In a recent box lot I found a number of post cards addressed to the Vancouver Art Gallery. What was interesting is that the majority of them were informing the gallery of various art exhibitions.
This one piqued my interest because the image side of the post card was extremely interesting.
What at first appeared as just simple squiggles and random lines turned out to be digital art created by Cohen through his computer program AARON.
Who Was Harold Cohen
Harold Cohen was a British born, digital artist, born to Polish-Russian parents on May 1, 1928, in London. He was educated at the Slade School of Fine Art which is part of the University College of London.
In 1968 he left the UK for a one-year appointment as a visiting lecturer in art at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). This one year stint ended up with him retiring in 1994 as a professor emeritus after serving as department chair and then Director of the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts at UCSD.
He taught himself how to program and developed AARON along with machines that could translate the artwork developed from AARON into a physical form.
Cohen passed away on April 27, 2016.
You can find out more about Harold Cohen and his life at the following links.
Fedor Aleksandrovich Vasilev was a Russian landscape painter who was born on February 22, 1850, in Gatchina, Russia. His dad was a low ranking government official.
Having to work from the age of 12, Vasilev was a mailman, scribe and an assistant to an art restorer. After the death of his father he became the sole supporter of his family.
He started to take evening classes at the Society For Promotion of Artists’ School of Painting in 1863. While attending these classes, Vasilev, he met many painters who took care of him.
In 1866, famous landscape painter Ivan Shishkin, fell in love with Vasilev’s sister and began to teach him landscape painting.
Vasilev and Shishkin worked together between July and November 1867, on the island of Vallam. As a result of his friendship with Shishkin, Vasilev was introduced to other famous Russian painters and art collectors.
After painting Thaw in 1871, Vasilev became famous with the Russian royal family ordering a copy. Unfortunately, he was unable to enjoy his fame as he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and had to leave Saint Petersburg for the Crimea.
It took him a long time to get used to his new surroundings and he painted landscapes from the plains of Russia. Eventually he got used to his new surroundings and started painting landscapes of the Crimea.
On October 6, 1873, at the age of 23 Vasilev passed away in Yalta.