Artist of the moment………Thomas Scheibitz

 

Thomas Scheibitz is a wonderful German artist renown or his abstract paintings and sculpture. Thomas Scheibitz was born in Radeberg, Saxony, Germany in the year 1968. Much of his art is very loosely based on the figure or landscapes.

The artist attended the Dresden School of Fine Arts.

In this video we visit the studio of Thomas Scheibitz:

Scheibitz works in many mediums including marker, felt tip pen, graphite, gouache, watercolor,  acrylics, oils, sculpture, and photography.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $200,000.

In this clip we view a show featuring Thomas Scheibitz with our artistic amigo James Kalm:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.thomasscheibitz.de/

 

Scheibitz is now based out of Berlin, Germany.

This is a wonderful form of abstract art because it loosely resembles so many things that many viewers of his work can see different ideas and images in his work. I am really fond of the image of the man with the hat in the gallery.

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Artist of the moment…….Virginia Stroud

 

 

Virginia Stroud is an Native American artist renown for her paintings of the female figure.  Virginia Stroud was born in Madera, California in the year 1951. Stroud is of Cherokee and Creek descent was raised in Oklahoma with a Kiowa background.

Stroud attended Bacone Junior College located in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She went on to attend the University of Oklahoma located in Norman. She studied elementary education and art.

The artist has won numerous awards from Native American Art appreciation organizations.

Stroud works in oils and acrylics and is also an avid printmaker.

Price range information: No pricing available on originals. Prints can be found from $50 to $500.

I enjoy the minimalist aspect of Stroud’s artwork. Though she doesn’t paint facial features, we get a feeling of the emotional pitch of her figures from the depictions of their bodies. Her horses are also very simple and elegant.

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Artist of the moment……..Zalez

 

 

Zalez is a wonderful street artist based out of France renown for his works with the female figure. Zalez is a photographer and painter. The artist was born in 1985.

Zalez attended graphic design school in Montpellier, France. He also attended fine arts in Toulouse, France.

A goal of the artist is to show how the female figure and form is seen in our current culture.

Below a link to the website of the artist. The site is in French and English:

http://zalez.fr/

In this clip we visit the studio of artist Zalez:

Price range information: Prints can be found for most works at $50. Originals can reach as high as $10,000.

What I appreciate most about Zalez is his references to art movements of the past. He has done his own interpretations of Warhol’s Soup cans, Renaissance works, and even contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons. This is the first image in the gallery.

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Artist of the moment………Gene Davis

 

Gene Davis was an American artist renown for his style of abstract painting using vertical lines. Gene Davis was born in the nations capital of Washington D.C. in the year 1920.

The artist attended Maryland University and after college began a career as a writer. He covered local sports teams and also presidents Roosevelt and Truman. Davis was often a poker playing friend of Truman.

In this clip we see the artist at work from a longer documentary on Gene Davis:

Over his career the artist did many public works in and around Washington D.C.

Davis spent many years teaching at the Corcoran School of Art.

Gene Davis passed away in 1985 at the age of 64 years of age.

Davis’ artwork is included in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Institute and the Corcoran Gallery of Art both located in Washington D.C. and the Guggenheim located in New York City.

Price range information: The artist worked in many mediums including pastel and lithography which start at $5,000. Original works in acrylics can reach $150,000.

If I were to compare his work to another artist it would be Barnett Newman.

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Artist of the moment…………Oskar Schlemmer

 

Oskar Schlemmer was an artist renown or his costume and theater design. Oskar Schlemmer was born in Stuttgart, Germany in the year 1888.

Schlemmer is associated with the Bauhaus movement. The artist’s parents both died when he was rather young and the artist supported himself from the age of 15 as an apprentice working with crafts such as inlay which is similar to working with mosaics.

The artist worked as a professor at the Bauhaus until the political situation was such that he resigned from teaching at the school.

Schlemmer also designed dancing performances. Here we see glimpses from well renown sequence of Schlemmer’s:

Below a wonderful montage of works by Schlemmer:

The artist’s works later in life were somewhat marred by the fact his paintings were obscured by the Nazi regime. In this regard I conser Schlemmer to be a precursor to Chinese artist Ai WeiWei. Both were thought of to be dissidents to their country’s current political structure.

Oskar Schlemmer passed away in 1943 at the age of 54 years old.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 for a work in ink or pencil. The artist had a work sell at Christie’s Auction House for nearly $1.5 million dollars. Schlemmer worked in many mediums including watercolor and collage. The artist was an avid printmaker and lithographs start around $10,000.

Thanks  Nannus for sharing your comparisons with artist Denise Kupferschmidt. I can easily see the comparisons!

