Archive for July, 2012

Artist of the moment…..Avigdor Arikha

A tribute to the artist done in 2010 covering his life’s work in the art world.

A great collection of the artist’s work set to music.

This artist passed away in 2010, but I still enjoy her line quality and painting of folds in fabric.

Arikha was born in Bukovina, Romania in 1929 to Jewish parents that spoke German. He was born in Romania. He nearly escaped death at a young age as many people were killed, such as the artist’s father, at concentration camps run by Romanians.

He moved to Palestine in 1944 and was injured in the Israeli War of Independence. Studied art in Jerusalem and even Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France.  In France he learned how to use fresco in his design. This involves the art of painting watercolor on wet plaster or ceiling.

In 1954 the artist decided to relocated to Paris, France.In 1961 the artist married the poet from America, Anne Atik.  He spent the remainder of his life living in Paris. He passed away in 2010 from complications due to cancer.

In the art world during the 1950s he became mainly an abstract painter. In later years the artist took up drawing and painting from life and eventually made a style for himself doing only subjects which he could finish painting or printing in one season. He loved to draw and paint directly from life using only natural light. An alla prima painter who didn’t like to spend more than one sitting working on a painting.

Arikia illustrated some books for the theater writer and producer Samuel Beckett.

The artist was commissioned for many portraits. Some famous public commissions include Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth and the former prime minister of the United Kingdom.

The artist was also well schooled in the history of art and curated a show that dealt with French artist Ingres. He has given lectures on art history at Yale University, Princeton University, and the Prado Musuem in Madrid, Spain.

Like so many artists from his time period she worked in many mediums including graphite, gouache, engraving,  charcoal, watercolor, pastel, oils, lithographs, ink, etching, and aquatint.

Low price range: Charcoal originals start close to $5,000. Etchings for $1,000. Drawings can be found in the couple hundred dollar range. Pastels from $1,000 to $5,000 range.

High price range: $134, 500 for an oil painting done the subject matter being books.

I enjoy this artist for being able to paint wonderful impressions of subjects. Without going into much detail about the subject the viewer still captures the fun shapes and color combinations found by the aritst. Like Wayne Theibaud the arist could take something boring like an umbrella lying on the floor, and make a wonderful still life from it.

Try painting something that might be boring to most people. In it see something that excites your artistic part of the brain. Be it color or some fun triangular shapes in the shadows.

On line and land based gallery: Marlborough Gallery in New York City handles art dealing with the artist’s estate.



Artist of the moment….Barkley L. Hendricks….

This artist is known for painting the figure in a contemporary manner.

A short interview with the artist for a show given at Duke University during 2008.

Another interview with the Nasher Museum of Duke University and the artist talking about Rembrandt.

A work done by the artist in mixed media. Looks like a fantastic figure painting that looks even more interesting when the lights are shut off.

low price range:  $4,000 for a small oil.

high price range: $144,000 for an oil 66 by 50 inches.

The artist was born in April of 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From a design standpoint he reminds me of African American painters such as Sam Goodsell, Dean Mitchell, Mario Robinson, Kehinde Wiley  in that several works deal with one solitary figure. Modern in his use of graphically exciting patterns for clothing and furniture, this reminds me of the artist Mickalane Thomas. Thomas paints mainly African- American women in acrylics with full bling using rhinestones.

Hendricks works with many mediums including photography, oils, acrylics, gold and silver leaf. In the last film clip he used a paint additive that made the colors glow in the dark when the lights were turned off! Very creative! Fantastic!

Hendricks studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. For college level studies he attended Yale for both his bachelors and masters degrees, both in art.

The artist is currently a professor at Connecticut College. Hendricks lives and works out of New London, Connecticut where the college is located.

Part of many collections including the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.   , the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and the Philadelphia Musuem of Art.

The artist has appeared in national magazines such as ArtForum magazine.

On line and land based galleries:  Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City.

The artist gained national fame in the 197os for his paintings of urban youth. From a design standpoint I can see he has had a great deal of influence on Kehinde Wiley. Both artists like to make references to the Byzantine period of art. After 1983 the artist’s output seemed to have slowed dramatically. As to why this happened I am unable to provide a solid answer.

From the Nasher Musuem show in Duke a great book is available starting at $140 plus shipping. It contains more than 100 pictures.

The artist also reminds me the sculptor Duane Hanson, a master at capturing a very ordinary person going about their daily activities. Hendricks is excellent at capturing the patterns and colors of the time. To look at the painting you can smell Afrosheen in the air. Please take some time to check out Sam Goodsell, Mickalane Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley. Each are African- American contemporary painters with some similarities in their design and usage of color.

