Archive for April 7, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Alfredo Castaneda

Alfredo Castaneda was born in Mexico City, Mexico in the year 1938. Castaneda would go onto become world renown for his Surrrealist style of painting.

For his collegiate studies the artist attended the University of Mexico where he studied architecture.

Castaneda had his first one man exhibition in 1969.

Part of collections in Mexico, Europe, Japan, and Latin America.

Pricing information:  Having just passed away in 2010, not enough pieces have been sold at market since his death to determine a pricing schedule.

Although not much information out there on the artist I found his work strikingly similar to Fang Lijun. Interesting that both artists use paintings of themselves in their art.


Artist of the moment….Angela Bulloch

The first image in the gallery  is a work that uses seventeen different Inuit words for the word “snow.” Very unique and done on glass using vinyl text.

Angelo Bulloch hails from Canada and was born in the city of Rainy Rivers, Ontario, Canada in they year 1966. She is renown for the use of mixed media in her work. She also tends to work for the most part with boxes that painted one solid color but when you plug in her work the colors of the box change often. Some works that are installations take up the space of an entire wall and are similar to what you might see in looking at an old vintage video game from the 1970s or 1980s, think of games like Pitfall the original pong, the graphics were very simple lines that showed movement. Bulloch also stresses the use of sound in some installation works. To see a great example of her color changing boxes check out the film clips towards the end of this article!

For her boxes sometimes she uses plexiglass, birchwood panels, and L.E.D. lights.

For her collegiate studies the artist attended Goldsmith College in London, England.

She was a finalist for the Turner Prize in 1997.

Works out of London and Berlin.

Price range information:  The artist works in mixed media and the works range from $10,000 to $55,000.

Another interesting idea that Bulloch has is to use information or input from someone in her installation idea. For instance in this clip we see a work that deals with people talking, the machine makes a horizontal or vertical mark according to what it hears.

A work from Art Basel 2012.

Seeing this short clip is better than seeing any picture in the gallery. You get an idea as to how the artist manipulates the color boxes, they in fact aren’t just one color but rotate much like a Las Vegas billboard!

I find the artist to be similar to the American Light and Space artists profiled here, I enjoy her use of color and absolutely love the work featuring 17 words in Inuit for snow.


Artist of the moment…..Fang Lijun…

Fang Lijun is a world renown artist that works with the figure in a heavily stylized manner. Fang Lijun was born in the year 1963 in  Handan, in Hebei Province in China.    Lijun was part of the Cynical Realist movement that swept through China in the early 1990s. The artist has done a large body of work that tells the story of modern day China. From the youth who want to enjoy a more Western and urbanized lifestyle, to the youth that were involved in Tianamen Square massacre some twenty years ago. He often inserts his own portraits in his work, the bald headed man. Lijun was born into a very wealthy family.

Attended Railroad School in the Province from age nine to seventeen.

The next three years Lijun attended Hebei Light Industry School where he specialized in ceramic studies.

Also attended the Central Insitute of Fine Arts in Beijing, China.

In 1992 moved with many other artists forming a sort of art colony.

Likes to promote the bald head as he believes in the Chinese culture they are seen as slow and sometimes not so intelligent. Another theme incorporated in many works is water. Water is used to represent major social change and ideas.

First exhibition in 19095 in Paris, France.

Price range information: The artist is one of the leading painters in the world today and his work is in high demand. Woodcuts start around $3,000 to 15,000. Originals have broken the four million dollar barrier.  Originals in acrylics have broken the three million dollar mark. Lijun has also produced work in bronze and porcelain, but not enough information to form a consistent pricing schedule.

He now is based out of Beijing, China.

In this clip we see and hear some background behind one of the artist’s paintings and his thoughts on the future of mankind.

In this clip a great montage of the artist’s works.