Archive for August 4, 2013

Artist of the moment….Richard Hunt

Richard Hunt is from a world renown family of artisans. Richard Hunt was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. His grandfather was named Chief NakePenkim ,also known as Mungo Martin. Martin helped to restore and carve totem poles unique to the region. He was also the founder of the sculpting program at Thunderbird Park. Also on his father’s side he is descended from George Hunt,  a renown ethnologist. Below an example of his wonderful mask work.

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His tribal name is loosely translated to mean man who travels the globe.

price range information: Serigraph prints start at $400 to original carvings as mucs as $9,000.

The tribe associated with the artist is the Kwak waka’ wakw tribe and culture. His grandfather was an integral part in keeping their culture alive.

Elected to the Royal Order of Canada. Also elected to Canada’s Royal Academy of the Arts.

Below we hear the artist talk about watching his father carve as  a child:

Winner of the Golden Jubilee Medal from Her Majesty the Queen.

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Artist of the moment….Will Cotton

Will Cotton is a contemporary American artist born in Melrose, Massachusetts and is renown for his work with the female figure. He has even painted works of celebrities including Katy Perry. For his artistic education Cotton studied briefly in France before attending Cooper Union and the New York Academy of Art.

price range information; Works range from $10,000 to $300,000.

Another favorite genre for the artist is food. Cotton loves to paint the delicious sweets we all love in wonderful landscapes made out of sweets. In these works the artist most times makes maquettes, small models, than paints from these models. He actually tries to capture a moment in time that a subject is changing, like a scoop of ice cream melting.

Started adding the female figure to some works in 2002.

Was recruited by Katy Perry to be the artistic director for her hit song California Gurls.

Cotton enjoys using consumer brands and well known imagery for his work. Sometimes borrowing ideas from board games.

Lives and works out of New York City.

In this clip we see the artist working on a print edition for Pace Prints.

Talk about contemporary art! In this clip we view some paintings by Will Cotton of pop star singer Katy Perry.

And Katy Perry talking about who picked who when it came to designing her album cover.

What an exciting artist that is working with set design and performance art, think Katy Perry, but the artist can also paint a wonderful decadent still painting full of chocolate and sugary confections for us to enjoy as well. What a well rounded artist!

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Artist of the moment…..Los Angeles Street artist legend Morley

Morley is a fantastic street artist working out of one of the greatest cities of earth, Los Angeles. His birthday is unknown. Morley is said to have the attended the School of Visual Arts in New York. His style is simple but easy to remember. Working in black and white Morley uses text to make social commentary that causes the viewer to question society and culture.

In this clip a brief bio about the street artist Morley.

2011 was a breakthrough year as the artist came under the watchful eye of Steve Lazarides. Lazarides helped Morley get started selling prints of his work.

Has taken part in a lecture at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art dealing with the art of printmaking.

First solo exhibition was in 2012.

Price range information: Most prints are 250 euros. A link to the Outsider website that sells prints by Morley.

http://www.theoutsiders.net/item/7253,no-ghost-blue

A link to the artist’s own personal website. Updated pretty often (at least as far as visual artists are concerned!)

http://iammorley.squarespace.com/

Its important to know that the figure represented in Morley’s works is himself. Imagine if Banksy included himself on all of his art!  Morley in addition to being a clever artist when it comes to using text, is also very skilled at drawing the figure from a variety of positions. The added figure gives the text more emotional content.

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Artist of the moment…..Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat is a perfect artist to study on a hot summer day! Georges Seurat was born in Paris, France in the year 1859. Seurat is associated with the Pointillism movement. His father worked in the legal field and had become wealthy from some land transactions. For his artistic education Seurat studied at the Ecole Municipale de Sculpture de Dessin. After this he enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts

Some of Georges Seurat’s most famous works accompanied by Vivaldi. Your next few minutes is set!

And to close with we will take a look at one of my favorite categories, appropriations! Here Vik Muniz pays homage to Seurat and reproduces Seurat’s famous Afternoon on the Island of Jatte work with puzzle pieces.

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In the link below two art lovers tell us more about Seurat and his work a Sunday on the La Grande Jatte.

A link to some other works using the same sculptural build up of space using puzzle pieces.  Vik Muniz is currently based in Brooklyn and is renown for making works of art using unusual materials like caviar, chocolate, or in this case puzzle pieces. Another great work featuring Marilyn Monroe done by Vik Muniz is shown here, please take some time to explore this site as the artist is a creative genius! :

http://vikmuniz.net/gallery/gordian

First major work was titled the Bathers at Asnieres. It featured some young men at leisure by the river Seine. It was rejected by the Salon, but the artist found other groups to show this monumental work. In the end Seurat set up a new organization that dealt with independent artists.

Was influential in Paul Signac’s approach to painting.

Although some critics and experts classify the artist as Impressionistic in technique, Seurat loved to draw and would make monochrome drawings and even small oil paintings before beginning work on a larger sized canvas.

The artist died at only 31 years of age in 1891. The cause of death is uncertain but Seurat had recently had pneumonia and diphtheria is also mentioned as a possible cause.

A link to a great website featuring the artist;

http://www.georgesseurat.org/

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