Frederick Sommer (September 7, 1905 – January 23, 1999), was an artist born in Angri, Italy and raised in Brazil. He earned a M.A. degree in Landscape Architecture (1927) from Cornell University where he met Frances Elisabeth Watson (September 20, 1904 – April 10, 1999) whom he married in 1928; they had no children. The Sommers moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1931 and then Prescott, Arizona in 1935. Sommer became a naturalized citizen of the United States on November 18, 1939.
Considered a master photographer, Sommer first experimented with photography in 1931 after being diagnosed with tuberculosis the year prior. Early works on paper (starting in 1931) include watercolors, and evolve to pen-and-ink or brush plus drawings of visually composed musical score. Concurrent to the works on paper, Sommer started to seriously explore the artistic possibilities of photography in 1938 when he acquired an…
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I recently discovered the artist Adrienne Slane. Slane combines the ideas of the beauty and interconnectivity of nature along with religious symbolism as well. She uses vintage images found in a number of places to create intricate colorful collages. Love everything about it.
The edgy Hamilton-based Group of 7 Billion just launched a website for its hundreds of collages, done with wry humour in vintage materials in recurring themes that include cats (lots of them), nudes and space images. They’re sometimes Monty Python-esque and always recognizable. This loose collective of friends was formed in in 2009 and is a mainstay of Hamilton’s monthly art crawl.
The Group of 7 Billion represents artists Caitlin Eady, Drew Taylor, Sean Gadoury & Victoria Iles.
See them also on Facebook, here.