Archive for September 14, 2011

Artist of the moment… Walasse Ting…

The artist and Sam Francis talking about Andy Warhol.

Below a short gallery clip of the artist working in a studio.



this artist was born in 1929 in Shanghai, China and passed away in 2010. I enjoy his paintings but he was also produced fun and highly colorful prints and wrote poetry. A true artist in every sense!

He worked in a variety of mediums and liked to paint with acrylics on rice paper and canvas.

The artist moved to Japanese Hong Kong in 1946 and shortly after worked with the COBRA artists in Paris started in 1952.

In 1958 the artist moved to New York and worked with the Abstract Expressionists.  He won a guggenheim fellowship for drawing in 1972 and became a United States citizen in 1974.

In the 1990s he lived back and forth between Holland and New York. He had a stroke in 2002 which slowed his output so he didn’t have many shows after that.

Died in 2010.

The thing we can learn from this artist is to try different mediums and also how to control reds. Its frustrating drawing or painting a red flower as its hard to control the reds. I really enjoy his paintings of flowers as the colors are bright but controlled. Just from looking at the artist’s work I feel happy! Great work!

He made 13 books over his lifetime. His work is also in many museums like the Tate Modern, Museum of Modern Art, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim.

Happy painting! Write a haiku to go along with your next work just to try expressing a feeling in a different medium.



Artist of the moment…… Yuri Gorbachev….



as we are taking a look at artists who are both successful in galleries as well as commercial art, lets take a glance at Yuri Gorbachev. This artist is not only a painter but also an illustrator and he also works with ceramics.

He was born in 1948 in Russia and came to the United States in 1991. He gathers inspiration from the designs of Faberge as well as the Byzantine styles of art. He applied his style of working with ceramics on his canvas paintings and has a very unique style.

From a design standpoint he uses the square format in his paintings which is different than most styles that use a more horizontal or vertical format.

He is known as the “Angel of Russia”

He was trained in Soviet art academies and has degrees in both philosophy and communication. He has designed labels for several Vodka brands and also has few books out featuring his artwork and life story. His works are in museums and collections such as the White House, the Kremlin, the Louvre, and the United Nations.

Hats off to this artist for being a successful working artist in a variety of mediums. Successful in all mediums that we try should be a goal of every artist!

Below is a clip with the artist doing a museum interview in San Francisco. Its a two part interview and both last just under 10 minutes. The first part.

The second part.

A brief clip about the artist given by CNN.

Another good idea the artist gives us is that with drawing or painting items with straight edges such as buildings try and lean the buildings back to give them character. I suppose leaning forward is okay, but not too much then they look like they are falling over.  This can be any straight line, even boats. His buildings in the pictures above have a lot of character though they include very straight lines and edges.


Happy painting!