Archive for June, 2011

Artist of the moment….. Walasse Ting



This artist was born in China in 1929 and just passed away in 2010. He was known for a bright and colorful palette with acrylic colors done mainly on canvas or rice paper.Some of the artists favorite subjects were the nude, flowers, and birds.

He left China in 1946 moving to Paris. There he became friends with members of the CoBra group.  This was a group of modern artists from Copehhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam.In 1957 he moved to New York and became influenced by the Pop Art movement.

In the 1990s he moved between Amsterdam and New York. He also is a poet and is the author of 13 books.

The artist won the Guggenheim Award for Drawing in 1970.

I enjoy this artist for his bright palette and use of the chinese brush.


A clip about the artist and Sam Francis talking about Andy Warhol is below.

The artist painting in Sam Francis’ studio.





Artist of the moment….. Master Painter M.F. Husain of India…..died a few days ago.

One of the worlds most well known artist died this week at the age of 95.  This artist had his mother die when he was only 18 months old and it had an affect on the way he painted. Since he couldn’t place an actual face on his memory of his mom, that is the way he liked to paint people. He tries to give the viewer some ideas of how the figure might be feeling using body language but he avoided painting the face.  The artist worked mainly in oils and acrylics and occasionally did lithographs.

Some of his large pieces already sold for more than 1 million dollars. Now that he has passed it will be very interesting to watch the price movement. Already a piece is on with starting bid near 100,000 dollars!

A clip from a 1.6 million dollar sale is below. This work was done for a  show in Sao Paulo in 1974 that artist did alongside Pablo Picasso.

I watched an interview with the artist and the BBC and he said he worked every day for the past 80 years and just wanted to keep doing that until he died.

The artist sometimes depicted religious goddesses with faces and made them very attractive, as a result he received death threats from the muslim population in India. The odd thing about it was that the paintings were made in the 1970s and the controversy and death threats started in 1996. He then lived in exile in Qatar and became a citizen of 2010. He died in London on June 9th, 2011.

This report is done on Al Jazeera English a 2o minute documentary and interview with the artist.

The artist was known as the Picasso of India.

Wikipedia lists some very eccentric habits he had. Wearing expensive tailored suits, then going barefoot. Also he used long handled paintbrush for a walking cane.


Paint a faceless figure today!


Artist of the moment…. Cityscape artist Susan Sklaroff….


this artist paints wonderful cityscape scenes in daylight and darkness.

The artist was born in 1970. She studied abroad in Italy as well as the Parsons School of Design. The artist shows mainly at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery.


This artist provides inspiration for painting mundane things like water towers and uses reflected light brilliantly on her street scenes.


Artist of the moment…. Awesome interior painter Kenny Harris.



this artist is tremendous at painting the interiors. Most of the pictures are without people, but you can sense the mood. I enjoy a painting that is of a quiet empty room and just one chair. Many of his paintings are done with oil on panel.

The link below is more than 30 paintings he did while on a trip to Istanbul. Great interior and exterior paintings.

The artist was born in 1974.  He has been featured in American Art Collector many times for his interior paintings. He shows mainly at the George Billis Gallery.

The author is motivated by light, space, isolation, reflection, surface, and environment. His reflection of light on his interior scenes are very harmonious.

Try an interior scene today!


Artist of the moment…. Husband and wife team Christo and Jean- Claude


This couple gained worldwide acclaim for their on site installations that many time included wrapping objects for display. Interestingly both were born on the same day in 1935. He was born in Bulgaria and she was born in Morocco part of a french military family. She passed away in 2009.

2 famous wrappings include the Point Neuf in Paris and the Reichstag in Berlin.

The couple met in 1958 and 3 years later started their first collaboration wrapping oil drums in tarpaulin.

The couple had one son named Cyril Christo.

At the time of the artists’ death they were trying to get the art on the river project finished. A series of panels to be suspended above the river. The project was to be for the state of Colorado over the Arkansas River. Check out this website for more river info.

A brief tv interview with the couple.


enjoy the day!




Artists of summer…. Tom Blackwell…..


this artist is well known for his large scale works of motorcycles using both oils and sometimes acrylics on paper. Some of the works are very large having sizes 4 by 6 foot for many of his motorcycles.

The artist was born in Chicago in 1938. Had a big breakthrough in 1961 with a show at the Roy Parsons Gallery in Los Angeles.

He started out as an abstract painter influenced by the Pop Art movement. He started out painting metal and glass objects mainly in airplanes and motorcycles but later in storefronts.

From a technical standpoint reflections are very difficult to paint as you have whats in front of you, whats reflected in the window, and the objects in front of and surrounding the window.

I enjoy the technical skill and great compositions of this artist!


Artist of the moment….. auto painter Cheryl Kelly…



lets take some time as summer is nearly here, to examine artists that paint wonderful cars. This artist I read about first in the September 2009 issue of American Art Collector. She loved American muscle cars while growing up. She had Hot Wheels and tracks and many other toys usually reserved for little boys.

In 2003 the artist had a show of the cars at her gallery in Houston.  After selling out and receiving great feedback the artist knew she had found her niche.

She started out an abstraction and found that she loves to paint the reflections on the cars.

She mainly works on aluminum panels.

The artist got a B.F.A. from the University of Houston in 1992.

Special Artist of the Day…. Commercial Artist Allen Garns

This artist sells many mediums of art to both the commercial art field and the fine art field. A new artist starting out in the commercial field might wonder what kind of paintings or ideas do I put inside? I found some answers by reviewing this artists work

The artist can be found at Martha Productions for commercial art.

For original artwork he sells at Scottdale Fine Art.


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