Philip Guston 1913-1980 (Canada/USA)

Philip Guston was a painter and print maker who first started out in the 1930s as a self-taught mural painter, but later on he developed his own style and drew everything in the form of cartoons. He is best known for his cartoonish paintings in which he used a limited palette of mostly reds, whites, greys, and blacks. Although he was drawing cartoons, he was creating his artwork in a way that followed the style of Abstract Expressionist artists and his art was always concerned with personal situations, symbols, and objects. Guston’s early work was figurative and representational and was influenced by Mexican mural painters and renaissance artists such as Uccello, Masaccio, Giotto, and Piero della Francesca.

One thing I was very fascinated with was that Guston made his drawings in a small closet and normally with only one hanging light bulb as his light source. When I am drawing or painting, I need to be under a well-lit form of light; however, it was surprising that he did most of his work under such a small enclosed space. Maybe that’s why his paintings all have a similar color theme/hue? Otherwise, besides this matter, I find his work very fun and playful.




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