™™¥How do artists get their inspiration? Where do they begin?
Lets investigate how a few artists gain their inspiration and tell us what their work is about
Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988)
Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist. He began as an obscure graffiti artist (Samo) in New York City in the late 1970s and evolved into an acclaimed Ne-expressionist and Primitive painter by the 1980s.
Throughout his career Basquiat focused on “suggestive dichotomies,” such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience. Basquiat’s art utilized a synergy of appropriation, poetry, drawing and painting, which married text and image, abstraction andfiguration, and historical information mixed with contemporary critique. Utilizing social commentaryas a “springboard to deeper truths about the individual”, Basquiat’s paintings also attackedpower structures and systems of racism, while his poetics were acutely political and direct in their criticism of colonialism and support for class struggle.
Bill Henson (born 1955) is an Australian contemporary art photographer. Henson has exhibited nationally and internationally galleries such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Venice Biennale, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. His current practice involves holding one exhibition in Australia every two years, and up to three overseas exhibitions each year.
The use of chiaroscuro is common throughout his works, through underexposure and adjustment in printing. His photographs’ use of bokeh is intended to give them a painterly atmosphere. The work is often presented as diptychs, triptychs and in other groupings, and the exhibitions are specifically curated by Henson to reflect a sense of musicality.
Duality is a recurring theme of Henson’s work, often in combination with adolescent subjects.He frequently employs a flattened perspective through the use of telephoto lenses. His works are often in the form of staged tableauxin which faces of the subjects are often blurred or partly shadowed and do not directly face the viewer.
Henson states that he is not interested in a political or sociological agenda.
Jeff Wall Speaks about his own work