Archive for August, 2013

Artist of the moment….Street Artist Agostino Iacurci

Agostino Iacurci is a street artist based out of Italy. He was born in Foggia, in the southern region of Italy in the year 1986. Iacurci does it all as far as creating art. He paints murals, illustrates books, and painting on canvases for gallery exhibitions.

A large influence on the artist was Bruno Munari, an Italian painter who lived from 1907 to 1998. He worked with a style that emphasized geometric shapes with strong and bold color. Below an example of Munari’s work.


Iacurci started his graffiti painting in 1998, at the age of twelve, and first started to write and make tags. He was not inspired by this type of art but found street artists whose work he enjoyed such as Os Gemeos, the twins from Brasil and Blu.

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In this clip we view the artist making a very large work for the 2013 Biennale:

Worked on a collaborative work at a prison. The project was shot with film and a documentary is being made about the process.

Iacurci enjoys working outside and doing murals and street art as he gets instant feedback from the people passing by.

Currently based out of Rome, Italy.

Below a montage of works by Iacurci. What a fun and whimsical style!

Artist of the moment………Nicotye Samayualie

Nicotye Samaualie is a modern Inuit artist born in 1983 in the Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada .

A third generation of the Inuit artists she learned to draw from her grandmother who was included in the Cape  Dorset Print collection for parts of two decades.

I enjoy the work of this artist as she is a great storyteller.

Works mainly with ink and coloured pencil.

price range information: Works range from $300 to $1,000.

No more information on this up and coming artist, but more Inuit art coming soon!


Artist of the moment…….Dominic Benhura

Dominic Benhura is a shona sculptor from Zimbabwe born in the year 1968 in what at the time was Rhodesia, but is now part of Zimbabwe. Like many shona sculptors, he came from a tough childhood. His father was died before he was even born. Raised by his mother he was an excellent student. In addition to stone the artist works with steel, wire, Most of his shows have been in Europe but he has started to make a name for himself in the United States.

Part of the second generation of shona sculptors. He is internationally renown and collected.

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In this clip by a gallery owner representing Dominic Benhura at Art Basel Miami  we learn more about the type of stone the artist enjoys working with. I found it interesting to hear about the different types of stones used and their characteristics. I hope to find this same information as it pertains to the Inuits and their type of serpentine or granite stone.

A link to the website of Dominic Benhura:

As the result of being an excellent student, he moved to another town to study and for period of time lived with a cousin who was a professional sculptor, Benhura was ten years of age at the time. After helping to polish some finished pieces belonging to his cousin he thought why not try to sculpt something himself. He sold his first work at the age of twelve years of age.

In this clip we view a piece titled “rejoicing” by Dominic Benhura:

In this clip we visit another sculpture showing children at play;


Artist of the moment…. photographer Harold Edgerton

Harold Edgerton was a pioneer in the world of photography for his use of the strobe photography  to stop movement and in effect freeze time. Harold Eugene Edgerton was born in Fremont, Nebraska in the year 1903. For his collegiate studies Edgerton received a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He would go on to the M. I. T. for his postgraduate studies.

A brief explanation of his process:

After receiving his masters degree Edgerton joined the faculty as a professor. He would go on to earn a Ph.d from M.I.T.

Whilst working on his postgraduate degree he became interested in using the strobe light to capture instant moments in time. These moments could be a bullet ripping through an apple, a tennis player’s swing of the raquet,  the crown shape that appears during a splash of water, or the bursting of a balloon.

In 1934 Edgerton won a bronze medal from the Royal Photography Society.

If Muybridge is best known for his work with the horse, Edgerton is best renown for this work with a coronet of milk. Camera quality isn’t high def as this took place last century!

In 1973 winner of the National Medal of Science.

Harold Edgerton passed away in 1990 at the age of  87 years of age.

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

If you enjoy this type of photography make sure and check out my posting on the work of Eadweard Muybridge. He was a British American photographer born in 1830 famous for his work of motion photography that captured movements in animals and people. Below a great example of Muybridge whose most famous stop motion work was that of the horse. Below an example of his work with a bird flying.



Artist of the moment…..Haida artist Bill Reid

Bill Reid is among the most famous Haida artists of all time. Bill Reid was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in the year 1920.  His father was American and his mother a member of the Haida tribe. He learned to make jewelry from his grandfather, who had himself studied under a renown jewelry artist.

A brief biography about Bill Reid:

Bill Reid also attended the Ryerson Institute of Technology, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada  where he also learned how to make jewelry. He began his art career making jewelry and then progressed to large works in traditional Haida materials including red and yellow cedar.

Bill Reid passed away in 1998 at the age of 78 years old from problems due to Parkinson’s disease.

Reid gifted a large donation to Simon Fraser College upon his death. In this clip we view some of the collection:

Has had his artwork featured on the $20 Canadian bill.

