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Drawing Pencil Sketches Newsletter July 2013
July 01, 2013

Contemporary Artists Today

Dear Artists & Friends,

Drawing Pencil Sketches Newsletter July 2013

Do check out some of these top current contemporary painters which we can all learn from even though we may not like some of them. It is worth checking their paintings on Google Search to find one or two who may inspire you.

Jeff Koons: An America born painter of quite banal objects sometimes bordering on crudity. You may like some of his works or you may hate it.

Sir Anish Kapoor, RA is an Indian-born British sculptor. Born in Mumbai, Kapoor has lived and worked in London since early 1970. See his website he one of the most influential sculptors of his generation.

Paul McCarthy: Somehow I do not think you would be inspired by this artist and I quote this from the NY Times: "Of all the disagreeable species of humanlike beings Jonathan Swift invented in "Gulliver's Travels," the Yahoos are the worst and most human of all. Island-dwelling bipeds, they are lewd, lying, dirty, territorial and aggressive".

Yayoi Kusama: I call her the painter of polka dots. Here is her website, worth checking out if you are feeling dotty: she is a minimalist artist of global fame- See her painting "Repetitive Vision."

R.B. Kitaj: An American painter with Jewish roots – he is one of my favorites! Here is a short YouTube clip to give you ideas of how he was inspired: by some of the old masters.

Pinterest: If you are not subscribed to Pinterest, you should be: Here you’ll discover numerous drawing tips from artists of all abilities.

This is also a site where you can upload your drawings and it is all free. When you upload to you will notice I've put a Pinterest button on all your drawings so you can now upload them on Pinterest directly.

Linkedin: Also a useful site for artist, lots of questions come up from budding artists and you can network with some really great artists. Subscribe and show your work here also. Here is a question that came up today: quote; "Could someone please give me a definition of "contemporary art?" Also, why do most galleries prefer this instead of "traditional art?"

An interesting question: Here is one answer of which there are many: Quote; As an artist I'm always exploring new things. Traditional art is just that. It is expected, they are pretty pictures and usually it is all spelled out for you. Contemporary art is exploratory. it is different. Personally Contemporary art is exciting to me because it is comes from a different place inside me and hasn't been done before." Unquote.

Have a great month of Drawing and Sketching.

Cheers, Jon

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