I've been surrounded by art all my life. My father received a Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois. For several years after finishing school he worked as an assistant curator for an art museum in San Francisco. While there he studied photography with Mason Weymouth. When World War Two broke out, he was called to serve as an officer with the Third Army in France.
After the end of the war, my father stayed in Paris where he undertook further art training at the Beaux Arts. He studied painting and lithography. He also met my mother at this time. They were married in 1945.
My father returned to the States with my mother and rejoined his family in Chicago. He worked as a commercial artist in his own advertising business, among other things, but he never stopped painting as a hobby. After his retirement he continued to paint in his favorite medium, acrylics.
In my younger days I dabbled a bit in pastel drawing and watercolors. I wasn't very good, but I could probably have made a go of it had I not been more interested in other things. Two of my sisters inherited much more of my father's talent than I did. They still create various kinds of artworks as a hobby.
My father and his siblings were all fine amateur photographers. My father focussed on still photography. My aunt and uncle concentrated on 8mm motion pictures. My father bought me an old-fashioned 8mm magazine-style movie camera when I was about ten years old. I took lots of movies!
My nephews and nieces are almost all accomplished photographers. My nephews Paul and Sean have worked as professional photographers. Maybe I infected them with the camera bug because I took so many movies and still pictures of them while they were young!
My primary interest in photography nowadays concerns my ongoing project to preserve and protect the photographic history of my family. I use my 35mm Nikon N70 with a 60mm macro lens to copy all kinds of old photographs. I also use a Minolta Vectis APS camera for casual photography.
archeire - Irish Architecture Online seeks to heighten awareness of Irish architecture. Provides a historically based introduction to Dublin's architecture; documents specific architectural projects currently being built in Ireland; discusses the work of Michael Scott and Eileen Gray; and offers information on the Architectural Association of Ireland.
Architectural Dublin by Paul Clerkin offers a guide to the architecture of Dublin, Ireland.
Einar's Gallery: Entrance offers computer-generated fractal images.
Ian Leicht: Art rhymes with tart offers computer-generated collages of a surrealistic nature.
Expositions, Galleries, Museums, and Schools
Anti-Art Productions by Robert Dada offers cyber-electronic music, collages in various media, digital art, and various written works. The mission statement says "Anti-Art exists to be a universal multi-sensorial human language, open for all humans, giving us the freedom to penetrate and destroy habitual patterns and perceptions taught and used in modern society; a bridging of the gap between our inherited tribal element and the cerebral cyber element by utilizing the rhythms of the body, machine, information flow and recognizing the past as a means to devise tools for the present which enables us to project forward into the future."
ARSMEDIA - Contemporary Art Project by Alessio Masserini offers a contemporary art virtual gallery of dozens of artists. In Italian and English.
Art Gallery "Stalker" features contemporary Russian painters such as Andrey Vystropov, Vladislav Koval, Georgi Matevosjan, Andrey Fedorov, and Nikolai Romanov.
Brooklyn Museum is the second largest art museum in New York state. The Web page offers images from the collection of Ancient Egyptian art, and the Arts of Asia, Africa, the Pacific, and the Americas.
Collector's Guide Online offers information on the art of New Mexico and the American Southwest.
Contemporary Realist Gallery offers artwork by more than 15 artists. Includes catalogs, curator's picks, gallery-going primer, reviews, and artist and collector essays.
High Desert Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico offers photography, sculpture, and paintings by popular Southwestern artists.
Martin Lawrence Galleries offers an art auction, a museum shop, a fine arts bookstore, poster and fine arts galleries, and information about 20th century art movements.
PartheNet offers a large series of links to web sites with art history content.
SF artists on the Web provides a comprehensive index to science fiction, fantasy, and space artists.
Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art Amsterdam is an important museum of modern and contemporary art. Includes information on exhibits.
University Galleries of Illinois State University specializes in engaging contemporary art in all media.
University of Montana--Missoula Museum of Fine Arts Home Page collects and displays contemporary ceramics, period paintings, vintage photographs, and student/faculty work.
Victoria and Albert Museum , founded in 1852 as the South Kensington Museum, was renamed in 1899. It is the largest museum of decorative arts in the world.
Individual Artists and Photographers
Christophe Cassegrain (in French and English) offers photos of nature and architecture.
Eric VanRaemdonck offers paintings, wildlife art, ocean wildlife art, and fantasy artwork. I like the paintings of big cats.
Frank Peeters offers several online mini-galleries of his photographs.
Jeremy Holton is an Australian artist.
Jim Pollock offers a collection of watercolor paintings, acrylic paintings, illustrations, and drawings.
John Pugh, Master of Illusion offers a virtual gallery of Trompe L'oeil murals and paintings by the artist. Includes architectural art and illusionism.
Lin Hsin Hsin is a Singaporean artist whose works incorporate images, sculptures, poetry and music.
Luz Maria Lyles Paintings and Sculpture offers artwork based upon Mayan themes.
Manger Tout, The red GSA homepage offers photography by Jens Jakob Andersen.
Norval Morrisseau , a Canadian Ojibwe, is the founder of Woodland Medicine Painting.
Steve Hanks offers paintings of cats, children, and water lilies.
Thomas Moran by J. Ellen Cotton presents paintings of the natural wonders of the American West by one of America's greatest landscape artists (1837-1926). Offers an overview of the artist, his work, and travels.
BTKN Studies offers an online gallery of photos by Donald Botkin.
Digital Photography '96 features 45 photographs from 38 different artists. Includes artists' statements, technical explanations, portraits, voice files, and other resources.
Lenswork by Brooks Jensen is an Adobe Acrobat (PDF file) based site which includes photo galleries, excerpts from LensWork Quarterly, and Best of the Photographic Web reviews.
New York Institute of Photography features tips to help you take better photos, tips on technique, answers to questions, contests, and information on training videos and home-study courses.
PIX is an online journal of photography and fine art.
Time Machine by American Time Lapse offers cutting-edge special effects. Watch shots online. See time-lapse photography in the digital theater. Also offers TV Links Page with hundreds of Film and Television links.
WEBPHOTO by Steve Bedell offers an Internet-based how-to magazine for professional photographers. Primarily aimed at portrait and wedding pros, but all photographers will enjoy it.
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