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.


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