10 Famous Artists that Died

Dead artists

Since abandoning Art News Blog back in 2010 there have been a lot of great artists pass away. The two giants of paint, Lucian Freud and Cy Twombly were the biggest trees to fall. Here’s my little list of ten dead artists.Continue Reading

Andrew Wyeth Dies at 91

American painter Andrew Wyeth passed away on the 16th of January, 2009 at the age of 91. He had his fans and critics, with labels as varied as one of the greatest 20th century American painters, to a mere illustrator, and corny Americana painter placed on the artist.Continue Reading

Australian Surrealist Painter James Gleeson Dies

Last week the Australian surrealist painter James Gleeson passed away at the age of 92. Gleeson has been exhibiting in Australia for more than 70 years.

Whilst surrealism was never my favorite ism, I liked how James Gleeson didn’t feel it necessary to change like fashion. He found a certain way of painting that suited him and explored it all his life.Continue Reading

Albert Herbert 1925–2008

I know this news is a month old, but I just found out (on the artsjournal.com website) that the poetic UK painter Albert Herbert passed away at the age of 82 last month.

Here’s a note from a Guardian report on the painter..
“Albert was a maverick, liked but seldom taken seriously by art establishments. He stopped showing at the Royal Academy when his paintings were contemptuously “skied” (hung high on the wall). Continue Reading

Robert Rauschenberg Dead at 82

The NY Times has just reported that the American artist Robert Rauschenberg has died at the age of 82. Rauschenberg passed away on Monday night in his home. Recently the artist was hospitalized with pneumonia.Continue Reading

Artist Steven Campbell Dies

Last week the Scottish artist Steven Campbell died at just 54 years of age. After suffering from a ruptured appendix he developed septicaemia. The artist was in intensive care for about a month before passing away on the 15th of August, 2007.Continue Reading

German Artist Jorg Immendorff Dies at 61

The German expressionist artist Jörg Immendorff passed away on Monday at the age of 61. The artist struggled with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis which forced him to change painting hands (from left to right) and eventually forced him to stop painting in 2006.

Jorg Immendorff was born on the 14th of June, 1945 in Germany. He died on the 28th of May, 2007 in Düsseldorf.Continue Reading

Conceptual Artist Sol LeWitt Dies at 78

The American conceptional artist Sol LeWitt recently passed away at the age of 78. The artist died after a long struggle with cancer.

“He reduced art to a few of the most basic shapes (quadrilaterals, spheres, triangles), colors (red, yellow, blue, black) and types of lines, and organized them by guidelines he felt in the end free to bend. Much of what he devised came down to specific ideas or instructions: a thought you were meant to contemplate, or plans for drawings or actions that could be carried out by you, or not.” NY TimesContinue Reading

Patrick Caulfield Dies at 69

The British contemporary/pop artist Patrick Caulfield has died at the age of 69. The melancholy painter died after a struggle with cancer.
He was a unique artist. I mean, it’s all idiosyncrasy, really, and Patrick was a marvelous example. He was a quiet person, and I’ve always loved his work. I’m very, very sad” David HockneyContinue Reading

Tom Wesselmann dies at 73

Pop icon Tom Wesselmann has passed away at the age of 73. Wesselmann died from complications after recent heart surgery.

pop artist tom wesselmannHis most popular theme was the reclining female nude in classical poses, painted in his own poppish way. Contemporary appliances and products also featured in his compositions. Wesselmann came to prominence in the 60s along with other pop giants like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.