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Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom

Lebanese–American artist and writer. Daughter of a Greek Christian mother and a Syrian Muslim father, she was educated in Lebanon and at universities in France and the United States. For many years she taught the philosophy of art at Dominican College, San Rafael, CA. She also lectured and taught at many other colleges and universities until her retirement in the late 1970s. Also a novelist and poet, she combined Arabic calligraphy with modern language in her drawings, paintings, ceramics and tapestries. She explored the relationship between word and image in over 200 “artist books,” in which she transcribed in her own hand Arabic poetry from a variety of sources....

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 22 June 1952, in Bordeaux.

Painter (including mixed media), sculptor, potter. Stage sets.

At the age of 24, Philippe Aïni gave up his job as a pastry cook to become an artist, although he lacked any training. At first, he was supported and encouraged to exhibit by Jean-Pierre Roche of the Galerie Émergences in Bordeaux (...

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British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in California.

Born 1940, in Cleator Moor (West Cumbria).

Painter, ceramicist, print artist, film maker, photographer. Textiles.

Conrad Atkinson graduated from Carlisle College of Art (1961), Liverpool College of Art (1962) and the Royal Academy Schools in London (...

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British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1961, in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Painter. Landscapes.

From 1980 to 1985, Stephen Barclay studied at the Glasgow School of Art. He divides his time and work between Arbroath in Scotland and Mölln near Lübeck in Germany. He uses a liberated realist technique, painting landscapes that appear to be peaceful but which contain strange objects, including remainders of war, catastrophe and sacrifice: part of an aircraft cabin, a broken monkey cage or the remains of a railway track. The universe of Anselm Kiefer and Markus Lüpertz is a clear influence on Barclay's dreamlike, or nightmarish, landscapes....

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Native American (Wiyot and Yurok), 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1946, in Newport (Oregon).

Sculptor, painter, ceramicist, mixed-media artist, print-maker.

Rick Bartow of the Wiyot and Yurok Nations of Northern California works in a number of media to create images which often reference indigenous North American transformation myths. His work with the Maori artist John Bevan Ford has also been an influence. In ...

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Canadian First Nations (Ojibwa), 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1942 or 1943, in M’chigeeng (West Bay), Manitoulin Island. Died 2005, Ottawa.

Draughtsman, painter, ceramicist, installation artist.

Carl Beam, a distinguished Ojibwa artist, was the first Canadian indigenous artist to gain recognition for contemporary Native American art by having one of his pieces accepted into the National Gallery of Art (Ottawa). He achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria, and ...

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Tunisian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 9 October 1951, in Maamoura.

Painter, ceramicist.

In 1977 Khaled Ben Slimane graduated from the Institut Technologique d'Art in Tunis, specialising in ceramics. In 1978-79 he worked at the Massana School in Barcelona and in 1982-83 in Japan.

He employs acrylics in his paintings and is strongly influenced by Arab calligraphy, which appears both in a concealed and an explicit form. The rows of symbols, or writings in various colours, are arranged between parallel horizontal lines, and decorative elements are only allowed as a framing device for his compositions....

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Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1949, in Alost.

Painter, sculptor, potter.

Luc de Blok trained at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Alost. He paints imaginary landscapes, sculpts figures and makes casts of ordinary objects of daily life in decorative ceramic panels, as quasi-fossil prints. He has had regular solo shows since ...

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British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1943, in Cardiff.

Potter, painter, graphic artist. English slipware.

Clive Bowen studied painting and etching at the Cardiff School of Art in the 1960s. Although he still paints and works as a graphic artist, he is first and foremost a potter. From ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1 April 1949, in Andrezieux.

Painter, watercolourist, pastellist.

Marie-Thérèse Buffoni studied art in St Etienne and specialised in research into ceramics, mosaics and pigments.

Her essentially non-figurative work ranges across a broad spectrum of techniques (oils, pastels, acrylics, watercolours) and she also produce ceramics, porcelain pieces and jewellery. Her principal interest is the effects of colour, light and space....