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Jessie Arms Botke (1883-1971) Peacocks

Jessie Arms Botke is recognized as one of the great decorative painters of her era, specializing in images of birds rendered with her signature gold leaf technique.
Born in Chicago, she trained at the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago beginning in 1902. Botke took her first trip to the West in 1906, bartering several paintings for a round-trip ticket on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway. In 1909, she embarked on a three-month trip to Europe, returning home to Chicago with renewed determination and focus.

In 1911, Botke moved to New York and was hired by Albert Herter for a position at the Herter Looms. It was through one of Herter's commissions that Botke started painting images of birds. In 1915 she married Cornelis Botke, a Dutch artist living and working as an architectural renderer in Chicago. Both she and Cornelis often worked on large commissions, and it was her commercial popularity that gave the couple its financial stability.

After several years in Chicago, the couple moved in 1919 to Carmel, California. They briefly lived in Los Angeles in the late 1920s before buying property and building a ranch in Wheeler Canyon, Ventura County, California, in 1929. It was from this rather unlikely spot that Botke orchestrated her career while tending to the duties of the ranch. Maintaining an exhausting painting schedule throughout her lifetime, she exhibited at venues such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Academy of Western Painters, and the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors. (Patricia Trenton, Deborah Epstein Solon. Birds, boughs and blossoms: Jessie Arms Botke (1883-1971))

Alexander von Bensa (1820-1902) Austrian Painter

Baron Alexander von Bensa was very popular and had numerous commissions. Bensa mostly painted war scenes which achieved recognition and high prices. Among his clients were the nobility of the Viennese court - Archduke Joseph Ferdinand of Austria, Prince August Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Emperor Franz Joseph I had many of the artist's paintings in his collection. He exhibited at the Austrian Art Association and the Vienna Künstlerhaus. There's a street named after Bensa in Vienna.

Return to the castle

Excursion near the palace

Jarek Puczel (Poland)

Jarek Puczel "explores the empty silence of different situations and reduces the image to the most essential details, thus forcing us to read between the lines and let ourselves dive into the situation depicted." Jarek Puczel (b.1965) received his MA from the University of Warsaw in 1990. His artworks have been exhibited in Europe and the United States.
Girl on a seesaw

At School 1



George Underwood, Contemporary Artist (UK)

In 1963 George Underwood joined Beckenham Art School. While studying art he became interested in music and soon decided to pursue a music career. He made one record with his friend David Bowie and a solo record under the name Calvin James.

Eye Shadows 
He later returned to art studies and worked as an illustrator in design studios, specialising in fantasy and science fiction book covers. He created covers for the first T Rex album and David Bowie’s Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust albums.

Be Somebody
In the beginning of 1970s the artist started painting in oils. His artwork was influenced by the Viennese School of Fantastic Realism artists as Ernst Fuchs, Rudolph Hausner and Eric Brauer.
Imagination is the key word in George's paintings. He rarely uses live models nowadays, prefering to invent people who inhabit their own personal world.
Striped Sleeves


Shuai Mei Contemporary Chinese Artist

Shuai Mei was born in Beijing in 1969, where she studied at National School of Fine Arts. She exhibited in Malaysia, Singapore, later in New York. (egg tempera on canvas)

Merry Chamber, 2006


Landscape Painting by Laszlo Neogrady (1900-1962) Hungarian Artist

Landscape Painting by Hungarian Artist Laszlo NeogradyOutskirts of a Village

Landscape Painting by Hungarian Artist Laszlo Neogradylake in Northern Italy

Landscape Painting by Hungarian Artist Laszlo Neogrady

Landscape Painting by Hungarian Artist Laszlo Neogrady

Amazing Artist David Graeme Baker

The artist was born in South Africa in 1968. He graduated from Wesleyan University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and moved to Maine. "He lives in Hancock, Maine in a big old farmhouse that always needs painting (ironic, isn’t it?) with his wife Sarah, two impish sons named Finnegan and Corin, and a chocolate lab who’d do anything for a tummy rub. He’s found that the most effective ways to procrastinate are making espressos and following European football." (davidgbakerpainting.com)

 Cradle, 2010

 R.T.'s Paper Crown 2007

 Coastline, 2011


Josef Kriehuber (Austrian, 1800-1876), Lithographer and Painter

Josef Kriehuber was a distinguished portrait painter and lithographer of Biedermeier Vienna. He produced more than 3000 lithographs portraying nobility, famous people and government officials.

