I have always admired the meticulously detailed work of the 15th century German artist, Albrecht Durer. I have read that “his genius lay mainly in his draughtsmanship” and he has been described as “the greatest mind that ever expressed itself in line”. One of my favorite works of his is the self-portrait, drawn when he was just thirteen.
The 20th century abstract expressionist Marc Rothko’s use of color and value gradations in his later work attract me – I find his abstract work to be very spiritual.
The illustration work of Alan Lee fascinates me. His organic pencil work and his fluid watercolor paintings with their desaturated use of color visually convey something ethereal and not of this physical world.
I appreciate how Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte both use imagery found in nature to create a symbolism that speaks to the viewer’s unconscious self.