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15 early Influences
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Collecting early American stamps as a kid. I scanned this stamp at 2400 dpi. And I can just keep staring at it, it gives me almost as much visual pleasure as a Picasso.
 
Inspired by Yuko Shimizu here are my "15 influences, that stick with you, FOREVER."  This was a fun exercise and now that I look at my list, all of my favorites look pretty much the same.
 

 
Comic Books, I bought most of them for the covers.
Collecting old photography during my youth at antique shops.
Frank Frazetta. When I was in art school he wasn't cool so I never told anybody that I copied and airbrushed a couple dozen of his pictures on vans and low riders during the late 70's as a kid in Southern California. Never liked, Boris Vallejo.
Another Green World. Brian Eno. Produced by Eno and Rhett Davies, Island Records 1975. Loved all of his solo albums and his work with, Roxy Music, David Bowie and especially Robert Fripp.
Maurits Cornelis Escher, usually referred to as M. C. Escher, was a Dutch graphic artist. He is known for his often mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. These feature impossible constructions, explorations of infinity, architecture, and tessellations. He is still a favorite.
David Hockney. Pearblossom Hwy, 11 - 18th April 1986. Chromogenic prints mounted on paper honeycomb panel (Looked to me like a cheap version of foamcore). I saw this piece at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. It blew me away, although it seemed shabbily collaged but the overall impact inspired me to the point of driving out to this location where Pearblossom Hwy intersects Mt Emma Road in a lame attempt to recreate the scene. When I got there the corner was so boring and non photogenic that I shot the Joshua Tree below and some power lines and got back into my car and drove home 4 hours to Temecula Ca.
Mt Emma Road. photo etching. Inspired by David Hockney and early photography I experimented with this process for maybe a year but the chemicals were so toxic that I gave it up.
Pablo Picasso. Blind Minotaur Led by a Girl through the Night, from the Vollard Suite, 1934. Still one of my all time favorite works of art.
José Luis Cuevas is a Mexican artist and was one of the first to challenge the then dominant Mexican muralism movement as a prominent member of the Generación de la Ruptura (Breakaway Generation).
Sir Stanley Spencer was an English painter. Much of his work depicts Biblical scenes, from miracles to Crucifixion, happening not in the Holy Land but in the small Thames-side village where he was born and spent most of his life. His life was very interesting.
Max Beckmann. The Night. 1918-19
Jose Clemente Orozco. Palacio de Bellas Artes: Mural "Catarsis" ( 1934 ) Mexico City.
Auguste Rodin. His watercolors, if you haven't seen them, check them out. You will see a lot of influence of this work in contemporary painting.
Henry Moore paintings.
Katsushika Hokusai, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. His work looks like it could have been done yesterday.
Kiki Smith. "Wolf Girl," 1999. Love, love, love anything and everything that she does.
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