In this short 3-week course, you'll learn how to paint flowers in the unique style of contemporary artist Robert Kushner. Kushner is a notable San Diego artist whose work is in world class collections such as The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Metropolitan, The Whitney, The National Gallery, Tate Modern, Uffizi Florence, Getty Trust, and others. Known for his intricate and mysterious mixed media technique, his paintings of plants are like visual riddles. Kushner’s work looks stunning, it is very large in size, and extremely sought after by art collectors. His influences come from Japanese woodblock prints, that he borrows his delicate touch from; his beautiful silhouettes of tulips, chrysanthemums, lotus flowers, and succulents are expressed as sophisticated outlines, intertwined with textures from book pages, wallpaper, colored pigments, and gold leaf.
You will learn how to untangle his exquisite and mesmerizing compositions and create an artwork, slightly smaller than his, but based on Kushner's technique. Pick your own flowers, and design your own color harmony. Bring pages from your old sketches, music scores, posters with lettering, maps, pieces of wallpaper, decorative papers, monochromatic photographs, and other paper-based materials to infuse those blossoms with personally chosen textures.
Photos from class