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Watercolor: Paintings of Contemporary Artists [Kindle Edition]

Sujean Rim , Leslie Dutcher
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Watercolor is taking the art, fashion, and home décor worlds by storm. The result is an explosion of amazing new work by contemporary artists. This volume surveys the current revival of this loveliest of mediums, in portfolios from more than 20 of today's top watercolor artists from around the globe. From the evocative visual journals of Danny Gregory and Fabrice Moireau, through the fashion-inspired portraits of Samantha Hahn and Virginia Johnson, to the indie art stylings of Jane Mount and Becca Stadtlander, Watercolor stunningly showcases painterly brilliance. With artist profiles, an informative history of the medium, and an inspiring preface by DailyCandy's Sujean Rim, this is the guide to a beautiful revolution.

About the Author

Sujean Rim has illustrated for numerous prestigious clients including Barney's New York, DailyCandy, Tiffany & Co, Target and many more. She is also the author and illustrator of numerous children's books. Writer, researcher, and art lover Leslie Dutcher works in the publications department at the De Young Museum. She lives in San Francisco

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 16633 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (23 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BZIT2AU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #173,880 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ACCEPTABLE FACE OF MODERNISM 17 July 2013
By Jeff Walmsley TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This volume makes a refreshing change from the usual compendiums of the works of watercolourists found in, for example, the "Splash" series, and although a minority proportion of the work holds no appeal for me, there is enough "different" work here to make it a wholly worthwhile purchase.

It's an American book, as the title spelling shows, but a significant minority of the contributing artists are from elsewhere. If I were to characterise these works, it would be as the kind you would want to hang in your minimalist, white-painted, warehouse loft conversion, although in my case I wouldn't want to hang the rows of coloured blobs or lines - a kind of untidy Bridget Riley derivative. I would, however, be more than happy to hang French painter Fabrice Moireau's colourful and engaging urban rooftop landscapes or Cate Parr's portraits of pretty girls, which appear to have their inspiration in Photoshop's "Threshold" tool (Why didn't I think of that ?). Much of the work reveals an illustration-based upbringing, sometimes with links to fashion, and is none the worse for that, for illustrators need to make their work both original and accessible, a useful grounding for any artist.

The only artist whose name I recognise is Danny Gregory of sketchbook fame, and his contribution, as you might expect, is some of his typical sketchbook pages. Other artists' work ranges from the surreal (exquisitely drawn, but uncomfortable images), to the wholly abstract, and much in between, including unusual landscapes, cityscapes, interiors, portraits and still life.

Because of the graphic nature of the works, the small size of this volume is not in this case a disadvantage, and despite my dislike of some of the contents, I still think it worth five stars for its refreshing originality. I look forward to more of the same.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag of contemporary watercolour art 24 April 2014
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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This book is a mixed bag. Looking at the preview pages that Amazon has provided, I would not have bought the book. But I managed to browse through the whole book at a bookstore and like it enough to buy it.

The book features the artworks of several contemporary artists. I only know two out of the 21 artists featured so it's great to check out other new artists.

What you won't see are the typical traditional watercolour painting style. Instead, we have a nice variety of artworks and subjects being tackled by the watercolour medium. There are artworks of desks, childlike drawings of vegetables, ink and watercolour sketches, fashion illustration, abstract, Ultramarine blue portraits, book spines, fantasy illustrations and other stuff.

It's quite cool to see how the artists use watercolour for the different subjects in their own styles. This is the main reason why I bought the book. It's delightful to look at all the examples and to get a bit of inspiration for experiments that I might personally try.

By the way, I won't describe more than half of the artworks featured as paintings. Paintings implied a finished piece of work. There are some finished pieces, and there are those that feel unfinished, there are the illustrations, and then there are some paintings.

The only text are the artist profiles. There's no mention of the techniques which would have made the book even better.

Who this book will appeal to, I feel, is quite subjective, so I recommend browsing before buying if possible.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely *little* book 29 May 2013
By Chel Micheline - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I ordered this expecting a large-format book, similar to my other art books and was surprised when a little box arrived (a bit bigger than a shoebox) and inside was the copy of "Watercolor: Paintings of Contemporary Artists".

Don't let the size fool you- this thick book is full of amazing, beautiful art from incredible artists. There's everything from portraits to patterns to landscapes to abstract compositions and everything in between. The one constant in this book is that all of the artists use a "fluid" kind of style. It's amazing.

