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Gordon Campbell

(b Tel Aviv, 1951).

Israeli designer, active in Britain. In 1981 Arad founded, with Caroline Thorman, One Off Ltd, a design studio, workshops and showroom in Covent Garden, London. In 1989, again with Caroline Thorman, he founded Ron Arad Associates, an architecture and design practice in Chalk Farm. In 1994 he established the Ron Arad Studio in Como (Italy). His most famous design is the Rover Chair, which recycled used Rover car seats. He has long had an interest in the use of steel, and the Bookwork bookshelves (...


Russian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in France since 1990.

Born 1946.

Painter, pastellist. Scenes with figures, figures, nudes, interiors with figures, landscapes with figures, gardens, seascapes.

Chubanov attended the V.I. Mukhina School of Fine Art in Leningrad (now St Petersburg). He became a member of the association of artists in Leningrad, and of the association of Russian artists (international foundation of Russian culture) in ...


French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 13 June 1962, in Paris.

Painter. Interiors with figures, gardens, still-lifes, fruit.

The daughter of Michel Couchat, Domitille Couchat paints her immediate environment - her study, simple everyday objects such as a garden chair or a night table, a luncheon scene, fruit and so on, all rendered in a range of muted colours....


Mary M. Tinti

Architecture, design and conceptual art partnership. Diller Scofidio + Renfro [Diller + Scofidio] was formed in 1979 by Elizabeth Diller (b Lodz, Poland, 1954) and Ricardo Scofidio (b New York, NY, 1935) as an interdisciplinary design practice based in New York.

Diller studied at the Cooper Union School of Architecture in New York (BArch, 1979) and then worked as an Assistant Professor of Architecture (1981–90) at the Cooper Union School of Architecture, becoming Associate Professor of Architecture at Princeton University in 1990. Scofidio, who also attended Cooper Union (1952–5), obtained his BArch from Columbia University (1960) and became Professor of Architecture at Cooper Union in 1965. In 1997 Charles Renfro joined the firm and was made partner in 2004, at which point the partnership changed its name to Diller Scofidio + Renfro. While the couple (who are married) initially eschewed traditional architectural projects in favor of installations, set design and landscape design, by the 21st century their firm had received commissions for both new buildings and renovations of existing architecture. Diller and Scofidio were the first architects to receive a MacArthur Foundation fellowship (...


French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 28 May 1972, in Aillant-sur-Tholon (Yonne).

Painter. Portraits, interiors with figures, landscapes, gardens, still-lifes.

Melissa Pinon is a graduate of the l'École Nationale des Beaux-arts in Paris. Using conventional techniques (oils, colle de peau, distemper), she paints from nature in order to capture the atmosphere of public gardens and public and private interiors. She also teaches drawing and composition....


Jeremy Hunt and Jonathan Vickery

At the turn of the millennium, public art was an established global art genre with its own professional and critical discourse, as well as constituencies of interest and patronage independent of mainstream contemporary art. Art criticism has been prodigious regarding public art’s role in the ‘beautification’ of otherwise neglected social space or in influencing urban development. Diversity and differentiation are increasingly the hallmarks of public art worldwide, emerging from city branding strategies and destination marketing as well as from artist activism and international art events and festivals. The first decade of the 21st century demonstrated the vast opportunity for creative and critical ‘engagement’, activism, social dialogue, and cultural co-creation and collective participation. New public art forms emerged, seen in digital and internet media, pop-up shops, and temporary open-access studios, street performance, and urban activism, as well as architectural collaborations in landscape, environment or urban design.

Intellectually, the roots of contemporary public art can be found in the ludic and the architectonic: in the playful public interventions epitomized in the 1960s by the ...


French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 16 March 1948, in St-Ambroise (Gard).

Painter. Landscapes.


Jean-Jacques Venturini began as a landscape artist, then came close to the Lettrist group. The signs he employs demonstrate a marked preference for the scroll, the curve, rounded forms and foetal spaces....


Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1954, in Bastogne.

Painter, engraver. Landscapes.

Willy Welter studied at the Académie St-Luc in Liège, where he later taught. His work is similar to that of the Abstract landscape artists.

Liège (Drawings and Prints Collection)


British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Britain, and in France from 1999 to 2005.

Born 1922, in Urmston (Manchester).

Painter. Urban scenes, buildings, landscapes, gardens, figures.

Fred Yates is self-taught as an artist. He worked as an insurance clerk, then served in the Grenadier Guards during World War II. In ...