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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 11 January 1953, in Saïda.

Painter, pastellist, sculptor, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator. Designs for stained glass.

Figuration Libre, Citationism.

Jean-Michel Albérola lived in Algeria until 1962. He then went to France, living successively in several cities, including Marseilles, Toulouse, Avignon and Paris. He studied in Marseilles and in Aix-en-Provence. Until ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 9 November 1961.

Glass painter. Figures, genre scenes, animals.

Marie Amalia studied fine arts at the Université de Paris I (1982-1984), and then studied in G. Jeanclos' studio at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. She is the daughter of the sculptor Cyrille Bartolini. She creates a feast-like, charm-filled universe, drawing her subjects from tales, legends and Biblical stories. She depicts different figures, such as clowns, dancers, marionettes or animals, evolving in space. They are rendered in colour, generally against black or ochre backgrounds, using the ...

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Native American (Choctaw), 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1959, in Phoenix.

Beadworker, painter, fashion designer, glass artist , performance artist.

Marcus Amerman is a distinguished Choctaw artist who works in a number of media and in performance (as a figure called ‘Buffalo Man’) but is best known for creating his own approach to the Native American tradition of beadworking. Amerman has a BA in Fine Art from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and also studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and the Anthropology Film Center. He lives and works north of Santa Fe. Amerman uses a highly mimetic style in his beadwork to recreate, and hence reclaim, Indian images from history, as in his beaded version of the famous D.F. Barry photograph, ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 19 February 1946, in Washington DC.

Painter, sculptor, draughtsman, engraver, photographer, video artist, glassmaker, decorative designer. Theatre design.

AfriCobra Group.

Akili Ron Anderson attended the Corcoran School of Art and Howard University in Washington DC where he lives and works. He is a member of AfriCobra (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) founded in ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active in Los Angeles since 1997.

Born 1964, in Grenoble.

Painter, video artist. Designs for stained glass.

Carole Benzaken was a student in Paris at the École des Arts Appliqués, and then studied under Kermarrec and Cueco at the École des Beaux-Arts. She won a prize for painting at the École des Beaux-Arts in ...

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Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1946, in Charleroi.

Stained glass painter.

A pupil of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Charleroi, Claude Carpet creates and restores stained glass windows, painting on glass, glass and lead, glass and resin, and refired polychromatic glass.

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 20 September 1941, in Tacoma (Washington).

Glassmaker, sculptor, installation artist.

Dale Chihuly studied at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he received a BA in 1965, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1967, where he obtained an MS, and Rhode Island School of Design, where he obtained an MFA in 1968. During his period of study, he also travelled to Ireland, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Sweden, Russia, and the Middle East. In 1969, he established the glass programme at the Rhode Island School of Design and, in 1971, co-founded the Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle.

Chihuly first began to blow glass in 1965. A prolific artist, he is best known for his multi-part glass sculptures influenced by the designs of Native American blankets and basketry, Japanese ikebana, and Venetian art glass of the 1920s and 1930s. His series of works includes Cylinders, Baskets, Seaforms, Macchia, Persians, and Putti. In the early 1970s, he made large installation works such as ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 14 October 1946.

Sculptor, decorative designer, designer. Designs for stained glass.

Georges Faure studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyons, and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He creates wooden sculptures, and also uses bronze, welded metal and concrete resin. His work has a primarily decorative function....

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Joanna Grabski

(b St Louis, February 6, 1953).

Senegalese glass painter, potter and teacher. She earned an MA in literature at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar (1980), then graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure d'Education Artistique (1983). Her early work in both literature and fine arts dealt with the social role of women in colonial Senegal. In the 1980s and 1990s, she worked primarily with glass painting or sous verre, a medium with a long history in Senegal. Her work advances well-known conventional glass paintings that depict colorful quotidian and religious scenes. She works with a palette of intense hues, applying them across the glass support so as to maximize the expressive potential of the medium. Although she created figural works in the 1980s, her work in the 1990s became increasingly abstract. Her glass paintings, such as Nature (1998; priv. col.), are characterized by their luminescence and large scale. In addition to exhibiting her work in Africa and Europe, she has been involved in a number of educational and humanitarian projects. Her achievements have been recognized by two prestigious awards from the government of Senegal, including the Chevalièr de l’Ordre du Mérite (...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1951.

