love with because of their use of color, their subject matter, their sense of humor conveyed in their art – Wayne Thiebaud is ‘all of the above’ for me,” says Paul Heath. Heath was first introduced to Thiebaud’s artwork in the […]
Megan Gibbons discovered Richard Diebenkorn in high school and has been inspired throughout her career by the California artist’s vibrant colors, geometric lines and the visible history of process in his abstractions, landscapes and figures. At one point, Diebenkorn inspired her into a sort of mid-life crisis. Gibbons […]
When Claire Åkebrand was a child growing up in Germany, her father had a print of a Paul Klee painting hanging above his couch. “I remember sharp, fuzzy fish and other delicate, vibrating shapes and colors,” says the self-taught Swedish artist who has been in Utah since she […]
Orem painter Josie Bell says she continues to be surprised by how much her early childhood in Brazil continues to affect her work. “I didn’t know those imprints would reawaken someday and bring me to subjects that relate to nature and ecological themes,” she says. She speaks of […]
“I usually start each painting with only the urge to address a certain range of experience or moods, not preconceiving any structural forms,” says Marcus Vincent. “Color relationships are the initial decision where after structural concerns are felt, indicated, destroyed, revised, and destroyed and revised again.” Born in […]
When one exciting assignment leads to the next, it can be difficult to give the rearview mirror more than a glance; but when Covid hit last spring, Kim Raff found she had time on her hands. “After I got over the initial financial fears, I began to look […]