I frequently get asked to suggest good artist models for Fine Art / Painting students. There are thousands of inspirational historical and contemporary artists that students can learn from, and it is impossible for to list them all within one blog post, however this is a collection of some of my favourite artist models.
Have a substantial body of work (in a few cases some of the artists below do not have extensive bodies of work – but their creative and inspiring work has warranted inclusion on this list)
Explore original and/or highly personal ideas
Publish process work, such as preliminary sketches, composition plans, semi-complete artwork etc (viewing such material is highly beneficial for students)
Good artist models offer something of value to a student: ideas for composition, approach to a subject, creative use of media, or outstanding technique. It is not necessary that the artist be investigating the same subject (indeed, while this can sometimes make it easier, it can hinder originality and encourage a student to copy rather than extending their own ideas).
Each artist is accompanied by an image of their work and a link to an official website, if known. Links are also given to appropriate books (unless noted otherwise, these are books that I have used personally with my students and vouch for).
If you liked this collection of artists, you may be interested viewing our collection of artist line drawings. You may also enjoy our collection of 100 photography ideas and looking through the Student Art Guide Pinterest Boards for more inspirational artist works.
Amiria has been an Art & Design teacher and a Curriculum Co-ordinator for seven years, responsible for the course design and assessment of student work in two high-achieving Auckland schools. She has a Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Bachelor of Architecture (First Class Honours) and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching. Amiria is a CIE Accredited Art & Design Coursework Assessor.