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Artist of the moment……..Alano Edzerza

 

Alano Edzerza is a First Nations artist renown for his prints of wildlife. Edzerza is also an outstanding entrepreneur who has brought the First Nations art into commercial apparel. Imagine wearing your favorite first nations art design as a dress, this is possible thanks to the vision of Alano Edzerza.

The artist attended school in Arizona where he learned to work with jewelry. He has also studied with many artists in private settings.

Edzerza was born in the year 1981 and has been making art his entire life.

 

Edzerza represents the Raven clan of First Nations Tahltan people.

In this clip we visit the artist in his studio and see how he lives on a daily basis:

In 2010, the artist secured a deal to design the wear for the Dutch Winter Olympic Sports Team.

Edzerza loves giving back to the community and has helped with local programs that help younger artists to succeed as artists and business people.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

What I enjoy most about his artwork is his sense of close up depictions of his work. When I first saw his work I imagined Andy Warhol might paint something so large in scale with such a limited palette if he worked in the First Nations style of design. Its great to see such art and designs finally making it the widespread consumer market.

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Artist of the moment…………Jason Middlebrook

 

 

Jason Middlebrook was born in Jackson, Michigan in the year 1966. Middlebrook attended the University of California at Santa Cruz where he earned a B.F.A. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute. He also studied at the Whitney Museum and abroad in Sweden. Middlebrook is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker.

One of the artist’s goals with his work is to help to preserve nature and to make the viewer aware of the impact they have on planet earth.

Below a link to the website of Jason Middlebrook. This home page has a wonderful piece of art by Middlebrook that mixes the organic shape of a slice of a tree with the straight lines of a rectangle:

http://jasonmiddlebrook.com/

In this clip we view works exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art located in Chicago, Illinois:

Many of his works with trees include spray paint and acrylics. The artist also used colored pencil.

Below we see a time lapse of a very large wall painting by Middlebrook at the Museum of Fine Arts located in Boston, MA:

The artist is based out of Hudson, New York.

Price range information: A wonderfully designed candle can be had for $120 from the artist. A sculpture can reach as much as $30,000.

What a wonderful sense of design employed the artist. Middlebrook’s work has a great deal of movement without overwhelming the viewers senses. The interaction of organic lines of the wood grain and geometric shapes make for a wonderful piece of abstract work.

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Artist of the moment…….Denise Kupferschmidt

 

Denise Kupferschmidt is an American artist renown or his minimalist works involving the figure. Denise Kupferschmidt was born in Princeton, New Jersey in the year 1979. The artist attended the Massachusetts College of Fine Art located in Boston.

The artist is capable of working in many mediums and often exhibits drawings, paintings, and sculpture work. She is also an avid printmaker.

 

Below we visit a show featuring Kupferschmidt. Her works are shown at the 1:18 mark in the clip:

The artist is based out of Brooklyn, New York.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.denisekupferschmidt.com/home.html

What a wonderful way to depict the figure. With the black and white format used on most of her paintings its easy for the viewer to think they are looking at one of Matisse’s contemporaries rather than someone born in 1979.

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Artist of the moment……Tony Bechara

 

Tony Bechara was born in Puerto Rico in the year 1942. Bechara is renown for his pointillist abstract paintings that are based on a grid. Bechara works mainly in acrylics and is an avid printmaker.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist attended college at the University of Georgetown located in Washington D.C. where he studied law. He also attended the Visual School for the arts and New York University Graduate School for International Relations. Bechara also studied abroad at the Sorbonne located in Paris, France.

Bechara is the chairman of the board of directors of New York’s only museum dedicated to Latin American artists.

Below a link to the website of Tony Bechara:

http://www.tonybechara.com/

The artist is now based out of New York City.

Bechara has won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Some other famous artists using grids in their work include Piet Mondrian, Chuck Close, and Agnes Martin. Bechara has taken the grid further by adding many more layers and much more color than those grid artists that preceded him.

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Artist of the moment……….Carlos Raquel Rivera

 

 

Carlos Raquel Rivera was a fantastic poster artist and printmaker.  Carlos Raquel Rivera was born in Yauco, Puerto Rico in the year 1923. Rivera attended the Art Student’s League of New York City.

The artist flourished in the 1950s and 1960s as his work was heavily sought after for posters and commercial art.

His works were also used to push political ideas and agendas.

Carlos Rivera passed away in 1999.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Carlos Raquel Rivera, like most poser artist, had a wonderful sense of design and use of color. The poster artist are among my favorite because they have mastered not only visual art, but most were excellent at designing and working with various letter forms.

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