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Artists Magazine

Artists Magazine October 2018

Readers learn painting and drawing firsthand from other artists through written instruction and reproduction, guiding them step-by-step through the creative process. The magazine shows readers a wide variety of creative options, teaching the fundamentals of art making, presenting techniques in different painting and drawing media.

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taking the stage

This issue of Artists Magazine raises the curtain on artists who take inspiration from the performing arts and who channel a sense of theatricality in their work. We meet the oil painter Melora Kuhn, whose tableaux exude a theatrical grandeur (page 58). We sort through the complex exhibition history of Degas’ Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen, which is a three-act drama unto itself (page 66). The performer Charles Busch discusses why he admires a painting by Toulouse-Lautrec depicting a less glamorous side of theatrical life (page 112). In our “Crossroads” column, we speak with a theatrical artist of a different sort, the award-winning set designer Christine Jones (page 16). Elsewhere in our pages, several articles focus on drawing and sketching. Gigi Chen offers an introductory lesson on floral drawing in graphite and…

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LEA COLIE WIGHT LESSON: “COLOR AND LIGHT” Lea Colie Wight is a realist painter and the author of the newly available book Foundations of Classical Oil Painting. Born in Philadelphia, she worked primarily in pastel and printmaking until the late 1990s, when she began to work in oil. Her work has received numerous awards, appeared in various publications and been featured at venues including the Butler Institute of American Art, in Ohio; the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, in Tennessee; and the National Arts Club, in New York City. For more information, visit leawight.com. DONOUGH O’MALLEY BUSINESS OF ART: “THE DRAW OF ILLUSTRATION” Donough O’Malley, an Irish illustrator and designer with over 17 years of experience, is currently based in the United Kingdom. Working for clients and taking part in exhibitions across the world,…

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niki de saint phalle serious frivolity

plenty of modern artists have been gifted with a flair for the dramatic, and Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002) could hold her own with the best of them. The French sculptor and multidisciplinary artist created a brightly colored cast of characters over the course of her long career, and both she and her work possessed an unmistakably theatrical energy. Born in the suburbs of Paris, Saint Phalle was self-taught as an artist. From the start, her work exhibited a heightened sense of drama that at times bordered on the absurd. Among her earliest works to gain notice were her “shooting paintings,” the creation of which involved blasting away at bags of paint with a .22-caliber rifle. In 1963, she achieved both acclaim and a degree of notoriety for her 80-foot-long sculpture…

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a study in scarlet

few colors provoke quite as visceral a reaction as scarlet. In the world of theater, the pomp and ceremony of performance are centered on the invocation and manipulation of heightened emotions, so it makes sense that many of theater's most iconic trappings—such as the plush seats and the all-important velvet curtain—are often bright red. The color helps to charge our imagination and anticipation, communicating that we've entered a space apart from everyday life, where drab colors do not exist. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's The Box With the Gilded Mask, originally designed for a play program, perfectly captures the emotional essence of the color. The profusion of scarlet lends the lithograph an almost macabre air, with the background all the more striking for being juxtaposed against its urbane subject dressed entirely in black. PAINT…

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school of rock

marble sculptures account for some of the most celebrated works in Western art history, but the practice of carving marble by hand is rarely taught in American art schools. An exception to this trend is found at the New York Academy of Art, which for the past several years has offered a stone-carving course for students in its M.F.A. program. Artists Magazine recently dropped in on a class, where we saw students working diligently with hammers, chisels, calipers, pointing machines and power tools to slowly create forms out of rough marble blocks. “A lot of schools have stopped teaching a traditional version of stone carving because it’s very technical and a very long process,” says instructor Barbara Segal. “Working this way is a dying tradition. It still exists, but because of…

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setting the stage

“In set design you’re essentially creating a three-dimensional painting.”—CHRISTINE JONES a groundbreaking set designer must possess not only the imagination to create the ideal environment for a specific performance but also the ingenuity to make every seat in the house feel intimately connected to the stage. In a sense, a scenic designer is part artist, part scientist and part magician, combining elements of engineering, architecture, fine art, acoustics and lighting into one seamless presentation. Christine Jones—the Tony Award-winning scenic designer of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, as well as the upcoming production of La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera (the Met) in New York City—has all of these skills in spades. Over the course of her career, she has managed to create larger-than-life sets that still somehow speak…