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Studio Sunday: Thomas Houseago


A picture of Thomas Houseago sculpting a large lump of clay on the floor of his studio

 

This Studio Sunday, we take a peek inside the Los Angeles studio of Thomas Houseago, a sculptor who works in materials like plaster, iron and bronze. His sculptures tend to be figurative, and draw from classical sculpting tropes, but are more like the sculptural equivalent of gesture drawings than they are realistic.

 

Houseago owns an entire studio building in Los Angeles, which itself takes up an entire city block. The building is…

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Studio Sundays: Mark Rothko

 


A black and white photo of Mark Rothko standing next to a large monochrome in his studio

 

Our Studio Sunday this week focuses on Mark Rothko, one of the big names in American abstract expressionism in the mid 20th century. Rothko is known for his large monochromatic paintings, a couple of which are seen here.

 

The above photo is of Rothko’s studio on 69th street in New York, in 1964. The paintings pictured are a series of large-scale monochromatic murals that were commissioned for the Rothko Chapel. In his studio,…

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Studio Sunday: Pierre Huyghe


Artist Pierre Huyghe looks up at a camera in his white, brightly lit studio

Pierre Huyghe, the focus of this week’s Studio Sunday, is a French artist who uses his practice to build environments and stage situations. Huyghe’s Paris studio appears large, and naturally lit – a typical example of a modern artist’s studio, with a large table in the centre, buckets of paint and sketchbooks strewn in every corner. The source for the above image even mentions a bubbling aquarium, a smaller version of one of the…

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Studio Sunday: Wassily Kandinsky


An old black and white photo of Wassily Kandinsky working on a painting


It’s Studio Sunday! Today we’re taking a look inside the personal studio of Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky is best known as one of the pioneers of abstract art, using impressionism as a starting point and eventually finding a way of working that allowed him to compose images entirely from his own imagination. 

 

Kandinsky’s studio space, seen in the images, was a rather tight space, packed with books and bottles of pigment, with…

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Studio Sundays: Sculptor Aaron Curry


artist studio with large red paintings on the walls
Aaron Curry is a sculptor from Texas who uses plywood, metal, spray paint and other materials to create large, anthropomorphic forms that seem to change depending on the angle they are seen from.  His studio space, located in a large warehouse in Los Angeles, California, must be big enough to accommodate many of these forms along the walls, as well as work tables stuffed full of paint and other supplies.

 

A recent motif in Curry’s…

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Studio Sundays: Installation Artist Yayoi Kusama


woman with stuffed animals and dots

This Studio Sunday we explore the creative space of Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese installation artist most well known for her large scale pieces featuring many circular or spherical components laid out on a plane or surface.

 

The photo above was taken in 1963 or ‘64, and features Kusama in her New York studio, working on components of Accumulation. Because of the sculptural, environmental nature of much of Kusama’s work, her studio…

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Studio Sundays: Photographer Jeff Wall


artist jeff wall on a ladder while looking down at a table in his art studio

On this Studio Sunday we are featuring the workspace of Canadian photographer Jeff Wall. Wall is most well known for his extremely large scale photographs, often featuring complex scenes of everyday life with multiple subjects and focal points – almost like wide shots from a film, suspended in freeze-frame.

 

Wall’s studio, in this photo, appears clean and stark – a contrast to many of the painter’s studios that I’ve written…

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Studio Sundays: Painter Francis Bacon


messy artist studio of francis bacon with paintings on the wall and clutter and garbage everywhere

For Studio Sunday this week we’ll be taking a look inside Francis Bacon’s studio at 7 Reece Mews, in London. The above photo was taken in 1998 – while Bacon passed away in 1992, his studio remained exactly as the artist left it, until it and its contents were donated to a gallery in Dublin by Bacon’s heir.

 

To me, the idea of a studio remaining empty and untouched for 6 years after the death of its resident artist is somehow…

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Studio Sundays: Comic Artist Jean Giraud


artist working on a drawing while sitting at a desk

 

Today on studio Sunday, have a look at a photo of Jean Giraud, aka Moebius, at work in his home studio. Moebius is well known for his work in comic books and graphic novels, often telling strange and esoteric science-fiction tales.

 

As a comic book artist, Giraud’s studio would have included a drawing table, pots of ink in various colours, and of course, the requisite bookshelf packed with other graphic novels and the work of his…

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Studio Sundays: Roy Lichtenstein


Roy Lichtenstein sitting on a stool in his art studio surrounded by his paintings

Our artist for this Studio Sunday is Roy Lichtenstein. Born in Manhattan, New York, in 1923, Lichtenstein is best known as a painter, and as part of the pop-art movement of the 1960’s. Lichtenstein’s works reference the popular medium of comic books, as well as advertisements from the era.

 

These artworks were far from simples copies of comic-book pages, however. Lichtenstein’s work looked critically at the industrial and…

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Studio Sundays: Sculptor Rebecca Warren


woman sitting on a chair in her art studio. she is surrounded by clay and pottery supplies

 

 

Today on Studio Sunday we’ll take a look at contemporary sculptor Rebecca Warren. While Warren’s sculptures might appear at first glance to be abstractions, many of them reflect the way that the figure, especially the female form, is portrayed in popular art and media.

 

Rebecca Warren's studio environment in London (seen in the above photo) is very important to the outcome of her work. Notably, she works primarily in unfired…

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Studio Sundays: Op-Artist Bridget Riley

 


bridget riley wearing an apron in her art studio. There are very large artworks in the foreground on a table. Black and white image.

 

 

 

Happy Studio Sunday everyone! Today we’ll take a look at the work of op-art painter Bridget Riley. Riley paints on a large scale and so her studio in East London is suitably roomy. She often creates collage maquettes of her paintings at the beginning of her process, and thus the studio space is well stocked with paper - as well as a large table surface for her to work on both these collages, and the paintings.

 

Riley’s…

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Studio Sundays: Steel Sculptor Richard Serra

 


photograph of Richard Serra facing away from the camera while holding his artwork in his art studio

 

 

 

Today is Studio Sunday, and to celebrate, let’s take a peek into the studio life of minimalist sculptor, Richard Serra. In the photo Serra appears hard at work at an artist’s workshop in Los Angeles, California, around 1990.

 

Serra is perhaps best-known for his large scale, often outdoor abstract sculptures, which he creates using sheets of steel.  These huge, architectural works are often placed in outdoor, public…

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Studio Sundays: the Art Studio of Basquiat


art studio of jean michel basquiat. shows empty warehouse with artworks leaning against the wall.

 

Every Sunday we give you a behind-the-scenes tour into the heart of creativity, the artist's studio. This week we visit the art studio of the famous artist Jean Michel Basquiat, an artist weel-know for bringing street art to canvas. This space is super raw, not very cozy at all, I imagine that he would just get in there - do the work for the day and then get the heck outta there. What I love about this studio is the space and the…

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