Archive for April 10, 2013

Artist of the moment…….Faith47

Faith47 is well known graffiti and street artist that was born in Cape Town,  South Africa in 1979.

She enjoys working in public and looks for old and broken down buildings. She enjoys working in public  for the people that walk by and engage the artist in conversation. It could be kids, gangsters, grandma’s she enjoys meeting new people.

Great interview with Faith47. We see her in action and she tells us why she calls the Street Art movement a universal movement that will be read about in art history books.

As far as her style I consider her to be like the street artist Swoon. Both have a very high talent level when it comes to drawing. I have written about Swoon many times because she uses art to improve the world such as working with the people who suffered the hurricane in Haiti a few years ago. A work by Swoon below. Another interesting fact I love about both artists is that anything is fair game when it comes to a painting service. Could be a door, window, or metal gate used instead of canvas.

In many works she uses mixed media from spray paint, to pencil, to collage, gold leaf, wax, crayons and my favorite old time machine, the letterpress.

A great clip here! Having been on this street by accident and I must say its the strangest street I have ever been on and I at first I thought for sure I would get mugged. Its not that bad when you get used to it, but you see all sorts of people missing arms, legs, eyes, and sometimes look like they lepers. Faith47 and few other legendary street artists participate in remaking a small part of this neighborhood. With her empowerment of the community its easy to understand how I compare her to Swoon.

Two themes explored by the artist are poverty and apartheid.

Faith47 is self taught as an artist.

The artist has painted on locations throughout South Africa and China.

Sorry, No pricing information available. Nice to see the street art movement in full bloom with explosions from artists like this who not only work in public, but also have become great printmakers such as Mr. Brainwash, Banksy, or Shephard Fairey.

Artist of the moment….Pavel Tchelitchew

Pavel Tchelitchew was a fantastic painter of the figure born in Russia in the year 1898 near Moscow, Russia in a city called Kaluga. His family was very wealthy and he didn’t attend school but was tutored privately.

When comparing his artistic career one artist that I profiled comes to mind, Erte, another Russian artist born in 1890. Both made great works of art in addition to designing theater sets and costumes.

In this clip a great montage of works by Tchelitchew. Its interesting to note that a theme in the 19th century was to paint figures that never made eye contact with the viewer. It makes for high emotional content as people are far more relaxed, people are more themselves, when they think no one is watching them.

In this clip more works from the master.

First U.S. show was in 1930 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York city.

For seven years worked for a magazine titled View which specialized in Surrealist paintings.

Included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Became a citizen of the United States in 1952.

Pavel Tchelitchew passed away in 1957 at the age of 58 years old.

The artist worked in many mediums. Gouache works range $5,000 to $75,000. Oils can range from the low six figures to $400,000. Watercolors range $10,000 to $80,000.  Works in ink range $1,000 to $8,000. Works in pencil cost $1,000 to $5,000.

Another artist that I am reminded when looking at his drawings is Bev Doolittle. Doolittle is a world famous best known for her cleverly hiding figures in trees and other various locales of the landscapes. Tchelitchew was superb at hiding animals in his landscapes if you look closely. I never thought of Doolittle as a Surrealist painter but here is a great montage showing how easily she hides figures and animals in her paintings.