The artist has works in many prominent locations around the world including the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. and the Canadian National Museum in Ottawa, Canada.

Another brief interview with Bill Reid;

Bill Reid was also an activist of keeping people out of the rainforest.


Artist of the moment……Norbert Shamuyariro

price range information: Many works priced less than $1,000.

And in this clip a brief interview with the artist. Some works are shown at the 3:30 minute mark of the clip:

Norbert Shamuyarira is a great Shona sculptor from the country of Zimbabwe. The artist was born in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe in the year 1962. He was seventeen years old when he began to sculpt after meeting legendary sculptor Bernard Takawira. Norbert Shamuyarira served as a studio assistant for Takawira for four years before beginning his own workshop in 1984.

The artist has lived a tough life as far as his family is concerned as his mother died when he was nine years old. His father left the family after that. A brother then committed suicide. The artist says he doesn’t know what true happiness is.

I think its just great that someone whose life has been so difficult can still make something so unique and beautiful.

Thanks to Nannus for starting us on the path to learning more about the Shona sculptors!


Artist of the moment…..Hyman Bloom

Hyman Bloom was born in the country of Latvia, which was then a part of the Russian Empire,  in the year 1913. His work was a mixture of religious and cultural ideals from his Jewish faith but also a feeling of magical and mythical with his use of skeletons and ghosts. Bloom’s family made the move to the United States in 1920.

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When he was in his teens he was awarded a scholarship to study with another artist already profiled here named Jack Levine. Levine’s work concentrated on the expressions of the human figure. Below a great example of Levine’s style. Bloom, Levine, and another painter named Karl Zerbe would develop a similar style of painting that came to be known as Boston Expressionist. Levine was renown for depicting the politicians and entertainment celebrities of his time.

Participated in the Venice Biennale in 1950.

Enjoyed listening to Indian music.

Winner of Guggenheim fellowship.

Hyman Bloom passed away in 2009 at the age of 96 years old.

Elected to the National Academy of Design. Also chosen as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

In this clip we visit a show with the great James Kalm:

Artist of the moment…..Lucie Bennett

Lucie Bennett is a British artist born in the year 1972. Bennett enjoys working with the silhouette of the female figure. The artist works mainly with prints. For her artistic education she attended Manchester Metropolitan University studying the interactive arts. Bennett also studied in France.

In this series with the figure she tries to compare the female form to a botanical form. So what jumped into my mind was Ellsworth Kelly and this botanical work with a very simple line.


price range information: Most prints priced between $2,500 and $4,000. No pricing info on originals.

Her artwork has been seen on British television shows and even in movies.

A link to the website of Lucie Bennett:

Solo exhibition in 2011 in London, England.

Being a British artist born in the early 1970s her work might have been influenced by Julian Opie, profiled here already. Opie also enjoys working with the silhouette of the female figure. A true modern artist, Opie sometimes uses computers in his art and this is a great example of his work. Instead of using paper a series will use 50 LED screens.


Artist of the moment……Patrick Demarchelier

Patrick  Demarchelier is a photographer born in Le Havre France in the year 1943. Demarchelier is renown for his images dealing with the nude female figure. Sometimes he has them hanging from trees or posing next to a window.  He works in a black and white format. The artist has worked with Vogue magazine in the United States, France, England, and China.

Here we see the artist at work for Vogue magazine in China:

He left Le Havre to chase his dream of professional photography in Paris. Demarchelier worked as an assistant to the well established Parisian photographers.

Eventually he would be an assistant to Hans Feurer, a Swiss photographer that would introduce him to the art of fashion photography.

Moved to New York City from Paris and was able to work with such luminaries as Henri- Cartier- Bresson.

Served as official photographer for Princess Diana of England.

Currently based out of New York City.

And a brief interview with Demarchelier talking about his work featuring the worlds top fashion models:

price range information : Most works priced between $3,000 and $50,000.


Artist of the moment……Agnes Nanogak Goose

Agnes Nanogak was an Inuit graphic artist born in Holman, Northwest Territories, Canada in the year 1925. Her father was from Nome, Alaska and was a guide to explorers who came to the area for the first time. Her mother was of Inuit background. Her dad encouraged her to draw and paint from a very young age.

She also illustrated two books that told stories and myths about the Inuits. The book was titled Tales from the Igloo.

Made more than 140 prints for the annual catalog over her lifetime.

In the clip below the artist talks I in her native language so I don’t know what she is saying. But you can see work on a piece and it feels like you get to meet her with the homemade quality of the clip:

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Agnes Nanogak passed away in 2001 at the age of 75 years of age.

Held in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.

She enjoys telling a story with her work. I find her work very narrative and whimsical. The illustrative works made me think of the painter James Christensen.



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