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Artist Spotlight: Craig Poindexter

Nieto Fine Art Hosts Craig Poindexter 

Craig Poindexter is a full-time painter who has lived and worked in San Francisco since 2001. One of his main objectives has always been to prove that beauty can be found in almost everything around us, even in items that most people often find repugnant. In order to prove his claims regarding these traditionally unappealing elements, Poindexter cites abandoned factories, a bad acid trip and industrial cityscapes as sources of inspiration. Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Craig Poindexter

Overcoming Stereotypes and Expectations with Contemporary Native American Art

Separating Fact From Fiction

Contemporary Native American art is taking a stand against prejudice and stereotype. Embedded within mainstream culture are notions and beliefs about American Indians that simply aren’t true. Movies like Pocahontas reinforce idealized concepts of the Native American lifestyle that are now being challenged by contemporary American Indian artists.
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The History of Fauvism and Its Affect on Abstract Art

Bold Fauvist Style Art Was Not Without Early Critics

Vivid colors, robust brushstrokes, plain forms, lawless creativity — the fauvist movement was impulsive by nature. It exemplified revolutionary sentiments that fought against the norm. Fauvist artists like Raoul Dufy boasted of radical artistry that went against tradition: “I don’t follow any system. All the laws you can lay down are only so many props to be cast aside when the hour of creation arrives.” Continue reading The History of Fauvism and Its Affect on Abstract Art

Contemporary Art and the Impact of Abstract Expressionism

Abstract Expressionism, Action Painting and Contemporary Art

Long hailed as the leader in modern art, Paris would take 2nd place to New York during the emergence of a new contemporary art movement that flourished in the 40’s and 50’s. Many European artists fled Europe to escape political unrest and fascist regimes in the 1930’s, bringing with them strong Surrealist ideologies and methods. Surrealism with its focus on the unconscious, would inspire American artists and encourage artistic experimentation with myths and symbols that is inherent in Abstract Expressionism. Continue reading Contemporary Art and the Impact of Abstract Expressionism

The History of Abstract Art

Various Cultures and their Interpretations of Abstract Art

Throughout the centuries, the creation, depiction, representation and evolution of art has depended heavily on a culture’s beliefs, daily lifestyle, religious convictions and natural resources. For example, artists in China, Japan, India and Europe enjoyed access to metal, good clay, brushes and pigments. This allowed them to develop more elaborate techniques that created concise illusions of natural things and spiritual concepts. Adversely, in Africa and Oceania where the limitation of materials and harsh climatic conditions created barriers for artists, artistic and spiritual themes were often represented through symbolism and idols that related to concepts. Continue reading The History of Abstract Art

Exploring and Understanding Contemporary Native American Art

 The Importance of Native American Art

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When you behold the captivating art décor of contemporary Native American artist John Nieto, you instantly recognize unique elements engrained in each masterpiece. Traditional Native American themes are affectionately portrayed with daring, audacious colors and vivid imagery; creating a sense of nostalgia and cultural dignity in every art piece. Bold strokes and primary colors give character and depth to each painting. Nieto adapts traditional linear techniques when adding detail and intensity to his etchings and drawings. The methods and sentiments towards each art piece he creates cause his work to stand out. Continue reading Exploring and Understanding Contemporary Native American Art

What is a Giclee Print?

What Makes a Giclee Print Different from Other Artwork Reproductions?

For art lovers, contemporary giclee prints can be a smart way to begin a modern art collection. Giclee prints provides the best form of color accuracy above any other form of reproduction, and also lasts the longest when taken care of. Giclee print is the closest and strongest form of art reproduction, and will strongly mimic any original modern art piece that you love. Continue reading What is a Giclee Print?

Add Color to your Summer Decor with John Nieto Paintings

Brighten up the Room With Nieto Fine Art

Contemporary art in home

The sun is out and it’s time to break out the summer decor! John Nieto’s contemporary wall art is full of rich, vibrant color schemes and can add the right amount of pizzazz to any room. But if you’re wondering how to incorporate the best color combinations into a room without overwhelming the senses, apply these general rules when decorating your home. Continue reading Add Color to your Summer Decor with John Nieto Paintings

Development of Fauvism and Its Influences

Development of Fauvism and Its Influences

Developed in France during the 20th century, Fauvist Style Art combines simplified form with exaggerated colors to display more profoundly the deeper sentiments of a painting. Fauvists believe that color should describe how an object looks and simultaneously display the feelings an artist has about it’s painting. Continue reading Development of Fauvism and Its Influences