Archive for January, 2011

Artist of the moment… floral artist Gary Bukovnik…

Gary Bukovnik is an American realist painter renown his watercolor paintings of flowers done an a large scale. Gary Bukovnik was born in Cleveland, Ohio in the year 1947. Bukovnik attended the Cleveland Institute of Art.

The artist is also an avid printmaker.

Bukovnik has published books of his artwork. To see some of his monotypes and lithographs I recommend his book titled Flowers.

The artist recently has applied his technique to sculpting. Maybe he was inspired by the floral sculptures of Jeff Koons!

Bukovnik is based out of San Francisco, California.

Below is a short documentary on the artist:

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Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://garybukovnik.com/

What a great use of color and composition. His flowers don’t seem rigid, but rather slightly moving in a breeze. The artist often works from life, as opposed to someone who works with a projected image such as Joseph Raffael or Mickalane Thomas. Bukovnik is an excellent draftsman.

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artist of the moment….. Graffiti artist Brad Downey…

 

this artist was born in Kentucky in 1980 and studied in London as well as New York at the Pratt Institute.  His family was part of the Marine Corp so he was always on the move as youngster. Always taking note of the similarities and differences of his surroundings. The artist uses film, sculpture, painting, and drawing as his main mediums of expression. He currently lives and works in Berlin.

 

The artist has done commissions for the events such as the Tour De France. He has also done work for one of the major collectors in all of Europe, Charles Saatchi. He has also exhibited in Germany, England, and Scotland, as well as New York City.

Please note this great book titled the Adventures of Darius and Downey. A great book detailing the adventures of street artists Leon Reid and Brad Downey did their first collaboration in 2000.

Currently my favorite artist, Swoon, wrote the introduction.

Below is  youtube clip about the artist working on the Graffiti Wall of Fame in Vienna, Austria.

 

keep learning different mediums, in the end its all beneficial!

D

Artist of the moment… Spanish Street artist Eltono…

 

 

the name for Tone in Spanish has become known worldwide for his decoration of the streets using geometric shapes and designs. The artist doesn’t use the common free hand technique used by most “taggers” rather he uses plastic paint and tape to get perfectly straight lines. The artist’s work is simple and understated and doesn’t jump out at the viewer like a Crash piece or piece by Bansky.

I read more on this article in the magazine Art News in this months issue on newstands now. Its a great take on the contemporary modern street art scene.

Eltono has a great sense of design and use of color.

I think of him as the street Mondrian!

the youtube clip is about one of his shows please check it out!

 

keep painting!

D

 

 

Artist of the moment… Graffiti and mixed media artist David Choe…

 

This artist is young born the same year as myself in 1976 in Los Angeles. He is widely known his street art. The artist gained more of a commercial following after doing a wonderful print of President Barack Obama. Normally the artist deals with sad and dreary subject matter but in the print the viewer is able to concentrate on the hope and sunshine effect his ideas brought to the public. He is known for exaggerating vulgar ideas.

 

His graffiti is on walls across the world from Los Angeles to Vietnam.

His first solo show was an ice cream parlor in L.A. It was supposed to last 2 months but the pieces sold well and were changed and the show lasted for 2 years.

The artist did mural work for Facebook and was given stock options that now are worth tens of millions of dollars! Awesome!

He also has published some graphic novel books. His works have been in publications such as Hustler and Juxtapose.

The artist dropped out of school to become a full time street artists and lived quite a vagabond bohemian lifestyle including arrests for theft and vandalism.

A documentary titled DIRTY HANDS was released in may of last year about the artist.

below is a clip about the documentary dirty hands

 

Keep those dreams high! Think about doing a mural for Groupon!

keep learning!

Dan

Artist of the moment… Steven Sorman…

 

 

this artist is mid career and creating some dynamic abstract pieces with loads of movement and interesting color patterns. He was born in 1948 in Minnesota and earned his BFA at the Univestiy of Minnesota.  He came to prominence in the 1970s with his mixed media pieces that made his work a combination of Rauchenberg with his flat color, Ellsworth Kelly for his color choices, and Robert Motherwell in his design.

The artist enjoys working in very thin translucent paint similar to watercolor which he sometimes spatters and also enjoys thickly painted passages to add texture to his work.

This youtube clip is about a painting made by the artist that is 9 by 39 foot long.

This artist is great to learn from as he borrows from all of his past experiences to always lead in a new direction. Especially interesting is his varied ways of applying the texture and paint, its always varied, but not too much of one thing.

 

 

 

Artist of the Moment… Icelandic Pop Artist Erro…

This artist was born in Iceland in 1932. He is known for his pop art style paintings. The artist is quoted as saying he loves to paint because painting is ones own utopia.

The artist lives and works in Paris, Thailand, and Spain.

At the age of 10 he first saw some pieces from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He became accepted in Reykovic, Iceland to art school at the age of 19. He started exhibiting his works in 1958 mainly in Paris. The artist blends pictures of Mao, Adolf Hitler, with Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse.

Weapons, violence, and sexuality are some of the themes of the artist.

In 2001 in Iceland a musuem was opened to honor the artist and his passion for creativity! Please check it out if you are in Iceland visiting Bjork!

 

keep learning!

D