Great Artists

YWP ARTISTS! Each month, we feature great contemporary artists from around the world and our home state of Vermont. Scroll through and learn about the artists and their work. If you're inspired, respond to the individual artists by creating your own great art.


  • Visual Art

    David Hockney

    This British-born artist's work was profoundly influenced by the aesthetic and intense light of his adopted Los Angeles home.

  • Visual Art

    Pablo Picasso

    One of the most important, original, and celebrated artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso's influence on art continues today.

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    Amy Sherald

    Of all the opinions about the official portrait of Michelle Obama, the one that mattered most to artist Amy Sherald was the former first lady's. And she said she loved it.  

  • Visual Art

    Norval Morrisseau

    Norval Morrisseau, a self-taught artist, conveyed the stories and values of his Anishinaabe elders in a distinctive visual storytelling style that became known as the Woodland School.

  • Visual Art

    Hans Hofmann

    This influential painter and teacher promoted an artistic theory he called "push and pull" – the interdependent relationships between form, color, and space.

  • Visual Art

    Henri Matisse

    French artist Henri Matisse was one of the most original and innovative artists of the early 20th century, known for his use of striking colors.

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    Mark Bradford

    From hair stylist in his mom's beauty salon in Los Angeles to world-renowned artist, Mark Bradford explores issues of class, race, and gender through his art.

  • Visual Art

    Emily Mason

    Stunning, bold, abstract paintings, such as "Semaphore," above, are the signature style of artist Emily Mason. Poet Emily Dickinson and the landscapes of Vermont were among her influences.

  • Visual Art

    Georgia O'Keeffe

    Georgia O'Keeffe, called the "Mother of American modernism," was renowned for her paintings of enlarged flowers, landscapes in New Mexico, New York City architecture. 

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    Philip Guston

    Through his art, Philip Guston raised social and political questions about freedom, brutality, racism, and civil strife that still resonate today.

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    Vaune Trachtman

    Vermont-based photographer and printmaker Vaune Trachtman creates dreamy, layered images that combine past and present in both technology and subject.

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    Wolf Kahn

    Master landscape painter Wolf Kahn and his brilliant oil and pastel paintings, such as "Ochre Barn Ochre Bush" above, were the inspiration for our Great Artists Challenge.