I enjoyed his painting of a basketball hoop the most, I connected to it right away. Great design and simple repeated shapes to keep the viewer interested.

Keep on learning!


Artist of the moment Jennifer Bartlett…..

Jennifer Bartlett  was born in Long Beach, California in 1941.

A short collection of paintings done by the artist set to music. It even shows some works as they appear in public spaces like an airport. The artist was highly skilled at matching realism with a great deal of abstraction.

A short interview about the artist and another female artist named Jackie Winsor.

High price range: $52,000 for the large landscape, the last image in the picture gallery, done in 99 plates using enamels on steel panels.

Low price range: Some original acrylics can be found for a few thousand, some prints for less than one thousand dollars.

The artist has worked in a variety of mediums over the years such as oils, inks, sculpture, pastels, etching, woodcut, lithographs, and screenprints.

She is known for her mixture of painting styles, realism with a great deal of abstraction and patterns included. She paints with oils on canvas as well as with acrylics and enamel on steel plates.

The artist attended Mills College in Oakland, California earning a bachelors degree in fine art in 1963. She continued on to graduate school earning a degree in 1965 from the Yale School of Art and Architecture.

Due to her dramatic brushwork, the artist is known for creating a great sense of movement in her work. She found her style, with a slight nod from the Minimalist style which was highly en vogue during this time period. It was at this time the artist decided to paint on steel plates rather on canvas.

One very large influential artist important to her career was Sol LeWitt.

The artist has done a great deal of large commissioned works for public and private spaces. For the federal building in Atlanta the artist created a two hundred foot long mural.  She also has done design work for Saatchi and Volvo.

The artist is included in many collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Smithsonian Art Institute in Washington D.C., the Whitney Museum of Art also in Washington D.C.

Bartlett was also an educator from 1972 to 1977 at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Online and land based galleries:   Locks Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Bartlett currently lives and works out of New York City.

Its great to look back and see the many periods of change in the artist’s work. I saw some of her silk screen prints that were nearly all text. Then I became fascinated her landscapes.  From a design standpoint she seems to have had fun while she painted.  Very great at producing a variety of textures in her work.


Happy painting!



Artist of the moment…..Doctor Samella Sanders Lewis….

An interview with Cynthia Pope and Samella Lewis. She talks about other African American Artists such as Richard Mayhew whom I wrote about not long ago. The event was held in order to celebrate the many contributions made by Samella Sanders Lewis to the world of art.

This clip is from the awards ceremony for Lewis’ lifetime achievement award talked about in the previous clip. Lewis talks about growing up as a black female in the south. Seeing this clip made me feel a closer connection to Kara Walker.

The artist is featured here for black history month.

The artist is part of the collection of the Metropolitan Musuem of Art in New York City.   A link to her works in the collection:

The artist is a master of  mediums and “does it all” when it comes to making art. Sculptures, prints, watercolors, oils, and even woodcuts have been made by the artist.

Samella Sanders Lewis was born February 27th of 1924 in New Orleans. She is an artist herself, but is just as famous in the art world for being an art and cultural historian. She did her elementary and high school education in Louisiana. She earned a bachelors degree from the Hampton Institute in Virginia. Lewis went on to earn advanced degrees in art history and fine arts from Ohio State University.

She lived and studied art in South America, Africa, and Europe. When she began to study anthropology and learn about other cultures Lewis decided that she wanted to help shine some light on those cultures that were ignored for the most part.

The artist has been part of several books documenting the experience of being an African- American Female Artist. She came out with a book in 2012 which I was able to find on for less than eight dollars with shipping. I will give a short essay as soon as I read it.

Another great aspect about the artist is her talent for learning new ideas. She has not only mastered many mediums from printmaking to sculpture, she has completed four degrees at the collegiate level! Very inspiring!  No matter how much she learns she wants to learn more.

Samella Sanders Lewis inspires me not only to improve portraying emotion in my paintings and drawings. But also to improve my knowledge of art history.  My favorite print artists such as Kathe Kollwitz, Catlett, and Lewis all capture the emotions both happy and sorrowful in the characters they draw, paint, and sculpt. Earning many degrees and experiencing so many different cultures the artist is still hungry to learn more about the world and its inhabitants.  FANTASTIC!

