Artist of the moment………..Richard Roth

 

Richard Roth is an American contemporary artist who is renown for his geometric shaped compositions with acrylics on birch. Richard Roth attended Cooper Union College located in New York city where he earned a B.F.A. The artist went on to earn an M.F.A. from Tyler School of Fine Art located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Roth has been featured in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of New York City and the Museum of Modern Art located in Japan.

The artist works as an educator teaching painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University. Roth has also been a teacher at the  Art Institute of Chicago and abroad in England.

Richard Roth is also a past winner of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

A link to the artist’s website:

http://www.richardrothstudio.com

What a wonderful style the artist has developed. His work is very modern and reminds of a variety of artists who concentrate on basic shapes with strong and vibrant color including Al Held and Ellsworth Kelly.

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Artist of the moment………Valerie Shesko

 

Valerie Shesko is a fantastic artist renown for her abstract visions of the landscape. Shesko attended Connecticut State University and also the University of Cincinnati.

The artist used to be an editor for the Artist’s magazine.

Shesko was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has been fascinated by the landscape and in particular mountains since being a young child.

The artist works in many mediums and enjoys experimenting with new techniques and applications of paint. She works in watercolor, oils, acrylics, and egg tempera. She enjoys working with new mediums to her work a refreshing experience.

Shesko is now based out of Ohio.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

I enjoy the creativity and mediums used by the artist. In the first painting of the gallery Shesko used a tissue paper to form her canyon and mountains.

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Artist of the moment………Basketmaker Dat-So-La-Lee

 

Dat-So-La-Lee who was also known as Louise Keyser, was renown as the Queen of the Washoe basket weavers. Dat-So-La-Lee was born around the year 1829. She represents the Washoe people that lived in the northwest area of Nevada.

The artist was working as a maid and her employers saw her great skill. Her employers saw her baskets and made distinct recordings and produced a provenance for each of her works. Dat-So-La-Lee was able make a great living by selling her baskets at her employers trading store. With such documented provenance, a Dat-So-La-Lee basket is highly sought after by collectors.

The artist worked mainly with willow in producing her baskets.

Dat-So-La-Lee passed away in 1925.

In this clip some more works by Dat-So-La-Lee and a brief bio:

price range information: Sorry none available.

What a wonderful artist! She created wonderful abstract designs on her baskets.

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Artist of the moment……Ekrem Yalcindag

 

Ekrem Yalcindag is a wonderful painter born in Golbasi, Turkey in the year 1964. His work is an explosion of color and repeating shapes.

The artist studied in Izmir, Turkey at Docuz Eylul University. Yalcindag also studied in Frankfurt, Germany with Hermann Nitch.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $100,000.  The artist works mainly in oils.

What a great use of color and organic and geometric shapes!

The artist has been featured in many museum shows and here we see some flags made to promote a show in Zurich, Switzerland in 2013:

What a wonderful style that combines elements of Op-Art and the colorist movement.

 

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Artists of the moment………Robert Kussy and Goota Ashoona

 

Robert Kussy is based out of Yellowknife, Canada and shares a studio with his artist wife named Goota Ashoona. Robert Kussy was born in

Kussy often works with whalebone and soapstone. Kussy also works as a restorer of Inuit Art.

In this clip we visit the studio of the husband and wife team:

The artist enjoys his community and organized the first soccer tournament for the children of the Arctic. Bob is renown for his great intellect and insight about the history and preservation of the Inuit culture.

The studio he shares with his wife and children draws around 1,000 visitors per year. The public enjoys visiting an arctic art studio.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

 

Goota Ashoona is the wife of Bob Kussy. Goota Ashoona is a third generation Inuit artist following in the footsteps of her mother Kiawa Ashoona and her grandfather Pitseolak Ashoona. Ashoona is a sculptor and printmaker.

Goota Ashoona was born in Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1967.

The artist is also a professional Inuit throat singer.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

What a great husband and wife team!

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Artist of the moment………Andre Derain

 

 

Andre Derain was a Fauvist and Impressionist sculptor and painter who painted figures and the landscape. Andre Derain was born in Chateau, Yvelines, Ile-de-France in the year 1880.

For his collegiate education Derain first studied to be an engineer at Academy Camillo and studied art the Academy Julian.

He met Matisse whilst taking painting classes and the two became lifelong friends who went on to found the Fauvist movement.

Derain was a featured artist in the famed Armory Show of 1913. The first time modernist European works were shown in the United States.

Andre Derain was killed after being hit by an automobile in 1954 at the age of 74 years old.

In this clip we view a montage of works by Andre Derain:

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000. Derain was an avid printmaker.

What a great use of color! I can’t wait to see this artist’s work in person later this month!

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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.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

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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