Archive for May 12, 2013

Artist of the moment….Nicolas Africano…

The American  artist Nicholas Africano was among the biggest names in the art world in the 1980s. Africano was born in 1948.  He came to fame by his three dimensional sculptures that were done in plaster and later in glass.

For his sculpture work he often uses his wife for his muse.

Included in prominent art collections including the Met, the Whitney,and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

As you can see in this clip, assistants cast his work in glass. Africano first sculpts the works in wax, then assistants do the work in glass. He does enjoy varying the colors of the glass to invoke certain feelings in the viewer.


Price range information: The artist’s sculptures in glass and plaster range $5,000 to $25,000.

Was first a poet, then did works of art to accompany his poetry.

This artist is very unique in that he has been forgotten by the art world and its trendy style. He has stayed true to his own vision and as a result is a reasonably priced museum quality artist.

If you read more about this artist you will find he seems to have very negative views on the world and life in general, so I will ignore those and lets just celebrate his creativity!


Artist family of the moment…lnuit artists Shorty and Simeonie Killiktee

Shorty Killiktee is an Inuit artist best known for his work with stone sculpture . Shorty Killiktee was born in the Cape Dorset, Nunavet Territory in the year 1949. His price range is $2,000 to  $12,000.

In this wonderful clip from Waddington’s auction house of Canada we visit a work for sale by the artist.



Simeonie Killiktee was born in the year 1973 also in Cape Dorset. Simeonie is world renown having exhibited in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Price range information: The artist works in many various sizes and prices range $600 to $5,000.






I only wish I had more information to share! Same day dear reader I will visit this modern day  art colony.  (In the summer of course!)



Artist of the moment…..Jann Haworth….

Jann Haworth is an American  artist born in Hollywood, California in the year 1942. Her whose most famous work was done more than 40 years ago!  Jann Haworth is renown for  helping to design the cover  of the very popular Beatles record, Sargent Pepper. She worked on the project with her husband Peter Blake.

Much more than a painter, the artist is also renown for her work with what is titled soft sculpture. In this clip we hear from the artist about her parents who were both very creative professionals. Her mother was a ceramist and her father worked in Hollywood as a production designer. As a youngster her father would love to take her to the various theater sets and designs. She also talks about her studies abroad and what she learned from them.

A great feature on the artist and her Sargeant Pepper cover, a remake of the artist. The first one featured only 1 african american and 13 women! Times have changed! I love public art like this!

For her collegiate studies Haworth attended the University of California at Los Angeles. She also attended the Courtauld Institute in London where she studied art history. Haworth also attended the Slade School of Art in London, England.

She learned to sew from her mother and has been making dolls, doll clothes, and even clothes for her person since the age of eight years old !

First exhibition in 1966 in the States. First exhibition in London was in 1972.

Price range information: The only price I could find was for the collaboration with Peter Blake and herself for the cover. The original has sold for the low six figures. Many dolls range $12,000 to $20,000.

If you enjoy soft sculpture be sure and check out my article on Claes Oldenburg, who works with soft sculpture but uses food for his main subject. An example of Oldenburg is below.




Another very interesting couple working with dolls was the family of Calvin and Ruby Black. The couple made very large dolls and opened up a small amusement park in California. For more just search my previous posts for the couple. Most works were carved in wood.