There's a quip about "that nut didn't fall far from THAT tree" - meaning that they have characteristics much like their father.
Ross Bleckner is one of those artistic "trees"; a father of many of the styles you see today. Whether you're familiar with his work or not, you'll enjoy visiting his Website to revel in all the beautiful directions that he took his oeuvre. You'll also want to Google Image him to more fully appreciate an outstanding and prodigious career.
Top image from his Website.
Bottom image from his page at the Parrish Art Museum.
To make my point;
After looking at Damien Hirst's Blue Paintings at the Wallace Collection, go back to Bleckner's Website and look at the some of the paintings in the bottom three rows (which predate Hirst by 20 years) . . . .
Saturday, January 23, 2010