Glassmaker.

New York, 25-26 Feb 1994: Fantasy tableware (1979, multicoloured blown glass, h. 13 ins/32.1 cm) USD 1,840

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Margaret Moore Booker

(b El Paso, TX, Jul 30, 1940; d Hondo, NM, Jun 13, 2006).

Hispanic American sculptor and printmaker. He specialized in larger-than-life, vibrantly colored, fiberglass, and epoxy sculptures that celebrate humanity and reflect his Mexican American heritage. He was also an accomplished printmaker (lithographs and etchings) and draftsman (colored-pencil drawings). As the “Godfather” of Chicano art, the artist of working-class people and mentor to numerous Hispanic artists, he played an important role in bringing Chicano sensibilities into mainstream art.

Born the son of an illegal immigrant, Jiménez grew up in El Paso, TX, where he learned to weld, wire, and airbrush in his father’s neon-sign shop. After receiving a BFA in 1964 at the University of Texas at Austin, and a brief stay in Mexico City, he moved to New York City where he worked with Seymour Lipton (1903–1986) and found success parodying 1960s American pop culture in his work.

In the early 1970s he returned to the Southwest (eventually dividing his time between El Paso and Hondo, NM), where he gained success and controversy as a sculptor of outdoor figures. Drawing inspiration from the social realist Mexican and Works Progress Administration (WPA) murals, he combined large scale, color, and pose to create a dramatic and heroic effect in his work. Like the New Mexican ...

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Geoffrey R. Edwards

(b Sydney, July 6, 1950).

Australian glass artist. He studied science at the University of Sydney and in 1972 began a series of studies in glass in Australia, the USA and England. While in the USA he attended the Pilchuck School founded by Dale Chihuly and established a close association with the Pilchuck programme. His spectacular deployment of neon tubing as a floating serpentine pattern across panels of glossy, black moulded glass, brought him a number of major architectural commissions including large-scale murals for the Coal Board Building in Singleton, New South Wales, and the ANZ Bank in Melbourne. From the early 1980s Langley developed a series of idiomatic sculptural objects in which heavily textured and sandblasted slabs of fused glass are embedded with symbols and geometric emblems composed of intricate tesserae.

A. McIntyre: ‘Warren Langley Glass Works: Art of Man Gallery, Paddington, December 1978’, Craft Australia, 2 (Winter 1979), pp. 50–51 I. Bell: ‘Warren Langley’, ...

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Filipino, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1926, in Manila.

Painter, sculptor, printmaker, designer. Figures, landscapes, cityscapes, genre scenes.

Neo-Realists.

Arturo Luz began his art lessons under the painter Pablo Amorsolo. He studied at the University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts and received a scholarship to attend the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, from which he graduated in 1949. He took up further studies at the Brooklyn Museum of Art School, New York, in 1950 and at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris, in 1951. In the same year, he held his first solo exhibition, at the Raymond Duncan Gallery in Paris, and the following year, he returned to the Philippines and had a solo exhibition at the Manila Hotel. Luz was a central figure in the development of modernism in the Philippines, as one of the youngest members of the Neo-Realist group of artists in the 1950s. Exemplifying austerity and reduction of form, he works with a variety of media, including oil and acrylic, paper, burlap, metal, and stone....

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Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1946, in St-Trond.

Painter, draughtsman, ceramicist. Cartoons for stained glass.

André Mathys trained in Hasselt. He was awarded the first prize of the national stained glass commission in 1970 and a gold medal at the international ceramics competition in Faenza (Italy)....

