Artist of the moment………Hans Christensen

 

 

Hans Christensen was a Danish metalsmith known for his innovative and modern design and shapes. Hans Christensen was born in Denmark in 1924.

The artist attended the School of Arts and Crafts located in Copenhagen, Denmark earning a master’s degree after twelve years of studies.

The artist taught at his alma mater and enjoyed it. Christensen also worked at a world renown silversmith for a decade mastering his sense of design. He took all of his experience and decided to move to the United State in the mid 1950s.

Whilst in the United States Christensen taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In this clip we view a memoriam for the artist featuring some former students and pictures of his work:

His work was highly collectible and is in many collections of Presidents, Royal Families of Europe, and churches including the Vatican. Christensen completed many commissions over his career.

Hans Christensen was killed in an automobile accident in 1983.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Christensen had a wonderful sense of shapes. My favorite designs of the artist were his teapots.

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Artist of the moment……Rudi Baerwind

 

 

Rudi Baerwind was a German artist renown for his abstract paintings. Rudi Baerwind was born in Mannheim, Germany in the year 1910. For his artistic education Baerwind attended the Munich Art Academy, the Berlin Art Academy, and the Academy of Fernand Leger based out of Paris, France.

The artist was a prisoner of war in World War Two and his works confiscated and destroyed.

Baerwind was influenced by the Art Informal movement.

The artist flourished during the 1950s and 1960s.

 

Rudi Baerwind passed away in 1982 at the age of 70 years old.

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Another artist with a great sense of color who is very bold in his finished works.

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Artist of the moment……Street Artist MOMO

 

Street artist MOMO creates wonderful minimalist and abstract works and is based out of Manhattan Beach, California.

MOMO was born in San Francisco, California.

The artist has published a book. He has also worked with foot apparel company Adidas in designing footwear.

MOMO has even created art that is interactive and meant to be seen on a smart phone with an app. The viewer points their camera to the art and once recognized some pieces of the artwork become 3d. This work was done in St. Louis, Missouri.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

 

In this clip we view the artist at work on a building:

What a great use of color and shapes!

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Artist of the moment…………Syd Solomon

Syd Solomon was an American abstract expressionist painter. Syd Solomon was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania in the year 1917. The artist attended the Art Institute of Chicago.

In 1940 the artist signed up for military service. He would help design camouflage for soldiers. Another of his assignments was to do aerial surveys and recon missions that made him see the world in a more abstract manner.

After his military service Solomon attended school in Paris, France at the L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

The artist lived a wonderful lifestyle which included summers in the Hamptons of New York and winters in Sarasota, Florida.

His work has been shown at many of the famed museums of the world including the Whitney Museum.

Unlike the previous post, Solomon employed the color black often in his paintings. Solomon enjoyed mixing mediums and worked with polymer tempera, acrylics, inks, gouache,  and oils.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

 

In this clip we visit the studio of Syd Solomon:

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Artist of the moment…….Joaquin Mir Trinxet

 

Joaquin Mir Trinxet  was a wonderful artist from Spain working with the landscape in a modern style that combined impressionism and abstraction.  In his artistic statement Trinxet speaks about wanting to enlighten the heart and fill the soul with light as a goal of his paintings.

Joaquin Mir Trinxet was born in Barcelona, Spain in the year 1873. His family was from the Catalan region. For his art education Mir studied at the Llotja School. An influence on Mir was the artist Luis Graner who painted portraits of people in the landscape very similar to the way John Singer Sargent might portray a figure outside.

At the beginning of his career the artist painted landscapes that were very abstract. He then switched to a slightly more realistic approach that launched his career to the next level. The artist would then return to painting nature in a more abstract manner with an emphasis on color.

His palette was similar to the Impressionists and the artist refused to use the color black.

Joaquin Mir Trinxet passed away in 1940.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

 

In this clip a great montage of works by Joaquin Mir Trinxet:

What is fascinating to me about this artist is his use of color and emphasizing the abstract areas in his landscape paintings. A rock and its reflection become so abstract without their surroundings the viewer might not know what the subject was. The artist excelled at capturing mood and feeling in his landscapes.

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Artist of the moment…….Emma Kunz

 

Emma Kunz was an amazing artist and healer who enjoyed drawing with ink and colored pencils. Emma Kunz was born in Brittnau, Switzerland in the year 1892. Kunz was a healer and artist. Her family was quite artistic with a background in weaving. Kunz worked with geometric shapes in an abstract style.

In the clip below we view some works by Kunz. A bio by the artist is first and works are shown beginning at 3:20 into the clip:

Many of her works were finished in one sitting. One sitting could last as long as 24 hours. The artist created her works not for display at a modern art museum, but for her patients who might need aid in meditation.

Emma Kunz passed away in 1963.

The shapes and color used by Kunz are remarkable. Her work reminds me of my childhood time I spent playing with the spirograph.

