Archive for August 13, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Luis Chan

Luis Chan was born in Panama in 1905. Chan and his family relocated to Hong Kong when the artist was five years old. Chan was self taught as an artist and was heavily involved in the arts of the area in the 1920s. His style was more western than many of his peers, so his niche was doing the local landscape of Hong Kong, but in a style closer to western art, but still maintaining its Eastern charm and design.

Chan worked in many mediums over his life, collage, watercolors, oils, ink, and acrylics.

He is most associated with fantasy and realism, but for brief period of time did abstract works that were sprayed on the canvas.

Came onto the international scene with his paintings of Hong Kong and the region in the 1970s.

Considered by many to be the best modern artist of Hong Kong in the 20th century.

price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $65,000.

Luis Chan was still residing in Hong Kong when he passed away in 1995 at the age of 90 years of age.


Artist of the moment……Carter Potter

Carter Potter was born in Los Angeles, California in 1961. Potter¬† grew up in California and thus has a unique medium for his painting surface, film! The artist is renown for painting on oil stills and experimenting with different ways to use the film as his medium of choice. The films leave abstract shapes that repeat themselves to the works easily make a great form of abstract art. On some occasions the artist doesn’t paint on the still at all.

For his artistic education Potter attended the University of California at Los Angeles earning both a bachelors and masters degree in art.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $6,000.

On occasion the artist is able to use film stills from popular movies such as the The Lion King.

In this brief talk the artist talks about the different kind of film he uses in his work.



Artist of the moment…..Yaacov Agam

Yaacov Agam is an artist born in Mandate, Palestine in the year 1928.¬† Agam is renown for his work that consists of a “rainbow palette” and the use of geometric shapes. For his artistic education Agam attended the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design located in Jerusalem. The movement most associated¬† with Agam is kinetic art. Kinetic art involves a type of movement, sometimes machine driven, in the end result.

Agam’s favorite medium is sculpting.

The artist works in a very large scale with some public commissions larger than 30 feet.

Works are found in Israel, Los Angeles, and Paris.

Yaacov Agam is based out of Paris, France.

price range information; Works range from $1,000 for a screenprint to $250,000 for a large sized sculpture.

In this clip the artist shows a beating heart!

A short bio/ documentary about Yaacov Agam.

A quick trip to the Museum in Tel-Aviv to view works by Agam.

In this short clip this is a great example of kinetic art, as you move from right to left around the picture the image changes! One sculpture the artist made for children was meant to change for them as they grew taller.

Other kinetic arts profiled here include Jesus Rafael De Soto and Carlos Cruz Diez.


Artist of the moment……..Luke Anowtalik

Luke Anowtalik was an Inuit sculptor born in the Ennaidai Lake, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1932. Some of his themes were mother and child, the hunter, and the fisherman. The artist enjoys working with groups of multiple figures. These are amazing works of art as not every figure is carving entirely, leaving much to the viewers imagination.

Anowtalik carves mainly in stone his second used medium would be antlers.

Price range information: The artist was very prolific and works can be found between $500 and $11,000.

Luke was married to Mary Anowtalik who is an artist. Below an example of her work.


Luke Anowtalik passed away in 2006 at the age of 74 years old.

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