Archive for August 17, 2013

Artist of the moment….Noo Atsiaq

Noo Atsiaq is an exciting young Inuit artist born in the Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1986.

He is most renown for his work with the polar bear. Especially neat are the ones carved from marble. The bears might be dancing or just walking around. Though he has started to work with marble, Atsiaq enjoys working with serpentine.

In this clip we check out   a dancing bear by the artist.

The artist began carving when he was eleven years old and hasn’t missed a day since according to him!

Noo Atsiaq has served as a studio assistant to the master artist Nuna Parr.

price range information: Works range from $400 to $5,000.

Artist of the moment…….Pierre Karlik

Pierre Karlik is an Inuit artist from the Rankin Island, Nunavut Territory, Canada. Karlik was born in 1931.

price range information: Works range from $500 to $4,000.

Karlik was commissioned by the National Museum of Man to make a representation of a male and female Inuit person.

A great carver of wildlife in addition to his wonderful portraits. Like other Inuit artists also worked a great deal carving on antlers.

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


Artist of the moment……Painter and photographer Richard Prince

Richard Prince is a wonderful contemporary photographer and painter born in the Panama Canal Zone in the year 1949. The artist grew up on the Eastern Coast of the United States.  Prince is known as an appropriations artist. One that regenerates or borrows some ideas from other people’s work, or  makes references to another work of art. Two examples of this would be Mel Smothers, he paints in a Warhol style  and Richard Pettibone who also works in the same manner and also pays homage to the pop stars of the 1960s in much of his art.

In this clip we visit the artist’s house.

price range information: One of his paintings of a nurse sold in 2008 for $8.45 million dollars at auction. Photographs fall between $5,000 and $15,000.

A big influence on the artist was Jackson Pollack.

Prince might use a well known theme or idea in his work. Before smoking caused cancer it was seen as a way to relax and have fun and the ads always included sexy females or in the case of Marlboro, the Marlboro man. A strong rugged man’s man that enjoyed a smoke and was Marlboro’s answer to Joe Camel.  Prince enjoys working with and making references to current items in pop culture. When he works with females he often poses them on a motorcycle.

In this clip we visit a 2013 show featuring works from the Cowboy series.

Moved to New York in  1977 and began working for time magazine working with newspaper clippings.

Also has done a series titled Joke paintings. The artists takes words and text and includes them in his art.

Other subjects explored by the artist include celebrities, car hoods, nurses, and sex, drugs, and rock and roll!

For his paintings works in acrylics.

First solo exhibition in 1980.

Lives and works out of northern New York state.

And here our friend James Kalm checks out this Guggenheim retrospective on the artist.


Artist of the moment….Levi Qumaluk

Levi Qumaluk is a master artist and a great example of how art can be used to uplift and improve one’s quality of life. Levi Qumaluk was born in the Povungnituk, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1919. His theme is like many of his counterparts, a continuing saga of the struggle of living in such a harsh and cold environment.

One of six children all brothers. All ended up making income from their art. Levi was the only carver AND printmaker. The artist started being included into the annual print collection beginning in 1979.

Levi Qumaluk was renown for his sculpture work and is considered by many to be an Arctic master artist.

The artist passed away in 1997 at the age of  78 years old.

price range information: Works range from $500 to $3,000.

In this clip we see a piece by Levi Qumaluk getting ready for an auction.