John William Waterhouse

Biography of John William Waterhouse

Painter of classical, historical, and literary subjects. John William Waterhousewas born in 1849 in Rome, where his father worked as a painter.

He was referred to as “Nino” throughout his life.

Photo of JW Waterhouse

In the 1850s the family returned to England. Before entering the Royal Academy

schools in 1870, Waterhouse assisted his father in his studio. His early works were

of classical themes in the spirit of Sir Lawrence Alma-

Tadema and Frederic Leighton, and were exhibited at the Royal Academy, the

Society of British Artists and the Dudley Gallery. In the late 1870s and the 1880s,

Waterhouse made several trips to Italy, where he painted genre scenes.

After his marriage in 1883 to Esther Kenworthy, Waterhouse took up residence at

the Primrose Hill Studios (number 3, and later, number 6).
Nino married Esther Kenworthy at St Mary’s Church, Ealing, London
Photograph by Rob Cartwright

Future occupants of the same Primrose Hill studios would include the artists

Arthur Rackham and Patrick Caulfield. Waterhouse painted primarily in oils,

yet he was elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 1883,

resigning in 1889. In 1884, his Royal Academy submission Consulting the Oracle

brought him favourable reviews; it was purchased by Sir Henry Tate, who also

purchased The Lady of Shalott from the 1888 Academy exhibition. The latter

painting reveals Waterhouse’s growing interest in themes associated with the

Pre-Raphaelites, particularly tragic or powerful femmes fatales, as well as plein-air

painting. Other examples of paintings depicting a femme fatale are Circe Invidiosa,

CleopatraLa Belle Dame Sans Merci and several versions of Lamia. In 1885

Waterhouse was elected an associate of the Royal Academy and a full member in

1895. His RA diploma work was A Mermaid. However, as this painting was not

completed until 1900, Waterhouse offered his Ophelia of 1888 as his temporary

submission (this painting was ‘lost’ for most of the 20th century–it is now in the

collection of Lord Lloyd Webber).

In the mid-1880s Waterhouse began exhibiting with the Grosvenor Gallery and

its successor, the New Gallery, as well as at provincial exhibitions in Birmingham,

Liverpool and Manchester. Paintings of this period, such as Mariamne, were

exhibited widely in England and abroad as part of the international symbolist

movement. In the 1890s Waterhouse began to exhibit portraits. In 1900 he was

the primary instigator of the Artists’ War Fund, creating Destiny, and contributing

to a theatrical performance. The pictures offered to the War Fund were auctioned

at Christie’s. In 1901 he moved to St John’s Wood and joined the St John’s Wood

Arts Club, a social organization that included Alma-Tadema and George Clausen.

He also served on the advisory council of the St. John’s Wood Art School where

young and upcoming “neo Pre-Raphaelite” artists such as Byam Shaw numbered

amongst his pupils.

Despite suffering from increasing frailty during the final decade of his life,

Waterhouse continued painting until his death from cancer in 1917.

From 1908-1914 he painted a series of paintings based upon the

Persephone legend. They were followed by pictures based upon literature and

mythology in 1916 (MirandaTristram and Isolde). One of his final works was

The Enchanted Garden, left unfinished on his easel at his death, and now in the

collection of the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Liverpool.

Very little is known of Waterhouse’s private life – only a few letters have survived

and thus, for many years, the identity of his models has been a mystery.

One letter that has survived indicates that Mary Lloyd, the model for

Lord Leighton’s masterpiece Flaming June, posed for Waterhouse. The well-known

Italian male model, Angelo Colorossi, who sat for Leighton, Millais, Sargent,

Watts, Burne-Jones and many other Victorian artists, also sat for Waterhouse.

Waterhouse and his wife Esther did not have any children. Esther Waterhouse

outlived her husband by 27 years, passing away in 1944 at a nursing home.

Today, she is buried alongside her husband at Kensal Green Cemetery in north

London. Waterhouse’s great-nephew, Dr John Physick, has carried the Waterhouse

torch into the 21st century and has shared some of his memories of his family on

this website. More details about Waterhouse’s life can be found in the monographs.



