Archive for February 23, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Matthew Cusick….

Matthew Cusick is a contemporary artist who makes wonderful works of art using recycled materials and papers such as maps. Matthew Cusick was born in New York city in the year 1970.  For his collegiate studies Cusick stayed in New York attending The Cooper Union finishing in 1993 with a bachelor’s of fine arts degree.

I love the way his art not only celebrates realism, but is also a form of pop art. Cusick does a great job at using text and words to bring more interest to his paintings. In addition to the cut collage, the artist uses acrylics to bring his works to completion.

Cusick is part of the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art Collection.

Paper’s used in his artwork:  Old textbooks, maps, atlases, encyclopedias.

A link to Matthew Cusick’s own personal artist website:

In this clip we see many works of art done by Matthew Cusick.

If you like Matthew Cusick’s style of art make sure and check out the wonderful Peter Clark. Peter Clark hails from Britain and makes awesome animals from discarded vintage papers. Here is a great example of Peter Clark’s style of art with this fun looking weiner dog.


Another artist who takes contemporary art to a new level is the British artist David Mach. Mach has produced some incredible works of art using the collage method, but I am most impressed with his portrait works. They are sculptures that don’t use paint, but rather the many colors found on imported matches. Here is a great example of his work with match heads with the resulting face of Charlie Chaplin.


Price range information:  Sorry, none available.

Try a collage today!

Artist of the moment….Richard Jackson….

Richard Jackson was born in the year 1939 in Sacramento, California.

For his collegiate studies Jackson attended Sacramento City College studying art and engineering.

Jackson was part of the teaching faculty at UCLA from 1989 to 1994. He taught sculpture. Though he has worked with many mediums over the years his works now lean towards performance art. Sometimes the action that he is documenting is not art to some observers. For instance in this clip Richard Jackson flies a toy airplane and then crashes it just outside of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

And you must admit that at least Mr. Jackson has brought the question to the forefront of our minds, what is art!  If you want to skip ahead in the clip watch the last 45 seconds to view the crash! This was a series done by Mr. Jackson titled Accidents in Abstract Painting. It was free to the public. The plane was fifteen feet long and filled with paint.

Here we see Richard Jackson at work on another abstract work.

Richard Jackson currently lives and works out of Los Angeles, California.

Has been part of exhibits in Germany, France, Switzerland, London, and the United States.


One of my favorite artists working with floral imagery started as on stage performer in the 1970s, Robert Kushner. Though very skilled and progressive with his acting, sometimes appearing nude on stage, Kusher went on to become a spectacular painter of flowers using mixed media. Below is a wonderful example of Robert Kushner’s painting style!


Try some performance art today, just for something different. Channel your favorite movie that will appear at the Oscar’s tomorrow night!

Price range information:  A life sized plastic version of the duck went for more than $62,000. Watercolors range from $2500 to $7500. Oils range from $1,000 to 4000. Photographs are available starting for few hundred dollars.