Tuesday, July 6, 2010

On Storytelling and Unibrows

Today is the birthday of Frida Kahlo.  I was always drawn to art, but until I was introduced to the work of Kahlo by a group of friends, I never understood the ability of an artist to tell an entire story.  I always looked at art as a static thing, a moment in time frozen like a bug in amber.  Sure, art was pretty and intriguing and I envied those who could paint a bowl of fruit, I didn't begin to understand it until Kahlo.

Stories are hidden everywhere.  And Kahlo was a masterful storyteller.  Her work inspires me and whenever I feel like my well is dry, I go look at some of her paintings.  Below is my favorite.  And here is a link to more.

Tell me, what artists inspire you?


  1. Frida was amazing. The accident she was in as a young woman...so horrific. During my first year in college, I was an art major and had to do several assignments "inspired" by Frida. Nice post about her, Shaun.

  2. I've always loved Franz Marc's work.

  3. Hello! I've been lurking for a little while - I found your website through the "tenners" link.

    I love this picture/artist:


    It's a giant canvas - done, as you can see, in gorgeously detailed oil - as the old masters. But the subjects are contemporary. That alone is worth study, to me. I'm not sure if it tells a story, but my mind starts to tell one which is just as good.

    You can see more at:

    A.W. Parsons

  4. I've been a fan of Susan Seddon Boulet since forever. I love the surrealism of her artwork. Especially the Shaman series. (Hugs)Indigo


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