H R Giger

Born February 5 in Chur, Switzerland, Giger was best known for his “biomechanical” airbrushed images that blended human physiques with machines. He was also responsible for creating the “Alien” creature for the film of the same name. His work is permanently featured in a dedicated museum in Gruyères. This is:

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Fernand Léger

Born February 4, 1881 in Argentan France, Léger was a key influence on pop artists of the . Initially trained as an architect, he switched to painting and developed his own style based on (and named similarly to) cubism – he called this tubism, due to his frequent use of

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Gerome Kamrowski

Born January 29, 1914 in Minnesota, Kamrowski was a pioneer in the American Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist Movements. He is best known for his work with Jackson Pollock (and William Baziotes) moving from Surrealist image-coaxing techniques to Action Painting, after a session experimenting with dripping laquer paint. This is: The

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Milford Zornes

Born January 25 1908 in Oklahoma, Zornes became known for his watercolour works in the “California Style”. An early talent for drawing developed but he was unable to settle down, studying architecture and engineering but not really being prepared to study for either. Reverting to his passion for art, during

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Jack Perlmutter

Born January 23 1920, Perlmutter referred to himself as an abstract realist, although this appears to combine two seemingly irreconcilable artistic styles. His works were typically built around recognizable urban scenes, such as railroad tracks, urban crowds and buildings or bridges. He typically overlaid his work with busy linear forms,

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Antonio Mattei

Born 9 January 1900 in New Jersey, Mattei was a painter of primitive landscapes, primarily of Alaska and northern US states. Little known, he sold most of his work through a small gallery in his home town of Ogunquit, Maine. This is: Perkins Cove.

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Louis Ritman

Born January 6, 1889 in Ukraine, Louis Ritman was an American impressionist painter. He is best known for his paintings of women. He moved with his family to Chicago around 1900 and studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts before moving to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His

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Frances Gearhart

Born January 4 1869 in Illinois, Gearhart was an American printmaker and watercolorist. She was known for her boldly drawn and colored American landscapes, typically woodcut or linocut prints featuring California’s coasts and mountains. She worked in a traditional Japanese relief-printing method, being one of the first artists to bring

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Charles Hinman

Born Dec 29 1932 in New York State, Hinman is an artist and sometime professional baseball player. After his artistic training, he served in the army for two years and then taught mechanical drawing. From here he combined these skills and specialized his artistic talents, focusing on abstract representation of

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Connecting Art Goes Multilingual

Connecting Art is about lowering the barriers for artists and art lovers to access Art. Language can sometimes be a barrier – not any more. The Connecting Art website is now accessible in German, French and Italian as well as the default English. Other languages could be added if needed.

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Lucian Freud

Born 8 December 1922 in Berlin, Freud, grandson of Sigmund, became known as one of the foremost British portrait painters of the 20th Century. Early in his career, he was influenced by surrealism, but later, starker, paintings tended towards realism. Words like “sombre”, “unsettling” and “discomforting” are often used when

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Wassily Kandinsky

Born 4 Dec 1866 (according to the Julian calendar that the Russians were using at the time) in Moscow, Kandinsky claimed to be the first abstract painter, with this work, Composition V. It’s viewable in the MoMA in New York. His Blue Rider painting had already showed the direction he

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Support our Artists at Christmas and save !

Did you know Connecting Art is staffed by volunteers whose mission it is to allow new and emerging artists to focus on their art, while we provide a free platform for payments, social media, an online gallery per artist, news and events, gift cards, augmented reality and lots more? One

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Georges Seurat

Born 2 Dec 1859 in Paris, Seurat is known as the founder of pointillism and used this trademark style to great effect. His paintings, Sunday Afternoon at Grand Jatte and Bathers are the best known of his works, but over 200 paintings are known to exist. Seurat took a scientific

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David Hockney at the Palace

A loose dress code at Buckingham Palace today..King Charles was delighted to see that artist David Hockney had attended the Order of Merit lunch wearing bright yellow Crocs.‘Your yellow galoshes!’ the King remarked. ‘Beautifully chosen.’ pic.twitter.com/T9mE8Elaio — Kate Mansey (@KateMansey) November 24, 2022

