Katsushika Hokusai: Born October 31(?), 1760

Hokusai, in full Katsushika Hokusai…Japanese master artist and printmaker of the ukiyo-e (“pictures of the floating world”) school. His early works represent the full spectrum of ukiyo-e art, including single-sheet prints of landscapes and actors, hand paintings, and surimono (“printed things”), such as greetings and announcements. Later he concentrated on the classical themes of the samurai and Chinese subjects. His famous print series “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji,” published between 1826 and 1833, marked the summit in the history of the Japanese landscape print.
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Hokusai

Hokusai’s date of birth is not known for certain, but is often said to be the 23rd day of the 9th month of the 10th year of the Hōreki era (in the old calendar, or October 31, 1760) to an artisan family, in the Katsushika district of Edo, Japan…His father never made Hokusai an heir, so it is possible that his mother was a concubine. Hokusai began painting around the age of six, possibly learning the art from his father, whose work on mirrors also included the painting of designs around the mirrors.

Hokusai was known by at least thirty names during his lifetime. Although the use of multiple names was a common practice of Japanese artists of the time, the numbers of names he used far exceeds that of any other major Japanese artist. Hokusai’s name changes are so frequent, and so often related to changes in his artistic production and style, that they are useful for breaking his life up into periods.
http://www.katsushikahokusai.com/biography.jsp

Artwork~ https://ukiyo-e.org/artist/katsushika-hokusai
Artwork~ https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/rijksstudio/artists/katsushika-hokusai
Woodblock Prints in the Ukiyo-e Style~
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/ukiy/hd_ukiy.htm

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/may/19/hokusai-japanese-artist-late-blossoming-great-wave-mount-fuji

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/31~

What painter ranks among the most admired of all Dutch artists but was much less well known in his own day than today, primarily because he produced just a small number of paintings?

What artist was one of the most important and controversial photographers of the 20th Century, creating highly erotic, bold, and provocative fashion and editorial photos?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/31/october-31/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/30~

Which artist, born in Switzerland and seen as a child prodigy, went on to be one of the only two women founder-members of the Royal Academy of Arts in London?

Which artist, a British citizen who spent most of his life in France, was the most consistent of the Impressionists in his dedication to painting landscape en plein air?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/30/october-30/

ANIMA’s Thematic Self-Directed Art Residencies

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Aims to offer a time and space away for all manner of creative people from their usual routines and environment. We provide a time for reflection, research, production, and practice. Our space is primarily directed towards practices and projects involving writing, photography, video art, drawing and painting. Anima hosts up to 8 people each residency. Besides the rural landscape, a family stay with home cooking and organic home grown products ANIMA offers opportunities to built networks with local & international artists through studio visits, galleries and museums. Through hikes into the surrounding areas and visits to San Isidro, Anima emphasizes the importance of cultural exchange. We have an open call for applications for the programmed months of  February to July  during our Winter and Summer residencies; each residency is two weeks. Residents must finance their own stay, and source funding and support from their own countries and networks.
http://animacasarural.com/residencies_home

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/26~

Which Russian artist, whose work included studies of Asian life and British-Indian history, enjoyed his greatest popularity both at home and abroad for his paintings of battles?

Which late 19th/early 20th-century artist was one of the few women painters of her time to achieve international recognition, enabling her to support both herself and her sister?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/26/october-26/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/25~

This Spanish artist with a prolific output that includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, costumes — and even plays and poems — spent most of his adult life in France.

This late-blooming American expressionist painter and printmaker studied biochemical engineering at City College of New York for three years before switching to fine arts in his last year.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/25/october-25/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 10/22~

What artist, whom Picture Post magazine called “the greatest war photographer in the world”, died in Vietnam when he stepped on a land mine in 1954?

What artist coined the term Combines for his non-traditional materials and methods which blurred the division between painting and sculpture?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/10/22/october-22/

Mary Blair: Born October 21, 1911

Her vibrant colors and stylized designs pervade Disney animated films from 1943 to 1953 (such as THE THREE CABALLEROS, CINDERELLA, ALICE IN WONDERLAND AND PETER PAN). A prolific artist, during the 1950’s and 60’s she brought eye-appealing flair to children’s books (I CAN FLY), advertisements, theatrical set designs, and large-scale theme park murals and attractions (such as Disneyland’s IT’S A SMALL WORLD).

Though much of her art veers away from naturalism toward abstraction, she was one of Walt Disney’s favorite artists; he personally responded to her use of color, naïve graphics, and the storytelling aspect in her pictures…
About Mary~ http://magicofmaryblair.com/about-mary.htm

Biography~ http://www.californiawatercolor.com/pages/mary-blair-biography
MARY BLAIR (1911-1978)~ https://www.illustrationhistory.org/artists/mary-blair

Peter Max: Born October 19, 1937

When Go-Go Met Day-Glo”
“LIFE Magazine, September 5, 1969: A Portrait of Peter Max as a Very Rich Man”
Biography~ https://www.parkwestgallery.com/artist/peter-max

Born in Berlin in 1937, Max and his family fled Nazi-Germany to Shanghai where he would spend the first 10 years of his life. It was here where Max’s father, a reputable businessman, and mother first began to notice his artistic talents. The pair hired the daughter of a street vendor to conduct art lessons and serve as a nanny. Max began his formal art training at the Art Students League of New York in Manhattan…