 Countess Eugenie Franziska Rosalia Schönborn-Buchheim (1801-1880)

Antoinette Sophie Luise Schröder (1781 - 1868), a German singer and actress


Mario Cortiello (1907-1981) Italian Impressionist Painter

Lexden Lewis Pocock (English, 1850-1919)

The fresh streams ran by her
The inspiration for this picture is the 'Willow Song' sung by Desdemona in Act IV, Scene III of Othello. Shakespeare adapted a traditional English song to fit a female character and the melancholy words heighten the ominous atmosphere as Desdemona prepares for bed for what will be the final time. (christie's)

The Closed Way, watercolor

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Natalya Milashevich Russian Figurative Artist, Children in Painting

Lucas van Valckenborch (1535-1597) Flemish Renaissance painter

Van Valckenborch was born in Leuven about 16 miles of Brussels, he was enrolled in the Guild of St Luke in Mechelen in 1560 and four years later was quite a master. His wife, whose name is unknown, bore him a son, Martin, who later chose the profession of his father. In 1566 he fled Mechelen as he was a supporter of the Reformation and settled in Liege for a year and then went to Aachen. Once it was safe to return to the Netherlands van Valckenborch came to Antwerp around 1570. Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor, was his patron, and travelled with him down the Danube as far as Linz where van Valckenborch stayed as a court painter until 1593 when the artist left for Frankfurt am Main. He was buried there in St. Peter's Cemetery in 1597.
Winter 1595
Spring 1587

September 1585

A Meat and Fish Market (Winter) ca 1595

Duchess Sibylle of Jülich-Cleves-Berg

Terence Clarke Contemporary Artist from the UK

Red Table Black Vase

The artist's statement: "Ever since leaving the Royal College of Art my work has been concerned with colour. The influences on my approach are obvious and include early Matisse and Scottish painting. I try to balance what I observe with an intense expression of light and colour. The difficulty is in maintaining this sensitivity to the real facts before me whilst liberating the colour in a poetic or creative way. This interplay of drawing and painterliness is the essence of my work. The development of the colour is a complex but instinctive process which requires constant adjustment and re working. I often find that the success of a painting is down to just a few small touches of colour right at the end of the period of work. No colour is of itself colourful. It depends always on its relationship with ALL the other colours on the canvas. Given the right juxtaposition even a grey can intensify the effects of strong colour. I am also very concerned with paint quality."

"For me a painted mark has to have a certain spontaneous feel. I work fairly quickly so that I am having to take some risks with the paint. The best bits in most paintings are where the artists have lost themselves in the process and the image feels that it occurred almost without effort. You see this kind of thing in late Rembrandt and of course in Cezanne, perhaps the greatest of all colourists. So sometimes accuracy to the bare facts has to be abandoned in favour of the right mark or the right colour in hopefully the right place. In the end I want you to experience the world in my paintings but in a refreshed way. I hope by means of light and colour, I help you enjoy the visual world as a new experience and maybe make you look at it again in a new way." (the artist's site terenceclarke.co.uk)


Ann Marshall Artwork

The artist Ann Marshall grew up in Atlanta, GA, and earned her BFA from School of Visual Arts in New York. She has worked in a gallery, illustrated an award winning children’s book on the Holocaust, and traveled nationally and internationally as an ethnographer and consumer anthropologist . Her fine art work has been exhibited in New York City’s Gallery at Lincoln Center. She now works as a portrait, fine artist, and illustrator.
I Used To Be A Southern Belle, 2011, Pastel and paper collage on paper

Beige, 2010, Oil and paper collage on canvas


Terashima Shimei (Japanese, 1892-1975)

Terashima Shimei started studying drawing when he was a boy in a small town located between Kobe and Osaka. At the age of 21 he became a student of Kaburagi Kiyokata. He exhibited at all major national exhibitions. The artist also worked as an illustrator and later became an art critic. He received numerous prestigious awards from the Ministry of Education and the Japan Art Academy.
Terashima Shimei, 'Winter' 1941

Georges Sabbagh (1877–1951) Egyptian-French artist

Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Georges Hanna Sabbagh later studied art in Paris, and was a pupil of Maurice Denis, Félix Vallotton Paul Sérusier. He could be linked to the artists of Ecole de Paris but he always refused to be considered one of them. Influenced by Les Nabis, Fauvism and Cubism, the artist developed his own style.

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