Artist of the moment…………Street Artist Zenoy

 

Zenoy is a street artist from France. Zenoy was born in the year 1974. The artist style is to combine text with comics and other Pop art figures.

The artist started with graffiti back in 1988 using the tag “Awaisun”  In 1990 he changed his name to Zenoy, which he still uses to this day.

In the early 1990s he often work with other street artists making collaborative street art on the trains and subways of Paris.

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $10,000.

In this clip we view Zenoy at work at a collaborative work with Berthet One. Zenoy is the artist working on the text:

What a great example of the beginnings of Street art!

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Artist of the moment……..Pablo Atchugarry

 

Pablo Atchugarry is a contemporary master sculptor from the country of Uruguay. Pablo Atchugarry was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in the year 1954.

The artist was encouraged by his father to pursue his interest in art.

Atchugarry began sculpting in his preferred medium of marble in 1979. When he began as a sculptor he used iron, cement, and wood.

In 1982 he relocated to the city of Carrara, Italy. One of the reasons for this change was the wonderful marble stone he found there.

In this clip we visit the artist in his studio:

Atchugarry was a participant in the 2003 Venice Biennial.

The artist is now based out of Lecca, Italy and Manantiales, Uruguay.

Price range information: Most works are in marble and range from $40,000 to $200,000.

I enjoy the shapes and designs used by Atchugarry. They are very abstract with flowing shapes and movement.

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Artist of the moment…….Hari Panicker and Deepti Nair

 

 

Hari Panicker and Deepti Nair are a young artistic duo from India who are renown for their work with cut paper and lightboxes.

Hari Panicker was born in Mumbai, India in the year 1980. He studied graphic design and illustration in college and has worked in the industry as an album designer. Paniker was also in management for MTV networks of India.

The artist enjoys drawing and creating monsters.

Panicker is inspired by Balinese shadow puppets.

Below we take a closer look at one of the duo’s signature lightboxes:

Deepti Nair was also born in India in the year 1981. Nair enjoys working with papercuts and clay. She works in the technology industry as an interaction designer. Since she works with technology so much with her day job she prefers to do without when she is creating art.

The duo have been creating their lightboxes since 2010.

This creative team is now based out of Black Book Gallery looked in downtown Denver. This is an awesome gallery to view many of the artists listed here such as Ben Eine and ROA.

Price range information: Most original works are priced $2,000 to $5,000.

These are remarkable works of art made from paper. I am so impressed with the feeling and emotion of the scene the viewer gets when the piece is turned on. They are lit from behind with a L.E.D. light.

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Artists of the moment………..Hadieh Shafie

 

 

Hadieh Shafie is an Iranian artist renown her mixed media works that involve small circles of Farsi text and are rolled and put together to form some incredible works of art.

Hadieh Shafie was born in Tehran, Iran in the year 1969. The artist earned a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Shafie went on to post graduate studies earning a M.F.A. from the Pratt Institute located in New York City. In 2004 Shafie earned a M.F.A. in digital art from University of Maryland located in Baltimore.

The artist is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the British Museum of London, England.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $70,000.

Below a great short documentary on Hadieh Shafie:

The artist has certain themes in her work that she likes to focus on which are time, repetition, and process.

What I enjoy most about this artist is how she brings about her own personal experiences to the art world. Some certain texts were prohibited in her country so that now in her work she enjoys using the text, often writing it herself, and rolling it up and making a great work out of art out of her political thoughts. What a unique idea!

The end result of her work reminds me of American artist Amelia Caruso, whose basis of art is also the shape of the circle.

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Artist of the moment……..Tristan Eaton

 

Tristan Eaton is an American street artist renown for his work with patterns and the human face and figure. Tristan Eaton was born in Los Angeles, California in the year 1978.

Tristan Eaton is based out of Los Angeles, California. The artist is influenced by comic books, the skateboard culture, and the graffiti culture.

In this clip we view the artist at work at piece from February of 2015:

Below a link to the website of the artist. Many murals are shown here:

http://www.tristaneaton.net/

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In addition to painting wonderful murals for us to enjoy Tristan Eaton is also a toy designer. Here we visit his studio and catch a glimpse of some figures he designed. The artist has worked with the toy producer Kidrobot:

I love the design aspect of this artists work. He includes patterns and abstract designs that remind me of the way Chuck Close depicts the face. Very abstract but yet real at the same time.

