Refresh Your Art Collection with These Summer Artworks!

June 20, 2018

The brilliant sun, powerful waves, sandy beaches, buzzing heat, vivid colors and the sublime feeling of joy are some things that come to mind when someone thinks of summer. The magical atmosphere of the season and all its facets are especially palpable in summer-inspired art created by a range of contemporary artists.

As we dive deeper into the brilliant summer, we bring you a selection of stunning summer art pieces which evoke the exhilaration and the languor of the season. Each of these works is only a few clicks away.

Featured image: Rolf Ohst - Dogsbeach (detail), 2016. All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

Alexander Calder - Sun and Sea

Best known for his delicate mobile sculptures that changed the course of modern art, Alexander Calder also produced a significant painterly oeuvre.

While the artist mostly engaged in two-dimensional work as more of an exploratory gesture, his paintings remarkably organize and contextualize his ideas about movement and the relationships of objects within what he called the system of the universe.

One of his figurative pieces, the work Sun and Sea is characterized by his distinct approach to color and shape.

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Alec Monopoly - Monops Richie Drinks at the Pool with Jessica Scrooge

Going under the pseudonym of Alec Monopoly, the artist Alex Andon has ironically appropriated the board game's famous mascot that denotes financial success in order to criticize the system of the billion-dollar bailouts and de-regulations associated with major banks.

The work Monops/Richie Drinks at the Pool with Jessica/Scrooge incorporates several money-crazed popular characters - Monopoly's Rich Uncle PennyBags, Richie Rich, Scrooge, and Jessica Rabbit.

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Carole Feuerman - Next Summer

An American sculptor, Carole Feuerman creates breathtaking life-like sculptures that possess a subtle natural beauty, grace, elegance and an undeniable feel of inner peace.

Water and the way humans experience it is one of the recurring topics for the artist. Depicted delicate and serene, her swimmers seem to enjoy the experience of floating or holding onto a giant ball.

The work Next Summer is part of this body of work. Rendered in hyperrealistic style, her female subject evokes the serenity that comes with the end of the summer.

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Francine Tint - Indian Summer, 2012

An American abstract expressionist painter, Francine Tint creates emotionally visceral works, concentrating on color and motion. Colorful, layered and evocative of the physicality behind her creative process, these canvases express a unique sense of life and energy.

Using soft and warm color palette, the artist has managed to capture the magical atmosphere of Indian summer in the present work. It evokes the "spell of warm weather after the first frost," how this period was first described in 1778.

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Rolf Ohst - Dogsbeach, 2016

Living and working in Berlin, Rolf Ohst deals with the contemporary society in his work. His works are the result of a remarkable skill in the technique of realistic painting, but also a defined power of observation.

With its unique focal point, the work Dogsbeach from 2016 opens up an insight into an intimate world of figures on the beach. Executed in a detailed hyperrealist style, the painting comes off as a photograph.

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Juliah Humpfer - Deep Sea

The German artist Juliah Humpfer is known for works which incorporate mythical narratives and symbols. By employing organic forms reminiscent of flora and fauna, the artist suggests the importance of humanity's connection with the natural world.

The work Deep Sea presents journey deep into the unknown worlds, full of magic substance and dream liking textures. This world is inhabited by a fantastic creature executed with distinctive patterns and structures.

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Ed Ruscha - Anchor in Sand

For over 50 years, Ed Ruscha has been capturing the shifting emblems of American life, echoing the expansive Western landscape and optimism unique to postwar America. Skewing everyday objects with a twist, Ruscha's work spurs the viewer to look at something ordinary in a new light.

The work Anchor in Sand from 1991 reflects Ruscha’s unique language of cinematic codes. A special edition for the Paris Review, the work depicts a black anchor against an umber background representing the sand. This somewhat blurry composition recalls the depth of field of a photograph.

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Antoine Rose - The Beach, 2013

A self-taught photographer, Antoine Rose developed an eye for the medium through his travels and professional water sports. He is best known for his Up in the Air series where he captured areal shots populated with crowds of people.

The artist shoots beaches from a helicopter, blurring the details and giving us a very minimalist, easy-on-the-eye impression of a scene. The work The Beach from 2013 is a testament to his unique approach to aerial photography. Capturing ant-sized people enjoying the beach, the work highlights the insignificance of man within the crippling vastness of the universe.

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Sarah Hardacre - Sublime Heat

Sarah Hardacre employs city landscapes and women cut out from vintage magazines to create unique collages and prints. Through her practice, the artist envisions the world in which women had more power during the 1950s and the way this would reflect on the city landscape.

Sublime Heat, a limited edition serigraph on paper with Swarovski Crystal detail, shows a gorgeous female subject juxtaposed with a modernist cityscape. The black and white imagery is highlighted by a pink sky. As she explained herself, the women presented in the prints and collages draw strength from fragilities and bring promise for change on a grander scale.

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Tom Wesselmann - Study for sunset nude with floral blanket, 2003

Over the course of his career, Tom Wesselmann has created a visual lexicon that is iconic and instantly recognizable. Wesselmann’s approach to Pop Art places priority on the female figure, reducing the human form to flattened, simplified motifs. This emphasis on the female subject, often in nude, has distanced him from other Pop artists.

The work Study for sunset nude with floral blanket 2003 is a celebration of color and shape. The work features a female subject on a bath towel, rendered in simplified style and bold colors. Using dazzling colors, the artist irresistibly draws our gaze into a world of easy sensuality and pleasurable indulgence.

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