Visual Arts In Memoriam: Tributes To Those We Have Lost In 2015

Visual Art

Artlyst looks back on the innovators who passed away in 2015. These are the people who have made an outstanding contribution to our industry, in the many layers of the art world, whether it be as a painter, sculptor, designer, photographer, art critic, curator or collector. 

Je Suis Charlie: Hundreds of People Gather In Trafalgar Square - ArtLyst Article image

 January 2015

Charlie Hebdo staff, cartoonists and colmunists: Cabu, Elsa Cayat, Charb (editor in chief), Philippe Honore, Bernard Maris, Mustapha Ourrad, Michel Renaud, tignous, Georges Wolinski who were all killed in an horrific terrorist attack in Paris  Read More

Ivor Abrahams RA, painter and sculptor best known for his stylized prints of gardens and monumental sculptures of owls 

Sheila Girling Gifted Painter And Wife Of Anthony Caro Dies Aged 90 - ArtLyst Article image


Sheila Girling, Modernist painter of intense colours and wife of Anthony Caro  Read More

John ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins was one of the best-known counterculture figures of London in the 1960s, as both a photographer and journalist and political activist

English Abstract Expressionist Albert Henry Thomas Irvin OBE, Dies Aged 92 - ArtLyst Article image


Albert Irvin RA, prolific abstract artist best known for his brightly coloured paintings, watercolours, screenprints and gouaches Read More

William Bowyer RA, traditional landscape and portrait painter, Hon Secretary of the New English Art Club

Michael Graves, American Post-Modernist architect and designer, member of the New York Five, Memphis Group and best known for his designs for Alessi  Read More

Robert Clatworthy RA sculptor known for his bronzes of stylized animals      

A. Alfred Taubman Former Jailed Chairman Of Sotheby's Dies - ArtLyst Article image  


Alfred Taubman, self-made billionaire, developer of the modern shopping centre and disgraced owner of Sotheby’s  Read More

Sargy Mann, painter whose problems with his vision affected his work and enabled him to use colour more daringly                                                  

Moira Gemmill, Director of capital programmes at the Royal Collections Trust and former Head of Design at the V&A killed in a cycling accident Read More 

Jack Knox, Scottish painter and former head of painting at the Glasgow School of Art         

 Chris Burden Pioneering Conceptual Artist Dies Age 69 - ArtLyst Article image


Chris Burden, performance artist who took this new art form to its extreme in the 1970s addressing political, environmental and technological change Read More

Alan Bond Charismatic Australian Businessman And Art Collector Dies - ArtLyst Article image


Alan Bond, Australian Art collector famed for paying the record price at the time for Van Gogh’s Irises Read More

Jules Wright Visionary Founder Of The Wapping Project Dies Age 67 - ArtLyst Article image


Jules Wright, founder of the wapping project, Read More

Elena Khudiakova, Russian artist and fashion designer   Read More

US Art Lawyer Charles Goldstein, Nazi-Looted Art Restitution Expert, Dies At 78 - ArtLyst Article image


Charles Goldstein, nazi-looted art restitution expert, Read More

David Michie, Scottish painter and former Head of Painting and Drawing at Edinburgh College of Art                   

Irving Harper, designer of the Marshmallow sofa and sunburst clock 

Brian Sewell - Waspishly Undistorted By Political Correctitudes - ArtLyst Article image


Brian Sewell, Art Critic for the Evening Standard known for his outspoken and controversial views on Modern and contemporary art Read More                          

Ionel Talpazan, outsider artist whose brightly coloured pictures of UFOs were inspired by a boyhood encounter in his native Romania          

Roland Collinns, British watercolourist who found fame in later life and who exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy Summer exhibition      

Jonathan Woolf, modernist architect  of private houses influenced by Mies van der Rohe 

John Perreault, art critic for Artnews, Soho news and the Village Voice Read More   


Hilla Becher: German Photographer Dies Aged 81 - ArtLyst Article image


Hila Becher, German artist and photographer who with her husband photographed vanishing industrial structures  Read More

Dora Holzhandler, naïve painter of domestic and religious live                        

Bruce Mozert, pioneer of underwater photography                        

Wojciech Fangor, Polish pioneer of op art Read More

Paul Reed, last living member of the washington colour school  Read More

Warhol Superstar Holly Woodlawn Immortalised By Lou Reed Dies Age 69 - ArtLyst Article image


Holly Woodlawn, performer and iconic transgender Warhol superstar  Read More

Anita Besson, founder of Galerie Besson specialising in studio ceramics 


Leslie Waddington, legendery art dealer who exhibited and dealt work by many of the greatest artists of the 20th century, from Picasso, Matisse, Baselitz, Morandi, Flanagan, Arp to Laurens, Leger, Miró, Tápies and Dubuffet. Read More

Ellsworth Kelly One Of America’s Greatest Abstract Painters Dies Age 92 - ArtLyst Article image

Ellsworth Kelly – leading American Abstract Expressionist painter and one of the last remaining abstract artists who helped shape American painting Read More

Compiled by: Sara Faith  Artlyst 2016