Archive for July 21, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Street legend Cha a.k.a. Chanoir

In this clip we see the artist all dressed up and ready to create!

Cha or Chanoir was born in Bogota, Columbia  the year is not given. Chanoir built his reputation for his markings of cats around Paris. The artist grew up in Paris, France. The name of his drawn character is also the name of the artist, Cha.

Eventually he even started to paint his cats in other large European cities such as Barcelona, Spain.

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The artist is a commercial success as some of his trademark cats have appeared on tablet and I phone covers.

And in this last clip we visit a show from earlier this year:



Artist of the moment…..Mary Pudlat

Mary Pudlat was a wonderful Inuit graphic artist born in the Povungnituk, Quebec, Canada in the year 1923. Pudlat was made an orphan when she was only a teen. The artist went to live with a brother in the nearby city of Ivujivik.

Eventually made her way to Baffin Island, now famous for its art cooperative in the 1940s.

Got married to Samulie Pudlat in 1943. The couple would live in various nomadic camps for decades.

The couple would move permanently to Cape Dorset, Nunavet Territory, Canada in 1963.

The now famous West Baffin Eskimo Collective was just starting out when the artist arrived with her family.

The artist had a drawing of a bear included in the 1964 Cape Dorset Print collection and this gave her inspiration to further her work. Raising a family became a key priority and Pudlat’s most prolific time as an artist was after her husbands death in 1979. With her husband passed  and children grown up, Pudlat then concentrated  on becoming the best artist she could be.

What I enjoy most about Pudlat’s work is her use of color. Whereas many print masters focus on bright and flat color, its interesting to see in her works the build up and small strokes of color. We might call it Eskimo Impressionism for her wonderful light filled prints!

Mary Pudlat passed away in 2001 at the age of 78 years old.

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Artist of the moment…..Photographer Thomas Ruff

Thomas Ruff is a world renown photographer known for his abstract works, nudes, and landscapes. Born in Harmersbach, Germany in 1958. For his artistic education Ruff attended the National Academy of the Arts in Dusseldort, Germany. As a student he also studied abroad in Rome, Italy.

price range information: Works range from $500 to $200,000.

In the clip below a great montage of landscape shots by Ruff.

Has been part of teaching faculty at the Kunstakakademie of Dusseldorf, Germany.

His main professors were the Becher family, a husband and wife photographer team based out of Dusseldorf that specialized in shooting images of industrial images. In this clip Ruff talks about how the Bechers influenced his photography, especially when shooting portraits.

First well received series featured the Interiors of German houses.

Ruff started making his signature abstract color works in the 1980s.

Often includes borrowed images from the pop culture world such as manga or text which appear in his digitally altered images.

Ruff is also renown for his shots with very abstract shapes such as the topography of mars. This clip features a show covering these works.

International exhibitions include the Venice Biennale and Ruff has had works shown at the Tate London.

From Amsterdam we visit another quick presentation by Thomas Ruff.