Archive for August 3, 2013

Artist of the moment….Chiho Aoshima

Chiho Aoshima was born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1974. Aoshima is another member of the art collective founded by Takashi Murakami called Kai Kai Kiki. For her collegiate education Aoshima earned a degree in economics from  Hosei University located in Tokyo, Japan. The artist mainly portrays women. She also uses additional materials from plastic to

Aoshima completed a residency at Art Pace.

Aoshima started work in  Murakami’s factory with no formal training. As a member of the collective Aoshima also works

The artist works in Surrealist/ Anime style. Some unique works are digital prints made on cellophane.

price range info: Works range from $2,000 to $50,000.

Here we see a montage of works by Aioshima.

And here we have a short animated version of a city.

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Artist of the moment….Ohotaq or Oqutaq Mikkigak

Ohotaq  Mikkigak is wonderful contemporary Inuit graphic artist.  Ohotaq Mikkigak is a prolific printmaker and was born in Cape Dorset, Nunavet Territory, Canada in the year 1936.

The artist enjoys drawing anything from birds, snowmobiles, boats, planes, shaman, and the landscape. Mikkigak also enjoys hunting, another favorite subject for the artist.

He often works in pencil crayon for his chosen medium.

Ohotaq is the wife of the previous post, Qaunaq Mikkigak.

Ohotaq was included in the Cape Dorset Print collections in the 1960s but at this time many Inuits were changing from the nomadic lifestyle to living in year round settlements. As the community grew and grew he and his wife both had full time jobs. As both retired and turned to art full time, both he and wife are very prolific as far as output.

Price range information: Works range from $500 to $8,000.

For some art homework, how about doing a cartoon of a bird in the style of the Inuits or maybe Charlie Harper!

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Artist of the moment……Qaunag Mikkigak

Qaunag Mikkigak is another contemporary Inuit artist born in Cape Dorset, Nunavet Territory, Canada in the year 1932. Her mother was a famous graphic artist Mary Kudjuakjuk.

Mikkigak worked early on with graphic arts and print making, but since the 1970s has focused mainly on carving.

She married another Inuit artist who will be the next post. His name was Oqutaq Mikkigak.

She and her husband were encouraged by James Houston to continue to produce art. Houston was the Canadian who grew tired of urban Canadian life and sought out the Canadian wilderness. This led him to the Inuit camps and he lived with them for years. One day he received a small sculpture as a gift and decided to turn his focus on marketing and getting the Inuits the artistic recognition they deserved. Houston wrote a book and helped to make a movie about this experience.

price range information: Works range fom $750 to $3,000.

No more info on this artist, but next post will be about the artist’s husband.

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