Last month the in-house artists at The Hive got together to all work in our studios for a night in preparation for the group show that opened on June 15th. It was then that I had the idea to have the other artists I share studio space with assign me the next artists to research and emulate for my “In the Style of…” series. This shortened my list of 50+ artists to 4 (3 of my studio mates have yet to give me artists), and made my tast of selecting the next piece much easier.
Don’t fret, I am not abandoning the rest of the list, it is just being put aside until I complete this much shorter list.
The first person to give me her pick, and without hesitation I might add, was Stephanie Dalla-Longa, who chose Egon Schiele.
Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele‘s (1890-1918) work is often described in harsh terms: grotesque, erotic, pornographic, disturbing, focusing on sex, death, and discovery… somewhat unsavoury for someone who’s contemporaries considered him to be the successor to Gustav Klimt (under who he studied). His paintings and drawing, nearly all of them portraits, and many of them self portraits, are noted for the use of twisted body posturing. Much of his work is erotic in nature and it is said he may have made some of his income as an artist for the pornography industry.