My picks: Luke Donald
An avid painter, Luke Donald earned a degree in art theory and practice from Northwestern. We asked Donald to tell us about his five favorite painters:
1) John Constable: Perhaps not as well-known in the U.S. because he’s an English painter, but I think Constable’s landscapes are the best of English countryside paintings. They depict such classic countrysides with the soft greens, grays and blues. And they remind me of home!
2) John Currin: Currin’s paintings are interesting because they blend satirical themes with a realistic classical style. The result of his tongue-in-cheek humor is almost always some sort of oddly exaggerated subject that makes you feel uncomfortable, but at the same time makes you want to laugh.
3) Leonardo Da Vinci: I’ve never been the best drawer, but I can paint. And so I can’t help but admire Da Vinci, whose paintings and sketches reveal such a deep understanding of the anatomy and the way the muscles in the human body work together. It’s really amazing to see the way he builds up his paintings that always turn out to be anatomically perfect. A true genius.
4) Lisa Nankivil: My wife and I bought “Betty and Veronica” from this artist a few months ago. It’s a huge piece in oil measuring more than 8 feet long, and is really abstract. The painting consists of horizontal lines of color that really pop and form an interesting texture with an almost three-dimensional effect. It’s busy and colorful, just like a lot of my paintings. Once you hear the name of it, everyone interprets it differently, which is kind of fun.
5) Gustav Klimt: I don’t really like the Art Nouveau movement architecturally, but I do like Gustav Klimt’s paintings. They’re fairly two-dimensional, but the flatness of the paintings only draws more attention to the ornate gold decorations, like that of Byzantine art, and finally the faces of the subjects, which are often very expressive.