Archive for April 9, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Jean Prouve…

Jean Prouve was a famous architect and furniture designer born in Nancy, France in the year 1901. The artist was one of seven children and the participation in the arts was highly encouraged as his father was a well known painter Victor Prouve. His mother was a pianist. Below is an example of his father style of painting, Victor Prouve was active in France was a painter and sculptor.


In this clip we see some contemporary chair designs that use Prouve’s designs in conjunction with a Swiss furniture maker and apparel designer G-Star.

After his high school years he was an apprentice for a blacksmith and after that to a metal worker. In 1923 he took all of experiences and decided to open up his own studio.  Prouve designed lamps, chairs, and handrails. The artist often credited a movement to which his father belonged, L’ecole de Nancy, the School of Nancy is a lose translation. The agenda of the group was to marry art and industrial design alongside art and architecture.

In the midst of World War II he founded a company that was involved in designing bicycles.

The late 1940s the artist begins to design his fabricated houses, they were first made of aluminum. One inspiration for a design was to make temporary shelter available for people. A small two bedroom house could be built in seven hours.

The City of Nancy took over his house and it is sort of a museum. The city rents it out to architects and their family, but in order to stay on the property they must admit the public at certain times of the year.

Price range information:  Record high prices for Jean Prouve are 5 million dollars for a prefabricated house built for Africa that was sold at auction via Christies in 2007. Other than this price its difficult to form a pricing schedule.

In this clip view a clip of the $5 million dollar Tropicale House.

The artist passed away in 1984 at age of 82 years old.


Art is everywhere! You may even be sitting on it!


Artist of the moment…..Mayoreak Ashoona…

Mayoreak, also known as Mayureak,  is another of the great Inuit artists hailing from Canada born in 1946. She was born on the south of Baffin Island.

Her mother was a famous artist named Sheouak Parr.

She married another artist who like many other Inuit started out living off the land as a hunter and fur trader. With the decline in the fur trade he turned to art to feed his family. His name was Qaqaq Ashoona. Below are some examples of his work. Qaqaq Ashoona lived from 1928 to 1996. Qaqaq’s mother was famed artist Pitseolak Ashoona, whom I profiled not long ago.

Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art.

A noted sculptor and drawer. Of all the Inuit artists so far, Mayoreak Ashoona is my favorite when it comes to drawing. Locations on some drawings can be kind of boring, for instance the patterns of feathers on some birds. Mayoreak Ashoona would go to great detail to give an area that is all feathers or a fish area that is all scales fun and interesting.

The artist is still alive but due to very poor health, hardly produces drawings or sculptures anymore. Below a picture of Mayoreak Ashoona.

Price range information: Only could find pricing for prints which range mainly range $600 to $3000.