Artist Research

James Ensor (1860-1949)

The Intrigue (1890) Oil on Canvas

James Sidney Edouard, Baron Ensor was a Belgian painter and printmaker whose works dabbled in expressionism and surrealism. Considered to be an innovator of 19th century art, Ensor explored many subjects in his work, ranging from sombre moments in life, to christian imagery, in particular of Christ being tormented. He used the religious symbolism imagery to show personal disgust for the inhumanity of the world.

When presenting the work I made over last term my tutor was reminded of James Ensor through my masks which I created at the beginning. The ghoulish but yet cartoon like works look really intriguing (pun unintended) and I do think that the masks was a powerful piece. I love his work, and it is making me want to go back to the style of the masks, but I plan to experiment before I make any decisions.

Exhibition to visit;

Maurizio Cattelan (1960-)

View of the exhibition KAPUTT

Untitled (2007) Taxidermied Horses

Maurizio Cattelan is an Italian artist, known for his satirical sculptures and distorted body pieces. Distorted body pieces include hands with the middle finger stuck up whilst missing the rest of the hands digits, bodies with no arms and no legs leaning forward out of a wall, and the above example of headless horses mounted onto a wall.

I’m not a fan of his work as I feel queasy when looking at his animal pieces, but the works he has done of the body distorted and missing parts is really interesting, especially because its the basis of the experiments I’m planning to run. Although mine may not turn out to be as detailed as his, his choices of composition and subject do captivate me and make me think deeper as to what I should or could be casting.


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