Was going to create a thread about my inquiry, but figured I'd bump this and get the opinions of any art regs. I'm always on the lookout for artists that challenge the paradigm (plus expanding my palette) and was wondering if anyone had some suggestions for me to check out. Basically I'm asking what your favorite artists are and why? I'm most attracted to surrealism, neo-gothic tones and themes, landscapes, some graffiti, and portraits.
Some of my favorites include: Rembrandt*, Caravaggio*, Alphonse Mucha, Joseph Mallord, Roger Dean, Salvador Dali, Giorgio De Chirico* (hauntingly empty townscapes), John Baizley* (my sig), Zdzislaw Beksinski*, Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, Joan Miro, Paul Devaux, Maurits Escher*, Rene Magritte, Roberto Matta, Lenora Carrington, John Bauer, Wols, Banksy(people talk him up too much but he's still good), Blu, Dan Mumford, Alex Pardee, Todd Schorr, Jacek Yerka*, Anthony Van Dyck, Elizabeth Vigee-Lebrun, John Singer Sargent, Giovanni Boldini, Paul Bril, Aert Van Der Neer, Salvator Rosa, Jacob Van Ruisdael, Luca Carlevarijs, Alessandro Magnasco, Canaletto, Michele Giovanni Marieschi, Francesco Guardi, Sil'vestr Feodosievich Shchedrin, Francis Danby*, William Leighton Leitch, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Pena, Thomas Chambers*, Felix Ziem, Martin Johnson Heade, Paul Weber, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, and others I'm forgetting.
The entire ethos that makes up an artist's identity can sometimes consume them with their popular pieces (think Mona Lisa) and it's a damn shame. I'll admit I enjoy anime, but I cannot believe how it has exploded, especially in the last fifteen years. Honestly, it kind of comes off as an easy out to me and is borderline cliche. People can choke on it for all I care.