Jeffrey Smart – The Steps

Obsessed with perfection in his highly geometric paintings, Australian artist Jeffrey Smart was known for his still, urban landscapes. The Steps is a representative painting of Smart’s, with its emphasis on the geometry of the climbing staircase, the overcast sky and the lonely, contemplative woman dressed in yellow at the top. Notice how bright the…

Julie Mehretu – Stadia I (2004)

Half Ethiopian, half American, abstract artist Julie Mehretu moved with her family to the US when she was only seven years old. Her immigrant status made her more sensitive to what makes a culture, an environment, more curious about how history, social norms, and the development of architecture through time infuse the physical space around…

Zeng Fanzhi – Blue (2015)

He is one of China’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Blending Western art with Chinese calligraphy, Zeng Fanzhi’s art was initially heavily influenced by German Expressionism. More recently, Zeng started to branch out (pun intended) and embrace a more abstract style, all while bringing to fruition his signature motif – the amalgam of intertwining lines which…

Spotlight: Bui Thanh Tam

Bui Thanh Tam (born in 1979) is an up and coming Vietnamese artist who, through his paintings, is trying to capture the conflict between new and old, modernity and tradition, materialism and spirituality. He uses irony to ridicule the changing Vietnamese society that is eager to embrace Western values like the love for money and…

Dan Witz – Mosh Pit (2000)

A master at depicting crowds clashing in violence or lost in pure ecstasy, Dan Witz (born 1957) is a contemporary American painter and street artist. Witz describes himself as a realist painter and portrays crowds of people in ecstatic, physical instances. His objective is to capture the chaotic, savage energy of the engrossing, hardcore events…

Yue Minjun – The Execution (1995)

Born in 1962 in Beijing, Yue Minjun is one of the most successful contemporary artists today, his style and technique being easily recognizable. His signature Pop-art style involves taking classic works of art from old masters like Francisco Goya, Eugéne Delacroix, Édouard Manet and replacing the figures with his cartoonish, laughing self-portraits. Amusing and unsettling…