Archive for November, 2010

Artist of the moment… Graffiti master Blek le Rat…

its a well known fact I love street artists. Now the world is so open to art one can start out on the streets and end up having books and being in art galleries such as John Crash Matos, Keith Haring,  Basquiat, JAMESTOP, Faith 71 and all the artist I have written about.

Blek le Rat is a french street artist born in 1951. Here is a 3 minute youtube piece that shows the artists putting up one of his stencils on a wall.  He talks about making art for the people living in a sleeping bag. And the importance of working in black and white. I must agree, to communicate to a viewer that never has in his or her lifetime entered a gallery it must be flat and bold.Here is the link for the youtube clip below.


The street artist Bansky once said of Blek le Rat that every time he thought he painted something original he found out that Blek painted the same image 20 years earlier. The artist first started making his graffiti in Paris around 1981. In 2006 he had his first solo show in London. Many of his works on canvas are done with spraypaint. The artist loves to use stencils and has been called the godfather of the stencil.

The artist was once asked if he over spoke with Bansky during  a show opening in Australia, here is the 1 minute or so clip..,.

Artist of the moment… Tulip Master and Interior Designer Ronald Van Der Hilst…



this artist was born in Holland and lived in Antwerp when it was the cultural center of Europe. He started out designing landscapes and working with various magazines. He first painted tulips as a joke, but then as native of Holland fell in love with the tulip and has gone on to produce wall paper, tiles for bathes, wall sculptures, pretty much anything to do with art or design this artist has pursued it with the tulip.

Below is  link that shows some of the wonder works this artist has made with the tulip as his theme.


This clip shows you a behind the scenes look at the ceramica bardelli in Italy and how tiles are made and reproduced.

below is a link to a company making tiles for Ronald Van Der Hilst. You can see many of his designs from links on this page.

So from Warhol to Van Der Hilst and everywhere in between I am sure you can find some flowers or a favorite flower to make your own.

Get to it!


Artist of the moment… mixed media master Richard Hambleton

The artist was born in 1954. He is the last surviving member of the art group of himself, Basquiat, and also Keith Haring. The group really hit stride after becoming taggers or graffiti artists in New York City. Basquiat has since died of a drug overdose in the 80s and Haring from Aids in the 90s.

Hambleton considers his art to public art, rather graffiti or streetart.

Either way he makes some great moody landscapes as well. Combining silver leaf as one is looking down  a long and windy road of trees. They are really neat.

The artist became known after making outlines of fake homicides, these would shock passerby who thought an actual homicide had taken place.Also he became known for his shadowman paintings. A shadowy street figure that has much movement, he would paint them all over in alleyways on fences. Where ever he dreamed. Later in his career he made some advertisements with a painted black Marlboro Man riding a bucking horse.

The artist was born in Vancouver and finished college in canada in 1974.


Try a silhouette piece ala this artist or Kara Walker. Experiment.

below is a preview of his last New York show…’

Artist of the moment… Graffiti artist Faith71


I enjoy reading about the street artists. In Holland they aren’t thought of as criminals, but rather important artists who make art for those people who don’t go to the galleries. I enjoy the truthfulness and design although I think much of their written script is unreadable. This artist works mainly in Amsterdam but also has sold some work at the major auction houses.

Not much out there on this artist. A few youtube clips in Dutch are below.His color on the large portraits is amazing.

Notice he uses spray paints for the piece.

try some drawings of graffiti or better yet try a painting! Let yourself. If its available try a canvas with some spray paint just to try something new!


keep trying new experiments!



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