Archive for August 1, 2012

Artist of the moment…..Beatriz Milhazes…

 

This artist constantly excites me with her new found shapes and fabulous color combinations.

In this brief interview the artist talks about using nature in her work among other items.  She also talks about how inspiring it is to be surrounded by the beauty that is Rio De Janiero, Brazil.

A clip showing a show given by the artist in 2008 at James Cohan Gallery in New York City.

The artist’s work is bursting with fun shapes that are different than exist in most abstract art. Loosely painted, but with a very high level of control. I am reminded of the many thousands of hours I spent making organic shapes as a child with my grandparent’s Spirograph set. Some of the shapes are indeed similar to what you could create using a spirograph piece of plastic and your favorite ink pen or colored pencil.

When I further study the shapes the spirograph made, its very similar to the shapes you see when you let the screen saver run. Or if you are playing music and let the screen saver come on you get the same free wheeling organic shape style.

The artist works in a variety of mediums such as plastic, acrylics, oils, and screenprints.

High price range:  $1.4 million got THE BLUE ELEPHANT. A clip from the auction is below. I highly recommend going to an art auction, its very calm that very exciting!  The clip is from Christie’s Auction house.

low price range: If you are lucky you might find a screenprint for less than ten thousand, most start close to that price.

On line and land based galleries: James Cohan Gallery in New York, City.   http://www.jamescohan.com/artists/beatriz-milhazes/

The artist was born in Rio De Janiero, Brazil in 1960. Her father was a lawyer. Her mother an art historian.

The artist is included in many public and private collections including the Guggenheim, the Musuem of Modern Art in New York City and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

From a contemporary art standpoint the artist reminds me of Rex Ray and Alicia LaChance. Great use of patterns in their design with botanical and floral shapes thrown in the mix.  Also modernistic is that sometimes it seems as if the viewer is looking at a flower from directly above it.  A new way of seeing a still life! Similar to the Dutch Artist Kenne Gregoire, he paints still life pieces also from above.

The artist uses a mixture collage and acrylic paints.

The artist has also worked on set designs for a well known dance company.

I enjoy this artist for her bold use of colors and the many new and exciting shapes for the viewer in her work.

Happy painting!

D

She went to college in Rio De Janiero, Brazil where she also currently lives and works.