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  • Charles Dana Gibson (1867 - 1944)
    Charles Dana Gibson (September 14, 1867 – December 23, 1944) was an American graphic artist, best known for his creation of the Gibson Girl, an iconic representation of the beautiful and indep...
  • General Sir John Miller Adye GCB (1819 - 1900)
    General Sir John Miller Adye GCB (1 November 1819 – 26 August 1900) was a British general and amateur artist. Military career Adye was the son of Major James P. Adye, born at Sevenoaks, Ke...
  • Carolyn Brenneman Wyeth (1909 - 1994)
    Carolyn Wyeth, daughter of N.C. Wyeth and sister of Andrew Wyeth, was a well-known artist in her own right. Her hometown was Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. She worked and taught out of N. C. Wyeth House an...
  • Arshile Gorky (1904 - 1948)
    Wikipedia Biographical Summary: Arshile Gorky ( born Vostanik Manuk Adoyan; April 15, 1904? – July 21, 1948) was an Armenian-born American painter who had a seminal influence on Abstract Expre...
  • James Claypool, Jr. (c.1743 - 1822)
    The Smithsonian Institution lists some 16 surviving portraits by/attributed to James Claypoole Jr. during his 'Philadelphia period' which lasted till 1769/1770, when he left, intending to visit Benjami...

This project is designed to capture artists (painters) other than Contemporary Artists, New and Modern Masters, and Old Masters that are included in other geni.com projects:

Contemporary Artists http://www.geni.com/projects/Contemporary-artists/304

New and Modern Masters http://www.geni.com/projects/New-and-Modern-Masters/505

Old Masters http://www.geni.com/projects/Old-Masters/504

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Painting

Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a surface (support base). The medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and airbrushes, can be used. In art, the term painting describes both the act and the result of the action. However, painting is also used outside of art as a common trade among craftsmen and builders. Paintings may have for their support such surfaces as walls, paper, canvas, wood, glass, lacquer, clay, leaf, copper or concrete, and may incorporate multiple other materials including sand, clay, paper, gold leaf as well as objects.


Painting is a mode of creative expression, and the forms are numerous. Drawing, composition or abstraction and other aesthetics may serve to manifest the expressive and conceptual intention of the practitioner. Paintings can be naturalistic and representational (as in a still life or landscape painting), photographic, abstract, be loaded with narrative content, symbolism, emotion or be political in nature.


A portion of the history of painting in both Eastern and Western art is dominated by spiritual motifs and ideas; examples of this kind of painting range from artwork depicting mythological figures on pottery to Biblical scenes rendered on the interior walls and ceiling of The Sistine Chapel, to scenes from the life of Buddha or other images of eastern religious origin.