Artists need space to create. Want an inside peek at studios of famous fine art figures? Big to small, lofty, skylit, bold or beautiful…We’ve compiled 5 artist studios in the U.S. that are sure to impress!
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1. Willem de Kooning’s studio – East Hampton, New York
Willem de Kooning’s studio – East Hampton, New York
Born in 1904 in the Netherlands, Willem de Kooning is referred to be the Abstract expressionist in the post-World War II era.
He says, “The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.”
His studio exemplifies the order and chaos that he refers to as an artist. Moreover, it is known that the inspiration of some of his biomorphic shapes of abstract work were derived from objects found in his studio. In 1946, Kooning was faced with financial problems and he did not have the resources to buy artists’ pigments. As a solution to keep his career, he began working with only black and white pigments. Some of these works include: Light in August, Black Friday, Zurich, and Mailbox.
2. Roy Lichtenstein’s studio – Southampton, New York
Roy Lichtenstein’s studio – Southhampton, New York
An American pop artist, often associated with Andy Warhol and his style of art, Roy Lichtenstein has been a leading figure in the pop art movement during the 1960s. It was 30 years later that he met the photographer Laurie Lambrecht who helped him with the studio showcase at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of his artworks. Even his studio looks like a comic book.
3. Jackson Pollock’s studio – East Hampton, New York
Jackson Pollock’s studio – East Hampton, New York
Another Abstract expressionist, known for his drip paintings is Jackson Pollock. Born in 1912, Pullock who later on suffered from alcoholism finds the perfect space on the floor.
“On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting.”
And you won’t see chairs and tables in his studio, nothing but a large space to drip colors and dance around a large-scale canvas.
4. David Hockney’s studio – Bedford Corners, New York
David Hockney’s studio – Bedford Corners, New York
A studio doesn’t have to be indoors! David Hockney transformed the woodsy landscape into a temporary atelier to paint and feel the surrounding of nature that has been the inspiration for the artist. With these outdoor digs there is no need to worry about rent, electricity, or street noise. You may just have to be prepared for the weather!
5. Georgia O’Keefe’s studio – Abiquiu, New Mexico
Georgia O’Keefe’s studio – Abiquiu, New Mexico
O’Keeffe the originator of female iconography, came to the attention of the art world as the first woman with art training during the 19th Century. One of her most famous paintings is Summer Days. She is also known for the series of Clouds paintings and as a whole O’Keefe represents a very nature oriented character that is transitioned into her studio design. Wooden floors and furniture, light walls and big windows is all the artist needs to transform a blank canvas.
Which studio did you like the most?
Leonardo da Vinci once said, “An artist’s studio should be a small space because small rooms discipline the mind and large ones distract it.”
Do you agree with da Vinci or would you prefer endless space like Hockney?