Art Sunday #152: Joyce Wieland – The Artist on Fire


Joyce Wieland, OC (June 30, 1930 – June 27, 1998) was a Canadian experimental filmmaker and mixed media artist.

Wieland found success as a painter when she began her career in Toronto in the 1950s. In 1962, Wieland moved to New York City and expanded her career as an artist by including new materials and mixed media work. During that time, she also rose to prominence as an experimental filmmaker and soon, renowned institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York were showing her films. In 1971, Wieland’s True Patriot Love exhibition was the first solo exhibition by a living Canadian female artist at the National Gallery of Canada . In 1982, Wieland received the honour of the Order of Canadaand in 1987, she was awarded the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Visual Arts Award. She was also a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

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Art Sunday #151: Mikhail Larinov – Dancer in Motion


Mikhail Fyodorovich Larionov (Russian: Михаи́л Фёдорович Ларио́нов; June 3, 1881 – May 10, 1964) was an avant-garde Russian painter.

Larionov was a founding member of two important Russian artistic groups Jack of Diamonds (1909–1911) and the more radical Donkey’s Tail (1912–1913). He gave names to both groups. His first solo show was for one day in Moscow in 1911. Larionov was influenced by the Georgian artist Niko Pirosmani.



Art Sunday #150: Alicia Paz – Madama Banana


Alicia Paz is a multicultural artist who works internationally. Born in Mexico City and based in London, she has also spent substantial periods of her life in France and in the US. Paz graduated from UC Berkeley, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts of Paris, Goldsmiths College and Royal College of Art, London.

Over several years, Alicia Paz has focused on the tension between artifice/ illusion and the veracity of actual processes involved in painting, exposing the duplicitous nature of representation. Through her work, she explores notions of hybridity, assemblage, and metamorphosis, focusing particularly on the female figure: the self is experienced and presented as multiple, fluid, paradoxical. Paz’s paintings are as much portraits as they are landscapes, combining references that range from erudite painting or the history of the painted image, to citations of advertising images or comics.


Art Sunday #149: Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy – Yellow Fishing Boat


Chinwe Ifeoma Chukwuogo-Roy MBE (2 May 1952 −17 December 2012) was a visual artist who was born in Awka(Oka) Anambra state Nigeria, but spent much of her young life in Ikom on the Cameroon border, before moving back to the family home at Umubele in Awka. She lived in Britain since 1975. Her paintings, prints and sculptures are predominantly figurative, in the genres of portraiture, still-life, landscape and narrative subjects. She won international attention in 2002 for being only one of two Nigerian artists (the other being Ben Enwonwu) to have been allowed to paint official portraits of Queen Elizabeth II.

Chukwuogo-Roy was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours.

Art Sunday #148: Harriet Backer – Ved lampelys


Harriet Backer (21 January 1845 – 25 March 1932) was a Norwegian painter who achieved recognition in her own time and was a pioneer among female artists both in the Nordic countries and in Europe generally. She is best known for her detailed interior scenes, communicated with rich colors and moody lighting.


Art Sunday #147: Sera Knight – London Life


Sera Knight is a well-known international artist. Born, in Ankara, Turkey, Sera has a degree in Architecture. She lived in Stavanger, Norway from 1980 to 1993 and worked as an architect in the oil industry. She moved back to UK when her husband’s job was repatriated and studied with Liz Seward Relfe until Liz retired from teaching.

Her work represents a very good investment that will appreciate over time.  Her paintings of dancers have been made into a fundraising calendar for 2009 in USA. In addition, some of her paintings of dancers have been used by design firms in USA. As a result she was approached by a gallery in Beverly Hills to take part in an International competition.

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Art Sunday #146: Lin Fengmian – The Beauty


Lin Fengmian (Chinese: 林風眠; November 22, 1900 – August 12, 1991), originally Lin Fengming (林凤鸣), was a Chinese painter and is considered a pioneer of modern Chinese painting for blending Chinese and Western styles. He was also an important innovator in the area of Chinese art education.

Lin’s works and life were met with great tragedy. While many of his early works were destroyed by Japanese soldiers during the Sino-Japanese War, many of his later works were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. After being heavily criticized and denounced by the Gang of Four, Lin personally destroyed his own works by soaking and then flushing his works down the toilet; however, he still ended up being imprisoned for over four years. Zhou Enlai finally approved his release papers. After his release, Lin slowly began to recreate many of his previously destroyed works.

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Art Sunday #145: Amrita Sher-Gil – Village Scene


Amrita Sher-Gil (Punjabi: 30 January 1913 – 5 December 1941) was an eminent Hungarian-Indian painter. She has been called “one of the greatest avant-garde women artists of the early 20th century” and a “pioneer” in modern Indian art. Drawn to painting at a young age, Sher-Gil started getting formal lessons in the art, at the age of eight. Sher-Gil first gained recognition at the age of 19, for her oil painting entitled Young Girls (1932).

Sher-Gil traveled throughout her life to countries including Turkey, France, and India, deriving heavily from their art styles and cultures. Sher-Gil is considered an important woman painter of 20th-century India, whose legacy stands on a level with that of the pioneers of Bengal Renaissance. She was also an avid reader and a pianist. Sher-Gil’s paintings are among the most expensive by Indian women painters today, although few acknowledged her work when she was alive.


Art Sunday #144: Chen Yifei


Chen Yifei (April 12, 1946 – April 10, 2005) was a famous Chinese classic-style painter, art director and film director.

Chen Yifei is a central figure in the development of Chinese oil painting and is one of China’s most renowned contemporary artists. Although he was denounced for “capitalist behavior” Chen’s obvious talent and mastery of oil painting techniques won him recognition by the authorities. Chen soon became one of the leading painters of the Cultural Revolution. He was famous for his big Mao Zedong portraits and depiction of grand heroic events of the modern Chinese nation. After the Cultural Revolution, Chen became the forerunner of a new age in Chinese aesthetics, promoting a new sense of modernity and lifestyle in his paintings as well as in fashion, cinema and design. In his oil paintings Chen abandoned his uncritical glorification of the party to blend realistic technique and romanticism with Chinese subject matter, especially melancholic and lonely women in traditional dresses. His characteristic “Romantic Realism” paintings use dark and dense colors and convey a sense of richness and integrity.

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Art Sunday #143: Chien-Ying Chang – Parakeets and Magnolia


Chien-Ying Chang (25 May 1913 – January 2004) was a Chinese-born painter who settled in Britain in 1946.

She was the daughter of a customs official and attended Wuxi secondary school, after which she studied Art at the Nanjing University, there meeting her future husband, Cheng-Wu Fei. Influenced by Xu Beihong, she helped him found the China Institute of Fine Arts in Chongking. He had studied western painting techniques in London after the First World War, and urged her to do so too. She and Cheng-Wu Fei subsequently won British Council grants to study in Britain, both enrolling at the Slade School of Art from 1947–50 and working under Randolph Schwabe and William Coldstream.