Archive for May 10, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Harland Miller

Harland Miller is fantastic contemporary artist known for his watercolour paintings featuring clever text. Harland Miller was born in Yorkshire, United Kingdom in the year 1964. Miller is a true artist, being a prolific writer and painter.

Miller has lived around the world from the United Kingdom, the New Orleans, Louisiana in the United States, and Germany.

Also a novelist, the artist received critical acclaim for a book telling the exploits of a young boy traveling around England with a David Bowie impersonator. The name of the book “Slow Down Arthur, Stick to Thirty.”

Another book that seems perfect for modern times featured the story of a woman who had obsessive compulsive disorder. This is the disease where people can wash hands 1000s of times per day, or spend all day aligning objects so they are perfectly straight. This book is titled “First I was Afraid, I was petrified.”

price range information: Oils range from $25,000 to $81,000. Watercolours range $8,000 to $32,000.

Started his famous series of classic books from Penguin Publishing in 2001.

WRITER in residence at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Largely influenced by Edgar Allen Poe.

Harland Miller lives and works from London, England.

A clip for a show featuring many of the top British artists that started on April 1st of 2o13.  Harland Miller is found around 36 seconds into the clip.

In this clip Harland Miller talks about his travels to New York city.




Artist of the moment…..Dale Frank

Dale Frank is an Australian artist born in in the year 1959 near Singleton, New South Wales.

When you think of the Ab Ex painter Jackson Pollack, one thinks of dripping paint onto a canvas. Dale Frank also is known for two unique items about his works. Rather than use paint often Dale Frank uses varnish rather than paint.  Frank is also known for pouring the varnish onto his canvas rather than applying paint by brush.

Winner of Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize in 2005.

The artist is featured in many prominent art collections including the Guggenheim in New York, the National Galleries of Art in both New Zealand and Australia, and also the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Price range information:  The artist works with a variety of mediums including acrylics and varnish and works reach as high as $40,000.

In this clip we view a show by Dale Frank. I would prefer to show an example such as done by the great James Kalm, where you can spend a few seconds looking at the abstract work from in front of it. This person seems in a sprint inside the gallery, but you can get a feel for what the works look like displayed on a wall. Very large works sometimes reaching longer than 80 inches on a side.


Artist of the moment….Andy Warhol Superstar Edie Sedgwick…..

Time to learn about someone involved with my favorite artist of all time who is Andy Warhol, and what appeared to be his ticket to Hollywood, socialite beauty Edith Sedgwick. Edith Sedgwick was born to a wealthy American family in the year 1943.  Before there was Paris Hilton, we had Edie Sedgwick to impress us with her money and beauty. The family had wealth but she and her siblings had very difficult lives trying to live up to the ideals of their father. She died in 1971 at the age of 28 years old, from an overdose. She had gone to Woodstock and come back a heroin addict. Two brothers killed themselves within 18 months of  each other.

The master’s (Warhol!) screen test with Edie Sedgwick.

Sedgwick was infatuated with Bob Dylan and Warhol and Dylan were often at odds with each other. It was Warhol who told Sedgwick that Dylan had married another romantic interest. In some accounts Sedgwick even carried Dylan’s baby, but no concrete evidence exists to support it this theory 100 percent. This news also helped to promote Sedgwick on her downward spiral.

Here is a great movie starring some well known actors called Factory Girl. It provides some more insight into the life of Edie Sedgwick, who is played by Sienna Miller. Other celebrities appearing are Jimmy Fallon and Mena Suvari.


A brief movie preview for the Factory Girl.

The Pop Art couple Warhol and Sedgwick appear on the Merv Griffin show back in the day.

For me the most impressive thing about Warhol is his ability to work in different mediums. Not oils or acrylics, but film, magazines, and music with the Velvet Underground. He tried seemingly everything he wanted whether he was successful or not he was always searching for new creative outlets.

Edith was named for her father’s aunt, Edith Minturn, an heir to a shipping fortune. She appears in this work by Sargent with her husband Isaac Newton Stokes.


Sedgwick’s family was one of the first to arrive back in the 1600s. One relation was the first Major General of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Another relative was the first lawyer to win a case for the freedom of a black woman.

The Sedgwick clan were taught they were better than others due to their wealth and social status. Most of their education was done at home, with private tutors and nannies. At age 13 Edie started boarding school but never lasted long at these locales due to her anorexia. Her father was a wealthy rancher who had been in mental hospitals three times prior to marrying in 1929. Her father was a manic depressive.

First cousin once removed of actress Kyra Sedgwick from the television series on TNT the Closer.

Nice to be rich! She and her sister were driven to a female doctor daily for vitamin B shots. The family had money from ranches, but in addition found oils on their property. They moved to a six thousand acre ranch and even had a school built on it. This led to feelings of isolation from their peers, which it seems is what the father was after anyway. The children dressed mainly in hand me downs and received few presents on holidays or birthday.

Sedgwick briefly attended Harvard College.

After marrying in 1971, Edie Sedgwick died at the age of 28 years old of a barbiturate overdose.

Warhol was amazing for telling us that in the future everyone will be popular for fifteen seconds. I only wish his Andy Warhol Superstars could live in a mansion with reality cameras! I don’t think even Andy thought you might be famous by having 20 kids like the Duggar family or for becoming pregnant at sixteen years of age.

Thanks for the memories Edie Sedgwick! Look out Paris Hilton!