Archive for August 16, 2013

Artist of the moment….Lucassie Ikkidluak



Lucassie Ikkidluak is an Inuit artist from Kimmirut, Nunavut Territory, Canada born in the year 1949. Ikkidluak is renown for his work with the musk ox. For his mediums the artist works with serpentine and antlers for the most part.

price range information: Works range from $1,500 to $8,000.

Ikkidluak began carving in the late 1960s. He learned to carve by watching other artists.

Brothers and sisters are artists too.

Love his interpretation of the musk ox, mainly for the way he portrays its hair, it show lots of movement.  One work is titled Wind Swept Musk Ox.


No more info on this artist but more Inuit art coming soon!

Artist of the moment…..Street Artist Chris Stain

Chris Stain is a street artist born in 1972. He grew up on the East coast and made his first graffiti tag at the age of 11 years old. A major theme for the artist is social inequality. Stain enjoys calling himself an American Social Realist.

In this clip we view a time lapse of Chris Stain working in Wisconsin.

His first tag was the name “savage.” Stain later would change the name savage to stain as he heard it used in a song he liked.

Has been part of shows in London, Amsterdam, New York, Paris, and Hong Kong.

Some other street artists that inspired him are Zek, Jam One, and Revolt.

The coolest thing about the artist is that during an interview Stain was asked what style he preferred, graffiti art or street art. Stain said that its all creativity. Its all good! I AGREE ENTIRELY.

The artist is currently attended college with the hopes of a degree in art education.

In this clip we view the making of another mural.

price range information: Sorry, none available.


Art World News…..turning a $15 investment into six figures….


As a reader I hope you caught the posts showing people who purchased great works of art from Goodwill or garage sales. The well known artist Alexander Calder,  also designed around 1,000 pieces of jewelry over his lifetime.

A lady purchased a necklace years ago in 2005 at a flea market. Then years later she attended a jewelry show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A foundation certified that the piece the lady bought was actually included in a show at the New York Modern Museum of Art in 1943.

The piece of jewelry will be going for auction at the end of September and is expected to bring well into six figures!

Not bad for a $15 investment!

Always keep those eyes open for a great work of art!


Artist of the moment….photographer John Divola

John Divola is an American photographer born in Los Angeles, California in the year 1949. For his artistic education Divola attended California State University at Northridge. For his masters degree Divola attended University of California in Los Angeles, U.C.L.A.. Divola is renown for shooting images that not everyone might see as beautiful. A great example of this is his series titled Zuma. This series was shot in old abandoned houses that were painted on the inside by Divola himself.

price range information: Most works priced between $1,000 and $4,000.

Another well received series was titled “As Far as I can Get.” The artist would use the timer function on the camera and then run away and the camera would shoot the image via the timer.

Winner of Guggeheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.

Part of teaching faculty of U.C. Riverside and California Institute for the Arts.

In this clip we see a collaborative effort with Divola and some elementary students as he teaches them about art at the Getty Museum. A project teaching kids about photography and art at the same time!

Here we see John Divola as he visits Otis College of Art and Design located in Los Angeles, California. Also Divola gets into more depth explaining about his Zuma series.


Artist of the moment….Henry Napartuk

Henry Napartuk was an Inuit artist born in 1932. Spent most of his life in Kuujjuaraapik, Quebec, Canada. Was a carver for the most part but experimented with printmaking beginning in the 1970s. His brother in law and wife had taken a 7 week course in the subject and taught him the art of printmaking.

The artist came upon the International Art scene after a work was chosen for a tour showcasing artists of the Arctic Region.

Received great critical acclaim for his prints made for the 1973 Arctic Quebec Print Catalog.

Also dabbled in making jewelry.

Henry Napartuk passed away in 1985 at the age of 53 years old.

His father Jose Napartuk was also an artist and his father taught him how to sculpt.

price range information: Most works priced below $1,000.