Archive for April 29, 2013

Artist of the moment…..D@Face…..

D*is a fantastic street artist born in the city of London, England in the year 1978. D *Face is also known as Dean Stockton. I believe we are in a revolutionary time in the art scene where the street and graffiti movement is in full swing. D Face and other artists like Banksy, Swoon, the Invader, Mr. A. the list goes on and on. What thing to notice is that many of these artists are like Shepard Fairey, another street artist, in the that these artists now do small number limited editions which sell in the thousands of dollars. Very profitable for the artist and the printmaker. D Face has seen his work appear on skateboards, posters, and stickers.

From a young age the artist was following the street art movement via the likes of magazines such as Thrasher and skateboarding magazines.

Stockton took an illustration and design course working as a freelance illustrator.

First U.K. show was in 2006.

Was the owner of the first gallery to concentrate on street art. The gallery was called Outside Institute.

Helped to design the cover of Christina Aguilera on her album cover Bionic.

In this clip a brief interview with the artist. He talks about influences from American pop art.

Another interview with the artist this time about a project with the BBC and focuses on art and young people.  His work sometimes makes me think it might be what Roy Lichtenstein might paint if he had a nightmare!

A link to the artist’s own website:

Price range information:  The most affordable are prints which range $500 to $4,000. Acrylics originals range $5,000 to $40,000. He has also worked in mixed media and spray paint art, but not enough sales to form a pricing schedule.

Yet another street artist that has gone onto international success. Its interesting that when the local art scene wasn’t enough to influence him, only Banksy and Shepard Fairey were popular, he chose to think about artists on the other side of the world in New York city for inspiration!


Artist of the moment……Barry McGee also known as Twist

Barry McGee is a wonderful street painter who uses the tag “Twist” was born in 1968 in the city of  San Francisco, California. For his collegiate studies McGee earned a bachelors of fine arts in painting and printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute.

This clip is from a show given for a mid career retrospective featuring Barry McGee.

Our friends from the public broadcasting system and their wonderful program Art21 made this clip in which “Twist” talks about tagging, its history in general and also with the artist. A great feature in this clip is around 3 minutes in where Twist recreates the street/ graffiti artists as they make their “crime.” I hadn’t given it enough thought, but just the positions these artists get in to make their pictures is amazing!

In this last clip we view a great montage of works by the artist. We get a chance to see how great McGee is at portraying emotions.

Has worked with his cartoon characters on items such as skateboards.

Price range information: McGee works in a variety of mediums including acrylics which range $4,000 to $65,000. The artist has also worked in oils which range $10,000 to $60,000. Mixed media works range $5,000 to $60,000. This would be his art done on liquor bottles and other found materials. Many times instead of painting with acrylics Twist will use enamel paints.

Has completed several murals and other large sized public commissions.

A main theme for McGee is a pessimistic view of the world that doesn’t really care about the individual, but rather just looks to exploit their addictions view a mass corporate advertising campaign.

Was included in the Venice Biennale in 2001. This brought the artist much fame and media attention. As a result many of his public works found on the streets of  the Bay area have been stolen or scavenged!  Even when not in galleries your art can be stolen!

Sadly the artist has lived through a traumatic event. He was married to an artist named Margaret Kilgallen. She was pregnant and was found to have breast cancer. She kept the baby and didn’t undergo chemotherapy during the pregnancy. Just 3 weeks after having the baby named Asha, Kilgallen and the wife of the artist passed away in 2001. The couple did some collaborations and both artists were vital parts of the San Francisco Street art movement.


Artist of the moment…..Pinchas Shaar…..

Pinchas Shaar was  born in the city of Lotz, Poland in the year 1923. His family history was  Jewish and Polish which landed him in a concentration camp from 1939 to 1945. After the end of the war Shaar attended the Munich Academy of Art. Shaar got his first job in the art world as a theatrical set designer.

Shaar also attended the Grand Chaumiere the Academy des Beaux Artes, both in Paris, France.

In 1956 Pinchas Shaar immigrated to Israel.

Shaar became famous for depicting many facets of Hebrew culture.

price range information: the artist worked as a painter and a printmaker. Oil paintings range $500 to $4,000. Lithograph prints range $400 to $1000.

Pinchas Shaar passed away in 1996 whilst in Israel.

The artist passed away in 1996.

Shaar had a wonderful gift in that he could tell a story through the emotions he painted in his characters. If I were to compare him to another artist it would be Arnold Friberg. Friberg gained fame as not only a Western themed artist, but also for illustrating the Book of Mormon. Below an example of an illustration painted by Friberg for the Book of Mormon.


So similar to Shaar, you have an artist very familiar with a certain way of lifestyle and religion and they are able to share with us in intimate detail their feelings which make for remarkable works of art. I enjoy the many facets seen in Shaar’s work such as cubism, realism, and surrealism. A great way to tell a story!


Artist of the moment…..Barnabus Arnasungaaq

Barnabus Arnasungaaq is another premiere Inuit sculptor born in the  Baker Lake, Nunavet Territory in Canada in the year 1924.

Price range information: His work is in high demand and his works are mainly in stone and range $1,000 to $17,000.

In this clip we visit a muskox carved by the artist. Its great to see the sculpture from 360 degrees around the figure.

An Inuit woman carved by the artist.

A mother and child tandem scupture by the artist. This clip starts off with some viewing problems but about 8 seconds in everything is fine!

And a father and child tandem by the artist.

The artist has been carving professionally for more than 40 years.  The 1950s brought change to the Inuit community as it was the end of their fur trade and hunting profits. The government decided to try and keep them together and move them to a location with permanent housing and also to give them better medical facilities. So the group was moved from Keewatin Bay in 1956 and 1957 to the Baker Lake, Nunavet Territory. The goverment struggled to find programs to bring some economic activity to this group of people that had made their living by hunting and trapping furs.

The government started their art and carving programs in the 1960s and the programs were a boon for Barnabus Arnasungaaq.

The artist enjoys using steatite for his carving medium. He also has used the traditional materials such as whalebone and caribou antlers.

Arnasungaaq uses some very common themes with the Inuit carvers, a shaman transforming into an animal such as a bird, bear, the muskox.

The artist is married to another carver/ artist named Fanny Arngnakik. Below is an example of her style. Fanny Arngnakik was born in 1929.


The couple had two sons that were artists named David and Norman. Below are some examples of work from David Arnasungaaq born in 1964.