Thursday, 5 April 2012

Impressive paintings by Max Ginsburg

Impressive paintings by Max Ginsburg: Keywords: realistic, politically motivated, socially conscious, impressive and sometimes shocking! I posted his works on Google Plus  Feb 19, 2012 in this Post.

Max Ginsburg - War Pieta - 2007

About Max: Born in Paris, France in 1931, Max Ginsburg is one of the most respected and highly accomplished realist painters today. Ginsburg and his family moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1933 in the middle of the Great Depression. “Growing up during these economic hard times,” Ginsburg says, made him aware of the struggles and suffering of ordinary people, and roused his conscience, compassion, as well as an awareness of the inequalities that exist in America.

The son of portrait artist Abraham Ginsburg, Max was exposed to art as an infant and began painting at an early age. He attended Syracuse University on an art scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1953. His interest in the human condition led Ginsburg to painting realistically, even in at a time when the “art establishment” was hostile to traditional approaches in painting.

Max Ginsburg - Friends - 1981
In 1960, Ginsburg began teaching at the High School of Art and Design and earned a Master’s Degree from
City College of New York in 1963. From 1980 to 2000, he gained success as an illustrator, painting book covers and editorial illustrations for leading publications including The New York Times, New York Magazine, Harper Collins, and others. During this time, he also taught illustration at the prestigious New York School of Visual Arts.

In 2004, Ginsburg decided to leave illustration and devote himself to fine art. He currently teaches a “Painting From Life” class and workshops at the Art Students League of New York, and occasionally in schools throughout the United States and Canada.
Of his work, Ginsburg says: “I have lived and worked in New York all my life. As a New Yorker, I feel a personal and deep connection to this rich, energetic and beautiful city with its amazingly diverse population. My objective is to paint about the people of New York, realistically and with compassion.

“I have expressed my strongly held feelings about peace and justice; deep outrage to war, injustice and torture are conveyed in some of my paintings. With regard to these themes, I have been inspired by Old Masters such as Caravaggio, Goya, Kollwitz and Picasso.”
“I choose to paint realistically because I believe realism is truth and truth is beauty. I derive an aesthetic pleasure in skillfully done realistic drawings and paintings. I believe that realism can communicate ideas strongly and it is this communication that is extremely important to me.”
Ginsburg’s recent book “Retrospective” presents for the first time, a collection of his paintings from 1956 to 2010. This beautifully presented book gives us a closer look at Ginsburg’s “detailed observation, eye-catching compositions, richness of color, and enormous sensitivity to nuance and situation.”

Check out the website of the artist!

Max Ginsburg - Homeless - 2006

Max Ginsburg - Peace March - 2007

Max Ginsburg - The Beggar - 2008

Max Ginsburg - Bus Stop - 2010

Max Ginsburg - The Discussion - 2007

Max Ginsburg - Crossroads - 2008

Max Ginsburg - Coffee Break - 2007

Max Ginsburg - Foreclosure - 2011

Max Ginsburg - Hebrew National - 2001

Max Ginsburg - Torture Abu Ghraib - 2009

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Source photos: website of the artist

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