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Rene Magritte

Born Nov 21 1898 in Lessines, Belgium, Magritte is well known as a thought-provoking surrealist, and in particular for his pipe that is not a pipe. This 1962 work is appropriate for our modern world and is entitled: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana,

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Give the Gift of Art this Christmas

Why not give the Gift of Art this Christmas at Connecting Art? Give your friends and family (or you!) a special surprise this Christmas – an artwork, art event, art commission or a Gift Card. If you or your friends like one of our artworks, or the style of one

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Charles Demuth

Born Nov 8 1883 in Lancaster PA, Demuth worked with fellow American artists to develop the concept of Precisionism in his mainly watercolour-centric style of painting. His works often show a range of forms in a quasi-Cubist, sharply-defined manner. Frequently occurring scenes include urban and rural landscapes, often consisting of

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Robert Birmelin

Born Nov 7 1933 in Newark NJ, Birmelin is best known for his paintings and drawings capturing urban crowds; particularly the drama, movement and tension of close physical involvement in the city environment. Still active, he believes in drawing from life, memory and imagination as he feels it provides a

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Boris Margo

Born 2 Nov 1902 in Ukraine, Margo was a painter of surrealist imagery. In 1919 he enrolled at the Polytechnik of Art at Odessa, and in 1924 received a grant to study at the Workshop for the Art of the Future in Moscow. He then studied the work of the

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Johannes Vermeer

Born 31 Oct 1632 in Delft – Vermeer. Girl in the pearl earring, and all those other famous highly-detailed interior studies. But how did he paint them? Were they traced using a camera obscura? Does it matter? Vermeer mainly painted indoors, but he also painted this: View of Delft. For

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Hokusai

Born October 31 1760 in Edo, Japan, Katsushika Hokusai, known simply as Hokusai, was a Japanese painter and printmaker. He is best known for the woodblock print series – Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, including the iconic print: The Great Wave off Kanagawa. Undoubtedly one of the greatest artists of

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Alfred Sisley

Born 30 October 1839 in Paris, Sisley counts as one of THE great impressionsists. Although he was born and spent most of his life in France, he still retained British citizenship. He was possibly the most consistent of the Impressionists in his dedication to painting landscape “en plein air”. He

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Francis Hopkinson Smith

Born Oct 23 1838 in Baltimore, Smith is mainly known as the engineer that built the foundation for the Statue of Liberty. But he was also an accomplished artist producing many fine watercolours, including many of Venice or Istanbul.

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James Brooks

Born 18 Oct 1906 in St Louis, Brooks was a contemporary and friend of Jackson Pollock, working as an abstract expressionist after serving in the military as an artist in northern Africa. He was among the first artists to use staining, creating “painterly accidents” with buried personal meanings.

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Harold Krisel

Born Oct 6 1920 in Brooklyn, Krisel drew weather maps for the allied forces in WW2. From there he progressed to architecture and abstract art. A prolific painter and sculptor, he also produced silkscreens and lithographs such as: Prisme

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Lowell Blair Nesbitt

Born Oct 4 1933 in Baltimore, Nesbitt had the great job of being official artist for some of the Apollo missions. But he disliked being classified as a photorealist, indeed some of his last works, in the “impossible series” definitely qualify as surreal.

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Gene Hawley

Born Oct 3, 1910 in Wahington, Hawley specialised in pictures of rural buildings and and aspects of small-town industry in the US. He painted occasionally in gouache but specialised in watercolors, such as this: Pennsylvania Horse Barn.

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Arthur F Mathews

Born Oct 1, 1860 Wisconsin, Mathews was an American Tonalist painter after initailly training as an architect. Comfortable using oils, watercolours and gouache, he studied in California and Paris and was highly active in fighting for the rights of women to study art in the US.

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John Chapman Lewis

Born 29 Sep 1920 in Washington DC, Lewis was an abstract painter, a member of the Washington School of Color. Other than abstracts, he also painted cityscapes (and Roosters?) focusing on the mystical and emotional aspects of his subjects.

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