Ray Eames: Born December 15, 1912

Ray-Ray was the nickname given to Bernice Alexandra Kaiser by her family. Beyond that, little is known of her childhood in Sacramento, although Ray’s artistic talent was evidently recognized early on. After high school she left California with her widowed mother for New York City, where she studied with the German Abstract Expressionist Hans Hofmann and exhibited her paintings. After her mother’s death, Ray left New York for further training at the Art Academy in Cranbrook, Michigan, where Charles Eames was one of her teachers and mentors. After divorcing his first wife, Charles married Ray in 1941 in Chicago. The couple left immediately for Southern California, where they opened a design office.

An extraordinary personal and artistic collaboration began with this move, an unusually creative
partnership that resulted in innovative designs for furniture, houses, monuments, exhibitions
—even toys.


Eames Foundation~ http://eamesfoundation.org/
Official site of Ray and Charles Eames~ http://www.eamesoffice.com/eames-office/charles-and-ray/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 12/13~

This Dutch painter and designer was part of the Dutch modernism movement in the 1920’s, creating lithographic posters for a variety of clients including KLM, Amstel, and the 1928 Summer Olympics.

This Catalan artist began drawing in his teens during a long convalescence from a serious illness contracted in 1940, and later abandoned his law studies to devote himself entirely to art.

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 11/23~

What Mexican painter, along with Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros, helped lead the revival of Mexican mural painting in the 1920s?

What early-20th-century Russian-born French illustrator and designer chose his pseudonym from the French pronunciation of his initials?

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/15~

Which American architectural sculptor (whose work ornamented more than 30 buildings) also designed and sculpted medals, the Newbury and Caldecott being his most famous?

Which American artist is best known for his vivid, frequently surrealist, depictions of Southern life that focus on the social issues of racial injustice and violence during the 1940s?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/09/15/september-15/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/10~

In 1886 this Irish-American artist, known for his trompe-l’œil still lifes, had a painting of a five dollar bill seized by the New York police from the wall of a saloon and was arrested for counterfeiting.

This Italian-born French couturière collaborated with the Surrealist artists Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dalí, and Leonor Fini, relying for her designs on both impulse of the moment and serendipitous inspiration.

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/4~

What German artist contributed significantly to wall design, painting, sculpture, print graphics, advertising, and the stage for the first major exhibition of Bauhaus products in Weimar in 1923?

What Russian-born editor and artist was the editorial director of Condé Nast publications from 1962 to 1994 and is credited with inventing the look of the modern fashion magazine?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/09/04/september-4/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/28~

Which English painter, illustrator, and designer, a founding member of William Morris’s decorative arts company, had a low-key career until he gained overnight fame with eight paintings at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1877?

Which children’s illustrator said that she was the reincarnation of a sea captain’s wife who lived in the 1800s, and that it was this earlier life she was depicting with her pastel watercolors and delicately penciled lines?

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Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/3~

This largely self-taught Hungarian-born painter and commercial artist gained a reputation as one of America’s finest children’s book illustrators during the 1950s and 60s.

This jewelry artist, educator and goldsmith also worked in automobile design, toy design, fashion design, illustration, experimental metal research, and product development.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/03/august-3/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 7/3~

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?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/07/03/july-3/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 6/26~

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.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/06/26/june-26-2/