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.

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.

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~


Gerald Brockhurst: October 31, 1890-May 4, 1978

Jeunesse Dorée by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst

1934 / Oil on board / 30”x24 4/5” / Lady Lever Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool, UK

British-born painter and etcher who became an American citizen in 1949. Precociously gifted, an excellent draughtsman, and a fine craftsman, Brockhurst won several prizes at the Royal Academy Schools and went on to have a highly successful career as a society portraitist, first in Britain and then in the USA, where he settled in 1939, working in New York and New Jersey. He is best known for his portraits of glamorous women, painted in an eye-catching, dramatically lit, formally posed style similar to that later associated with Annigoni. As an etcher Brockhurst is remembered particularly for Adolescence (1932), a powerful study of a naked girl on the verge of womanhood staring broodingly into a mirror—one of the masterpieces of 20th-century printmaking.

“Dorette” and Gerald Leslie Brockhurst~
Wikipedia~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Brockhurst
Gerald Leslie Brockhurst painting the Duchess of Windsor~

ANIMA’s Thematic Self-Directed Art Residencies

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.

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/

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
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…

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Conservation Fellowships / National Gallery of Art


Conservation departments that are accepting fellowship applicants are listed…in the “Current Announcements” section. Please download the fellowship overview that contains pertinent details including application deadlines. Fellowship candidates will need to prepare the following materials in English when a position is open for recruitment: transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate courses of academic study; a curriculum vitae including basic biographical information, current and permanent addresses and telephone numbers; a brief statement of interest and intent in applying for the fellowship; offprints of any publications or lectures; two supporting letters of recommendation from conservation professionals familiar with the candidate’s work; and one letter of personal reference.


Kerry James Marshall: Born October 17, 1955

“For me,” he said in his MCA Chicago lecture, “the thing that has the greatest transformative capacity in the art world today, in terms of what people expect to see when they go to the art museum, is a painting that has a black figure in it, because 95 percent of all the other paintings you see are going to have white figures in them. The whole history of representation is built on the representation of white folks. Now, all of that stuff is good, so you have to figure out how to get good like that, and then get in there on the terms that are relevant for now.” Marshall has done this “from the ground up,” as Metropolitan Museum curator Ian Alteveer put it, working through historical styles and genres, including Rococo love scenes, large-scale history paintings, and Impressionist plein air fetes.


E.E. Cummings: Born October 14, 1894

selfieFrom his youth, Cummings was fascinated with painting and the fine arts. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1894, he began drawing and writing well before his time at Harvard University. “He drew from childhood just as he wrote poems from childhood. He just knew he wanted to be an artist,” said Cohen.Landscape

“He was an artist first and foremost, and these [writing and painting] were the two forms of expression that were always part of his work,” said Cohen. “It was clear he was good with words, and he was determined he would just stilllifeas good with a pen and paintbrush.”

The Paintings of E.E. Cummings~ http://eecummingsart.com/
“The Agony of the Artist (with a capital A)”~ https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/02/09/e-e-cummings-miscellany-agony-of-the-artist/
“The Rebellion of E.E. Cummings”~ http://harvardmagazine.com/2005/03/the-rebellion-of-ee-cumm.html
Poetry Foundation Biography~ http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/e-e-cummings

Art Competition: Contemporary Art Gallery Online Exhibitions 10/2016

First Morning Light.jpgFirst Morning Light (Acrylic on Canvas 25″ x 48″ x 1.5″) by Herbert Chow

International Deadline: October 31, 2016 – Contemporary Art Gallery Online is proud to announce their 4th Annual “ALL Colors” Online Art Competition for the month of October 2016.

Contemporary Art Gallery Online encourages entries from all 2D and 3D artists regardless of their experience, education in the art field or where they may reside. This is an international competition and everyone is encouraged to participate.

A group exhibition of all entrants will be held online at the Contemporary Art Gallery Online during the month of November 2016.

via October 2016 Art Competition: Colors — Contemporary Art Gallery Online Exhibitions

Maya Lin: Born October 5, 1959

Although chiefly known as a sculptor, Lin also has worked on several architectural projects, which often have been noted for their emphasis on sustainability. Some of the high-profile works in this realm include the Langston Hughes Library (1999) and the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City (2009). Never one to fall into artistic complacency, Maya Lin has also created What Is Missing?, a multimedia, multi-location project that focused on bringing awareness to habitat loss.

For her life’s work, Lin was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2009, and a film about the artist, Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision, won the 1994 Oscar for best documentary. Lin has served as a board member of the National Resources Defense Council and a member of the World Trade Center Site Memorial design jury. In 2016, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.   https://www.biography.com/people/maya-lin-37259

Maya Lin Bio~ http://www.pbs.org/becomingamerican/ap_pjourneys_bio5.html
Maya Lin Studio~ http://www.mayalin.com/
Making the Memorial by Maya Lin~ http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2000/11/02/making-the-memorial/
6 Memorable Designs by Architect Maya Lin~