Price range information: Most works priced between $5,000 and $30,000.

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Artists of the moment……..Gene and Rebecca Tobey

Gene and Rebecca Tobey were a wonderful artistic duo who worked mainly with ceramics producing wonderful modernist animal works.

Gene Tobey was born in Utah in the year 1945. Gene worked as a pottery instructor at Casper Community College located in Casper, Wyoming. Gene also taught in Oregon.

Gene Tobey passed away from cancer in 2006 at the age of 60.

Below are some works by Gene Tobey:

 

Rebecca Tobey has also worked in a similar style as her husband using ceramics to produce modernist animals.

Rebecca Tobey was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the year 1948. Her mother enjoyed painting and her father a scientist. Tobey attended Adelphi University located in New York City.

Below are some works made by Rebecca Tobey. Rebecca has also produced wonderful watercolor paintings on embossed paper.

 

 

As a couple the team did many large works including a statue for the School of Law located at Baylor University located in Texas. Gene and Rebecca Tobey were married in 1985. The duo was based out of Mason, Texas. As a couple the team experimented with new mediums including bronzes.

The couple met in Sante Fe, New Mexico in the year 1984. Rebecca was a gallery director and Gene was showing his pottery at this location.

As a team Gene was the sculptor and Rebecca was the glaze technician.

Below are some wonderful works made by the duo.

What a unique and modernist work. Many schools of art including the Shona artists of Zimbabwe seem to be represented in their works. My favorite are the buffalo with painted birds. Very unique!

Below a clip featuring the Tobey family:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

I usually include a link to artist’s website but my McAfee Site Advisor appeared before trying to enter the site so I will not post a link at this moment.

What a wonderful artistic family!

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Artists of the moment……….Tim Noble and Sue Webster

 

Tim Noble and Sue Webster met in college and at that moment began working on collaborative works that show amazing talent and creativity. Tim Noble was born in England in the year 1966. Sue Weston was born in 1967 also in England.

Noble attended Cheltenham Art School. Webster attended Leicaster Polytechnic  Both artists first met whilst attending Nottingham Trent University and discovering they enjoyed the same musical acts. Both artists went on to art residency at Dean Clough studios which would greatly help in building their art career.

The artists are part of the group known as the Y.B.A., the Young British Artists Group was supported and shown in the famed Saatchi Galleries of England.

The duo are part of prominent museum collections in Europe and the United States.

Price range information: Works range from $100,000 to $600,000.

In this clip we take a closer look at the shadow works made by the artists:

I enjoy their works with shadows the best. Very creative!

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Artist of the moment…………Allan Houser

 

 

Allan Houser also known as Allan Haozous was perhaps the most renown Apache Indian artists. Allan Houser was born close to Apache, Oklahoma in the year 1914.   The artist was a painter, sculptor, illustrator, and enjoyed his native culture immensely as he enjoyed dancing and mask making.

The artist studied with privately with artist Dorothy Dunn and also attended the Sante Fe Indian School.

Houser was a Chiricahua Apache Indian. His father was the grand-nephew of the Native American leader Geronimo. After he and his people gave up and went to prison Allan Houser was the first child born outside of the prison area. Allan Houser’s father was the translator for Geronimo. As an illustrator of children’s books Houser wrote and illustrated a book on his relative and great uncle Geronimo.

He began his wonderful art career as a mural painter.

Houser was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

 

In this clip a short documentary on the artist from Public Service Television of Sante Fe, New Mexico. Brief segments are shown with the artist, his wife, and other families. A short interview with the artist two years before his death:

Allan Houser was a mentor to the artist of the previous post, Larry Ahvakana.

Allan Houser passed away in 1994 at the age of 80.

The artist loved to draw and began his sculpture works with many prep studies. He left behind more than 6,000 drawings for us to enjoy.

Price range information: Drawings can be found at $5,000 up to original sculptures which can bring in $50,000.

To close we view a memoriam for Allan Houser’s 100th birthday from earlier in 2014:

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Artists of the moment……..Larry Ahvakana

 

 

 

Larry Ahvakana is a contemporary artist who works as a painter, printmaker, mask maker, and sculptor. Lawrence Ahvakana was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. His culture is the Inupiaq people of Northern Alaska.

Ahvakana attended the Institute of American Indian Art located in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Ahvakana also attended Cooper Union School of Art located in New York City. Ahvakana went on to earn a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design.

I enjoy the figures of this artist the most. His seal is very unique but one can recognize the creature immediately. In his figures he uses many curved lines and simple geometric shapes which give his work movement and life.

Ahvakana also works as a jewelry maker equally adept at working with stones and glass.

Price range information: Jewelry works can be found for $1,000 up to original works which can reach $20,000.

A heavy influence on the artist was the Apache Indian sculptor Allan Houser.

The artist is part of many prominent collections including the San Francisco Museum of Art.

What a multi-talented artist! He seems to be a master of all mediums he works with!

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