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 15 May 1949, in Le Fay (Saône-et-Loire).

Draughtsman, painter, engraver. Glass painting.

Nouvelle Figuration, Figuration Narrative.

Bernard Moninot was the son of the painter Yvonne Cruat and the sculptor Robert Moninot. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 25 July 1957, in Carmel (California).

Glassmaker.

Having trained at the California State University in Chico and the Central Washington University, William Morris went on to learn his craft under the tutelage of the master glass blower Dale Chihuly in ...

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El Hadji Sy

(b Tivaouane, 1953).

Senegalese painter and teacher. He graduated in 1976 from the Institut National des Arts du Senegal, where he trained as an art educator. After building a collection of glass paintings, he began to explore this medium as a support for his art. He carefully studied the techniques of glass-painting masters, advancing the conventional subjects associated with the medium. Rather than representing traditional narrative and religious scenes, his paintings depict both human figures and organic forms resembling flora. The glass painting Aristot (1992, Dakar, Serigne Babacar Sy priv. col.) suggests his emphasis on the graphic potential of both line and colour. Closer examination reveals his use of tiny dots and thin lines to animate the composition. Ndiaye has exhibited in Senegal, Europe and the USA, and Senegalese television produced a short film about his work in the early 1990s. In addition to working in Switzerland and France, he has taught art in Dakar and St Louis, Senegal....

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Charles T. Little

(b Paris, 1931; d May 1, 2009).

French art historian of medieval art. As Professor of the University of Paris IV (Paris-Sorbonne) from 1981 until 1998, she was a leading specialist in French architecture and stained glass. She was president of the French section of Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi from 1980 to 1988. Studying at the Ecole du Louvre, she wrote initially on the sculpture of Reims, followed by a study on Notre-Dame-en-Vaux at Châlons-en-Champagne, Notre-Dame-en-Vaux. Her doctoral dissertation for the Sorbonne, under the direction of Louis Grodecki (1910–82), became an important monograph on St Remi at Reims. This was later followed by several books on Chartres Cathedral that stand out as classic studies. Aside from technical studies of the origin and development of the flying buttress, she was able to determine building sequences for a number of monuments by utilizing dendrochonological analysis of wooden beams. Her interest in Gothic architecture lead to a new series devoted to the Gothic monuments of France by Editions Picard. Her important contribution to Zodiaque publications included books on the ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 26 February 1946, in Aurillac (Cantal).

Sculptor, glassmaker, draughtsman.

Art Brut.

Josette Rispal is a self-taught artist who now lives and works in Paris, spending regular periods in Venice and Murano. Rispal worked initially in any material that came to hand - bronze, terracotta, sheet metal, glass, recycled material, and so on. Her early work is distinguished by its intensely vivid colours and its preoccupation with light effects. Rispal works without constraint, juxtaposing the serious and the amusing, the solemn and the burlesque. She is particularly noted for her three series known collectively as ...

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Kyla Mackenzie

(b Auckland, April 4, 1944).

New Zealand glass artist. She gained a Diploma in Fine Arts from Auckland University in 1980. Robinson pioneered cast-glass art in New Zealand when there was little support or education for glass artists. She belonged to the international development known as studio glass, in which glasswork is made in a small studio rather than a factory environment. In 1981 Robinson joined Sunbeam Glassworks, a glass-blowing studio in Auckland, where she worked alongside fellow glass pioneers Garry Nash and John Croucher until 1989.

The isolation of glass practice as an artistic field generally, particularly in New Zealand, along with lack of funding, meant that Robinson’s earliest work was arrived at through experimentation and often costly failure. In 1989, she established her own studio in Karekare on Auckland’s bush clad west coast. She had, by then, adopted the lost-wax technique for glass casting, a skill she had learnt from bronze-casting.

Vessels and their open-ended metaphors and references to Oceanic, Japanese, and ancient ritual have characterized much of her oeuvre (e.g. ...