Henri Matisse is considered to be a leading figure in modern art. Known primarily as a painter, Matisse was also a draughtsman, painter and sculptor. His love for art was realised following an attack of appendicitis in 1889. Two years later, Matisse returned to Paris, where he had studied law, to pursue his passion and study art as a student of William-Adolphe Bouguereau and later Gustave Moreau. He began painting still life and landscapes, but following a risky operation after being diagnosed with cancer, which left him wheelchair bound with a diminished ability to paint, Matisse began to create incredibly bright and expressive cut paper collages.
Mike Winkelmann, otherwise known as ‘Beeple’, is a self-taught graphic designer from Wisconsin, USA. In his spare time, he has been creating short films and visual art using a variety of different platforms. His motion graphics have been developed focussing on the syncing of audio and video and some of his live visuals have been used my electronic music acts such as deadmau5, Tiësto and Flying Lotus. For the past seven years, Beeple has been contributing to his series everydays, where he creates a new piece of digital artwork from start to finish in one day, everyday, using Photoshop and Illustrator.