|I drew each letter of the alphabet in the style of a famous artist whose last name begins with the corresponding letter. The artists are
A - Arcimboldo, Giuseppe - This is the artist who painted surprisingly realistic portraits composed entirely of fruits and vegetables. I
drew an A composed of vegetables and parsley, and then cooked the vegetables into a quite passable curry. It was a good day all
B - Botero, Fernando – Botero painted everything deliciously large. I drew an oversized B with pinpoint centers, much like Botero's
C - Calder, Alexander – Calder’s fish mobiles do rather resemble the letter C. This one wasn’t much of a stretch.
D – Dali, Salvador – A misshapen D supported by crutches, complete with the desert sky background.
E – Escher, M.C. – Interlocking Es evolving into three dimensional cubes, much like Escher’s Metamorphosis works.
F - Frankenthaler, Helen - This is the mirror image of her Mary, Mary, which quite fortuitously resembles an abstract expressionist F.
G - Gorey, Edward – Edward Gorey is my absolute favorite artist. This G is a tribute to him.
H - Haring, Keith – A radiant H, complete with squiggles.
I - Indiana, Robert – This pop-artist is probably best known for his LOVE, numbers, and American Dream sequences.
J - Johns, Jasper – I call this one Three Js. I superimposed three differently sized Js on top of one another, much like original Three
K - Klee, Paul -- I drew the K in his style and used a detail of Jewels (1937, pastel on cotton) for the background.
L – Lichtenstein, Roy – Lichtenstein painted everything comic-book style. I filled the L with his signature Ben-Day dots.
M – Matisse, Henri - I fashioned the M in the style of his cut-outs.
N - Nauman, Bruce - I used a neon N here, like his flashing signs.
O - O'Keeffe, Georgia – A distinctively O’Keefe flower which forms the letter O.
P – Picasso, Pablo – The letter P actually lends itself quite nicely to Picasso’s Cubist style.
Q - Quinones, Lee - A New York graffiti artist., also known for his movie Wild Style (1982). Wild Style in fact stars Mr. Quinones, and
features Old School artists Grandmaster Flash, Cold Crush Brothers, Fab 5 Freddy and Busy Bee!
R – Rothko, Mark - I cheated a bit here and made the R a watermark on Rothko's standard composition.
S – Seurat, Georges - An S composed entirely of dots. (This one took considerably longer than I thought it would. Next time I will do
John Singer Sargent instead.)
T – Tiffany, Louis Comfort – A stained-glass T surrounded by grapes.
U - Uecker, Gunther - The German nail driving artist/sculptor.
V - Van Gogh - I think Van Gogh may technically be a G, but I used it for V anyway.
W - Warhol - True to form, I had a young intern do this one for me in exchange for the rare privilege of hanging out at my apartment
all day. (Not really - I am not nearly cool enough to pull that one off.)
X - Xu Beihong - A Chinese brush painter, best known for his horses. I drew one of his horses, and then drew Xs down the side
where he would normally paint calligraphy. Xu Beihong was included in the Guggenheim’s China exhibit.
Y - Yunkers, Adja - A Russian/American abstract expressionist. I actually found this artist by looking under "Y" on the Artcyclopedia
site. However, Yunkers did apparently have works displayed at both the Guggenheim and the Whitney.
Z - Zhao Shou - You mean you've never heard of Zhao Shou? This artist was also part of the Guggenheim’s China exhibit. I used a
painting he did called Let's Jump, and rearranged the tinker-toy looking objects into a Z.