Archive for May 18, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Hong Kong Street Calligraphy artist…..Tsang Tsou-Choi

Tsang Tsou-Choi was born in Guangdong, China in the year 1921 and was the most famous graffiti artist to come from Hong Kong. His style was a mix of calligraphy and graffiti.

Moved to Hong Kong after fleeing China in the 1930s. Started to do his signature graffiti in 1950s.

He seemed preoccupied with covering the public spaces with his calligraphy, claiming his grandfather owned the land. This caused his family to disown him and his wife to leave him.

Tsou-Choi spent a great deal of his life living in the streets. Much of artwork has been covered, but that which comes up at auction might include acrylic and ink on paper or even calligraphy on a public utility box.

He would spent countless hours walking the streets with brushes and ink moving very slowly on crutches.

A clever move was securing a contract with Swipe Away. In the television commercial he used the product to remove his calligraphy ink.

If the authorities removed his ink, he would soon replenish the work. Over the years he created between 50,000 and 60,000 works on lamps, utility boxes, and walls.

Over his career he never earned more than pocket money for art, but Sotheby’s held an auction for the artist and one work on board sold for slightly more than $7,000.

Seen as a public art star, the government sprayed some works with a clear protective finish to preserve them for future generations.

In this clip the public argues to preserve his calligraphy.

In this clip a short career retrospective of Tsang Tsou-Choi.

Tsang Tsou-Choi passed away in 2007 at the age of 85 years old.

Artist of the moment……Joseph Stella….

Joseph Stella was a wonderful painter of modern imagery born in Muro, Lucano Italy in the year 1896.. His specialty was architecture and he became world renown for his images dealing with the Brooklyn Bridge.

The artist first came to the United States in 1896 in order to study medicine. He only studied medicine briefly and enrolled at the renown Art Students League of New York and wanted to become an artist.

As a student he enjoyed walking about the streets and drawing from life, very similar to the manner of Lautrec. Drawing from life is important and the masters new it. Though the works might not be 100% technically correct, the works have a great sense of life and movement in them.

A large commission was awarded to Joseph Stella to cover the Industrial Revolution in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1909 the artist returned to Italy from the United States. Stella became involved with the Futurist movement in Italy.

1913 Joseph returns to the United States and met important architects of the art world in America such as the great photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz and the amazing artist Marcel Duchamp. The artist was present when Duchamp bought the urinal he used for his most famous work below.


In this clip a great selection of art from Joseph Stella.

Stella moved onto the world stage after the Armory Show that featured a modern way of looking at art. The old school found the young artists work revolting, but the work proved to be a stepping ground for many young up and coming artists.

In the 1930s was part of the Federal Arts Program. This was a great program for artists and all sorts of materials were produced during this era such as posters, murals, and paintings. Over 8 years more than 200,000 works of art were made! What a program!

Produced many wonderful etchings, including portraits of other artists like Duchamp and the writer Walt Whitman. In the 1920s he worked with collage.

Joseph Stella passed away in 1946 at the age of 69 years old.

price range information: Stella worked in many mediums the cheapest being pencil drawing which range $500 to $15,000. Watercolours and gouache works range $1,000 to $50,000. Oils range $10,000 to $250,000.