Artist of the moment………Alastair Morton

 

 

Alastair Morton was a British artist renown for his abstract paintings. Alastair Morton was born in the year 1910.

Morton attended Edinburgh University in Scotland. Morton also studied at Balliol College located in Oxford, England.

Morton’s family owned a textile company called Edinburgh Weavers. Morton moved into a position of product design at this company in the early 1930s. Morton worked with other notable artists including Barbara Hepworth. Morton began to paint himself in the middle of the 1930s.

Alastair Morton passed away in 1963.

Morton is part of the collection of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Price range information: Morton worked in oils, watercolors, gouache, and ink. Prices range from $5,000 to $60,000.

Alastair Morton reminds me of contemporary artist Rex Ray for his innovative design of shapes and his combinations of color. Very modern!

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Artist of the moment…….Arthur Jackson Hepworth

Arthur Jackson was a British abstract painter and the cousin of famed painter Barbara Hepworth.

Arthur Jackson Hepworth was born in 1911. Jackson attended St. Martin’s School of Art located in London, England.

Jackson was the artist’s middle name and he used it to separate himself from his famous artist relative, Barbara Hepworth.

In addition to painting Jackson enjoyed the art of photography.

In the late 1930s Jackson gave up painting to focus on architecture.

Arthur Jackson passed away in 2003.

What a wonderful style the artist developed. Its too bad he chose to focus so much on architecture rather than painting in his later years.

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $150,000. The artist worked mainly in oils, but also produced watercolors.

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Artist of the moment……….Jean Deyrolle

 

 

Jean Deyrolle was a French painter renown for his abstract style. Jean Deyrolle was born in the year 1911. His father was a doctor in the military. The artist attended the School of Art and Publicity located in Paris, France.

 

Deyrolle was a prolific printmaker. He studied lithography and engraving whilst at art school.

The artist made the switch from realist painter to abstract painter in the middle of the 1940s.

Deyrolle was a teacher for brief period at the Art Academy of Fernand Leger.

Price range information: Prints and gouache works can be found between $2,000 and $5,000. Original oils and tempera works range from $5,000 to $20,000.

 

Jean Deyrolle passed away in 1967.

Artist of the moment………..Cecil Kennedy

Cecil Kennedy was a fantastic painter of floral and botanical works. Cecil Kennedy was born in Leyton, England in the year 1905. The artist also painted portraits in addition to his floral works.

Kennedy came from a large family, he was the last born of thirteen children. He served in the Second World War. At this time he became friendly with a group with Flemish painters who inspired him to begin to paint floral images.

The artist’s wife helped to arrange the flowers. The couple had a vast collection of Waterford vases which the artist incorporated in his work.

In this clip we view a great montage of works by Cecil Kennedy:

Cecil Kennedy passed away in 1997.

The artist was in high demand for his floral images. Kennedy’s work was bought by Queen Mary and even the Duke of Windsor.

One time the Queen even commented on a ladybug the artist included in a floral work. After this experience he usually painted a ladybug in every piece.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Flowers are one of my favorite genres. Another great realist painter of the flower was Martin Johnson Heade. His white flowers are amazing to look at for their subtlety in color.

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Artist of the moment……..Florence Miller Pierce

 

 

Florence Miller Pierce was an American painter renown for her abstract style and use of innovative materials. Florence Melva Miller was born in the year 1918. She was one of few married women to keep her maiden name. She took the last name of Pierce only after her husband had passed away.

As a teenager Pierce studied with an artist who was very focused on Modernism, Mary Ashton. Later she would attended the Corcoran School of Art located in Washington, D.C.

The artist was one of the first to incorporate the use of resin in her art. She was always experimenting with new materials and produced works that included styrofoam, balsa wood, fiberglass, and cement.

Florence Miller was one of the two women artists (Agnes Pelton was the other) who were part of the Trancendentalist Painting Group based out of Taos, New Mexico.

Florence Miller Pierce passed away in 2007.

Price range information:  Sorry none available.

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Artist of the moment……..Frederick Kann

 

 

Frederick Kann was a painter, illustrator, and sculptor working in the Cubist and Abstract styles. Frederick Kann was born Gablonz, Czechoslovakia in the year 1886. The artist attended art academies in Munich, Germany and Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Kann moved to Canada in 1910. He would later become a citizen of the United States.

