Everyone works differently, and it is always alluring to see whether it is complete zen or total chaos that makes someone tick. We’ve scoured the internet for images of artist studios, providing a glimpse of what we normally don’t see: what went on behind the canvas.
1. Georgia O’Keeffe
Originally from Wisconsin, Georgia O’Keeffe has been called the Mother of American Modernism. She is known for her magnified flower paintings, as well as paintings of her earthy New Mexican surroundings. After splitting time between New Mexico and New York in the late 1920′s, O’Keeffe made the state her permanent home in 1949. Her studio, seen below, seems to exude a sense of calm with its light hues, wooden floors, and overall western simplicity.
2. Willem de Kooning
Willem de Kooning was a Dutch American abstract expressionist artist born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in 1904. In the 1950′s & 60′s he was a part of the New York School alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and other well known artists. Below is his naturally lit studio in East Hampton, New York, where he moved permanently in 1963.
3. Alexander Calder
Alexander Calder was an American sculptor and inventor of the mobile – a kinetic sculpture made with precisely balanced or suspended parts which can move in response to electric or wind currents. In 1926 Calder moved to Paris, becoming friends with avante garde artists like Joan Miró and Marcel Duchamp. The below home studio in Paris, France is full of his quirky creations.
4. Pablo Picasso
Since we’ve already told you 10 things you didn’t know about Pablo Picasso, here are some that are well-known! Pablo Picasso was born in Spain in 1881, but he spent most of his life in France. Co-founding the cubist movement, he is considered to be one of the most influential artists of the 20th century alongside Henri Matisse and Marcel Duchamp. Picasso achieved world renown and immense fortune, visible in his lavish Cannes studio below.
5. Louise Bourgeois
Louise Borgeois was a French-American artist, known for her spider structures which garnered her the nickname ‘Spiderwoman.’ Her largest sculpture, Maman, stands quite menacingly at over 30 feet (9.27m) tall. Bourgeois moved to New York City with her husband in 1940s, and began creating sculptures that express themes of betrayal, anxiety, and loneliness; themes reflective of her childhood trauma of realising her governess as her father’s mistress. These themes also somehow seem to pervade her dark and scant Chelsea, New York studio below.
6. Jackson Pollock
Jackson Pollock was a major figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement, and as a painter he achieved great fame and notoriety in his lifetime. A recluse who struggled most of his life with alcohol, Pollock’s vice sadly killed him and a passenger in a single car accident when he was just 44. Perhaps his chaotic method of painting, and volatile-looking canvases and studio, reflect these lifetime struggles.
7. David Hockney
British artist David Hockney made important contributions to the pop art movements of the 1960′s. The size of his below studio in Bedford Corners New York, seems to dwarf even Hockney’s massive paintings. The linoleum floor and wooden walls really allow Hockney’s colours to ‘pop,’ don’t you think?
8. Joan Miró
Joan Miró was a Catalan Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist born in Barcelona, Spain. His work has been described as ‘surrealist,’ ‘a sandbox for the subconscious mind,’ a ‘recreation of the childlike,’ and a ‘manifestation of Catalan pride.’ See for yourself in the paintings scattered around his studio in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.