Archive for July 25, 2013

Artist of the moment….James Nares

James Nares is a fantastic British painter born in London, England in the year 1953. When you think of his work “time capule” should jump into your head. Nares tries to capture the EXACT moment an object was created.  Nares uses a variety of unique materials such as thermoplastic on linen or iridescent pigment and wax on linen.  Nares most renown works show the trail of a paintbrush dipped in one tone and drug across the canvas.

In this clip we visit a gallery show given in 2009.

For his artistic education Nares attended the Chelsea School of Art located in London, England. Nares also attended the School of Visual Arts located in New York City.

Currently lives and works out of New York City after moving here in 1974.

James Nares has also made some movies and was part of the New York underground film scene in the 1970s.

price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $60,000.  This was for original works, unable to find prints available.

In this lovely clip we visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and stroll down the streets of the big Apple. A wonderful installation work!

And a link to the artist’s own website. Very informative and many films and photography works to check out:

What an artist! So diverse in many mediums and always looking to create something different and new and capture it on linen!


Artist of the moment….Rhee Ki-Bong

Rhee Ki-Bong is a wonderful contemporary artist born in 1957 in what is now South Korea. The artist  renown for his work with trees painted on resin. In addition to paintings the artist also enjoys installation work.

For his work the artist tries to show an equal focus on both the fleeting moments we have in our daily lives that are beautiful and serene with a alongside what is already beautiful, such as the shape of a tree. He does a great job at capturing emotion with his works.

For his artistic education the Ki-Bong attended Seoul National University earning both a bachelors and masters diploma.

Has been a professor at Korea University in the Fine Arts Department.

In this clip we visit an installation in which a book of philosophy made of leather  is thrown into an aquarium.  From the Singapore Biennale in 2008.

I enjoy his work with trees that are often painted on resin the most. The absence of color lets the viewer picture themselves in the environment, very similar to the photographer Ansel Adams. If you like this moody and atmospheric works make sure and check out artist Robert Kipniss, a master print maker who enjoys using tones to make spectacular renditions of middle town America at times when the setting is quiet and serene. Below an example of the style of Robert Kipniss.


price range information:  Sorry none available.


Artist of the moment….Sam Gilliam

Sam Gilliam is an African- American painter born in 1933 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Gilliam is associated with the color field movement and Gilliam was also a fan of the abstract expressionist painters in the 1950s. . His canvases are a mixture of flat and textured surfaces and many areas of varied color. For his artistic education Sam Gilliam attended the University of Louisville earning both a bachelors and masters degree in fine art.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $60,000. Works range from serigraphs and prints to originals in acrylics and oils. Most painted works are acrylics on wood panel, mainly birch. Gilliam also uses digital media in some print work.

Sam Gilliam was one of eight children.

Gilliam is also seen as a pioneer for hanging canvases WITHOUT a stretcher bar. Sometimes these works are sometimes referred to as unsupported canvases. The idea came from watching laundry hanging outside of his painting studio. These works are probably his most famous and were made in the 1960s and 1970.

Below a great interview with Sam Gilliam:

In this clip we visit a series inspired by Arthur Dove’s Flour Mill.

Another well received series was titled the Black Paintings. These works are mainly collages that remind the artist of  his childhood and watching the women quilt.

The coolest thing about this artist is that he enjoys teaching and helping the community appreciate art  in a greater fashion. Gilliam taught in the Louisville public school system, Carnegie Mellon University located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland.

Part of many prominent museum collections including the Chicago Institute of the Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and many more.