After designing a greeting card for the NAACP the rear windows of her home were shot out by the Klu Klux Klan. Her work shows the humanity of people as well as their desire to be free.

high price: $16,800 in 2007.   Many prints are available starting around $2,500

Happy painting!


Artist of the moment….Granville Redmond…

The artist was born Granville Seymour Redmond  in March of 1871 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania . I find this artist to be one of the most inspirational forces out there. An artist who was also great at acting and counted Charile Chaplin as a friend. Redmond even appeared in silent movies alongside Chaplin. Chaplin learend a great deal about mime work from Redmond.

Redmond appeared in many films directed by Chaplin. Such as City Lights, You’d Be Surprised, A Woman of Paris, The Idle Class, The Kid, Sunnyside, A Day’s Pleasure, and A Dogs Life (A clip from this movie is in the video section above)

Redmond was born able to hear but slightly before turning three years of age he contracted Scarlett Fever. As a result he was unable to hear the rest of his life, but he didn’t let being deaf get in the way of being a successful artist working in movies as well as painting and drawing. Chaplin not only got acting jobs for Redmond but also made him a painting studio on one  of the film lots.

The artist’s family moved out west to so that he could attend a special elementary and high school that was made for deaf students.  After graduating he went to the San Francisco School of Design. He won an award and as a result he was able to study in Paris, France at the Julien Academy. He is known as one of the great California Impressionist Painters.

On line and land based galleries: Karges Fine Art in Carmel, California.

A short clip from a gallery in Carmel. The director of the movie talks about a variety of artists from the area.

A clip from the movie A Dog’s Life starring Charlie Chaplin. Redmond acted alongside Chaplin in this movie.

He was married in 1898 to a former student of a deaf college in Illinois. The couple had three children together.

The artist passed away in 1935.

low price range: Pencil and chalk work on paper for a few thousand dollars.

high price range: $517,000 For a tonalist landscape painting of California titled “California Landscape with Oaks, Poppie, and Lupine.

Including in museum collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Orange County Museum of Art, and the Irvine Museum.

A link to the artist’s website:

This artist is just great to read about when you are upset because you just can’t get something right. A great example of an artist who overcame deafness and acted in silent movies. The man helped Charlie Chaplin master his craft!  His use of color and tone was remarkable.  Also interesting is his lively brush work with a wide variety of strokes and a weaving of paint similar to Van Gogh’s landscapes in style but not thickness of paint.

Happy painting!


Artist of the moment…..Landscape painter and printmaker Robert Kipness…..

Sorry I haven’t wrote much the past couple of weeks but I went on a long vacation to a family reunion. I am back and can’t wait to write about all the artists I discovered over my break. Though I took a break from writing, I didn’t take a break from research!


The artist featured at a show opening at Weinstein Gallery in 2009.

The artist and a show that took place in 2006 in New Orleans.

The artist talking about the life of an artist with Park West Gallery.

The artist reminds me of my childhood with his paintings. Growing up in Montana and having spent a fair amount of time looking at trees and watching them blow in the wind the artist is great at capturing life and movement. The limbs and branches of the trees are simple. Many smaller lines are left out just to concentrate on long straight verticals mixed with various triangular shapes. The viewer’s eye is always kept moving about the picture.

And the brushwork that makes up the leafy part of the image is spectacular as well. Quick flicks of the wrist and finger have allowed the artist to build a texture that is similar to an actual tree with clumps appearing at the bottom and more evenly spaced leaves appearing at the top.
The artist is most known for his landscapes that are done in a monochromatic and tonalist style.

Robert Kipniss was born in 1931 in New York City.  He studied at the Art Students League of New York and went to college at the Universtiy of Iowa.

Over his career he has created nearly five hundred lithographs.

The artists goes for walks by himself during twilight or moonlight to gather information for his art. He enjoys painting scenes that are nostalgic, tranquil, and serene. He usually doesn’t include the figure in his artwork.

He is part of over one hundred museum collections.  Major museums showing his work are the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Los Angeles County Musuem of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

low price range: Small size prints with sides less than 10 inches can be found starting at three hundred dollars.

high price range: Large landscape painted in oils for $13,000.

Most prints go from a range of $1,500 to $10,000.

On line and land based gallery Palette Contemporary Arts and Crafts in Albuquerque, NM. :

Kipniss works in many mediums such as pencil, printmaking, and oils.

For some art homework take a midnight stroll or a late p.m. stroll just as the sun is setting. Do drawing or painting using very simple shapes and quiet to capture the quiet and tranquil moment of the day. Another artist who works in black and white by using ink is artist Mark Reep who can be found here  -

Kipniss is one of few modern artists to use the mezzotint print method.