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Artist Update……..Space Invader revisits Hong Kong

 

 

 

Last year in 2014 renown street artist Invader visited Hong Kong leaving behind 50 examples of his art. Most were removed within one months time by government officials.

In 2015, the artist is showing his art with government approval. The artist and his trademark mosaic style which showcases the very beginnings of video games, from Pac Man to his namesake Space Invader.

The artist left paintings and sculptures around the city of Hong Kong.

For more examples of his fine work check out my blog entry on the artist.

Some of the subject matter for this exhibition includes the main cultural items of Hong Kong including Bruce Lee, the dollar, and the rubik’s cube.

Below some wonderful examples of Invader’s Hong Kong show WipeOut:

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Artist of the moment……..Theophile Steinlen

 

 

Theophile Steinlen was a Swiss artist renown for his paintings of cats. Theophile Steinlen was born in Lausanne, Switzerland in the year 1859. This is the French speaking part of the country.

Steinlen was also an avid printmaker.

Below a great selection of works by Steinlen. This includes not only his famous cats, but wonderful landscapes and female nudes:

The artist attended college at the University of Lausanne.

Steinlen was a successful commercial artist painting not only cats, but chickens and other animals. The artist also painted the figure. He was in demand by leading cultural magazines of the time.

Steinlen was also a sculptor with cats being his favorite subject.

Theophile Steinlen passed away in 1923.

In this clip we view a work by Steinlen that appeared on my favorite television show, the Antiques Roadshow!:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/season/14/raleigh-nc/appraisals/1909-steinlen-summer-cat-lithograph–200902A20

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $150,000.

Steinlen is included in the National Gallery of Art located in Washington D.C.

What a great subject matter! I love cats, what awesome models they make since they don’t talk and they move so very little. Steinlen does a wonderful job of capturing the emotional spirit of cats!

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Artist of the moment……..Gary Taxali

 

Gary Taxali is a contemporary artist and illustrator from Toronto, Canada renown for his cartoon style that brings to mind the commercial themed pop art masters of the 1960s such as Lichtenstein and Warhol.

Taxali has a reputation for great fashion sense. Here we check out pocket square art made by Gary Taxali:

Gary Taxali was born in Chandigarh, India in the year 1968. He was raised in Toronto, Canada. Taxali attended the Ontario College of Art.

Below a great interview with Gary Taxali:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Taxali reminds of American painter Tim Liddy. Liddy paints imaginary game boards and boxes, and his faces and figures have the same retro comic book style.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.garytaxali.com/

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Artist of the moment……..William Henry Johnson

 

 

William Henry Johnson was an African- American painter and printmaker renown for his folk art style of painting the figure. William Henry Johnson was born in Florence, South Carolina in the year 1901.

The second image in the gallery is a self portrait done by William Henry Johnson.

As a youngster he learned to draw by copying the comic strips he saw in his local newspaper.

Johnson attended the National Academy of Design located in New York City.

The artist stopped painting in 1956. His health was poor and the artist spent much of his life in hospital from problems related to syphilis.Johnson passed away in 1970.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $120,000.

In this clip a curator talks about Johnson’s painting “I baptize thee.”:

Below we view an exhibition from 2013 featuring the work of William Henry Johnson:

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Artist of the moment……..Aaron Douglas

 

Aaron Douglas was an African- American artist associated with the Harlem Renaissance who painted in a Modernist style. Aaron Douglas was born in Topeka, Kansas in the year 1899.

Douglas attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln earning a B.F.A. A year later he added a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Kansas.

A few years after earning his second degree the artist relocated to Harlem, New York.

Douglas was one of the most sought after illustrators of the leading African- American magazines. He even tried to start his own magazine that was to showcase the up and coming younger artists.

He spent part of 1931 in Paris, France studying art as a grant award recipient.

In this clip we find Aaron Douglas at the Nebraska Museum of Art:

Douglas started the art department at Fisk University located in Nashville, Tennessee.

In this clip we get a peak at Aaron Douglas at the easel. Some jazz music is played and I must pass on the sad news that American Jazz legend B.B. King passed away at the age of 89:

Aaron Douglas passed away in 1979 at the age of  79.

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $500,000. Douglas worked in oils, watercolors, and gouache.

Douglas was of the first African American artists to earn a degree, and surely one of the first to earn two degrees. Yet, I feel as he is under appreciated for his contributions to the art world.

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