Kentucky Art Speaks

Due to a series of unfortunate events…

In Artist: Present & Past on August 8, 2010 at 10:22 am

Painting People: Figure Painting Today by Charlotte Mullins

… I did not make it to Shaker Village Craft Fair as I promised I would. But, in an attempt to further develop my collection of art literature, I bought a new book. Painting People: Figure Painting Today by Charlotte Mullins explores portraiture through the medium of painting. This quote was taken directly from the inside of the cover page:

Painting People… unites and contrasts the work of a key group of artists from around the world, and investigates their richly varied accomplishments with detailed commentaries that are accompanied by more than 200 reproductions of work.”

In short, I really don’t know how I lived without this book. Painting People is essential for anyone in need of a quick reference guide to contemporary art’s most prominent portrait painters. It’s simply organized and divided into sections such as: “Folk Tales,” “The Past Deconstructed,” and “Other Worlds,” and it’s full of reproductions. My personal favorite portraitists that Painting People features: Jenny Seville, Chuck Close and Wangechi Mutu. Although thanks to this book, those could be subject to change.

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