Archive for March 18, 2013

Artist of the moment…..John McLaughlin

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A great clip here! We see some of the artists prints. A print can be a great way to start a collection.Remember the Alexander Calder print that a customer bought at Goodwill for around $10 and sold for $9,000 at auction. Prints can be a great investment. In this clip see some of McLaughlin’s prints. The artist was a master at creating eye pleasing color combinations.

Born in 1898 in the city of Sharon, Massachusetts. John McLaughlin was a pioneer in his manner of abstract painting which was titled “hard edge painting.”

In this clip we visit a show at the David Klein gallery of Birmingham, Michigan. Its a great show featuring McLaughlin and another artist named Emerson Woelffer. I will write about Woelffer shortly as he was an artist’s artist. Someone who loved making art more than anything. He was known for very bold color usage perhaps a earlier version of Romero Britto. As he aged he developed macular degeneration and could no longer see color. He began using only black and white and altered his style. Don’t forget Grandma Moses came to painting because her arthritic hands couldn’t hold her needlework tools any longer. But she still wanted to make art!

Price range information: The artist was prolific considering he didn’t start painting full time until nearly fifty years old. Works in oils range $15,000 to $80,000. Lithographs range $3,000 to $10,000.

The artist was the son of a court judge and grew up with a family that encouraged appreciation of the arts. He enjoyed Asian art in particular. He even learned Asian languages and served in World War One as an interpreter. He was married in 1928 and moved with his wife to Japan in 1935. Years later they would return to the United States and open a retail outlet that specialized in selling specialized goods and works of art from the Orient in the city of Boston, Massachusetts.

McLaughlin was self taught as an artist but attended the University of Hawaii studying the Japanese language. McLaughlin did two stints in the military. During the first World War he served in the Navy. During the second World War he served in the marines. He would go on to earn a bronze star for his service for the country.

As a painter he gained inspiration from Piet Mondrian and Kaspar Malevitch, another artist I have featured here in the past. McLaughlin also gave credit to the Japanese masters that lived in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. He started as a landscape painter but then switched to an abstract style. At this time he was one of few painters working abstractly.

In his artistic statement McLaughlin tells us his only purpose is to achieve the totally abstract.

The artist passed away in 1976 at the age of 77.

Artist of the moment…..Light artist Doug Wheeler

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In this clip see an actual installation. Keep in mind in person the walls are white, and one is framed with neon lighting. In the clip everything appears a shade of blue, but you can grab the idea of his work.

Price range information: Most works are priced from $100,00 to $400,000
Doug Wheeler is another light artist known mainly for his large scale installations. Wheeler was born in Globe, Arizona in the year 1939.Similar to other artists like John McLaughlin Wheeler is thought of as a hard edge abstract artist. He deals with basic geometric shapes and infuses light as he sees fit. The light and space movement is seen as a movement inspired by John McLaughlin. In addition the artists used brand new at the time materials such as resin, neon, and flourescent lighting.
For his artistic education Wheeler attended the Chouinard Institute in Los Angeles, California. His first solo exhibition was in 1968 at the Pasadena Art Museum. With two other artists recently featured here Larry Bell and Robert Irwin took place in the first show outside the United States featuring the Southern California light and space artists.
Make sure to check out the other light and space artists featured here!
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