Archive for June 8, 2013

Artist of the moment….Jacob Irkok

Jacob Irkok was born in the Arviat, Nunavet Territory of Canada in the year 1937. I think his sculptures depicting caribou are the best of the Inuits. The artist is able to give life and movement with his dynamic and flowing line work.

Also interesting is how the artist uses multiple figures. Not combined as we saw with many of the Tunnillie artists. Each figure is a great stand alone work of art.

Worked with stone and antlers as his chosen mediums.

Had a wife named Eulalie and son Jack that were artists, sorry no pictures!

Irkok passed away in 2009 at the age of 72.

Price range information: Most works priced between $1,000 and $4,000.

Artist of the moment…Robin Tewes

Robin Tewes is a wonderful contemporary artist working mainly with interiors and animals. Born in Queens, New York in the year 1950, Tewes attended the Hunter College of New York.

What I enjoy most about the artists work is the great sense of dimension the viewer gets when looking at her works. One aspect that often goes without notice is the amount of detail she spends working on the backgrounds in her paintings. Many times the background is filled with script that adds further meaning to her art.

Tewes is looking to grab the viewer’s attention and start them thinking about their role in the universe.

The artist works mainly in oils.

Shows her work at the Saatchi Gallery based out of England.

Most works priced between $2,000 and $8,000.

Sorry no more information on this artist! If you enjoy paintings of interiors be sure and check out artists Lindsay Goodwin, Ron Hicks, and Alexander Creswell.


Artist of the moment……Jan Matulka

Jan Matulka was a fantastic artist born in what is now Bohemia in 1890. Matulka painted in many genres, sometimes abstract, realism, cubism, but he is associated most with the modernist  movement. When the artist was only seventeen years old his family came to the United States and settled in the Bronx part of  New York city.

For his collegiate studies Matulka attended the National Academy of  Design.

Price range information: For gouache and watercolour the price range is $1,000 to $10,000. Oils range from $1,000 to $35,000. Lithographs range $1,000 to $13,000.

He would marry Lida Jirouskova who was a public library employee and very involved with the foreign community in New York.

Winner of the Pulitzer National Traveling Scholarship which allowed him to travel the world and paint it.

Over his career helped write and illustrate several children’s books.

Kept studios in Paris, France and New York city throughout his career.

Was added to the teaching faculty at the Art Students League and was the only Modernist painter there. As it was the time for realism in the art world, he was pushed out of his position. Matulka still taught privately as his students loved his classes.

Participated in the Public Works Art Projects and the Federal Art Projects during the 1930s. This would help him to work on designing very large works.

The artist lived most of his life as a recluse especially as he aged. Matulka passed away in 1972 at the age of 81 years old.

Below a great clip from a show featuring Jan Matulka.