Michael Sowa is a German artist who blends absurdist humor with technical skill. Sowa, who was born and schooled in Berlin, was originally a teacher before he discovered art. Renowned in his native country, Sowa’s paintings, filled with endearingly whimsical animals, are gaining popularity in the US. He has published several titles including “Sowa’s Ark: An Enchanted Bestiary,” a popular collection of 50 of his playful, charming images.
Trois Bijoux II
Karen Dupré’s widely varied styles all have two things in common—talent and creativity. A self-taught artist, Dupré is a Californian who began painting at age 9. Her initial works focused on horses, and later included figures, landscapes and still lifes. Dupré has a special gift for re-creating the interplay of light in both nature and man-made objects. Inspired by 19th-century painters who challenged artistic ideals, Dupré strives to do the same with her boundless styles.
Tiered Evening Dress, March, 1951
Norman Parkinson was a prominent British fashion photographer who peppered his work with humor and high spirits. Parkinson (1913 – 1990) photographed some of the most celebrated men and women in fashion and high society, and pioneered the on-location shoot. He originally provided photos for leaflets dropped in occupied Europe, and was a photographer for “Harper’s Bazaar” and “The Bystander.” Parkinson worked for British and American “Vogue” for nearly four decades, and also created famous calendars featuring glamorous women.
Dressed In Black