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Artist Biographies
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Wade, Erika (United States, b.1953)
Wade is an accomplished painter and fiber artist. She has created some weavings with stained painterly qualities and has recently created woven surfaces in which colored yarns are interlocked with strips of painted paper.

Walter, Thomas Ustick (United States, 1804-1887)
Walter was one of a number of architects who were responsible for developing the Greek Revival style in which elements from ancient Greek architecture are used. Walter, one of many architects of the United States Capitol, was largely responsible for designing its great dome, rotunda, and flanking wings.

Warashina, Patti (United States, b.1940)
Warashina, an Asian American, works in ceramic clay in a style she identifies as surrealistic. She says her ideas often flow or flash from images of familiar objects, such as cars, flowers, and so on. Some of her works present figures in complex miniature worlds.

Warhol, Andy (United States, 1928-1987)
Andy Warhol and Pop Art go hand in hand; it is hard to imagine one without the other. He zeroed in on American mass production and its boring repetitions. Warhol painted 100 Cans in an unexciting way, just the way they are lined up on the supermarket shelves. However, one soup can may be boring, but 100 of them present patterns for the viewer to find.

Waring, Laura Wheeler (United States, 1887-1948)
Waring, an African American, studied art in the United States and Europe. Her painting style combines realistic and impressionistic techniques to express the individual character of her subjects. Waring was commissioned to paint portraits of many distinguished African Americans.

Washington, George (United States, 1732-1799)
The first President of the United States, Washington, like many well-educated people of his time, had enough knowledge of architecture to design much of his family estate, Mount Vernon.

Watteau, Antoine (France, 1684-1721)
Watteau was a French Rococo painter. Influenced by the artist Rubens, he created shimmering surfaces that sparkle with life. Many of his paintings show scenes of elegant society or comedic actors in park-like settings. Watteau was also one of the art world's great draughtsmen. He continually drew from life and left behind many sketches.

West, Benjamin (United States, 1738-1820)
Born in Pennsylvania, the painter Benjamin West moved to Europe as a young man. In England, he became an excellent painter of portraits and historical subjects. He painted for King George III and became president of the Royal Academy of Arts. Paintings such as The Death of General Wolfe became popular models for U.S. historical painting in the nineteenth century.

Weston, Edward (United States, 1886-1958)
Edward Weston was one of the most original and renowned photographers of the twentieth century. He began to earn his living in photography by doing house-to-house portraiture, but became increasingly dissatisfied with his soft-focus pictorial work. Having been influenced by an exhibition of modern paintings, he began using a direct, sharply focused, strongly composed style and focused his attention on ordinary objects. In many of his tightly composed photographs, he captured the beauty found in organic forms. In Pepper he transforms a common vegetable into a composition of flowing lines and textured surfaces.

Whistler, James Abbott McNeil (United States/England, 1834-1903)
The important American painter, Whistler, lived and worked in England for most of his life. He often worked in grays and blacks, and his compositions were influenced by Japanese prints. His best-known work is Arrangement in Gray and Black No. 1: The Artist's Mother. Commonly called Whistler's Mother, the painting is a realistic portrait placed against a background of vertical and horizontal rectangular shapes.

White, Charles (United States, 1918-1979)
White, an African American, interprets the lives of African-American heroes and working-class people. A book of his graphic art, Images of Dignity, was one of the first books to be published about a living African-American artist. As a teacher and artist-in-residence at Howard University, he encouraged many young artists.

Whiten, 'Colette Margaret (Great Britain, b.1945)
Whiten, who works in Toronto, makes environmental sculpture with wood. One of her well-known sculptures is Cutouts, a block of wood with figures cut out of it. The figures are placed around the block of wood, and the empty spaces in the wood block remind the viewer of the figures' origins.

Whitney, Ann (United States, 1821-1915)
Whitney studied sculpture in the United States, then studied and worked in Rome for four years. When she returned to the United States, she received many commissions for portraits and historical monuments. Her work evolved from the typical Neoclassical style of her era toward greater realism.

Willis, Beverly (United States, b.1928)
Willis has architectural offices in New York and San Francisco. Her practice focuses on designs for art centers and housing, which range from individual homes to mass housing for the United States Army. She has received numerous awards for her sensitive combinations of old and new architectural concepts and for her attention to the social purposes of architecture. She also designs furniture and paints and sculpts in wood.

Wittlin, Judith (United States, b.1938)
Wittlin's artworks, known as reversed paintings, are created on one or more layers of transparent plastic. The paint is applied on the back of the plastic so that the front is smooth and usually free of textures. Her works are inspired by varied sources, including nature and maps of various regions.

Wood, Grant (United States, 1891-1941)
Grant Wood was part of a group of American Scene painters called Regionalists who limited their subject matter to the regions in which they lived. In his trips to Europe, Wood became interested in the exquisite detail of the early Flemish masters, and his paintings reflect their fascination with detail. American Gothic is Wood's best-known work. The simple plainness of this farming couple has become symbolic of the austerity of rural American farm life.

Wood, McCrystle (United States, b.1947)
Wood says she is open to inspiration from 'everything and everybody' in her environment. Her early work was largely nonrepresentational, with geometric shapes joined with floating forms. Her recent works include computer-based imagery and installations with light.

Woodruff, Hale A. (United States, 1900-1980)
During his long artistic career, Woodruff, an African-American artist and educator, established educational and exhibition opportunities for African-American artists at Atlanta University. He also began Spiral, a forum for exhibitions and discussions of African-American work. His paintings were influenced by Abstract and African art.

Wren, Christopher (England, 1632-1723)
Christopher Wren was a great English architect of his time. A disastrous fire burned much of London in 1666. Afterwards, Wren designed many new buildings to replace those that were destroyed. His most important structure is St. Paul's Cathedral. The building has a beautiful dome and corner towers. The dome was copied many times, including for the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Wren, Sir Christopher (Great Britain, 1632-1732)
Wren became interested in Classical architecture when other artists asked him to consult on their buildings. The Great Fire of London gave him the opportunity to help rebuild the city. His best-known work is Saint Paul's Cathedral. He designed several other churches and buildings for royalty in London.

Wyeth, Andrew (United States, b.1917)
Andrew Wyeth paints natural landscapes and portraits of his neighbors in his own realistic way. From energetic and emotional sketches, he works to a finished product that seems absolutely real. Yet, the works are based on abstract structuring and design. In Christina's World, he painted the vast spaces and background first. Then he added the figure of Christina, his crippled neighbor. The painting, like many of Wyeth's works, is a realistic representation that also creates a mood. He is able to capture a moment in time and a feeling of place and raises commonplace subjects to levels of importance and dignity.


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