Its great to be back and happy painting!


Artist of the moment…..Kay Walkingstick…


The artist is a Native American member of the Cherokee Indian from Oklahoma and mother of Scott and Irish decent from Syracuse, New York.

A short clip showing the artist talking about her work Primavera or “springtime.”

The artist talking about her series featuring Chief Joseph that was done in the mid 1970.

The artist includes a variety of themes in her works from realism, to abstract expressionism, and conceptualism. The artist was born in 1935 in Syracuse, New York. The artist attended Beaver college in Pennsylvania finishing college in 1959.  She also attended the Pratt Institute.

Walkingstick was also a professor at the collegiate level teaching at Cornell University from 1988 until 2005.

The artist works with a variety of mediums including oils, acrylics, gold and silver leaf, encaustic, and copper.

For her designs she enjoys using the diptych format. Its perfect for her as she is bi racial and enjoys seeing the human figure as a landscape. On many of these works the figure is seen as a silhouette next to a more traditionally painted landscape. Both sides of the artist are seen as different but able to exist together as well. The works are very large in size from sixty and seventy inches on a side.

The artist is part of several museum collections including the National Museum of Canada, the Israel Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the San Diego Museum of Art.

Online and land based gallery:  June Kelly Gallery in New York, New York.

The artist lives and works out of Ithaca, New York.

A link to the artist’s own website :

From her artistic statement we can learn she sees the landscapes as a stand in for her own body. She uses gold and silver leaf to further portray her emotions of the moment she is looking at the landscape. The artist traveled back and forth to Italy many times during the 1990s and 200s visiting Rome as well as the Vatican.

Walkingstick loves to paint mountains. On her native american side the mountains represent the gods. Mountains are given a great deal of respect and honor in the Native American culture.

The artist likes to play with different visual textures. Painting one side with acrylic and the other with oils. One side thick one side thin. One side a majority of gold leaf with very little paint, the other side just the opposite. If you see an artist that uses mixed media such as gold and silver leaf make sure and step back and move left to right. Notice how the picture seems to move with so many reflection of light. Other artists who use mixed media in harmony with gold and silver leaf are Brad Kunkle, Robert Kushner, and Fred Wessel.

For some art homework how about trying a diptych of your own. A picture with two panels.  For example paint one side in the winter and the other side the same area int a different season. Try to exaggerate the colors associated with that time of year.

Happy creating!



Artist of the moment…..Eve Plumb…


Your guess is correct, this artist was a childhood star on television. The artist played Jan Brady on the long running sitcom, The Brady Bunch.

I enjoy her paintings of coffee cups and various tableware. From a design standpoint its nice to see someone change the format of the dinner table still life. Many times the viewpoint is taken from above the cup or whatever the subject matter. The artist emphasizes the shapes and colors of her items. Rather than concentrate on elaborate antique designs the artist sometimes looks forward to her trips to shopping centers like SuperTarget for her chance to buy patterned table cloths and plastic cups.

A short interview with the artist discussing a show in 2010 that took place at a gallery in Richmond, Virginia. She talks about her motivations and how she started painting as something to keep her going when she between acting jobs. The artist is self taught. She loves to paint as it is such a creative outlet for her talents. In acting you sometimes wait for a project, with painting her still life she can come along any time of the day or night and create a wonderful work of art.  It gives her a level of control over her artistic abilities.

The artist was born in 1958 in Burbank, California.  She began to appear in television commercials in 1966. In the late sixties she appeared on various television shows such as The Big Valley, Lassie, The Virginian, and Gunsmoke. From 1969 to 1974 she appeared as the middle sister named Jan on the Brady Bruch show. Her most famous line was perhaps,” Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” when she was complaining about all the attention her older sister received whilst she got hardly any attention.

online and land based galleries: Bonner David Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Wynne- Fine Art in Chatham, MA.

The artist works with oils on canvas and linen. Her sizes are from 9 by 12 inches to 40 by 40 inches.

A link to the artist’s own website:

The artist lives and works out of her home in Laguna Beach, California.

Working with oils now, she started working with watercolors and acrylics. She then tried casein, and finally become adept in oils. She started to copy and study graphic design and commercial print ads from the 1950s and 1960s. She noticed the way sunlight hit certain objects she had around the house and she became more interested in photographing and painting simple still life works.

She and her husband like to collect items like creamers, tea cups, and bowls.  She took this idea and has now expanded it to working with table settings that you might see in a cafe or restaurant.

