Archive for July 16, 2013

Artist of the moment….Manasie Akpaliapik

Manasie Akpaliapik is another fantastic Inuit sculptor  born in Arctic Bay, Nunavet Territory, Canada in 1955.

In this clip we see one of Manasie Akpaliapik’s legendary owls. Awesome!

The artist had two parents who were renown artists in the area. His parents were  Lazaroosee and Nakyuraq  Akpaliapik.

price range info: The artist has works ranging from $1,000 to $7,500.

Learned to carve by watching his parents and his Paniluk Qamaniq.

What a great example of what an artist can be! No more information on this artist but more Inuit art coming soon!

One last piece to look at from the artist. A wonderful mixed media work with great detail!



Artist of the moment…..Jack Pierson

Jack Pierson is an American artist that is renown for his work with film, photography, and sculpture. Pierson was born in 1960 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  For his collegiate studies Pierson attended the Massachusetts College of Art located in Boston, Massachusetts.

price range info: Pierson is very prolific for his output. Though some works can reach as high as $200,000 many works are priced between $5,000 and $25,000. He works with so many materials I am sure you can find something you like.

Enjoys working with neon also in his work.

My personal favorites of Piersons are the small sculptures that are made of found materials. In it looks as if the letters loud have been put out of order so they are to be read only as a symbol. ]

Published a book featuring his photography of nude males.

For film he is best known for a work called Past Life in Egypt.

Is a highly commercially successful artist working for many magazines and also a photographer.

In this clip from our art lover friend James Kalm, we visit  a show for Jack Pierson. Pierson makes a few short appearances on camera, but overall a wonderful clip.

As stated previously Pierson is highly successful as a commercial artist with photography and here we see a collaborative work.

A very brief and candid interview with the artist.

Artist of the moment……Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher is an African- American artist born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1965. Her mother was African- American and her father a success Irish boxer.

price range information: Just this year Ellen Gallagher had a work sell for $987,000 at auction. Though she works in many mediums the output isn’t enough to make a consistent price schedule. Instead I will list the many mediums she employs in her art. Photography, film, oils, gouache, woodcuts, and acrylics.

To make an artistic point of view of racism in her work she chose to do some artwork that represented the souls of African slaves lost at sea in their voyage to the United States.

Has been the sitter for a tapestry by famed American Artist Chuck Close.

For her collegiate studies Ellen Gallagher attended Oberlin College in Ohio. Gallagher than attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. For her postgraduate studies Gallagher attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.

A major influence on the artist was Agnes Martin. Below an example of her style.

Another major influence was the artist/ writer Gertrude Stein. Gallagher enjoyed the way Stein used text in her art. Below an example of Gertrude Stein’s artwork.

In 1995, Gallagher’s work was exhibited at the Whitney Biennial.

In 2003 participated in the Venice Biennial.

Ellen Gallagher loves to work with film. In this clip she talks about her childhood and the influence of film in her life.  From the great PBS series ART 21.

In this clip we learn more about her collage and multimedia approach using repetition and revision in the process. Many varieties of techniques are used. She even talks about recurring characters such as Pegleg.

A link for some great examples of photographs by the artist. Here she uses a gelatin silver print and adds watercolor and gold leaf for dazzling effect!