Category Archives: Art History

Shepard Fairey: Who is the amazing and influential street artist ? 5 Artworks you should know about

Cartoon of Street Artist Shepard Fairey

Introduction  Shepard Fairey is an American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator, and founder of OBEY Clothing who emerged from the skateboarding scene. He is one of the best known and most influential street artists ever.  He first became known for “Andre the Giant has a posse” stickers which later became Obey. He catapulted […]

Who is revolutionary artist Ai Weiwei? And a discussion of 11 of his most prolific artworks

Chinese Contemporary artist and activist as a cartoon

What are the most important artworks by Ai Weiwei you should know? Introduction  Ai Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary artist and activist. He has been called the most dangerous artist in the world. He has been arrested and detained for 81 days, his art studio has been demolished, not once but twice! He has been […]

Who was the amazing South African Artist Willie Bester? 5 Willie Bester artworks your need to know.

Artist Willie Bester as a cartoon figure created by Lillian Gray

Hi, I am artist Lillian Gray and I have someone you need to meet, South African artist Willie Bester.  Willie Bester is a multi-disciplinary South African artist.  He is best known for his sculptures, installations,  mixed media and collage artworks,  but he also practices oil painting and watercolours.  He uses his art to comment on social and […]

Who is artist Yayoi Kusama? Have a look at her breathtaking artworks.

Contemporary Art History Hi I’m artist Lillian Gray and I have someone you need to meet Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Yayoi Kusama is absolutely dotty about dots, she is sometimes called the princess of polka dots. She makes all kinds of art such as sculptures, paintings, installation, clothing design and even performances and they are all covered […]

Vladimir Tretchikoff: Who was this Amazing South African Artist ? Which 2 artworks were his most prolific ones?

Vladimir Tretchikoff

Hi I am artist Lillian Gray and I have someone you need to meet: South African artist Vladimir Tretchikoff. Tretchikoff was an artist whose painting Chinese Girl, popularly known as the Green Lady, is one of the best-selling art prints of the 20th century. His most famous artworks include Chinese Girl, Mrs Wong and the Balinese Girl […]

Gerard Sekoto: Who is the amazing South African Artist? We will study 1 of his most famous artworks

Gerard Sekoto

The Life and Art of Gerard Sekoto Gerard Sekoto was a South African artist and a musician. He is recognised as the pioneer of urban black art and social realism. His work has been exhibited in Paris, Stockholm, Venice, Washington, and Senegal, as well as in South Africa.  Let’s just take a quick look at the Zeitgeist – the time that Gerard Sekoto lived. […]

The Sistine Chapel: 10 Famous Paintings You Should Know

Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel, what is so special about the chapel? When I was 18, I visited the Sistine Chapel and it was an amazing experience. When I went outside there were two Australian girls, and they walked up to me and with a strong accent asked ‘what makes this painting so special?’. Now, everything inside […]

10 Famous Paintings You Should Know: 9 Las Meninas By Velasquez

Las Meninas

How did this painting change the world of painting? Well this painting is quite an insane painting and it really, really changed painting and this is why it’s so important. Usually oil painting would be of a royalty, a king, queen or kaiser or another royal person. Usually it was someone standing on their own […]

10 Famous Paintings You Should Know: No 8, The Birth of Venus by Botticelli.

The Birth of venus

What do I need to know about the Renaissance? Botticelli is probably one of the most famous Renaissance artists, it’s important to know the great Renaissance artists and the order that they came in. We’ve got early Renaissance, middle Renaissance, high Renaissance, and it’s important to know where you are in the Renaissance because the […]