Archive for March 25, 2013

Artist of the moment…Street artist Zevs…

If you enjoy street artists two other well known Parisian artists would be Invader whom I have posted about before and Monsieur A. Below is a work by Monsieur A

And some works by Zevs.




Zevs is an internationally renown street artist based in Paris, France. Zevs was born in 1977 but his official name is not known. He is best known for his liquidation technique. He takes a modern common well known image and makes it seem like it was freshly painted and the paint is falling to the ground, perhaps the brand or the icon is falling apart or dissolving. . Very unique with an interesting texture. The target of many of these works are large multinational companies and brands like Coca Cola, Apple,  and McDonalds.

Price range information: Photographs range from a few hundred to $2000. Original works in acrylics range $10,000 to $30,000. Prints range $2000 to $15,000.

Paints often with Liquitex on canvas.

Named himself Zevs, a product of Zeus, a subway train that nearly ran him over in Paris.

Has been arrested as a vandal in Paris and Hong Kong.

Also known for visual kidnapping. The artist doesn’t like well known brands to destruct his view of Paris, so he has taken scissors and knife to some bill boards in the past and cut holes in the posters! He called it visual kidnapping, and said PAY NOW!  This brought the artist much controversy and fame!

In this clip we see a brief profile about the artist including some original street works!

Another awesome clip! Watch Zevs in action! I thought what a unique personality, like a superhero from the old days of the original Batman he goes out complete with mask and does a work on the side of Giorgio Armani building. As a mentioned before his work has a very unique paint quality and texture.


Another successful street and graffiti artist!


Artist of the moment…..Fritz Scholder

Fritz Scholder was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota in the year 1937. His father was Indian and Scholder took great pride in this aspect of his heritage. Scholder came to prominence as a  painter whilst living in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Scholder was able to study with a well known Native American painter named Oscar Howe. Howe worked with the figure in a very abstract manner. Much like a Bev Doolittle painting, the figures are cleverly hidden amongst the very abstract design. Here is an example of Oscar Howe’s style.


For his collegiate studies Scholder attended many colleges including Wisconsin State University, Sacramento City College where he studied under Wayne Thiebaud, and the University of Arizona where he earned a master’s degree. Thiebaud asked his young charge to exhibit in a cooperative gallery. Scholder was an immediate success. After earning his masters degree Scholder joined the teaching faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He moved to Sante Fe, New Mexico. Scholder did a series of paintings featuring the Native American Indian. The paintings were seen as an insult to many and Scholder was only one quarter Indian and painted his idea of the Indian and American cultures coming together. Scholder wanted to visit Europe and quit his teaching post. After his travels abroad Scholder returned to Sante Fe.
Scholder produced etchings, drawings, paintings, and sculpture. His first lithographs were made during the early 1970s, he was quite prolific as a print artist.

Received great reviews from the Smithsonian show featuring Scholder and his famed student T.C. Cannon.I profiled Cannon within the past week, Cannon had a style very similar to R.C. Gorman, but died in car crash before the opening of this show.

In the early 1980s he moved to Manhattan, New York.

price range information: Oils range $10,000 to $50,000. Acrylics $4,000 to $50,000. Bronzes range $500 to $2000. Lithographs can be found for less than one thousand dollars.

Exhibited his art at the Grand Palais in France. Also had shows in Romania, Yugoslavia, Berlin, and London.

Scholder enjoyed books and even loved to his name in print. He often mentioned once his name was in the books to be used later for reference material (like this website which is geared to show people that artists all over the world are not starving and desolate!) Fritz Scholder would have a permanent place in the world of art history. Scholder even had a book with some of his poetry published.

Scholder passed away in 2005 at the age of 67.

In this clip see an excerpt from a documentary film about Fritz Scholder.

A great montage of works by Fritz Scholder.