Further research for Part 3

Some of the Artists suggested by my tutor on Part 3 feedback.

Petra Cortright:

Digital brush strokes and photoshopped images on aluminium. The colours and compositions of her work are generally pleasing but what on earth do they mean? Yes they are large works that encourage the viewer to study the objects but they are a total puzzle with seemingly random objects and marks put together. A blue background such as this implies to me that it’s perhaps underwater, or objects floating on water… ? A suitable painting for waiting rooms where people need something to stare at and which cannot be seen as controversial in any way – though I can’t imagine any waiting room paying the US$20-50,000.

Amy Sillman:

Y3, 2017, Acrylic, gouache and ink on paper. Generally monochrome with black and white. Lots of bold ink marks. Plain backgrounds. Lots of collage. Again I have to say that although I do quite like the bold colours and shapes, I would really like to know what each painting is supposed to be saying. The name of this one is Y3 – which means nothing. It is a humanoid figure, perhaps in medieval style armour… and this was one of the only works by her that I could fathom at all.

Elizabeth Peyton:

I’ve come across her work when looking at portraits. Incredible portrayal of skin using just 2 or 3 tones. Figures are all very sedate, without expression or emotion so although I really admire her technique and skill at achieving figures with volume despite limited tonal values, they all seem incredibly lifeless and bland.

Cecily Brown:

High Society, Oil on linen. Bizarre collections of body parts – they’re all having great fun! Gents in top hats and ladies in not-a-lot. A great painting for studying what’s going on – this one you can work out, not such a complete puzzle, many of her others are not so clear. Huge works at 2m plus in size.

It seems that this bit of research has highlighted one thing for me – I do like to be able to understand an artwork. Sometimes a title can give enough of a clue. I’m all for using ones imagination and getting absorbed in your own story, but these artists are pushing that too far for me.


Elizabeth Peyton – Gladstone Gallery (s.d.) At: (Accessed 06/04/2020).

Petra Cortright – iola ex | Phillips (s.d.) At: (Accessed 06/04/2020).

Presti, C. (s.d.) Amy Sillman – Biography and selected works – Campoli Presti. At: (Accessed 06/04/2020).

Saatchi Gallery (s.d.) Cecily Brown – Artist’s Profile – The Saatchi Gallery. At: (Accessed 06/04/2020).


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