Today we are here to share with you all, the top ten American artists of all time. Generations come and go, but there are some people that literally leave a mark on the face of this earth and are forever known for their work, their amazing and endless talent and thus, their memory stays on. This is precisely the reason, that when we talk about artists, for example poets, we always refer to them in present tense. We always say that this is what the poet says, we never refer to his words like, this is what the poet USED to say! Given below are our top favourites when it comes to America’s artists and trust us, these choices were not easy to make! We have artists from almost all genres including but not limited to illustrators, educators, dancers, poets, musicians, painters, actors, warriors and film makers.
10. Tim Burton : American Artists
The first important and influential personality that we have on our list of top ten American artists is known for his work as an Illustrator, Painter, Director, Producer and Screen Writer. Quite a lot of feathers in the cap of one Tim Burton, who was born on August 25, 1958, in Burbank, California. He did his majors in the field of animation from the California Institute of Arts. If you are having trouble recalling who this amazing artist is then maybe you may recall some of his masterpieces, an striking series of movies which created an amazing blend of horror and fantasy like the famous Nightmare before Christmas, Beetlejuice and the classic, Edward Scissorhands.
9. Horace Pippin
Like we mentioned in the introductory paragraph of this article, we have some iconic artists on this list of ours which also includes warriors. So the next artist on the list of top ten American artists, is Horace Pippin. The man lived from 1888 to 1946 and was not just was a warrior but a painter and a military leader as well. In his own words, “The pictures … come to me in my mind, and if to me it is a worthwhile picture I paint it … I do over the picture several times in my mind and when I am ready to paint it I have all the details I need.” He was born in Pennsylvania and learned to create art as a child. The sad fact is that he lost the use of his drawing arm in World War I but the amazing thing is that he taught himself to paint through the fiasco. He became a MOMA artist known especially for his renderings of African-American as shown in the picture above.
8. Red Skelton
So next up we have Red Skeleton, the son born to a circus clown. This fact makes it no wonder for people that he had “emotionally comples routines” when it came to his work as a Radio Personality. For all of you who are thinking that this amazing guy on our list of top ten American artists, was just a radio personality, then you may not know him all that well because he was also a Film Actor, Painter, Television Actor, Comedian, Television Personality. Unfortunately, he died in 1997 but for the twenty years of his life that he spent being a star performer for NBC, he left his mark on this world.
7. Dorothea Lange
Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), is the next artist on our list. She was known for her excellence in photo journalism especially through the great depression. Shown above is one of her most acclaimed photographs, and that too from the depression time period where a poor mother is sitting besides her children. About this woman, Lange is reported to have said, “…she sat in that lean-to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it.” And by Lange helping her with her photographs, it means that Lange managed to bring to the attention of the world, the plight of the people around her!
6. Grant Wood
Next up on our list is the man who, to quote exactly what we found out about him, was hailed as Iowa Moses who was supposed to lead American art into the Promise Land. He was born on February 13, 1891 (February 12, 1942) and was a celebrated American painter especially ones depicting the American Midwest. He was hailed as an Iowa Moses who had come to lead American art into the Promised Land.