Terrick Williams

Terrick John WIlliams

Terrick Williams, who you will also find mentioned as Terrick John Williams, and occasionally John Terrick Williams, was an English painter who specialized in landscape and marine paintings, in oil, watercolor and pastel.

Initially, his desire to be a painter had to be deferred, and he was required to work in his family’s soap and perfume business for eight years. He finally suffered a breakdown and his family relented on his desire to study art.

Williams is often referred to as an English Impressionist, and indeed his bright, light filled scenes of boats, fishermen and seaside towns owe much to the influence of the French Impressionists and other painters that he encountered in he studies and travels in Europe.

Williams started out in a more traditional vein, studying in Antwerp with Charles Verlat, and in Paris with Benjamin Constant and William-Adolphe Bouguereau at the Académie Julian.

His paintings of locations like Venice, Paris and St. Tropez were popular in England; he became a saught after painter and was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours.

He also was commissioned to create paintings for a series of posters for the London Transport System.

Williams has enjoyed renewed popularity, and his painting Evening – Concarneau (image above, top, with detail, second down) recently sold at auction for six times more than any previous auction of his work; as described on Paul Fraser Collectibles (with a high-res image).

[Auction news via Art Knowledge News]


More goodies from Sotheby’s

Eugéne Boudin, Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Claude Monet, Gustav Courbet
For those who are frustrated by the seeming shortage of high-resolution images of great paintings on the web, and are tired of navigating little zoom windows to try to get a glimpse of brushwork or paint surface, one resource for full screen high-resolution images of artwork is the auction catalog preview feature on the Sotheby’s auction site, as I mentioned in my previous post about Sotheby’s.

This is an ever changing resource; you have to be patient and continue to watch for new auctions as time goes on if you want to catch the kind of images you want to see.

There are two current auctions at Sotheby’s that I find of particular interest. The online catalogs contain some beautiful museum-quality gems for which the auction house has provided high-resolution images.

One is an auction of 19th Century European Art that includes works by Giovanni Boldini, Gustav Courbet, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Joaquin Sorolla, and such well known paintings as Bouguereau’s L’Amour et Psyché.

The other is an auction of Impressionist and Modern Art, which is divided into an Evening Sale and a Day Sale. There, amid a plethora of Picassos, you will find gems by Eugéne Boudin, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet and Henri Le Sidaner.

Yes, these are still zooming images, but you are zooming within a the full resolution of your screen instead of a little box. Many of the images are high resolution enough that they rival what you could take with your own camera standing in front of the original (not quite as high resolution, but better in terms of lighting). Some of them are a bit pixelated or soft at highest resolution, but still well worthwhile because of the level of detail.

Once in an online catalog, you can browse by thumbnails in a grid or list view, or simply page through each image individually with forward and back arrows. Zoom in to your hearts content and pan around the larger than full screen images.

These listings will be gone before long, but the site bears watching for the next group of museum level paintings changing hands among the hyper-rich.

(Images above, with accompanying full resolution details: Eugéne Boudin, Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida, Claude Monet, Gustav Courbet)

[Addendum: Great new E-Catalogue added for exhibition of 19th Century European paintings, with Orientalist painters, Spanish painters, including Sorolla, and Scandinavian painters, including Frits Thaulow and Peder Monstead! Great stuff]


Greg Betza

Greg Betza
Illustrator, gallery artist and designer Greg Betza works for clients like The Chicago Tribune, E & J Gallo Winery, St Louis Magazine, Utne and DDB. He has received recognition from The Society of Illustrators of LA, Communication Arts and American Illustration.

Betza creates wonderfully loose, gestural line drawings filled with bright splashes of watercolor. Interestingly, many of them appear do be done in pencil, in addition to the more traditional approach of ink and watercolor.

His site features a portfolio of both illustrations and location drawings (reportage) of places like France, Greece and New York City. You can also find more of his casual, personal drawings in his Flickr sets, and a different variety of images on his Blog and in the galleries on Studio 1482, a collective art and design site in which he is a member. There is a supplementary Gallery 1482 associated with the group, and a collaborative blog, one drawing a day in which he also participates.

Betza is the subject this week of a Communication Arts “Fresh” feature.


Paul Lasaine

Paul Lasaine
Paul Lasaine is a concept artist and production designer for the film industry. He has worked with Disney Animation and Sony Pictures Animation and is currently a production designer at Dreamworks Animation. He was also an art director on the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Lasaine’s blog showcases both his professional work and personal projects.

Though he mentions that he sometimes misses working in traditional paints, most of Lasaine’s current work is digital, as in the image above, top. You can find a few Photoshop brush tutorials on the blog.

If you go back a little ways, you can find some of his concept designs and matte paintings, both preliminaries and finished, for Prince of Egypt and Lord of the Rings that were done in acrylic. These, particularly some of the briefly noted preliminary color sketches, have a wonderful loose handling I rarely see in acrylic paintings.

[Via io9]


Leah Palmer Preiss (update)

Leah Palmer Preiss
Since I last wrote about the wonderfully eccentric illustrations of Leah Palmer Preiss back in 2007, there haven’t been many additions to her web site (which seems to be in a kind of “under construction” twilight zone), but she has been putting her attention into a blog that she started shortly after my article appeared.

In the blog, Curious Art, Preiss has been posting mostly personal work, and occasionally commissioned pieces. These include images in which she works in acrylic over top of old sheets of text from various sources, like 19th century encyclopedias and old dictionaries, a “canvas” that fits in with her role as a calligrapher and her fondness for collage.

There are also a number of recent illustrations for the upcoming book The Old Man and the Cat by Anthony Holcroft (image above, top).

One of the best things about her blog is that many of the images are linked to larger versions that let you see the fascinating details of her approach better than in the images on her site. You can also see many of them even larger in her Flickr sets.

In addition, Preiss now has a portfolio on Altpick.com.


Jack Davis caricatures of NBC’s entire fall lineup for 1965

Jack Davis caricatures of NBC's entire fall lineup for 1965
The great cartoonist, caricaturist and humorous illustrator Jack Davis is best known for his contributions to Mad Comics and Mad Magazine, particularly during the title’s heyday in the 1950’s and 1960’s, but he was a prolific illustrator and his work appeared in a variety of venues.

One of them was TV Guide, for which he often did covers. In 1965, the NBC television network commissioned Davis to draw a multi-page panorama featuring their entire fall lineup for the new season. The network took out a 6 page ad in TV Guide to display the ad.

This is one of those great Davis illustrations in which he fits dozens of caricatures into a single image, as he sometimes did for movie posters, like this one for Stanley Kramner’s It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

Someone has posted an image of almost all of the NBC multi-page feature from TV Guide on the MAD Mumblings forum. Mark Evanier points out that it is still missing the page for the Sunday shows, and has asked if anyone can locate an image of the sixth page, or even better, rescan the entire set of pages at higher resolution.

[Via Metafilter and Mark Evanier]

[Addendum:} Evanier has posted a link to a larger version of the entire image on TV Series Finale. (Thanks, Rand.)