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Painters - International

• The Artist Institute of Chicago

http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artists

Lists the many thousands of artists, designers, craftspeople and photographers of all countries and periods whose work is included in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, with basic biographical information, i.e dates of birth and death and nationality, together with photographs of work by them in the collection.


• The International Artists Database

http://www.culturebase.net/list_detail.php?type=name&group=a&lang=English

Contains biographical information on thousands of contemporary artists working in all media worldwide, together with examples of their work, statements by the artists, articles, and additional links.


• The Museum of Modern Art, New York

http://www.moma.org/collection/artists?locale=en

An inventory of the many thousands of international artists, designers and photographers whose work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Each entry contains details of work(s) in the collection and basic biographical information, i.e. dates of birth and death.


• Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie

https://rkd.nl/en/explore/artists

Compiled by the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie in the Hague.
Contains data on over 350,000 artists and designers. Covers all media and periods. Doesn't include a list of names, therefore, you need to know the name the individual you are searching for.


• Tate Online

http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ArtistA2Z?cgroupid=999999961

An inventory of the many thousands of international artists whose work is included in the permanent collections of the UK's four Tate Galleries -Tate Britain in London, Tate Modern in London, Tate Liverpool and Tate St. Ives. Each entry contains details of the works in the Tate collections, and in many cases a biography of the artist and/or photographs the works.


• The Web Gallery of Art

http://www.wga.hu/index1.html

The Web Gallery of Art is described as "a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism periods (1000-1850)". It contains biographical information on several thousand artists together with over 24.000 reproductions [2010]. The database originated in 1996 and was created Emil Krén a retired Hungarian physicist and Dániel Marx, a researcher at the Department of Computer Science and Information Theory, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary. It is a private initiative not related to any museums or art institutions, and not supported financially by any state or corporate sponsors. For a free-access site it is extraordinarily comprehensive and informative.


Painters - Australia

• Design & Art Australia Online (DAAO)

http://www.daao.org.au

Compiled by the DAAO based in at the College of Fine Arts in Paddiington, New South Wales. DAAO currently [2010] contains data on approximately 8,000 artists and designers who have worked, or are working, in all fields, media and periods in Australia.


• Centre for Australian Art. Australian Prints + Printmaking

http://www.printsandprintmaking.gov.au/search/

Provides basic biographical information artists from Australia, Papua New Guinea and Aotearoa New Zealand who have created prints. An invaluable source on artists working in all media and periods in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region


Painters - Austria

• Galerie bei der Albertina

http://www.galerie-albertina.at/en/artists.html

The Galerie bei der Albertina is a private gallery founded by Christa Zetter in 1973. It is located close to the Albertina Museum in Vienna. The gallery specializes in 20th century Austrian painting, sculpture and design. The site contains profiles of approximately 120 artists and designers with examples of their work.


Painters - Canada

• Artists in Canada

http://www.artistsincanada.com/

Compiled by ArtistsinCanada.com based in Saskatoon, Sakatchewan. Contains profiles of in excess of 1,000 contemporary Canadian artists working in a wide range of media including ceramics, carving, crafts, folk art, graphic design, illustration, jewellery, painting, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, and video art. Also includes a separate category of Aboriginal artists.

All artists can be searched by name, media type and province. Contains links to the artists' Web sites and examples of their work.


• The Canadian Art Database: Artists File

http://www.ccca.ca/artists/index.html

Compiled by the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art/Centre de l'art contemporain canadien. Currently [2010] contains 44,838 images of images of work by 575 contemporary Canadian visual artists in all media including painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, collage, mixed media, bookworks, audio-visual, film, performance work, conceptual work, and applied arts (fibre, ceramics, glass, metal, wood and furniture). Each entry usually contains the artist's CV.


• Royal Canadian Academy of Arts / Académie Royale des Arts du Canada

http://web.archive.org/web/20131012024624/http://www.rca-arc.ca/en/about_members/since1880.asp

Contains profiles of the c.700 members of the RCA. Includes artists working in 20 visual arts disciplines including painting, sculpture, architecture, architecture, photography, craft, and filmmaking. The original page no longer exists, although the link was archived on the Wayback web archive which we've linked to above.


Painters - Canada - Women

• Canadian Women Artists History Initiative

http://cwahi.concordia.ca/sources/artists/browse.php

Compiled by the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative (CWAHI) is a collaborative endeavour based at the Department of Art History at Concordia University in Montreal.

The CWAHI database is intended to provide a research tool that brings together the growing body of literature about women artists who worked in Canada and who were born before 1925. Contains profiles of c.300 artists working in all media.


Painters - Denmark

• Kunstindeks Danmark & Weilbachs Kunstnerleksikon

http://www.kulturarv.dk/kid/SoegKunstneroversigt.do

A biographical dictionary Danish painters, sculptors, designers, craftspeople and architects. The data was compiled from Kunstindeks Danmark, the central register of artworks owned by Danish state-owned and state-subsidised museums, run by the Danish National Cultural Heritage Agency supplemented by information from the 1994 edition of Weilbachs Kunstnerleksikon. [Text in Danish].


Painters - Hungary

• Artportal.hu

http://artportal.hu/lexikon/muveszek/

Compiled by artportal.hu. Contains profiles of many thousands of Hungarian artists active in all media since c.1900. Text in Hungarian. Entries translate into English quite well using the Google translation service.


Painters - Iceland

• UMM

http://english.umm.is/UMMenglish/Artists/

Compiled by UMM in Reykjavik, Iceland. Contains profiles of many hundreds, possibly thousands of contemporary artists working in all media in Iceland. [Text in English and Icelandic].


