Archive for March 24, 2013

Artist of the moment….Peter Alexander…

Peter Alexander is another artist well known for using industrial materials and basic geometric shapes in his works. Peter Alexander was born in the year 1939 in the city of Los Angeles, California. In many works the image seems to be below water looking upward to the sky. Another theme he has explored is etchings and digital paintings of what seems to be someone coming in for a landing. The viewer has the feeling of being above ground.

He is well known for his squares and other geometric shapes made out of translucent resin that he himself created.

Alexander started out as an architect then made a switch to fine arts.

His work can be seen in movies like Erin Brockovich and Terminator 3.

Also has painted murals including a wall at the Walt Disney Concert center in Los Angeles.

For his collegiate studies the artist attended the University of Pennsylvania, Architect school in London, University of California at Berkeley, U. Souther California and UCLA. With all of those colleges he earned both a bachelors and masters degree in the arts.

Alexander was influenced by the Light and Space movement.

In this clip we Peter Alexander as artist in residence.

And here a clip from the Laguna Art Museum.

In this clip we see a problem with public schools and art being fixed!  We visit Peter Alexander as he ventures to tell children how great art can be!

Price range information: The resin sculpture works for which he is most famous are quite large and range from $75,000 to $125, 000. Works in acrylics or pastels can range from $500 to $2,000. Oil paintings range from $2,000 to $12,000.

Art comes in all forms! Be aware of each and learn as many as you can!

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Artist of the moment….Lois Dodd

Another interview with Lois Dodd.

A great interview with Lois Dodd! She talks about Maine and the surrounding landscape.

Lois Dodd is a painter working in a manner than brings back memories of Pollack and the days of the Abstract Expressionists but at the same time gives us a heavy does of realism. Lois Dodd was born in Montclair, New Jersey in the year 1927.

For her collegiate education Dodd attended Cooper Union in New York city. She also studied abroad in Italy.

In addition to her ab-ex work she also has painted many landscapes of the north eastern part of the United States.

Dodd doesn’t paint include the figure in her works.

Her style of using basic shapes lets the viewer imagine all sorts of finished images in their mind. In one manner it reminds of the great artist Steve Graber who makes tremendous landscapes using tone and no color. Here is an example from Steve Graber.

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Another would be the master printmaker Robert Kipniss, another artist I have featured. Her abstract work seems very real and with her simple basic shape style another artist who comes to mind would be Wolf Kahn. Kahn was born in Germany in 1927 and lives in the northeast United States. He uses pastels and makes wonderful subtle landscapes, very painterly style below.

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Lois Dodd’s work is a great example of Andy Wyeth saying he loves to see the abstract in things. For most people looking at a basket might be boring. But Wyeth could look at a basket drenched in sunlight and spend weeks painting it! My personal favorite series by Dodd is of the windows looking outside.

If you enjoy looking through imaginary windows and doors like myself please be sure and check out the art of Steve Perrault. He does a great job at creating atmosphere and makes a surreal and mystical place for the viewer to relax. An example by Perrault.

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Recently in February the artist had her first career retrospective show at the Portland Museum of Art, it is still ongoing and includes 46 of her original works. She has been painting for six decades! The show is called Lois Dodd, Catching the Light.   Here is a link to a great article about the show:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/01/arts/design/lois-dodd-catching-the-light-at-portland-museum-in-maine.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

 

Price range information:  Sorry! None available.

 

Keep learning and painting!

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Artists of the moment…other Intuit Ashevak artists

One last look at our Intuit friends from the north.Although Karoo and Kenojuak became very well known, other members of the same tribe have found success in the art world to a lesser degree. Here are some examples of their styles beginning with Tommie Ashevak born in 1931. Tommie specialized in depicting hunters and fish.
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Adamie Ashevak born in 1959.
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Annago Ashevak. No bio available.
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Adla Ashevak’s work. No bio available.
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Artist of the moment….Kenojuak Ashevak….

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Kenojuak Ashevak was another Inuit artist that achieved tremendous success in the fine art world. She was born in Canada in the year 1927.Her father was a fur trader and hunter of the nomadic Inuits. Her father was murdered when she was only six years old.
When the artist was only 19 her parents arranged for her to marry an Intuit hunter named Johnniebo Ashevak. Johnniebo was also a highly skilled artisan and here is an example of his work.This husband and wife are both part of the National Gallery of Canada.
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Johnniebo lived from 1923 to 1972 and stencil works range from $1000 to $10000. Works in stone range $500 to $1500. Disease took the lives of Johnniebo and many other relatives.
Having tested positive for tuberculosis Kenojuak was sent to Quebec City to conquer the illness.She stayed for three years and during this rehab time became an extraordinary artist. A promoter of Inuit culture found out about the artist and started to promote her. A new star was welcomed by the art world of Canada as she had a great reception.
A film was made about the artist in 1963. The film brought the life of the Inuit and of Kenijuak to the big screen.
Johnniebo succumed to illness, Kenojuak remarried and husband number two would live only five years.She married a third time. Kenojuak had eleven of her own children, but seven
died at young ages due to disease.
Kenojuak designed many stamps for Canada and has a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Kenojuak became the first Intuit artist to work with the medium of stained glass in 2004. The project was a commission for a college chapel . Should you like to see this stained glass its at Appleby college in Oakville, Ontario.
The name of the documentary made by the National Film Board of Canada is titled Eskimo Artist Kenojuak.
The artist Kenojuak passed away in January of 2013 from lung cancer.

Price range information: It must be noted that most people who saw Kenojuak work in person she seldom used an eraser. She produced many drawings and prints that range from $2000 to $25,000. Works in stone range $2,000 to $50,000.

In this clip we view one of Kenojuak’s work’s for sale at Waddington’s Auction House of Canada.

A great montage of Kenojuak Ashevak set to wonderful music.

Listen to the artist speak here. Wonderful!

In this clip from the National Gallery of  Cananda we get some background one of the artist’s first prints, the Enchanted Owl.