I enjoy this artist because she LOVES to drink coffee so it made sense that she would love to paint coffee as a subject matter. Her art has grown a great deal in the past couple of years as she has improved her composition skills and is great at capturing cascading light.

Try a painting of your favorite coffee or tea cup today! Using a design idea from this artist try painting it without a horizon line.



Artist of the moment….Olga Antonova…

A link to the artist’s website:

The artist hails from Russia. She was born in the city of Volgograd, Russia in 1956. She has been featured in several national artistic magazines for her paintings of teacups and saucers.

I enjoy her style of making the teacup the main part of the works, rather than just an object supporting a flower or similar still life arrangement.

The artist is great at creating excitement in her works by varying the different textures that she uses.

The artist attended school at the Repin Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia and finished in 1980.

The artist splits her time between France and Boston, Massachusetts.

In her artist’s statement she likes to speak about the journey of becoming an artist, how she is always reaching for the next step in better portraying her subject matter. The artist is highly skilled at not only painting the image of the cup, but also the fun details such as cracks and chip in plate. Her goal in painting is to capture the solitude and quiet of the location and place.

The artist has been in museum shows in the United States, France, and Germany.

Also a favorite of mine are her paintings of antique porcelain plates. She has a great penchant of filling the background space with cooler greys which makes the bright colors of the cup stand out even more. She also paints much larger than life, some paintings of single cups measure thirty to forty inches on either side.

on line and land based galleries: Selby Fleetwood Gallery in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Gallery Henoch in New York, New York.

Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown, MA.

Eisenhauer Gallery in Edgartown, MA.

I enjoy the fact she makes ordinary objects such as cups come to life and become exciting. Very similar in design to the artist Giorgio Morandi, the famous Italian artist who painted thousands of cups over his long artistic career.

low price range: $1,500

high price range: $7,000

Other than her well known tea cups the artist has ventured into painting items such as shoes and umbrellas. Her fabric reminds me of the Perisan art of centuries past. In a series the artist did featuring polished items such as ladles and silverware, her tableclothes were amazing. Sometimes bright colored floral images fill the tabletop, other times the top has a checkered mosaic style.

Next time you are going to have your morning coffee, take some time and do a short composition remembering the fun you can have playing with shapes that repeat. Think of artists like Antonova and Morandi for very simple design ideas.

Happy painting!


Artist of the moment….Farah Ossouli…

The artist hails from Iran. She was born in the city of Zanjan, Iran in 1953.

She helped to start a group called DENA that was made up of twelve female artists. The group has exhibited around the globe.

The group DENA was formed in 2001. It was made to promote Iranian women artists not only in Iran, but also on a worldwide level. It helps promote their individual ideas and perspectives as the group contains three generations of artists. DENA is a wonderful mountain peak deep in the heart of Iran.

I enjoy her modern paintings that represent her niche in the art world, miniature painting. One of the most influential painters that she trained under was known as a master of miniature painting, his name was Mahmoud Farschian. Another influence in her work is a famous Persian poet named Hafiz.

The use of color and design of the artist transports the viewer to a different time and place. Paintings are flat with an emphasis on design and sharp edges. The figures are painted showing a great deal of expression with an excellent ornamental graphic design in the background.

Attended high school lever art school  at the Girls School for Fine Arts in Tehran, Iran. She went on to Tehran University. She also was a teacher in studio for fifteen years.

For the most part the artist paints with gouache on cardboard. Using color compliments the artist draws comparisons of times past and present. I enjoy the simple geometric shapes of the background in combination with the leaves and floral shapes. Her vivid use of color is outstanding. Another great aspect of her work are the trees. Many times the trees seem to be blowing and moving in the wind, surrounded by lively singing birds. Very poetic in her portrayal of the figure in harmony with their surroundings.

low price range: $10,000

high price range: $50,000

A link to the artist’s own website:

The artist loved to create as a child. Though she loved her dolls, they weren’t enough to satisfy her imagination. The dolls didn’t have enough personality of their own. So the artist started to make her own dolls using various papers and paints. So although the style looks very contemporary and fresh, the artist has been working on her style for fifty years!

The artist was featured in the book Iranian Contemporary Art. The book can be found for $150 on

The artist married Khosrow Sinai, a  famous Iranian film director and composer.

I enjoy this artist for her process of creating and the vivid color in her work. Try a miniature painting or drawing and see how much fun it is to design a flat work rather than something that is trying to be dimensional in appearance.

Happy painting!


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