Archive for May 11, 2013

Artist of the moment….Danish Street Artist Tejn

Tejn is a wonderful artist born in Denmark in the year 1976. Tejn is best known for his unique style of art which incorporates graffiti and painted marks alongside original sculptures by the artist. The artist is based out of Copenhagen, Denmark. These artworks were given the name “Lock On’s.” The whimsical characters are usually chained to something. These works are often made using recycled steel.

Began doing street art in 2008.

First gallery exhibition was in 2009.

Tejn also makes wheatpastes and drawings.

Also has done street art in Berlin, Germany.

In this clip we view the master Tejn in action set to some urban music. The works are titled Lock On’s as he attaches most of them with a bicycle lock.

price range information: Sorry, none available.

A link to the artist’s own website:

With his unique interpretation and style of street art keep your eyes open on this up and coming artist from Denmark!


Artist of the moment……Robert Zakanitch….

Robert Zakanitch was one of two men included in the original Pattern and Decoration Movement that had its inaugural show in 1976. Robert Zakanitch was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in the year 1935.

Zakanitch is now based out of New York city. In this great clip we visit our dear friend James Kalm. For those new to this blog James Kalm is our favorite artist to attend shows with via youtube. He has great insights into art in general and on this occasion briefly interviews Robert Zakanitch starting 6 minutes into the clip.

Here see Zakanitch alongside his Pattern and Decorative movement peers. Zakanitch’s work is shown about 2 minutes in. Right after him are photographs of the floral master Robert Kushner when he used to do live performance art. Kushner is now a painter of wonderful lush floral works, but used to be known in the 1970s and 1980s for making fantastic costumes and these photographs are from those days.

price range information:  Zakanitch has worked with screenprints which can be found for less than one thousand dollars. Acrylics range $2,000 to $10,000.

Zakantich is included in many prominent museum collections such as the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art.

The artist has mainly been concerned with color over the years. He started out working with the Color Field movement than a few years later would meet artist Mary Schapiro. The two would go onto found the Pattern and Decoration movement in 1976.

A link to the artist’s own website:

In this clip we visit an author whose book was illustrated by Robert Zakanitch. Its for a program having to do with taking care of farm animals.

Its been great to see the evolution of this Pattern and Decorative painter. His works now are about so much more than repeating patterns and shapes. As James Kalm said, a more folk art look but the artist still enjoys playing with florals and other repeating shapes.


Artist of the moment…Michael Massie….

Michael Massie is a highly sought after Inuit artist.   The artist has a wonderful mixed heritage background of both the Inuit culture, the Metis culture, and Scottish. Michael Massie was born in the year 1962 in Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada.  His father was a fireman. After seeing the tough life his father led, Massie was determined to become an artist.

Like many of us fellow artists, Massie drew inspiration from the comic strips he saw like Richie Rich. Massie would copy the figures and even the captions. If you are a young artist you should copy from the master cartoonists of the past such as Disney’s Nine Old Men. Their drawing skills were far superior that the art represented into todays cartoons such as Southpark.

A brief interview with Massie talking about stone work and the Inuit culture.

For his collegiate studies Massie attended the College of the North Atlantic in Newfoundland, Canada. Massie studied commercial art and also visual arts. Massie also attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design earning a bachelor’s degree in jewelry. He loved the smell of feel of working with metal. It was during his college years Massie became more involved with his Inuit background.

price range information:  The artist works in various sizes and prices range $500 to $15,000 for works that involve his signature teapots, another theme the artist is renown for.