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Studio Sunday: Jack Whitten

A photo of Jack Whitten in his studio


Alabama-born and New York-based painter Jack Whitten is our Studio artist this Sunday. Whitten is known for his gestural abstract paintings that are often classified as abstract expressionism. In the wake of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s, Whitten moved to New York in 1960 in an attempt to surround himself with more progressive ideals. He currently works out of his home studio above a pizza parlor in Queens.


I’d never…

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Studio Sunday: Jada Pinkett-Smith

A photo of Jada Pinkett Smith at work in her art studio


Our Studio Sunday artist for the week is Jada Pinkett-Smith. While she is best known as an actor, staring in films such as The Nutty Professor with Eddit Murphie, and the Matrix and Madagascar franchises. Pinkett-Smith also keeps up a studio practice, reportedly spending time each Saturday working on her paintings. According to news sources, her paintings are generally abstract, featuring large splashes of color. The one pictured in…

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Studio Sunday: Do Ho Suh

A photo of Do Ho Suh in his studio

This week, let’s check out the studio of Korean sculptor and installation artist Do Ho Suh. The son of a respected traditional Korean painter, Suh earned his bachelor’s degree in painting from Seoul National University, and later moved to New York to continue his education at RISD and Yale.


The artist’s sculptures tend to look in great detail at the nature of space and the way that people relate to it. His installations in…

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Studio Sunday: Barbara Hepworth

A photo of Dame Barbara Hepworth's studio


Take a look inside the workspace of English sculptor Dame Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth! Hepworth was an important figure in modernist sculpture in the mid 1900’s, and one of the few women who rose to prominence in the field. Her former home and studio was purchased by the Tate Britain in 1980, and today operates as the Barbara Hepworth Museum.


The studio, kept intact as it was when the artist was working in it, has a lovely rustic…

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Studio Sunday: Richard Hamilton

A photo of Richard Hamilton in his Oxfordshire studio


Happy Sunday! Pictured above is Richard Hamilton, sometimes known as the intellectual father of pop art. Working mainly in painting and collage, the artist was known for being forward-thinking in terms of aesthetics. His studio, in Oxfordshire, England, looks relatively small in this photo but given the scale of the artist’s works, it was probably just the perfect size.


The studio also looks quite clean, which is rare in the…

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Studio Sunday: Sir Terry Frost

A photo of Terry Frost sitting in his art studio


Let’s look inside the studio of Sir Terry Frost! Frost was an English abstract artist who lived and worked in Newlyn, Cornwall. The artist’s studio overlooked the coast, and in this photo it looks like a wonderful view – you can even see some people walking on the beach below. It would be wonderful to have a studio with such a large picture window, especially in the summer, both for the warm breeze and the amount of natural…

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Studio Sunday: Ellsworth Kelly

A photo of Ellsworth Kelly at work in his studio


Today we’re looking inside the Spencertown, New York studio of Ellsworth Kelly. The expansive 15,000 square-foot studio has no windows, but numerous skylights let in all the natural light that Kelly needed to work. Ellsworth Kelly continued working in this studio right up until his death last year, and the space likely remains unchanged as of this writing.


The artist’s studio looks bright and well lit – I love the simple…

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Studio Sunday: Alexander Calder

A photo of Alexander Calder working in his studio in the 1960's


Let’s take a look inside the studio of Alexander Calder. Calder was an American sculptor who produced large-scale hanging mobiles, as well as stationary floor sculptures that he called “stabiles.” The artist frequently produced his work using large pieces of sheet metal, many of which are visible in the above photo of his studio.


Calder was born in 1898 in Pennsylvania, and studied mechanical engineering in his early career.…

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Studio Sunday: Jackson Pollock

A photo of Jackson Pollock working in his studio



Famed American abstract-expressionist painter Jackson Pollock worked in a predictable paint-splattered home studio in East Hampton on Long Island, New York. Pollock and his wife, Lee Krasner, moved to the house in 1945. After Krasner’s death in the 1980’s, the house was converted into an art museum and educational space at the request of the artist.


The studio inside Pollock’s home is rather Spartan – the wood paneled…

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Studio Sunday: Wallace Whitney

A photograph of Wallace Whitney's New York studio


Abstract painter Wallace Whitney has been living and working in the Bronx, New York for the past five years. Whitney is known for his bright, energetic abstract paintings that use loose brush strokes and compositions focusing on colour and movement.


Whitney’s studio in the Bronx was once a Dominican dancehall, and the space has an interesting eclecticism to it. One space that the artist has filled in with shelves of supplies was…

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Studio Sunday: Corita Kent

A photo of Sister Corita Kent working in the art studio


Sister Corita Kent moved into a convent immediately after graduating from high school in the 1930’s, and later discovered her love of bright, graphic pop-art, becoming a prolific artist in the 1960’s after being inspired by the work of Andy Warhol.


Kent produced most of her works using print making techniques. As an art teacher at the Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles, Kent worked out of a studio that was shared with a…

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Studio Sunday: Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze

A photo of the studio of Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze


Today’s Studio Sunday features the New York studio of Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze! Amanze is an artist who works primarily with drawing, ink and print techniques on paper.


The studio pictured here is in an old FBI evidence storage warehouse in downtown Manhattan, which was created as a workspace for a New York arts program that Amanze was taking part in. The artist was also recently enrolled in the Fountainhead Residency in Miami,…

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Studio Sunday: Dana Schutz

A photo of painter Dana Schutz working in her studio


Dana Schutz is a painter who currently works out of a large, private studio in Brooklyn, New York. The painter is known for intensely bright, almost gaudy images that are strongly figural despite loose and surreal formal aspects. Schutz’ studio is an expansive space where the artist works on multiple paintings at once.


In the above photo, the floor of Schutz’s studio is littered with sheets of vellum or plastic wrap, each…

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Studio Sunday: Tom Otterness

A photo of Tom Otterness' sculpture studio in Brooklyn


This week’s Studio feature is American sculptor Tom Otterness. Otterness is well known for his work in public sculpture. He uses a light, cartoonish style to create works that address more complex social and political issues, drawing in viewers first with the cute, inviting figures, then encouraging deeper thought and discourse.


Otterness’ studio, pictured here, looks aptly large for creating works of public sculpture. A few…

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Studio Sunday: Olafur Eliasson

A photo of Olafur Eliasson's Berlin studio



Our Studio feature this Sunday is Olafur Eliasson. Eliasson is a Danish artist who is well-known for his large-scale installation works, which are often placed in public spaces and sometimes harness natural elements such as sunlight, water and ambient temperature as a part of the work. In 1995, Eliasson founded Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, a space in which the artist and around 90 assistants and employees work together to…

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