Painters - New Zealand

• Dictionary of New Zealand National Biography

http://www.dnzb.govt.nz/dnzb/

Contains over 3,000 biographies of deceased New Zealanders who have "made their mark" on the country, includes bookplate designers, calligraphers, cartoonists, carvers, commercial artists, craftsmen and craftswomen, embroiders, engravers, fabric printers, film-makers, graphic designers, illustrators, jewellery designers, painters [listed as artists], photographers, potters, scenic artists, sculptors, silversmiths, spinners, stained glass artists, stamp, coin and medal designers, tapestry makers, typographers, war artists, weavers.

• Centre for Australian Art. Australian Prints + Printmaking

http://www.printsandprintmaking.gov.au/search/

Provides basic biographical information artists from Australia, Papua New Guinea and Aotearoa New Zealand who have created prints. An invaluable source on artists working in all media and periods in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region.


Painters - UK

• Axis - The Online Resource for Contemporary Art

http://www.axisweb.org/members/

Begun in 1998, Axis is rapidly becoming a major portal for information on contemporary art in the UK. Its directory contains profiles of over 2,500 professional artists and curators active in Britain today with examples of their work. The site also includes details on current and forthcoming arts events and exhibitions in the UK.

• National Portrait Gallery, London

http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/artA-Z.php

Contains biographical information on the many hundreds of painters and photographers of subjects in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. An important source on mainly British portrait artists.

• Royal Academy of Arts, London

http://www.racollection.org.uk/ixbin/indexplus?_IXACTION_=file&_IXFILE_=templates/pages/artist_choice.html

Compiled by the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Contains profiles of the current Academicians of the Royal Academy (RA), an elected body of painters, engravers, printmakers, sculptors and architects.

• Royal West of England Academy, Bristol - Academicians

http://www.rwa.org.uk/rwa-artists/academicians-listings/

Compiled by the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, England. Contains profiles of the current Academicians of the Royal West of Academy (RWA).

• scotlandart.com

http://www.scotlandart.com/Artist/Artist443.aspx

Compiled by scotlandart.com. which has commercial galleries in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The website currently contains profiles of c.140 contemporary Scottish painters represented by the galleries with examples of their work.


Painters - USA

• African American Visual Artists Database

http://www.aavad.com

The aim of the African American Visual Artists Database (AAVAD) is to establish a free public access record of the ongoing contribution of artists of African decent to the visual arts. Included are all artists of the African diaspora who have lived, worked, studied or exhibited in the USA, Canada, and the Caribbean. Artists are eligible when they have been actively and professionally engaged in the production of work of art for a period of at least 4 years and are at least 21 years old. As of November 2009, the AAVAD contains data on nearly 12,000 artists. The amount of biographical information is limited. More useful as a source of bibliographical data.


• AskArt

http://www.askart.com/AskART/index.aspx

A subscription-based online service that contains data on some c.80,000 painters and sculptors and some designers and craftspeople. Mainly includes US artists. Access is free on Fridays. Most of the information has been supplied by collectors and dealers. Wikipederish. Only a percentage of entries so far contain biographical information but this is growing.

• Luther College

http://finearts.luther.edu/artists/index.html

Profiles of artists, designers and makers whose work is represented in the collection of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.


• PM / A-D Designers and Artists


http://www.drleslie.com/Contributors/contributorslist.shtml

Compiled by Erin K. Malone as part of an M.F.A. Thesis on Dr Robert L. Leslie and The Composing Room submitted to Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York in 1994.

Contains profiles of nearly 200 artists and designers who contributed work to the magazine ‘PM’ and its successor ‘A-D’ between 1934-42
.


• Smithsonian American Art Museum

http://americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artist/results/?q=65

Contains basic biographical information about the many thousands of painters, sculptors and craftspeople whose work is included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.


• Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art Oral History Project.

http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/oralhistories/

The Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art Oral History Project originated in 1958 and now includes interviews with many hundreds if not thousands of US artists, designers, craftspeople, photographers, arts administrators and educators. Transcripts of many of these interviews are now available online.


• The United States Air Force Art Collection

http://www.afapo.hq.af.mil/Presentation/common/artists.cfm

A major source of information on American aviation and combat art. Contains biographies of the many hundreds of artists whose work is represented in the USAF Art Collection. The USAF Art Program had its origins in 1950 with the transfer from the U.S. Army of some 800 works of art documenting the early days of the Army Air Corps., and has grown significantly since then. The database includes reproductions of most, if not all, of the work in the collection.


• Wildlife Artists

http://www.wildlifeart.org/Artists/index.php?showLast=a

Compiled by the National Museum of Wildlife Artists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Contains profiles of US wildlife artists whose work is included in the Museum's collection with photographs of their work.


Painters – USA – Women

• Illinois Women Artists Project

http://iwa.bradley.edu/artists

Compiled by Peoria Historical Society in Peoria, Illinois.

The IWA database currently [2011] includes information on a more than 450 women artists who were active in Illinois between 1840 and 1940. Artists can be searched alphabetically, by key word or by the medium in which they worked, e.g. painting, sculpture, illustration, ceramics, printmaking.


Painters – USA – Illinois

• Illinois Women Artists Project

http://iwa.bradley.edu/artists

Compiled by Peoria Historical Society in Peoria, Illinois.

The IWA database currently [2011] includes information on a more than 450 women artists who were active in Illinois between 1840 and 1940. Artists can be searched alphabetically, by key word or by the medium in which they worked, e.g. painting, sculpture, illustration, ceramics, printmaking.