We’re all voyeurs. It’s interesting to get a peek inside, especially if the person is someone whose work you admire. A working artist’s studio is a personal space that represents freedom, a place to try things. I have never been afraid to try new techniques or subject matter but I have no hesitation in throwing out what I deem to be horrible mistakes. (It’s akin to wearing clean underwear …accident…unconscious). My studio is dusty and has spider webs in the corners. The front step is rotting and one day soon will fall right off. Do I really care? Nope. Because once I am inside the world falls away anyway. On the other hand, my design office is pristine; the place where I use a different set of tools to create and am totally connected to the outside world.
For more images of studios, check out John Annesley’s website page to see studios belonging to artists who use his custom art support systems.
Everyone needs some personal space to feel imaginative and free to create something new.
Here are some artists that I admire in their respective studios.
Pablo Picasso in his Cannes studio, 1965 photo, Arnold Newman/Getty Images
Ed Ruscha in his studio photo, Todd Hido (check out dog in the dog bed under desk)
Frida Kahlo in her studio at Casa Azul photo,Vicente Wolf Photography Collection (wish this was in color)
Roy Lichtenstein studio in 1963, photo, John Leongard for Life
Alex Katz at work in his studio, photo, the Smithsonian
Lee Krasner in her studio (she is barefoot, love that!)