This is the inaugural season of “In The Style of Me”.
“ItSoM” is intended to provide an art challenge to any and all artists, crafters, photographers, sculptors and other creatives.
To participate all you have to do is submit a photo, scan or digital illustration of a piece of art you have done that is your interpretation of another famous work of art – but in your own style. For instance, you could collage the Venus Di Milo, sketch your version of a Rousseau, or sculpt “The Scream”.
For those that need a little more prodding or inspiration, each week an artist will be chosen for participants to ‘Style’.
Whilst he’s an architect, I see Gaudi as an oversize sculptor. He apparently didn’t use plans for some of his works, instead creating them as 3d scale models and making them up as he went along.
Check out this gallery for inspiration.
A personal favourite is Henri Rousseau. I feel an affinity with him as, though he was good at art and music when he was a kid, he didn’t really start painting until he was about 40. I think lots of people can relate to that set of circumstances. I like that his art is a bullshit free zone. And I like the fact that he thought of himself a fabulous painter (comparable to Picasso) even though others (possibly in the bullshit zone) considered him as untrained. You can clearly see in his work that training doesn’t matter to making great art.
Carlo Carrà started his career as a mural decorator at the age of 12 and was later known as a draughtsman, graphic artist, art theorist and critic. He was quite political in his works and lifetime, and also a part of a several artistic ‘movements’.
I doubt there’s anyone who hasn’t seen a variant of American Gothic, with everything from dog, frog and cat heads, to the heads of celebrities in place of Grant Wood’s original father and daughter.
But that’s not what we’re about here at “In the Style of Me”
Our charter is not to mock or satirise, but to lovingly re-create in our own personal style. So whilst I don’t hanker for a bucketload of re-styled “American Gothics”, if you’re short of inspiration why not explore some other works of Grant Wood?