I am Bipolar

I mentioned before that I am bipolar and that I would elaborate more about that. Well I was diagnosed at 24.  I think I had it way before that it’s just that I use to self medicate with alcohol. I had tremendous energy and use to party really hard until I got  hospitalized for the first time. I stayed in the hospital for about 3 weeks. I stayed that long because it took me a while to figure out how to get out and that was to be compliant with treatment. Anyway as soon as I got out I did not follow my treatment plan. I thought I was better and did not believe that I am bipolar. I managed to stay ok for about a year. Then I was hospitalized again for another 3 weeks. That time I was compliant with treatment. I think I decided to be complaint because I wanted to get out of the hospital. Once released again I stopped taking my medications. I again lasted about a year before I was hospitalized. Finally during that hospitalization I met a great psychiatrist. He seemed to have taken interest in me and helped me get on a treatment plan that did not bother me. I have to say that the other treatment plans made me sleepy and that was one of  reasons I did not want to follow it. This doctor was incredible he found the right treatment plan and met with me once a week which was not usual for a psychiatrist to do. He took care of me and made me feel important. During the therapy sessions he recommended that I go back and do some constructive with my life. I use to work, but I got on disability something he did not think was good for me. He recommended that I volunteer at the hospital and I did holding crack babies to soothe them. Then he recommended that I take a couple of college courses. I did those things and felt much better. What happened after that was amazing because I completed a Bachelor of Science then went on to a Masters program in Social Work which I also completed. I am now a social worker. But I have to add that so many things  happened during the time that I was not diagnosed, I had a great job and gave it up, was in a lot of debt and was promiscuous. All those things made me unsuccessful and very depressed, yet I did not think something was going on with me until I was hospitalized several times. At first some doctors thought that because I abused drugs and alcohol that may be that was the problem, but like I said that great doctor finally figured it out for me and diagnosed me as bipolar. I could not accept it at first and thought that therapy was stupid, but now I don’t and I am much more stable because I follow my treatment plan of lamictal and abilify. I don’t feel effects and I can work now with out getting sleepy. My last break was in 2000 because after being sober for 10 years I began drinking then again doubted that I was bipolar and stopped my treatment. Sure enough I was hospitalized for two weeks for that. I learned my lesson then and finally accepted once and for all that I am bipolar.  I want to share that if you are diagnosed with bipolar you don’t have to give up and chalk it up as being mentally ill. Think of it as having diabetes or something that has to be treated daily. Once you accept the disorder then I guarantee you will be able to function better. Of course too get educated about the disorder learn all you can about it. It’s very complicated, yet manageable. Finally get support from friends and family that understand you and will not stigmatize.  I have posted a Public Service Announcement to give you some more information about Bipolar Disorder.  Also there is a website called and they have loads of information on the disorder. They also provide information on how to obtain supportive services.

Santeria An Interesting Religion

Santeria is also known as: Regla de Ocha,

La Regla Lucumi, Lukumi, etc.


Santeria is a syncretistic religion of Caribbean origin. It combines:

bullet The worship of the Orisha (literally “head guardian”) and other beliefs of the Ifa religion, as practiced by the Yoruba and Bantu people in Southern Nigeria, Senegal and Guinea Coast, and
bullet Elements of worship from Roman Catholicism.

Its origin dates back to Cuba and Brazil circa 1515 CE. During the slave trade, Yoruba natives were forcibly transported from Africa to the Caribbean. They were typically baptized by the Roman Catholic church upon arrival, and their native practices were suppressed. They developed a novel way of keeping their old beliefs alive by equating the each Orisha of their traditional religions with a corresponding Christian Saint.

covered in this section:

bullet Terminology; the numbers and locations of its followers
bullet Beliefs and practices
bullet Conflicts
bullet Internet resources and books

Copyright © 1995 to 2009 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Author: B.A. Robinson

My friend believes in Santeria, yet she considers herself a Catholic and I wonder if that is possible. As for me I don’t believe in this type of worshiping.  Although I don’t believe in Santeria I find it fascinating.

Don’t Care

I remember when I use to care for just about everything, but slowly but surely that has all changed. I no longer care for a lot of things.  Now a days I only seem to care for my cat that I have had for 12 years.  My Mom passed away in 2008, but that is another story about how I miss her.

Going back to not caring. The other day I was looking at myself in the mirror and said to myself I don’t care about anything.  I think the final thing that made me say that was when I got terminated from work. I still cant’ believe that it was done. Anyway what I have decided to do which coincides with my feeling of not caring is not work for awhile. I don’t want to work because I feel as if I am not worthy of having a job and that as a social worker I have failed. Because I got terminated from my last job I feel embarrassed and can’t seem to come up with the courage to find another job, so I don’t care about getting another job.

The other things that I don’t care about are the things I use to do. I use to crochet, keep a diary, dance, go the movies and kept busy doing constructive things, but in the last 10 years I don’t do any of those things. All I do is sit in front of the computer, but the one good thing that has come out of that is blogging through wordpress.

