Archive for August 11, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Eva Aliktuk

Eva Aliktuk was a fantastic Inuit sculptor born in the Arviat, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1927.

The artist passed away in 1994 at the age of 67 years old.

Many of her children became professional artists.

As an artist I just love the way she incorporates beadwork into her sculptures. What makes the Inuit are so fascinating is that its a statement on the current culture of the Inuit, as much as the past. Not only is a sculpture from this artist  a great work of art, but a great history on the Inuit peoples of the region when you include their beadwork in the sculpture.

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No more information on this artist but more Inuit artists coming soon!

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Artist of the moment……Adamie Anauta(Anautak)

Adamie Anauta is another master Inuit artist born in Akulivik, Quebec, Canada. Father was a well known artist of the region named Lukasi Anauta.

Has been a professional artist since 1979.

Anauta is renown for his work with the figure. Very emotional figures with amazing detail to features of the face.

price range information: Sorry none available.

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

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Artist of the moment…..Street Artist Shai Dahan

Shai Dahan is a great up and coming street artist that often work with horses and is compared by some to artists like the legendary Banksy. Shai Dahan was born in Haifa, Israel. His family came to the United States in 1989. Growing up in a surfer/ graffiti lifestyle of California had the artist began working in graffiti in his mid teens. Dahan even designed some skateboards.

Some works on  a farm painted by Shai Dahan shown in time lapse. Very cool!

In this clip Dahan talks about a project called the Buddy Bears project. You may see these fiberglass works all over Berlin. They are made to showcase human tolerance in other countries and cultures.

The artist has also recently started his own men’s clothing branch located in Sweden. The company works on design and marketing all across the Scandinavian countries.

A link to the website of Shai Dahan:  http://thevacantwall.com/

After living in New York City Dahan moved to Sweden .

The horses painted by the artist have a historical significance. They are based on a Dala or Dalecarlian horse. In the history of Sweden long ago they were used as toys. Its awesome that this artist has chosen to take a toy and paint it as if it were a real live horse! What a unique idea.

price range information: Sorry none available.

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Artist of the moment……Susan Point

Susan Point is a wonderful artist from the Coast Salish tribe located in the northwest of Canada in the year of 1952. The artist began making prints whilst working as a legal secretary. As a result of being ON TIME and BUDGET with her projects, she received many more commissions. Susan Point is a member of the Coast Salish peoples that is located in British Columbia down to the northwest of the United States.

A link to the website of Susan Point: http://susanpoint.com/

For her artistic education she is schooled in a variety of mediums including casting in bronze and other mediums as well as carving and printmaking. Among her highest priced works are her exquisitely carved pieces made from wood. In addition the artist was the first of her local tribe of artists to work with glass. She truley is a an artist, taking the time to learn new medium after new medium.

price range information: Works range from $500 to $40,000.

She has works included in the collection of the Smithsonian Institute of the  National Musuem of the American Indian.

Below we examine a work by the artist titled Human Spirit. A short interview with Susan Point.

In this clip the artist talks about a piece done for Richmond, British Columbia.

Some works done by Susan Point for the 2010 Olympics.

Officer of the Order of Canada and has been recognized as one of the most 100 influential people in British Columbia.

What I find just wonderful about the artist is her ability to go one step beyond her stated goals. As she tells us this part of her life carries over into every aspect, not only art. What a fantastic artist and she has made sure her children and grandchildren also have found the importance of art in their life.

What a great example for us all.

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Artist of the moment…..Photographer Michael Kenna

Michael Kenna was born in Widnes, England in the year 1953. He is an internationally collected photographer renown for his work with the landscape. For his collegiate education Kenna attended the Banbury School of Art where he studied painting and photography. In addition Kenna attended the London College of Printing again studying photography and painting.

price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $10,000.

Before art the artist thought about being a Catholic priest.

One of his favorite landscapes and subjects to shoot is the country of Japan. His first voyage their was in 1987.

Has had nearly 20 books of his photographs printed.

His photographs are in many prominent collections including the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.

In this clip we see some of Michael Kenna’s signature landscape works.

In this clip we learn more about the Minimalist style of photographer used by Kenna.

A great interview with Michael Kenna talking about his work.

And a link to the website of Michael Kenna. Many more wonderful landscapes here:

http://www.michaelkenna.net/

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Artist of the moment……Hannah Kigusiaq

Helen Kigusiuq is another master Inuit printmaker born in the Baker Lake, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1931.

What I enjoy most about her artist more so than any other Inuit artist’s graphic work, is her bird’s eye view that she uses in many of her works.  Kigusiuqenjoyed drawing examples of her lifestyle.

She had lived the traditional Inuit lifestyle of living as a nomad off of the land. However one tough winter much of her camp  contracted tuberculosis. This caused her family to quit the nomad lifestyle and settle down in the Baker Lake area.

The artist turned to drawing as a means of financial income as her husband had to take two years off due to his illness.

price range information: original graphite drawings from $500 to $1,500 color is colored pencil. Other prints ranging $250 to $500 are only in black and white. The black and white works are a majority of the artist’s output.

 

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