Arman Manookian: Fragile Paradise

Originally published in Honolulu Magazine.  Posted here with the permission of the author, John Seed From the Honolulu Advertiser, May 12, 1931: Brilliant Young Artist is Suicide Arman T. Manookian Takes Poison During Social Affair “Inquest into the death of Arman T. Manookian, 27, well-known in Honolulu and certain Mainland circles as an artist of… Read more »

Fernando Zóbel de Ayala Brief life of a peripatetic man of arts: 1924-1984

 by John Seed Having fled the Spanish Civil War as a boy and endured the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in his teens, Fernando Zóbel ’49 kept his most valuable possessions portable. He once showed his Harvard classmate Ralph Graves an album containing small drawings and prints by master artists. Commenting on one precious image—an… Read more »

At the Ayala Museum: Victorio Edades

The exhibition “Victorio Edades: Birth of a Nation” is on view at Manila’s Ayala Museum through July 29th. At the 1976 National Artist awarding ceremony, Edades’ formal citation read, “He is the original iconoclast of Philippine art. He changed the direction of Philippine painting decisively… he infused new life into art, opening windows to permit… Read more »

Miguel Covarrubias: A Caricaturist Par Excellence

MIGUEL COVARRUBIAS (Mexican, 1904-1957). Miguel Covarrubias was a Mexican painter and caricaturist, ethnologist and art historian. Unsatisfied with the start of his career in Mexico, he moved to New York City in 1924, and drew for several top magazines. In the 1930s Covarrubias and his wife Rose made two trips to Bali where he made… Read more »

Le Pho: A Vietnamese Master

LE PHO (Vietnamese, 1907-2001). Le Pho was born in Viet Nam on August 2, 1907. He was tenth child in a family of twenty fathered by the senior mandarin Le Hoan. Because of his father’s status he received a cultured education, including training in brush painting. Le Hoan was suspected for many years to have… Read more »

Charles Bartlett: Hawaii’s Master Printmaker

CHARLES W. BARTLETT (British, 1860-1940 in Hawaii). Charles Bartlett was born in Bridgeport, Dorsetshire, Enland. After enrolling in the Royal Academy in London he studied painting and etching. He then entered the private studio school Académie Julian in Paris. After his return to England in 1889 he married, but both his wife and infant son… Read more »

Affandi: A Modern Indonesian Master

AFFANDI (Javanese, 1907- May 23, 1990). The painter Affandi has been called a “towering figure in the history of Indonesian modern art.” Affandi’s paintings often display his emotional responses to the lives of a people struggling to move out of poverty towards dignity. Affandi was born in Cierbon, West Java in 1907, the son of… Read more »

A Biography of Indonesian Master Jean Le Mayeur

From Geringer Art’s collection of artist biographies:   ADRIEN JEAN LE MAYEUR DE MERPRES  (Belgian, b. Feb. 9th, 1880 – d. May 31, 1958) Styles: Impressionism, Orientalism Subjects: Belgian Landscapes, Scenes of Asia and Africa, Balinese Genre, Figures and Nudes Jean Le Mayeur is a painter best known for his sensual images of Balinese women,… Read more »

Raden Saleh and the Beginning of Modern Indonesian Painting

The Galeri Nasional Indonesia (The National Gallery of Indonesia) is presenting the exhibition “Raden Saleh and the Beginning of Modern Indonesian Painting” from June 3rd to June 17th, 2012. Raden Saleh, a Javanese nobleman, was the first native of Java to master European painting methods. He was first trained, in Bogor, by the Belgian artist… Read more »