Archive for July 30, 2013

Artist of the moment……Martha Tickie

Martha Tickie also known as Martha Tickiq is a contemporary Inuit artist born in Baker Lake, Nunavet Territory, Canada in the year 1939. Tickie is renown for her work with the genre of the mother and child.

Price range information: Sorry no information available.

What I enjoy most about Tickie is that she talks about not being afraid to experiment, or make a mistake.

Tickie learned to carve from her grandfather.

Its important to note that the artist carves year round except for July. She heads to cabin she built on a river. Sounds like paradise to me!

In addition to her work with the mother and child genre, Tickie also enjoys working with the musk ox.


Artist of the moment….Madge Gill

Madge Gill was a British artist born in East Ham, Essex to a young mother out of wedlock. Gill is known for her folk/ naive art drawing style. She went to liveĀ  in an orphanage at nine years of age. Afterward she was moved to a farm in Canada.

Quite a character Madge Gill married a cousin. The couple had four children but a daughter was a stillborn and child died due to the Spanish influenza epidemic.

The death of her daughter was bad news but then Gill nearly died from an illness that left her blind in one eye.

Supposedly the artist did her best work when she was in a trance like state of being.

She sometimes signed work with the tag ” Myrninterest.” The was the name she gave to the spiritĀ  who inhabited her body when she produced her artwork.

Gill chose not to sell most of her artwork for money, she was afraid it might anger the spirits that helped her produce her wonderful art.

Price range information: Sorry none available. Most of her work is in private collections or owned by the London borough of Newham.

After her daughter was dead the artist came to experience a deepening in spirit. She tried to bring this forth in her artwork.

Here we visit our dear friend James Kalm for a trip showcasing works by the artist. I encourage you to watch the entire clip, but Madge Gill works starts showing at the 7:54 mark into the clip.


Artist of the moment……Aya Takano

Aya Takano is a modern Chinese artist that came to international fame after joining the art collective of Takashi Murakami. Aya Takano was born in Saitama, Japan in 1976. Takano is associated with the modern Surrealist movement. Her father loved nature and as a child the artist used to enjoy perusing her fathers library.

Her background has lead her to feature in her artwork both animals and landscapes. For her landscapes she chooses to portray the more industrial and urbanized aspect of the large city.

Dreams are also an important part of her work.

For her artistic education Aya Takano attended Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan. Soon after college she started work for Murakami.

The movement most associated with Murakami is the Superflat movement. He was looking for other talented artists to work in this same type of style. Murakami came across the work of Takano and decided to include her as part of his staff.

The KaiKai Kiki Company founded by Murakami has 5 out of its 7 members as women.

Price range information: The artist works in many mediums from pen and ink, watercolor, acrylics, and oils. Prints range $500 and up. Originals range from $10,000 to $350,000.

In this clip an image of the Aya Takano followed by a montage of the artist’s work.

In this clip a great interview with the artist. It is translated via an interpreter to English but still great to hear Aya Takano talk about getting an electric shock as a young person and wanting to be an artist from a very young age.

Part two of the interview.