In this paragraph we’ll talk about Edward Hopper and Jackson Pollock. What I don’t like in Edward Hopper’s work is that the feeling is very boring to me which seems to come from the small town scenery made with the blurry images and amazingly soft brush strokes. I just wish there were more detail and sharper edges in his work, which is what I see in Jackson Pollock’s. Pollock’s choices of color create very sharp edges and contrasts as they are flicked onto the canvas. To me sharpness is detail and unfortunately I don’t see that in Edward Hopper’s work. No doubt you can tell that I think Pollock is better than Hopper.
Let’s now look at Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso. Oh boy this is going to be a tough one-- I just did an image search of both of them on Google and I can’t figure out which one I like better. I love it when artist’s style becomes so well known that other artists will occasionally produce work in their styles. I think all artists should do that at least once or twice in their careers. It reminds me of some app that use to be on Facebook where you can create your own South Park and Simpsons characters. They should make one where you create your own Picasso or Warhol style portraits. I remember many years ago reading this Calvin and Hobbes comic strip where Calvin randomly ends up in this dysfunctional universe where everything is drawn Picasso style until an earthquake occurs and everything goes back to normal. Or the Family Guy episode “Road to the Multiverse” where Stewie and Brian travel to a universe where everything is drawn looking like Disney characters. In conclusion, I love both Warhol and Picasso equally.
Moving along to currently living artists, let’s look at Marilyn Minter and James Rosenquist. What I love about Marilyn Minter’s work is how photorealistic it is. You need to have skills in photography to do what she does. When I look at James Rosenquist’s work I’m blown away by the abstract paintings more than his representational pieces. They are like abstract versions of Marilyn Minter’s. I have more respect for photorealism because it is such a tough style to master. I struggle with it too. A photorealistic painting can take over a year to complete. I like Marilyn Minter better because I like all her work, while for James Rosenquist I just like some.