Let Some Summer Vibes Into Your Art Collection!

June 21, 2019

Although it was written by George Gershwin as a lullaby for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess, the first two versus Summertime, and the livin' is easy; Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high of the jazz standard Summertime performed by Ella Fitzgerald nicely illustrate the hottest time of the year.

Summer is indeed a time of leisure, a season of holidays, sports and traveling. Lazy days on the seaside, chilled beverages, ice creams, outdoor activities, cruise, and dazzling tropical landscapes are recurrent motifs whenever summer is visually presented.

The artists were always fascinated by this season due to astonishing and vibrant images of sunset, the intersection of hot send and deep blue sea and all the shades and colors the reflections caused by the sun may produce.

In order to mark the beginning of the summertime, we decided to feature a list of eight remarkable artworks exploring various motifs typical for this season which you can add to your collection now.

Featured image: Rolf Ohst - Dogsbeach, 2016. Oil on canvas, 150 x 200 cm. All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

Tom Wesselmann - Study for sunset nude with floral blanket

The first artwork on our list is called Study for sunset nude with floral blanket and was made by one of the leading proponents of Pop Art, Tom Wesselmann. This prolific figure is best known for his colorful and simplistic screen-prints, sculptures, and collages often featuring different segments of the female body. Together with Jim Dine and Marcus Ratliff, Wesselmann founded the famous Judson Gallery, and although he was connected to the Pop Art movement the artist refused being labeled as such.

This particular work is a drawing made by Wesselmann in 2003 and it represents once again female nude set against the towel in a resting beach mode.

See more info about the work here.

Carole Feuerman - Monumental Brooke with Beach Ball

Next up is the work of artist Carole Feuerman, who is best known as one of the leading American hyper-realist sculptors that started the movement in the 1970s (together with artists such as Duane Hanson and John D'Andrea). Through her works, Feuerman explores her own sensations concerning life and art, and the hype realistic aesthetic is in service of blurring the line between reality and illusion.

The piece titled Monumental Brooke with Beach Ball embodies her approach to the full extent, and the recurrent motif of a sleepy swimmer is expressed by the artist in the best possible manner.

See more info about the work here.

Dwight Baird - Private Beach

The following work was made by a distinguished painter Dwight Baird. His authentic, and almost photorealistic acrylic and watercolors are mostly reminiscent of Impressionism; the swift brush strokes and the use of light reveal Baird’s devotion to the chosen motif, as well as the artist’s intent to produce visually and conceptually appealing compositions which operate both as postcards of contemporary life and historical documents.

Such is the case with this particular work simply titled Private Beach; it reflects the need for contemplation, rest, and private space deployed of the outsiders gaze.

See more info about the work here.

Brad Robson - Atrani Beachside

Brad Robson is a self-taught Australian abstract painter and muralist known for his colorful, yet subtle images which reflect the artist’s need to explore different and often invisible perspectives. Robson is a devoted observer of the urban landscape so his fragmented compositions can be perceived as representations of vitality and space, as well as the internal processes of the human mind.

Atrani Beachside is Robson’s interpretation of the city beach typical for coastal cities around the Mediterranean.

See more info about the work here.

Rolf Ohst - Dogsbeach

The German painter Rolf Ohst is dazzled by the craft of the Old masters such as Rembrandt or Matisse which is apparent throughout his figurative paintings saturated with Baroque coloring and luminosity of Fauvism. His surrealist works feature portraits and nudes set in peculiar situations and are expressions of contemporaneity.

Dogsbeach was made by Ohst in 2016 and it reflects the artist's craftsmanship as well as his splendid wit.

See more info about the work here.

Steve Malinchoc - Robot Ice Cream

Next up is the work of an American artist Steve Malinchoc best known for simplistic pop aesthetic reminiscent of the aforementioned Tom Wesselmann; his enlarged panels of rouged lips and everyday objects expose the banality of the consumerism and advertising imagery.

Robot Ice Cream is acrylic enamel on aluminum made by the artist last year and it is a distorted image of rouged lips eating ice-cream.

See more info about the work here.

Serge Najjar - Dreamer and Sea

The photographic work of Serge Najjar is saturated with modernist references spanning from Kazimir Malevich and Joseph Albers to Robert Mangold and Frank Stella. The artist is apparently fascinated by the graphic approach of the Russian Avant-garde and his works reflect the relations of shapes, surfaces, and colors in a public sphere; his photographs evoke a dystopian feeling, but with a dose of positivity to be found in contemplation and solitude.

Dreamer and Sea encapsulates the stated above and is a really good example of Najjar’s unique approach.

See more info about the work here.

Raws - Rising Sun

The last artwork on our top list dedicated to summer was made by graffiti and urban artist called Raws aka Kai Imhof, who came to prominence around 2004 initially as a graffiti writer. After experiencing different possibilities of guerrilla approach typical for graffiti writing, Raws decided to shift to more painterly based practice. As time passed by, the artist managed to conduct a specific aesthetic by combing smooth graphics with an arrangement of a classic graffiti style.

The piece titled Rising Sun is a simplistic and cleansed interpretation of the everlasting sunset motif.

See more info about the work here.

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