Archive for June 12, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Photographer Horst P. Horst

Horst P. Horst was born in what is now Saxony- Anhelt, Germany in the year 1906. Horst was renown for capturing the figure in black and white film. With both males and females he used the body more as a landscape. Horst had a great eye for dynamic shapes and this is most evident in his works with the male body called triangles. He has the model contort his body to create various triangular shapes in the body.

He studied art in Hamburg, Germany and left for Paris to study with Le Corbusier, the famous architect.

Whilst in Paris he met a rich photographer that worked for Vogue magazine. Horst became his assistant.  In less than 2 years time he would publish his first photographs in Vogue magazine.

Also had a solo exhibition in 1932 that made him a household name.

A short slide show featuring photographs by Horst P. Horst.

In the mid 1940s applied for United States citizenship and served in the Army, as an Army photographer. He was able to photograph many celebrities and even American Presidents and their first ladies.

Rarely used filters. For the most part used four spotlights or less.

Last published work in Vogue was in 1991. He passed away in 1999 at the age of 93 years old.

price range information: Most prints and originals priced between $2,000 and $80,000.

A montage of photographs by Horst P. Horst.

When I look at the photographs of female dancers I am reminded of the artist Cathy Daley. Below is a great example of her signature style.



Try drawing or painting a figure with concentration on the positive and negative shapes created by arms and legs!


Artist of the moment……Kate MccGwire…

Kate MccGwire is a fantastic contemporary British sculptor born in Norwich, England in 1964. MccGwire is renown for using feathers in her works. In the gallery many varieties of bird feathers were used including crows, pigeons, magpies, and mallards.

For her collegiate studies the artist attended the University College for the Creative Arts in Farnham, England. She earned a bachelor of arts degree and then went on to the Royal College of Art located earning a masters in sculpture.

MccGwire is still based out of Norwich, England.

In this clip we visit a work made with pigeon feathers.

A visit to the artist’s own studio.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Some themes are beauty and disgust. I love the organic shapes the artist creates and they remind me sculptor Ken Price, who made similar shapes in ceramics. Below is an example of Ken Price’s work. Price passed away only in 2012.


I guess we can class the artist as a found objects artist. What a creative use of feathers! Genius indeed!