Ophelia, Dust and the Baptism of Christ

Millais's Ophelia - Ed Ruscha
Ray's Dust Breeding - Cornelia Parker
Della Francesco's The Baptism of Christ - Rachel Whiteread
Nash's Event on the Downs - Tacita Dean
Vermeer's Milkmaid - Chuck Close

In My big art inspiration  the Guardian publishes extracts from My View: Personal Reflections on Art by Today's Leading Artists (Thames and Hudson) Simon Grand editor. I love asking artists and my students, what artist inspired you. Choosing just one is the hardest part.  Here's mine, this painting changed everything I ever thought about art and painting upside down. And whenever I'm lost in a painting, this is where I go.

DeKooning's Women I
As he said, flesh is the reason oil paint was created.




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