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!


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