Archive for July 22, 2013

Artist of the moment….Philip Taaffe

Philip Taaffe is an American artist born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in the year 1955. Taaffe is renown collage and works with mixed media using paper. Taaffe is a great example of a modern Pop- Artist as he sometimes mixes ideas from two different cultures.

For his collegiate education Taaffe attended Cooper Union located in New York City.

Some heavy influences on the artist are Barnett Newman. For these type of appropriation works he takes an original motif, and then expands on it. As you can tell in the gallery another artist he has explored is the great Op Artist from the U.K. Bridget Riley.

Part of prominent museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Art.

Lives and works out of New York City.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $435,000.

In this clip we visit our dear art lover friend James  Kalm for a great report on a show featuring the artist. Actual show clips start around one minute and thirty seconds into the clip.

In this clip we visit a show at the Gagosian Gallery from 2010.

What a great sense of design from this artist. A throwback to the days of fun shapes and colors last seen during the Pattern and Decoration Movement.


Artist of the moment….Kim Kang Yong

Kim Kang Yong is a contemporary artist born in Jung-Eup, Korea in the year 1950. For his collegiate studies the artist earned a bachelors of fine arts from the College of Fine Art located in Seoul, South Korea. Kim Kang Yong also earned a masters degree from the same institution.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $30,000.

The artist tends to work with only shade of color, for instance blue.

He likes to think of his work as a mixture of Eastern and Western painting ideals. The artist loves exploring ideas of space, emptiness, and illusion of depth. The use of depth and perspective is a great tribute to the Renaissance era. The time it takes to comprehend and imagine how the brick shaped figures coexist without falling, or for that matter just thinking of the composition is an eastern idea.

The way the artist creates space and depth by using the same repeating motif of squares reminds of the other Korean painter who is known for his replication of droplets of water, Kim Tschang- Yeul. The amount of detail and preciseness in both artists work show that you must know your subject matter inside and out to make really great paintings. Both artists are great examples of mastering a subject matter or genre.¬† Here is a wonderful example of Kim Tschang-Yeul’s water drops.