Archive for August 28, 2012

Artist of the moment…..Christopher Brown….

A great clip with the artist explaining his technique of NOT finishing paintings. He is very creative and loves seems to love to add ideas to his paintings. Some works can lean toward the surreal side when he begins to get excited and add shapes and color. Its very apparent at the part 7:50 or so into the clip.

This artist was born in 1951 on a marine corps base where his father was a doctor. He was born in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. When he was three years old the family moved to Ohio. He talked his parents into enrolling him in art classes that took place on Saturday morning.

The way the artist uses the same shape repeatedly in some of his works reminds me of Andy Warhol.  Andy Warhol seemed  to use nearly the same identical shape in many of his works, the shape would be slightly altered but had a very strong impact on the viewer. Brown is very cleaver in that he uses people and groups of people when he uses repetitive shapes.

He also uses a bird’s eye view. From this angle it seems that in many occassions the people are all moving in the same direction, leading to a greater feeling of chaos when looking at the artist’s paintings.

From his paintings I enjoy his paintings of figures sledding down a snow packed hill. The snow is cleverly painted and figure is loosely painted which gives it a sense of motion. The artist’s use of blue and yellow give the illusion of a strong sense of light.

When Christopher Brown was thirteen years old the family moved again. This time they relocated to Illionois. His father went on to work for student health services at the University of Illinois, in Champaigne- Urbana. Brown went on to attend college at the same university his father taught, earning a bachelors degree in art. The artist then went on to University of California at Davis for his masters degree. In college he studied with the likes of Wayne Theibaud and Manuel Neri.

Whilst the artist was in college he received a grant to study in Europe. He visited France, Spain, and Germany.

He paints mainly oils on linen but has worked with pastels on paper as well. He loves to draw and has made linocuts, etchings, woodcuts, acrylics,  and lithographs.

High price range: $31,000 for acrylics. $131,000 for oils.

Low price range: $6,000 for a work in crayons. $1,000 for etchings. Lithographs for a few hundred dollars.

The artist even was a critic for ArtWeek magazine.

Currently lives and works in Berkeley, California.

Try painting a birds eye of a group of people. An amusement park or waterpark might be a good start.



Artist of the moment…..James Bama

This artist is best known for his very detailed and intricate paintings and etchings of the old West.

A montage of the artist’s work set to wonderful music.

He was born in 1926 in Manhattan, New York. As a child he loved comic books and enjoyed reading and making copies of the artwork.

At the young age of fifteen he made his first illustration sale of the Yankee stadium in the New York Journal-American.

As he grew up in New York City he attended the cities High School for Music and Art. He then entered the Army Air Force and was a physical trainer, mechanic and a painter of very large murals.

After leaving the Army he studied at the Art Students League of New York. He went on to be an illustrator at the Charles E. Cooper studios. Starting with a paperback book cover with Billy the Kid the artist worked commercially as an artist for twenty two years. For the Bantam paperback series Doc Savage the artist executed sixty two covers over the years.

In 1964 he married an art history major. In 1966 Bama and his wife went to visit artist Bob Meyers at his home in Wyoming. Bob Meyers was a very successful illustrator working for the Saturday Evening Post. Meyers gave up illustration and just wanted to paint and run his Wyoming ranch.

Two years later the couple moved into a house on Bob Meyers ranch. James Bama was able to work both commercially and to paint his surroundings to build up his own portfolio.

In 1970 Bob Meyers was murdered. His wife moved from the ranch and James Bama and wife moved into a house in 1971. In 1971 Bama made a connection with a New York art gallery dealer who convinced him to give up illustration and focus on painting unique works of art.

The artist has books on his artwork available on for

Inducted to the illustrators Hall of Fame in 2000.

High price range: Watercolors record is $48,000. Oils record is $112,000.

Low priced range: Prints and works in ink available for less than one thousand dollars.

Bama has worked in many mediums including watercolor, gouache, oils, acrylics, and prints.

The artist is one of a group of artists that worked commercially for many years learning how to make great compositions and using many mediums. This group then went on to become the masters of art today. I include in my group Howard Terpning, Bob Kuhn, Pino D’Angelico, and Everett Raymond Kinstler.

If you struggle with inspiration look up any of these artists who were highly successful commercially, Pino did more than 3,000 book covers, and all were successful in the field of Fine Art.