Finally, the last thing that I am afraid I don’t care about is people. It’s ironic I am a social worker and don’t care about people anymore. I literally have decided that I will not give my heart to anyone anymore and that I won’t get entangled in other peoples feelings about themselves or me. This frame of mind came to be after so many let downs by people that I use to care about.

I can’t even begin to describe how many times I have put all my energies into people and then they just either take me for granted or just walk out of my life with out a care. Don’t get me wrong I care in some level, but what I am trying to say is that I won’t show it anymore and won’t let myself become vulnerable in front anyone for a long time. It’s sad for me to feel this way, but it’s the way feel. It’s like life to me has become a burden. I am not having suicidal ideations I don’t think that way, but I am very disappointed in myself and what I have let myself become and that is someone who is totally jaded and has lost all hope.

I don’t think I am conveying my message clearly right now and I will in the future by being more descriptive and detailed about what I am trying to say about being non caring.  But may be by revealing the fact that I am bipolar that can shed some light into my message. I will surely elaborate soon about what is making me so callous and uncaring.

Man Ray the Artist

Man Ray

Man Ray, the master of experimental and fashion photography was also a painter, a filmmaker, a poet, an essayist, a philosopher, and a leader of American modernism. Known for documenting the cultural elite living in France, Man Ray spent much of his time fighting the formal constraints of the visual arts. Ray’s life and art were always provocative, engaging, and challenging.

Born Emanuel Rabinovitch in 1890, Man Ray spent most of his young life in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The eldest child of an immigrant Jewish tailor, he was a mediocre student who shunned college for the bohemian artistic life in nearby Manhattan. In New York he began to work as an artist, meeting many of the most important figures of the time. He learned the rudiments of photography from the art dealer and photographer,Alfred Stieglitz, and began to experiment on his own.

In 1914, Man Ray married the Belgian poet, Adon Lacroix, and soon after met the experimental artist Marcel Duchamp. Duchamp was to be one of Man Ray’s greatest influences as well as a close friend and collaborator. Together the two attempted to bring some of the verve of the European experimental art movements to America. The most energetic of these movements was “dada.” Dada was an attempt to create work so absurd it confused the viewer’s sense of reality. The dadaists would take everyday objects and present them as if they were finished works of art. For Man Ray, dada’s experimentation was no match for the wild and chaotic streets of New York, and he wrote “Dada cannot live in New York. All New York is dada, and will not tolerate a rival.”

Having broken with his wife, Man Ray left New York for Paris in 1921—marking a continuous stream of tempestuous and often doomed romances. Through Duchamp, Man Ray met some of the most exciting artists and thinkers in Paris. Though he didn’t speak a word of French at first, he was welcomed into this group and became its unofficial photographer. Among the many models from this period were Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Dali, Gertude Stein, James Joyce, and the famous performer, Kiki of Montparnasse. For six years Kiki was Ray’s constant model, muse, and lover.

Among the most famous of his photographs of the time are the many of Kiki. Man Ray’s photographs of Kiki often use the outline of her body to represent other objects. This interest in minimalism and abstraction carried over to Man Ray’s experiments with what he termed “rayographs.” A “rayograph” was made by placing a three-dimensional object or series of objects on top of a piece of photographic paper and exposing it to light. These images lyrically and impressionistically represented objects such as ropes, light bulbs, and thumb tacks. Many artists responded positively to Man Ray’s daring combination of minimalism, chance, and absurdity, and in 1922 he published his first book of them entitled The Delightful Fields.

Throughout the 1930s Man Ray continued to paint, sculpt, and make portraits along with the surrealists, whose freewheeling dispositions were similar to his own. Though deeply immersed in the artistic life of France, World War II forced Man Ray to leave Paris, and he moved to Hollywood. In Hollywood, many expatriate artists, musicians, and writers took up residence. He spent ten years there working as a fashion photographer. With his brave use of lighting and minimalist representation, Man Ray produced fashion photographs unlike any that had come before—and forever changed that discipline.

Man Ray longed, however, to be back in Paris, the city that had nurtured his creative life. So, after the war, married to a young dancer named Juliet Brown, he moved back. He spent the next twenty-five years there, creating paintings, sculptures, films, and photographs. He died on November 18, 1976 at the age of eighty-six. One the great artists and agitators of his time, Man Ray will be remembered not simply for the fascinating and experimental works he left behind, but for the crucial role he played in encouraging the revolutionary in art. RayMan RayMan RayMan RayMan RayMan RayMan RayMan RayMan Ray

Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960 – 1988)

Basquiat was a fascinating and complex artist who is now regarded as a major painter of the 1980s. His work – and life — continue to inspire artists and viewers around the world. He has achieved a cult status among the young, with his impish grace, disregard for “bourgeois values” and the intensity of his work. Unfortunately, as with any cult figure come many myths about the man, his life and his art.

