Today, I want to revisit an old favourite of mine. Since rediscovering my paints lurking at the back of my studio and experimenting with my painted flowers, today’s artist has resurfaced in my mind. Cy Twombly (1928 – 2011), Mixed Media Artist, Painter & Sculptor.
Cy Twombly, Painter, Printmaker, Sculptor
I went to an exhibition at the Tate Modern a few years back to see his work which included the massive paintings ‘Quattro Stagioni’ (The Four Seasons). I fell in love that day. Dynamic, even violent in their demeanor but really quite beautiful. Jonathan Jones wrote a really good piece ‘A Man For All Seasons’ in the Guardian, which I recommend if you want to know more about Quattro Stagioni particularly.
The Mark Making Master
Cy Twombly is THE mark making master in my opinion. Study his work and you’ll see vibrant and exciting, drips, splashes, strokes of paint, wax crayon, pencil, even chalk on blackboard. There’s a big trend towards this sort of work at the moment in art and design. We’re seeing a lot of splashes, drips and washes in textiles, paper products, illustrations etc. I’m thinking popular printmaker and painter Ashley Goldberg or the lovely paper products from Sweet William prints. Plus of course one of my favourite artists, Carne Griffiths.
I’m a huge believer in looking at the work of the old masters and art history in general. It makes you realise nothing is really new. Just reworked.
Great artists copy, great artists steal. Picasso
I’ve also included here some of Cy Twombly’s works on paper, which to me look like moodboards. I have an obsession with moodboards as you’ll see on this Pinterest board. They are works of art in themselves. They are a visual journey and coming to together of ideas, on one sheet of paper. Cy Twombly’s was a master of the humble moodboard.
I hope you enjoy his work as much as I do. A good resource to find out more about his work and many of the works I have included here is The Tate’s website. All the images in this post are courtesy of The Tate’s website.