In 1928 he moved back to Europe. Kann settled in Paris, France and became associated with the abstract art movement. In 1936 Kann returned to the United States where he helped to found the American Abstract Artist Group.

Kann worked with oils, inks, and gouache.

The artist was the first American to teach at the Louvre.

Frederick Kann passed away in 1965.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Kann had a great sense of color and design. Kann’s work is a great blend of basic geometric shapes with some interesting organic shapes thrown in.

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Artist of the moment…….Bharti Kher

 

 

Bharti Kher is a contemporary artist who is renown for her work with bindi or bindis, sometimes called the third eye or the “dot” worn by Indian women. Kher works as a painter, printmaker, and sculptor. Her sculptures are often life size works of very large animals such as elephants.

The artist began to use the bindi in the mid 1990s.

Price range information: Most works range from $40,000 to $400,000. Occasionally photographs can be found for less than $10,000.

Bharti Kher was born in London, England in the year 1969.

Her flat works often include bindis glued to wood panel.

In this clip a very large elephant that takes 7 or 8 people to carry is taken to Sotheby’s to get ready for an auction:

Kher is now based out of New Delhi, India.

Below a longer interview with Bharti Kher from 2014:

I always enjoy when items from a culture or country are included in artwork. That is why I so enjoy Inuit and Shona art. Kher work has a great sense of culture and humanity.

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Artist of the moment……….Anne Truitt

 

 

Anne Truitt was an American artist renown for her minimalist sculptures. Anne Truitt was born in Easton, Maryland in the year 1921. Truitt attended college at Bryn Mawr where she earned a degree in psychology. She served as a nurse in World War 2.

After the war was finished she left the field of nursing and began sculpting figures.

Shortly after she began to work more abstractly producing the wood box sculptures with bright flat color we associate with Truitt. After applying the paint she sanded the surface, trying to remove any brush strokes.

Below we view a show featuring Anne Truitt from 2013 that features some monumental works from the 1970s. :

The artist also created pedestals and stands for her sculptures to sit on so that they appear to float in air and have a slight cast shadow.

Truitt also wrote three books over her lifetime that were journals that covered her life as an artist. Below an excerpt from one of her books:

Anne Truitt passed away in 2004 at the age of 83 years of age.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $150,000. Truitt worked mainly with acrylics.

Its great that Truitt had the idea to write journals of a daily life as an artist. I hope more artists follow in her footsteps. Her minimalist sculptures remind me of the changing weather of the different seasons.

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Artist of the moment………..Ronald Kleemann

 

 

Ronald Kleemann is an American artist renown for his photo realist paintings of automobiles and firetrucks. Ron Kleemann was born in Bay City, Michigan in the year 1937. Kleeman attended the College of Architecture and Design located at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Below a short interview with Ron Kleemann:

At the beginning of his art career he worked as a sculptor, then an abstract painter who used shaped canvases, and finally a figure painter before moving on to the photorealism we associate with the artist.

Below a link to the website of Ronald Kleemann:

http://www.ronkleemann.net/

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $250,000. Kleeman works in oils, acrylics, and is an established printmaker.

The artist is based out of Valatie, New York.

Kleemann has a great sense of design and his portrayals of firetrucks are amazing for his great control of the color red.

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Artist of the moment…….Ad Reinhardt

 

 

 

Ad (Adolf Frederick) Reinhardt was one of the first American abstract painters. Ad Reinhardt was born in Buffalo, New York in the year 1913.  At the beginning of his career the artist started working in a monochrome style working with using red.  This was followed by period of all blue paintings, and then black. The black paintings were produced during the 1960s, at the height of his art career.

From the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City, a closer look at the painting techniques employed by Ad Reinhardt:

Reindhardt was very well schooled having attended Columbia University, the National Academy of Design, the Institute of Fine Arts of New York, and the American Artists School.

Reinhardt taught at the Brooklyn College of art. One famous student of his was modernist sculptor Anne Truitt.

Reinhardt was part of the Works Progress Administration. For these works he painted in a realist style.

Ad Reinhardt passed away in 1967.

Below we catch up with our favorite art amigo, James Kalm, and visit a show celebrating the 100th birthday of Ad Reinhardt:

The artist worked in oils and watercolors.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Reinhardt was awesome at creating unique shapes in abstract works. When combined with his fantastic use of color the results are spectacular.

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