Inside the Artist’s Studio

In the savvy film, “New York Stories,” the character played by Nick Nolte is an artistic genius, drunk and painting ferociously all night long to ear splitting rock music in his very romantic loft studio.

Artists’ studios are remarkably diverse.  A setting for contemplative reflection or for wild collaborative social galas, hidden in a barn or located in a “state of the art” warehouse..cluttered or pristine.. all, even in Nick Nolte’s fictitious studio, are places where creative work happens!

Check out these famous artists’ (and one not so famous!) studios.

Matisse (1869-1954)
Final Studio

"Blue Nude II"
Matisse, 1952

Matisse, after first studying law discovered his passion for art, and as a young man he was confined to his bed for nearly a year with an illness.  He began drawing from his bed as a pastime. At age 85, and once again confined to his bed, he produced one of his last great paintings, “Blue Nude II.”


Francis Bacon (1909-1992)

"Portrait of Pope Innocent X"
Francis Bacon, 1953

You may love or hate his work but Francis Bacon, Irish artist, is famously known for his paintings of bold graphic and emotional raw energy.  Margaret Thatcher described him as “that man who paints those dreadful pictures.”  The Tate Museum in London sold out two Francis Bacon retrospective shows.

View this unbelievable video of Bacon’s Studio.


Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
Photo: Andy Warhol's Studio

Andy Warhol, 1964

Andy Warhol’s studio was not only his working space but the hip hangout for musicians, artists, film stars and socialites.  His studio was called The Factory.


Kirby Kendrick
Outdoor Studio, San Diego, CA

Kirby Kendrick, 2011

Kirby Kendrick, San Diego/Santa Fe, NM, artist paints on any surface that stands still long enough.

View Kirby’s latest show.



  1. Vic DePratti April 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    You know them by who they hang out with or it is, you know them by their studio decor/frivolity? I vote for “… I paint on anything that stands still.” My studio could be a barn, a boat, a bar, a side walk cafe, an available attractive woman. The artistic result seemingly is independent of location. My favorite is where ever I happen to be, equipped with a sketch pad and piece of charcoal.

  2. Donna Turner April 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Kirby, this is awesome! You are giving me so much to not only satisfy my curiosity, but also to arouse my curiosity to learn more about art history. Thanks for all the photos and videos. What fun! I love the photo of you on the ladder – risking your life for art. 😉 You are a good example to us all.

  3. dede schuhmacher April 18, 2012 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    I loved seeing the video of your show. What a fun and uplifting show.
    The studio of Francis Bacon is interesting, cause like the audio said, “It represents his personality”.

    OH MY !!!! If my studio represents my personality, I am in trouble.

  4. Jacquetta Green April 23, 2012 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Wow Pow. Thanks so much for sending me your blog. I loved the images of studios (mine resembles F Bacon!) Yikes, but what really kicked it is your show. I am so happy to get to see the exhibit and love your work. Let’s stay in touch and when I get to San Diego I’ll look you up. Thanks Jacquetta

  5. Lydia Pettis April 24, 2012 at 4:16 am - Reply

    Kirby, I have so many thoughts and feelings as I look over the various artists’ studios along with their work that I can’t make my mind take hold of THE comment I would like to make. I got all caught up in how our environment is so connected to our individual inner worlds. I kept thinking Bacon should have gone to Clutterers Anonymous! Sorry, I often can’t get out of my therapist hat. I don’t want to look at his work, except for a few seconds. He must have been in such turmoil. But I would have loved to pay Matisse a visit in his final studio. I might have even had the nerve to try is wall painting method and to watch him do that.
    Your outdoor studio is freedom and energy, isn’t it? L

  6. Tyler April 24, 2012 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Great video.

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