Archive for December 11, 2012

Artist of the moment…..Johannes Bosboom….

Johannes Bosboom was known for painting wonderful interior scenes mainly of churches and other large gathering spaces. Bosboom was born in the Hague in 1817. You may have heard of the Hague as its in the news often as the location of the International Court of Justice.

When he was fourteen he was able to study with a well known landscape artist named Bartholomeuw Van Hove. Van Hove was a painter of landscapes that celebrated the beauty of the outdoors with a few people added to add some sense of scale to his art. Below is a signature example of his style of painting. Van Hove was also in charge of painting scenery for the local theater. Bosboom and Van Hoves son assisted him in these theatrical chores.


Johannes Bosboom also attended the Hague Academy of Art.

Bosboom found his best commercial success with his paintings of the interiors of churches, so that became his favorite subject matter.

The artist lived in the Hague for the majority of his life and passed away there in 1891 at the age of seventy four years old.

The Dutch artists all had their favorite genres of what they enjoyed painting. A Jacob Gallig  painting of fish, a Frans Hals painting of someone enjoying life, and Vincent Van Gogh expressing his feelings of sunsets. Johannes Bosboom was in heavy demand as an artist as his specialty was painting interiors.

Interiors are fun from a design standpoint, as you can play with light sources. If I were to compare the work to someone modern it would be the British painter Alexander Creswell. Creswell paints with watercolor and has ventured into painting marine works. He first gained acclaim for his paintings of various historic landmarks and interiors. Below is a signature example of Creswell’s work. Creswell like Bosboom produced far more works in watercolour than oils.


A clip showing the many interior works of Johannes Bosboom.

Price range information:  Bosboom worked in many mediums. Watercolors range from $2,000 to $10,000. Many works in pencil are less than $2,000 and can reach as high as $13,000. Oils price ranges from $2,000 to $106,000. Works done using ink range from $5,000 to $40,000.

Bosboom was a fantastic painter of interior scenes, the angles of light that come in thru the windows  give  the viewer a dramatic but quiet and peaceful image. If you take a moment to just stare into the shadows, the amount of depth that is generated by both artists is amazing.



Artist of the moment…..Sand Artist Sudarshan Pattnaik…

Sudarshan Pattnaik  comes from India and was born in Puri in the year 1977. His medium is something you can find anywhere in his native country, SAND! He is known the world over for his wonderful three dimensional works of art out of sand. For those of you who have never watched live sand sculpture events its quite a team process. You have only a certain amount of time to finish, and in television events they usually blow up a few works for added excitement and the artists just have to start over and rebuild. Its very funny to watch the team competition.

Pattnaik is self taught and learned his craft from trial and error. Pattnaik made his first sand sculpture at the age of seven.

He has also won several international sand sculpting events such as the first Moscow International Sand Sculpture competition.

Included in the Guiness book of world records for the biggest sand sculpture of Santa  Claus ever made.

He is a great teacher and enjoys having people pick up this new and exciting form of sculpture. Pattnaik will incorporate various Hindu gods into his work to make people more aware of their surroundings. For illustrating his point on global warming he made a sculpture with Ganesh, the Hindu god of     , sitting atop melting glaciers.

A link to the artist’s own website:

The website above is great and very informative. Pattnaik has been running his own academy for sand artists for a decade now! Awesome!

In this clip watch an international sand sculpture competition that was held in Denmark in 2012. Pattnaik won first prize for his sculpture.

Pattnaik is great at using his art to show his feelings of certain events. This time he honors some fallen policemen that got killed during an uprising. Pattnaik wanted to make the world aware of what happened and he accomplished this goal.

Live art in all forms is great. Acting and singing are awesome, but I love to see art being made. Speed painters that could make good likenesses always capture my attention. Pattnaik was to design a live sand animation for the country of India to view as the new year came in 2010. The piece made reference to the unity of the people of India. He also pays his respects to Gandhi. Very interesting to see the sand animation take place in such a short period of time.

No price range or anything of that sort available about the artist. I should think he would take pictures of his work, sign them, and sell them but no such luck! Maybe in the future!