Archive for September 28, 2012

Arist of the moment……Liu Ye…

The artist comes from China abd was born in 1964 in Beijing.

A short clip from a show given by the artist titled Bamboo Bamboo Broadway in New York. You can easily tell the artist who has most influenced Ye was Mondrian.

He has worked in various mediums including oils, lithographs, silkscreens, lithographs, watercolor, acrylics, and etchings.

His work is a mixture of surrealism and realism. In many paintings at least one character is involved with something from the Pop art world.

For collegiate studies Liu Ye attended the Beijing Academy of Fine Arts. Whilst there he learned specifically how to paint very large murals. For his graduate studies the artist moved to Germany and attended school in Berlin, Germany.

His father was an  author  of childrens books. His father wrote his own books as well as worked on those made by government agencies.

Liu Ye was turned onto the books of Hans Christian Anderson by this dad. After spending hours and then days learning to draw the characters in the book, Ye knew he had to be an artist.

High price range:  The artist had a painting titled “Night,”  which sold for $1,900,000. It was 86 by 70 inches. Acrylics painting titled ” The Bright Road.” It sold for $2.469 million.

Low price range:  Lithographs and silkscreens start at $3,000.

Another artist who enjoys bringing old stories, such as those from Hans Christian Anderson, to life. I so love looking at modern interpretations of stories that have been around for so many generations. I also enjoys the way he draws children. As an ex-caricaturist myself, looking at the art of Liu Ye we can see what certain charateristics make up a child.

A large forehead and somewhat larger than life eyes.  This will help with expression. Before we learn all the words, babies learn to express emotions by certain facial features. Another key feature  is a somewhat smaller than life nose and most importantly NO HARD EDGES AROUND THE MOUTH. So many drawings of children I see(that come from photographs) the tones that make up a babies cheek are done with almost an heavy outline style. This ages them quickly. Even when drawing an older person who in fact does have wrinkles, use thin lines, taper the lines, and don’t press too hard with your pencil.

In his statement we can see how he feels about art and politics. He says,” I find that art should not interfere with politics because art is univeral, and not something emanating from a certain country. ”

This artist is just so versatile in the mediums he uses. He has an awesome style that is very creative and expressive with a high level of technial skill as well.

Create It!


Artist of the moment…..Alessandro Raho….

The artist is British and was born in 1971 in the Bahamas. He now lives and works out of London.

He is held in high regard for his paintings of portraits. He also has garnered quite a large following for his landscapes.

The artist is shown painting a large work. Its a time lapse video, I wish more artists would do this so we could get a behind the scenes look at how an image is created from start to finish.

On line and land based gallery:   Alison Jacques Gallery in London, England.

I found this site to have a great collection of his art. You can tell the artist makes a great deal of small sketches and studies for his final paintings. Some of the sizes of his studies are tiny (6 by 9 inches) compared to his larger portraits (many are 97 by 67 inches).

He is included in museum collections such as the Musuem of Modern Art in New York, the Walker Collection in Minneapolis, and the National Portrait Gallery located in London, England. For this museum Raho was commissioned to paint a portrait of the great actress Dame Judy Dench. She has been in many feature films from James Bond to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. He finished the commission in 2005.

For his education the Raho attended Goldsmith College in London, England.

For mediums Raho paints mainly with oils with an occassional watercolour.

High price range:  Large oil paintings $20,000 for a large portrait.

Low price range:  A smaller watercolor sized 10 by 9 inches start at $2,500 to $3,000.

From a style standpoint the artist reminds me of Dean Mitchell and Mario Robinson. Both are American painters that use watercolour for a great deal of their art and both use the plain grey background. I enjoy the fact he doesn’t spend time depicting a background, it allows for more concentration on the figure. The figure is presented rather closely to the viewer, this is similar to the Chuck Close method when he started out back in the 1970s.

I wish the artist would paint more landscapes of his native Bahamas! Not many fine artists have tackled the beach for a setting. Among my favorite are Hilo Chen, C.W. Mundy, Rick Fluery and Sally Swatland. The paintings of Raho that I have seen concentrate on the blueness of the water and the sky mixed with the yellow ochre and light toned sand. He doesn’t paint people in these works.


How about visiting a museum or state park this weekend!