Archive for May 13, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Roy DeCarava

In this clip from NPR we visit some photographs from the artist.

DeCarava was the first African American artist to win a Guggenheim Fellowship. Here we see the artist at the Museum of Modern Art.

Born in 1919 Roy DeCarava became known for his photography, but the artist was also a skilled draftsman and painter.

Author of five books over his career.

Received the National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts. This is the highest honor sn artist csn achieve from the United States Government.

Price range information: Nearly impossible to find an original painting by DeCarava, but screenprints can be found between $1,000 and $6,000. His most sought after work are his photographs. Photogravures and silver gelatin works are priced $1,000 to $45,000.

Roy DeCarava passed away in 2009 at the age of 89 years old.

I believe the minority photographer has been forgotten, or at least over looked. Whilst searching some forums it was hard to find paintings or photographs by this winner of the highest medal possible for an artist.


Artist of the moment……Belgium street artist ROA….

ROA is an up and coming street artist from Ghent, Belgium born in 1975. He is best known for making works in black and white that include wildlife. This artist is the Bob Kuhn of the street art world. Some great mixed media works are done with spray paint on pochoir. ROA also has worked with gouache.

The artist burst upon the national scene when a recording studio hired him to paint the outside of their locale with a rabbit. The neighbors were unhappy, but in the end ROA piece was able to keep its original location.

Some works are as large as two stories.

In this clip the artist paints a large bird.

A great underground movie featuring the work of ROA. A wall containing a zoo!

Here we visit the artist working at producing one of  the birds the artist is known for.

In addition to these works the artist has also done gallery shows. No price range is available for a certain medium and I am unable to form a pricing schedule.

ROA is an artist in very high demand. He has worked in Chicago, Illinois, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Love the street movement! Don’t fight it, embrace it! See it not only as a form of art, but also journalism. Artists used to be revered for their creativity and ideas.


The cruise ship as ART…..The Duke of Lancaster in Mostyn, North Wales.





This fantastic ship has been in the target of some of the best street artists in the world. The ship has been installed at this location since 1979, and that time it was deemed a local landmark. It was already being used as a bar and was called ‘the Fun.”

Some of the artists who have done works here include Mr. Zero from Hungary, GOIN from France, Fin Dac from Ireland. Also included are collectives one named DeDug and another named the Cream Soda Crew.

In this clip we view aerial footage of the Fun Ship!

A shorter version showing many views of the ship.

Thanks to all the street and graffiti artists for coming up with this idea and I wish you good luck in your quest to become an open air gallery!


Artist of the moment…..Toonoo Sharky and Alasua Sharky

Toonoo Sharky is one of the best up and coming Inuit carvers. Toonoo Sharky was born in the Cape Dorset, Nunavet Territory, Canada in the year 1970. His parents were both renown artists Josephee Sharky and his father Reggie Killiktee.

Toonoo starting carving at age 10. He worked at it seriously starting at age 13. At age 17 was considered good enough to be professional!

His major theme is birds.

Price range: Most works priced between $600 and $4,000.

Grandfather is Shorty Killiktee.

Toonoo Sharky was elected to the Royal Canadian in 2003.

In this clip we see one of the arts beautiful birds.

Another bird from Toonoo Sharky.

Another signature theme by Inuit artists is the transformation of someone, usually a shaman, into another creature. We see an example by Toonoo Sharky here.

A brother named Alasua Sharky who is also a sculptor. Alasua began to carve when he was 15 years old. His major theme is wildlife and prices range from $300 to $1,000.

Alasua Sharky was born in 1973. He was also born in the Cape Dorset Nunavet Territory.

Make sure and check out my many posts on the great Inuit artists of Canada!



HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY……Enjoy some candy from artist PETER ANTON….

Happy Mothers Day mom and every mother in the world. Thanks for being you and helping out!

Lets have some fun as Bob Ross would say and enjoy looking at food as art. Peter Anton is world renown born in New Haven, Connecticut in the year 1963, for his mixed media works that deal with the fattening sugary foods most everyone eats! Anton works larger than life giving him unique results.

First solo show in 1993 at thirty years of age.

Anton had a very unique entry for the 2012 Art Basel Miami. His work was installation where the viewer went through the exhibit in an actual roller coaster. Anton had filled the sides of backdrop with images of disaster that might exist in a world with live sized candies and sweets. People stood in line for many hours for this unique experience.

A link to the artist’s own website:

In this clip we view many sculptures by the artist.

In this clip we view an art collector’s house with President Bill Clinton in the foreground and a work of art by Peter Anton in the background.

Price range information: The artist works with mixed media and prices range $500 to $35,000.