This site is based on a critical respect for Basquiat’s work, and the recognized need for accurate information on the artist on the web.

In this site you will find:

The site is new and growing, other elements will be added. Feedback is appreciated.

This site is also used to back up and supplement the new book Jean-Michel Basquiat: A Biography (published Greenwood Press, March 2010). The book is a based around a chronological account of his life, but seeks to give a flavor of his times, and focuses on the themes of his art and individual artworks. It is written in a straightforward style especially for young people and those learning about the artist for the first time, but anyone seeking greater appreciation of the artist, his times, and his work will find it of great interest. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Major Basquiat Retrospective Exhibition to open in Basil, May 2010 !

‘Andy Warhol’s Last Decade’ showsBasquiat/Warhol collaborations,in Milwaukee till January 2010, and Fort Worth till May 2010

Andy Warhol the Artist

Summary of the Life of Andy Warhol

1928 – 1987 United States of America

Famous Warhol Works
Cambells Soup
Gold Marilyn Monroe, 1962
Elvis, 1963
The Last Supper

Visible Influences
Advertising, popular culture, and design.

Movements & Styles
Pop art – Andy Warhol was one of the leading American pop artists.
Produced – Famous portraits, images from popular culture, shoes, and images from advertising.

Andy Warhol Life – Biography

Andy Warhol was one of the most important artists in the Pop art movement in America. Warhol became as famous as many of the celebrities he portrayed in his popular screen prints. Among his manypopular quotes and comments he stated famously that “In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”

Warhol was born Andrew Warhola in 1928 to Slovakian parents. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Warhol studied Commercial Art at the Carnegie Mellon University (formerly known as the Carnegie Institute of Technology) from 1945 to 1949, majoring in Pictorial Design. He then moved then moved to New York to begin a career in illustration and advertising.

Warhol achieved success as a commercial artist during the 1950s, achieving commendations from the Art Director’s Club and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. He began to become quite well known for his whimsical ink drawings of shoes. Warhol had work published in popular and widely magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and The New Yorker. He also created window displays for several popular retail shop window fronts. During this time Warhol also began exhibiting his work in fine art galleries and managed to exhibit in a group exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1956.

“Business art is the step that comes after Art. I started as a commercial artist, and I want to finish as a business artist.” Andy Warhol

During the 1960s Andy Warhol produced many of his most famous and iconic images. He had now moved into “the Factory“, a large building located on Union Square in New York City where him and his team of hired workers were mass producing screen prints of popular culture. Famous works from the period included the Cambells Soup Cans, Coke Bottles, Disaster paintings and pop icon portraits such asMarilyn Monroe. Warhol also started making 16mm films during the 60s with titles like “Chelsea Girls” and “Blow Job”.

The Factory as he called it was not just the working space for the artist and his workers but was also a meeting place for all kinds of creative and talented people. Artists, musicians, writers and actors frequented the Factory with such notables as Mick Jagger and Truman Capote stopping by. During one nearly fateful day in 1968 one of the Factory regulars shot Andy Warhol in the stomach injuring several internal organs. A deranged militant feminist Valerie Solanas fired 3 bullets at Warhol wounding him only once. Warhol survived but never fully recovered from his injuries.

Andy Warhol was extensively exhibiting his works in well know art galleries and museums around the world in the 70s and 80s. His celebrity was almost as great as his famous portraits of Mick Jagger,Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. He published “The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (from A to B and back again)”, started the “Interview” fashion magazine (still published today), and worked on several television projects including “Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes” produced for MTV. Warhol also collaborated with several up and coming painters including Keith Haring, Francesco Clemente, andJean-Michel Basquiat.

In 1987 on February 22 Andy Warhol died. After a non-threatening gall bladder operation complications arose and Warhol passed away. His funeral was his final act of celebrity with more than 2000 people attending it. Many celebrities, artists, musicians and influential people attended, with Yoko Ono among those who spoke at his funeral.

“Death means a lot of money, honey. Death can really make you look like a star.” Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was a methodical and obsessive person with a great love of art, wealth and fame. He amassed a great fortune during his life time and achieved fame like no painter before him had achieved. He merged art, wealth and fame producing the Pop Artist Andy Warhol.

In 1994 the Andy Warhol Museum opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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