Jan van Eyck – Pat Steir – Liu Dan


Excited to announce I’ve joined the team at TheArtStory.org as senior writer and editor!

Here are a few artists I’m proud to have been a part of sharing their story:
A little trip back in time with Northern Renaissance master Jan van Eyck and phenomenal contemporary artists Pat Steir and Liu Dan

Part artist, part alchemist and some might claim part magician, the legacy of artist Jan van Eyck is shrouded in both mystery and legend. In his work, he achieved an astonishingly sophisticated level of realism, heretofore unknown in the art of painting. Glimmering jewels, reflective metals, lush satins and velvets, and even human flesh were each rendered with their own distinctive qualities with such a high degree of naturalism it seemed he had conjured a new artistic medium…
Read more: https://www.theartstory.org/artist-van-eyck-jan.htm

Torrents of thick, white paint cascade over the rich black surfaces of Pat Steir‘s best-known, monumentally scaled canvases, evoking the sublime forces of the natural world. Although references to the Abstract Expressionist painters, particularly Jackson Pollock, are perhaps unavoidable, the New York-based artist’s inspirations are not what one might expect when viewing her technique of drips, washes, and thrown splashes of paint. Instead, it was the impact…
Read more: https://www.theartstory.org/artist-steir-pat.htm

Viewing a retrospective exhibition of paintings by Liu Dan might appear more like an international group show than the work of a single artist, as he effortlessly manoeuvres between numerous artistic styles and genres. Born in China, it was during the Cultural Revolution that the artist was first exposed to the work of Western artists in photographs taken by his friend of confiscated books. Intrigued by the images,┬áhe fastidiously copied the reproductions of Renaissance era drawings, even before Liu received any formal training in traditional Chinese painting techniques…
Read more: https://www.theartstory.org/artist-liu-dan.htm