This is NOT a how-to book. This is sort of a gallery, in book-form, of the potential of the medium if you are willing to step out of the watercolor box and explore the fluid nature of the medium. There's no discussion of techniques or information about materials in the book- just pages after page of colorful images.

If you are remotely interested in watercolor and are looking for a good book to inspire you, this is perfect. I'm so pleased with this beautiful book.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So refreshing!!!!!! 28 April 2013
By Marie Mccullough - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There is nothing like this book! Finally an art book that celebrates watercolour art medium for what it is and doesn't try to make art that destroys the spontaneity of the medium! Loved this book! Beautiful !!!!!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some good art lives here 26 Jun 2013
By greggt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Bought the kindle version, which displays fine in hi-res color kindle app's (i use a mac).

The book contains a few really excellent examples of the classical watercolor restraint, specifically, the details that one should exclude from a watercolor to make it such an effective emotional medium. Also contains some "junk" watercolors from artists with little painting technique, color management or composition skills. BUT STILL WORTH BUYING!

I suggest absorbing the art in short sessions of 30 pages at one sitting. I just sat and stared at some for minutes: subtle yet complex, emotional without smothering, colors that remind one of the scene without being true. Some of the cityscapes capture the essence of how I imagine the light in Paris bounces off the buildings -- with just the right level of detail to show the vastness of the city without overwhelming the viewer.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Examples of Modern Watercolor Styles 26 Sep 2013
By Lisa Shea - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Sometimes you want books on how to do a task - and sometimes you want a book to inspire you in creative ideas for that task. Watercolor - Paintings by Contemporary Artists falls into the second category. This isn't a How To book for watercoloring. It's a book full of modern takes on what watercoloring is all about.

There are all sorts of books out there that highlight the works of masters. You can find those historic paintings easily on the web. What this book offers is different. It collects together a number of modern artists, to show what is being done with watercolors in our current times.

I think it's important to make this clear. This book will NOT teach you how to watercolor. It won't showcase famous watercolors from John James Audubon or Paul Cezanne. It takes on the latest crop of painters, in a wide range of topic areas. This means - naturally - that you might adore some styles and might hate others. Heck, you might adore certain paintings by a specific painter and not be fond of other of their paintings. That's ok! The point of this book is to show the range of things you COULD do with watercolors. We're all different. We all have different interests and styles. That's the beauty of art. This book will have different reactions from different readers. I imagine we'll all have quite different paintings we enjoy here. With 21 different artists featured, there's something for everyone.

I read the ebook version of it, and I found that format was great. I could zoom in large, on my computer monitor, on a given image and focus on it. I loved the intro image, Flirt, by Sujean Rim, who wrote the preface. The colors of the skirt, the lively spatters around the girl, all bring the image to life. I also enjoy how they show images of artists' work areas. In many ways that's as intriguing as the images themselves.

Yes, there are a few sets here which I don't feel inspire me much. I won't call out names. But it could be that the very images I find to be uninspiring, someone else adores. I'm quite fond of Helen of Troy 1 and 5, with their gentle colors and soft feel. Some I find fantastic artistically but just not something I'd be interested in painting. That's ok!

Parents should note that there's some nudity in here. It's up to you to decide if that is all right or not for your chosen audience.

I enjoyed the book immensely, for its insight into a variety of watercolor styles.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag of contemporary watercolour art 24 April 2014
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a mixed bag. Looking at the preview pages that Amazon has provided, I would not have bought the book. But I managed to browse through the whole book at a bookstore and like it enough to buy it.

The book features the artworks of several contemporary artists. I only know two out of the 21 artists featured so it's great to check out other new artists.

What you won't see are the typical traditional watercolour painting style. Instead, we have a nice variety of artworks and subjects being tackled by the watercolour medium. There are artworks of desks, childlike drawings of vegetables, ink and watercolour sketches, fashion illustration, abstract, Ultramarine blue portraits, book spines, fantasy illustrations and other stuff.

It's quite cool to see how the artists use watercolour for the different subjects in their own styles. This is the main reason why I bought the book. It's delightful to look at all the examples and to get a bit of inspiration for experiments that I might personally try.

By the way, I won't describe more than half of the artworks featured as paintings. Paintings implied a finished piece of work. There are some finished pieces, and there are those that feel unfinished, there are the illustrations, and then there are some paintings.

The only text are the artist profiles. There's no mention of the techniques which would have made the book even better.

Who this book will appeal to, I feel, is quite subjective, so I recommend browsing before buying if possible.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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