Archive for July 8, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Yvonne Arnakyuinak

Yvonne Arnakyuinak was another Inuit artist renown for her work in stone of the mother and child genre. I enjoy her portrayal of the crawling young Inuk baby the most of the works in the gallery. The artist was great at capturing movement and emotion.

Yvonne Arnakyuinak was born in the Baker Lake, Nunavet Territory, Canada in 1920.

The artist passed away in 1998 at the age of 78 years old.

price range information:  Sculptures in stone range from $600 to $5,000.

The artist has a son named Robert Oolamik who is a renown sculptor living in the Baker Lake area.

Part of the National Gallery of Canada collection.

Sorry, no more information on this artist, but more Inuit art forthcoming!


Artist of the moment…..Charles Sheeler

Charles Sheeler was a wonderful printmaker and artist born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1883.  Some of his favorite subjects were florals, architecture and buildings, and interiors and interiors of buildings. He worked as a painter and also as a photographer.

In the clip below a montage of works of Charles Sheeler, only the last piece is not his and was painted by Charles Demuth.

price range information: The artist has had a work break the one million dollar barrier at auction, this was an oil painting.  Photographs range $5,000 to $50,000.

For his collegiate studies attended the University of Arts Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  A big influence during this time period was his teacher William Merritt Chase.

Worked for Ford company many years traveling to various plants and taking photographs and making paintings of their factories.

He was a founder of the precisionism movement. A style that was comprised of simple flat color and clean cut lines.

For many works used a combination of tempura but not on paper or canvas, rather he used plexiglass.

In 1920 along with Paul Strand made a movie titled Manhatta, which covered the daily life  of  someone living in Manhattan.

Below a clip from their movie “Manhatta.”


Artist of the moment……Philippe Halsman

Philippe Halsman was a wonderful photographer born in Rigi of the old Russian Empire in 1906. His father was a dentist and his mother a school principle.

A fun clip here involves Phillipe Halsman playing with shapes of Dali’s mustache.

In 1928 he went hiking with his dad in the Alps of Austria. His father ended up dying and he was charged with killing his dad. Halsman spent four years in prison and upon his release in 1931 could no longer stay in the country. Halsman moved to France.

When he first moved to France built a reputation of shooting portraits whilst working for Vogue magazine. Halsman was very successful as a commercial photographer appearing in LIFE magazine.

Made some interesting collaborative work with Salvador Dali in the 1940s.

A short detailed biography of Phillipe Halsman.

Halsman shot many celebrities of the day including Marilyn Monroe, Milton Berle, Richard Nixon, and Bob Hope.  Halsman also photographed the royal family of England and other political celebrities Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy.

Another well renown series of Halsman is that which asks people to jump. The artist loved doing this as it brought the real people out. To quote Halman ,” When you ask a person to jump, his attention is directed towards the art of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears.”

Phillipe Halsman passed away in 1979 at the age of 73 years of  age.

Price range information: Works range from $700 to $100,000.

We will close with a great montage of shots from the Jump series of Halsman. As he stated, its easy to see the real personality come out!