What painter had a nearly sixty-year career on two continents, moving from Boston to London in 1774 and adapting his successful American portrait style to the more painterly British approach?
What Hungarian artist was a painter but earned his living from poster and graphic design works, writing and publishing extensively about commercial art?
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This English late 18th-century painter had early professional success and produced a huge amount of work, in spite of leading a dissolute life and often being drunk, in hiding from his creditors, or in prison.
This designer, illustrator, co-founder of Pushpin Studio, and 2009 National Medal of the Arts award recipient (the first graphic designer to receive this award) also founded New York Magazine with Clay Felker.
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In 2010, as the new director of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Bill Moggridge rode into New York from California with a formidable resume: cofounder of Ideo, inventor of the first laptop computer, author of the seminal work on interaction design, educator, and winner of a slew of international design awards.
But as a city full of designers and design-lovers was quick to discover, rarely has such an illustrious bio been animated by such a delightful person.
“If there is a simple, easy principle that binds everything I have done together, it is my interest in people and their relationship to things.”
What Pennsylvania artist and collector built his tile factory, museum, and house using coarse-textured and unconcealed reinforced concrete, an especially unusual building material for a house?
Of what artist did a writer for the Chicago Daily News state in 1934: “[He] might have developed into America’s greatest painter had he not chosen to become America’s greatest art teacher”?
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Charles Rennie Mackintosh (7 June 1868-10 December 1928) was
a Scottish architect, designer, water colourist and artist. He was a designer in the Post-Impressionist movement and also the main representative of Art Nouveau in the United Kingdom. He had considerable influence on European design. He was born in Glasgow…
Mackintosh was apprenticed to a local architect John Hutchison, but in 1889 he transferred to the larger, more established city practice of Honeyman and Keppie.
To complement his architectural apprenticeship, Mackintosh enrolled for evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art where he pursued various drawing programmes.
In the 1890s he was part of ‘The Four’ – an informal grouping with the English sisters Margaret and Frances Macdonald and James Herbert McNair – that produced some of the most inventive decorative art and graphic design of the period. His major achievements include his masterpiece The Glasgow School of Art, the villas Windyhill and The Hill House, Scotland Street School, and a series of city-centre tea room interiors. In common with many of his contemporaries he believed that the architect was responsible not just for the fabric of a building, but for every detail of its interior design. http://www.glasgowmackintosh.com/mackintosh
Despite this success and with his undoubted influence abroad, Mackintosh’s work met with considerable indifference at home and his career in Glasgow declined. Few private clients were sufficiently sympathetic to want his ‘total design’ of house and interior and he was incapable of compromise.
In 1923 the Mackintoshes left London for the South of France where Mackintosh gave up all thoughts of architecture and design and devoted himself entirely to painting landscapes. He died in London, of cancer, on 10 December 1928.
Design Museum~ https://designmuseum.org/designers/charles-rennie-mackintosh#toggle-submenu
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society~ https://www.crmsociety.com/
Which designer studied human anatomy, mathematics, and engineering at Los Angeles University to help bolster the quality of his shoe designs?
Which artist took the monumental scale of New York School Abstract Expressionism and applied it to his collage paintings?
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What Russian avant-garde painter, a member of the Der Blaue Reiter group from its founding in 1911, was also a costume designer, writer, illustrator, and set designer?
What Canadian painter, part of the Automatist group which created the 1948 pamphlet Refus global, later embraced an abstract style known as “hard-edge abstraction”?
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“We are a bit tired of the very serious nowadays, and a little frivolity is refreshing; and yet frivolity to be successful must be most thoroughly studied.” So wrote EDWARD PENFIELD (1866-1925) near the outset of his highly influential career as an illustrator, art editor, and poster artist, a career guided by keen observation, a cosmopolitan sensibility, and a simplicity that belied his meticulously crafted efforts…In looking at the work of Penfield today, we find less of what strikes us as frivolous and more of a keen sense of design and composition…Penfield is also credited with bringing abstraction to commercial art through his boldly simplified shapes. This and other stylistic trademarks resulted from a distillation of a number of influences, including the compositional precepts and casual poses found in Japanese prints, the hand-craftsmanship of the Arts and Crafts movement, the impressionistic approach of Parisian poster-making, and British poise and directness. http://www.illustration-house.com/bios/penfield_bio.html
The Complete Harper’s Posters, 1893-1899~ http://tinyurl.com/hfxr3jz
Treasures of the New York Public Library~ http://exhibitions.nypl.org/treasures/items/show/18
Which post-war Soviet Union painter, despite the mixed critical reception to his work, was able to lead a highly successful career due to his many supporters in the state cultural bureaucracy?
Which contemporary French fashion designer enrolled in art history and museum studies, planning to become a museum curator, until he realized that his true calling was fashion and costume design?
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