Five Artists as Funky as the Fauves

Posted in The Art-Isms by Aimee Morris on 06th September 2017

The Fauves were a small group of French artists who applied colour to their canvases straight from the tube. No mixing. No shading. Just pigments in their raw form, applied in thick brushstrokes and bold lines. Patterns of colour prevailed over realistic representation, for which the artists were harshly criticised and called 'fauves', or 'wild beasts'. Henri Matisse was a key leader of the movement, which spanned the first decade of the 20th Century.

We've spotlighted five artists whose work is as colour-intense as that of the Fauves.


1. Vesa Kivinen

Vesa has created his own art form. Artevo, as he calls it, combines oil painting, nature photography and digital collaging. Vesa's mixed media works are loud and proud. His bright hues and heavy brushstrokes certainly echo the colour-loving Fauves.


When I was Lips by Vesa Kivinen


2. Tim Fowler

Tim uses acrylics, oils, gloss, varnish and spray paint to create colourful images that have abstract elements. His portraits and architecture-inpired works have the bold colours of Fauvism, plus the simplification of form that the Fauves favoured.


Lauren Bacall by Tim Fowler


3. Barbara Rae

Barbara is one of Scotland's foremost contemporary artists. Her abstract landscapes are bursting with sun-drenched colours. Much like the Fauves, she applies a lot of her pigments in their pure form - layering one colour over another to achieve the effect of perspective. 


Pueblo by Barbara Rae



Ewa's paintings are all about colour - and reflections of colour. Her paint is thick, and her colours bold. No doubt the Fauves would have loved the rainbow palette that characterises Ewa's portraits, still lifes and landscapes.


Walking with Rainbow by Ewa Czarniecka



Colour is integral to Pol's abstracts. Complementary colours sit side by side, hot and cold, giving his canvases form, depth and a sense of movement. Like in the work of the Fauves, colour takes precedence over form in Pol's canvases.


Abstract 8871501 by Pol Ledent