Archive for January 16, 2013

Artist of the moment……Pierre Bittar….

A montage of some of the artist’s work of Cote D’Azure, France.

Pierre Bittar was born in France in the year  1934. His father was a musician.  His mother came from a ruling family called the House of Savoy that ruled Italy for nearly a century.  Pierre Bittar is known for painting landscapes both of the United States and Europe. I enjoy his use of flowers in his landscapes.

Bittar wanted to be an artist from a very young age, five years old! His parents encouraged his love and pursuit of art as a career. From the age of six until the age of eighteen Bittar visited as many museums and saw and studied paintings by masters and his two favorite were Rembrandt and Monet were his two favorite artists.

Composition wise his art reminds me of Bob Pejman. Pejman is known for painting awesome harbor scenes. Here is a great example of Bob Pejman’s style of art.

In 1953 the artist’s dad passes away. He CANNOT WORK and quits his studies. After a short break he finds some evening painting classes to attend at the Academie Leonardo Da Vinci.  In order to pay the bills Bittar takes a job with NCR, a processing company.

1956 he finished his studies and begins to make wonderful portraits of friends and family as landscapes.

1979 wins a Gold Medal Award at the Salon des Artiste Francais, Grand Palais.

In 1980 he quit the data processing company and became a full time painter.

In 1986 a book was made of the artists works.

Since 1992 has ran his own gallery located in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

A link for the the artist’s own website:

With his fantastic Impressionistic style the artist reminds me of master California Impressionist painter Granville Redmond. Redmond was born a few years before the great San Francisco earthquake of 1904. Whilst still a child the earthquake caused him to go deaf. He went on to become one of the best California Impressionists and even appeared on film with the great silent film moviestar Charlie Chaplin.

Below is a wonderful example of Redmond’s Impressionistic style.


In this clip we see Granville Redmond appear on screen with Charlie Chaplin.

In this clip a short interview with Pierre Bittar.

Price range information: Bittar works in oils for the most part with prices ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

Bittar does a wonderful job at painting garden scenes also. Mixing great crimsons, mauves, and purples in these works the artist shoes off his color and design skills.

Artist of the moment….Gary Lang……

Gary Lang was born in New York city in the year 1950. He is known for his abstract works. He often works in a grid method taking months to finish a piece. Lang grew up in California and studied at many schools known for producing great artists such as the Chouinard School of Art. The Whitney School of Art and he finally earned a bachelors degree from the California Art Institute in Valencia, California. Lang also went on to earn a masters degree from Yale University.


Below is a great interview with Gary Lang at Edward Cellar Art and Architecture.

With his circles the artist reminds me of the great artist Amelia Caruso. I have done an entry on Caruso for her smart business sense. She has done public art, decorating public utility boxes. She recently moved into commercial art design using her keen artistic designs on various fabrics. Below is a clip of Caruso painting. She mainly paints circles, all freehand, with vibrant colors and patterns.

Caruso has done put her work in public places in Fort Collins. Below is a utility box by Caruso. She paints all of her circles freehand by the way! I love her use of color and the movement of shapes in her work.


Gary Lang is also married to an artist specializing in minimalist paintings using acrylics. Her name is Ruth Pastine. Below is an example of her work. Pastine was born in 1964 in New York city.  Her work is very minimalist in color, but these works have thousands of brush strokes.



Here we see an interview with Ruth Pastine from a public installation done in Los Angeles, California.

Price range information:  Lang works in oils and acrylics. Acrylics range from $1,000 to $8,000.  Oils range from $500 to $1,000.

Lang became enthusiastic about art whilst a very  young age. He loved to draw bugs and flowers. To this day he enjoys the process of creating art. Art keeps him young. Lang talks about feeling most alive when he is painting art.

Lang is part of many museum collections including the Detroit Institute of the Arts, the  Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Portland Museum of art to name a few.

I enjoy art families and love to look and compare the works of this husband and wife artist duo. Both use vivid color in their works and hopefully we can see the couple work on a canvas together similar to the realist painters the Ivanovs.




Try an abstract work today!