Archive for August 19, 2013

Artist of the moment….Lyle Wilson

Lyle wilson is an artist from the Kitamaat village in British Columbia, Canada in the year 1955. The name of his city is translated to mean “people of the snow.” The artist draws much inspiration and usage from his Haisla tradition in his artwork, especially in his totem pole and mask works. A major inspiration to create art came from an uncle who was a professional artist named Sam Robinson, he was renown for his sculpture work. Wilson is a master of many mediums including printmaking, jewelry making, sculpture, and carving.

price range information: Works range from $400 to $30,000.

For his artistic education attended the University of British Columbia. Also attended the Emily Carr College of Art and Design located in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Below a great interview with the artist and more artwork.

What a creative artist. It seems once you master the art of design in one medium, each easy to accomplish it another medium. From jewelry to printmaking Lyle Wilson produces it all.

Below a link to more information on the artist and more examples of his work.


Artist of the moment….Street artist Saber

Saber is an American street artist from Los Angeles, California born in the year 1976. He is renown for his style of using abstract shapes that a mix of calligraphic and street art graffiti styles.

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A quick biography on the artist:

A link to the website of the artist Saber:

The artist received some critics when he did some work with an American flag image, and then he painted on top of the image.  Some people thought he was destroying the flag. His explanation was he was making us aware the flag is a living and breathing organism.

Here we visit a gallery show from 2011. I enjoyed this clip the most because the artist talked about wanting people to see the struggle of whats happening. The struggle underneath the flag. It reminded me of Jasper Johns flag when I saw it in person I had no idea how many layers of collage went into the end product. The old art books I had with black and white imagery that smelt like very old grandmothers didn’t do it justice!

Saber  was using this example in regards to health care. Saber suffers from epilepsy and has been without health care coverage most of his adult life.

In this clip we visit a Museum exhibition featuring the artist.

Started painted and tagging in the public domain since the 1990s.

Renown for creating the worlds largest graffiti piece ever. This was done in 1997 and used 97 gallons of paint and 35 nights over the course of 365 days  from start to finish. The piece was done in close proximity to the Los Angeles River. The work lasted until 2009 when it was painted over by a new contractor.

Below we revisit this piece with Saber himself. Youtube is just great!



Artist of the moment……..Bill Jensen

Bill Jensen is an abstract painter known for his use of spirals, circles, and bold colour. Bill Jensen was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the year 1945. For his artistic education Jensen attended the University of Minnesota earning a bachelors and masters degree in art.

Winner of an Endowment from the National Gallery of Art.

Currently based out of New York City.

Jensen also enjoys having fun with the surface of his paintings. Many times he paints, scrapes, and repaints again giving his work a very unique feeling of movement. Some works remind of the Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

Brew a cup of coffee and sit back as our fellow art loving friend James Kalm takes us on a gallery show in Chelsea for an exhibition by Bill Jensen.

Jensen’s work is best shown in the video as you can see the light moving across the picture plane. The artist uses expensive pigments with colors most artists don’t use.

A fan of the New York Abstract Expressionist School.

price range information: Most works range from $2,000 to $10,000.

In this clip we hear from the artist Bill Jensen as he talks about the art he made for the Cheim & Read show.


Artist of the moment…..Joe Andoe

Joe Andoe is an artist who has lived a colorful life and is renown for his work with subjects including horses and minimal landscapes. Joe Andoe was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the year 1955. For his artistic education Andoe went to the University of Oklahoma located in Norman, Oklahoma earning a masters degree in art.

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Has been based out of New York City since the 1980s and continues to this day.

Andoe’s enjoys varying the way he applies paint. He is renown for painting, and then wiping paint away. This technique works great for his moody landscapes.

Part of prominent museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Museum of Fine Arts located in Boston, MA.

In this clip more works with the artist talking in the background.

In this clip a montage of works by Joe Andoe.



Artist of the moment…….Takao Tanabe

Takao Tanabe is a world renown artist born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada in the year 1926. His father was a fisherman.  During World War 2 he was sent to an internment camp with other Canadians that shared a Japanese background.

Her favorite subject is her local landscape area of British Columbia, Canada. Tanabe enjoys painting the coast and shoreline of this area.

For his artistic education Tanabe attended the Winnipeg School of Art, the Brooklyn Museum School of Art, and the Central London School of Arts and Crafts.

In this clip Takaso Tanabe talks about his art work.

And as strange as it may seem in these times, Takao’s work was very controversial and some people thought vulgar, lewd, and pornographic. This of course brought the artist even more publicity. The artist himself talks about his “lewd” works.

price range information: Watercolors and prints can be found for around $1,000. Original oils range $10,000 to $75,000.

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Artist of the moment……Barbara Takenaga

Barbara Takenaga is a wonderful abstract artist born in North Platte, Nebraska in the year 1949. She is renown for her works which use the circle as a main shape, that are organized in sweeping shapes that give movement to her work as it goes across the picture plane. I find her work to remind me of many artists profiled here already. Yayoi Kusama for the use of the circle or dot.

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For her artistic education Takenaga attended the University of Colorado at Boulder earning both a bachelors and masters degree in art.

The artist has been in the teaching side of the art world for many years. Takenaga taught at the Univeristy of Denver and currently teaches at Williams College.

Another artist I am reminded of is Fred Tomaselli. This artist uses items like pills and makes swirling and action lines with them much in the same manner that Takenaga uses dots. A great example of Fred Tomaslli’s artwork is below.


Currently based out of New York City.

For her wonderful abstract works she uses a combination of oil and acrylic paint.

You may think that this form or abstract expressionism doesn’t have a meaning, but it isn’t just playful. The artist switched from a bright palette to more somber and muted tones after her mother passed.

In this clip we visit a show by the artist.

And here we go to another gallery show.

What a wonderful form of abtraction!


Artist of the moment….Ningeokuluk Teevee

Ningeokuluk Teevee is a contemporary Inuit artist renown for her graphic design work. Nigeokuluk Teevee was born in the Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1963.

Is a member of the Kinngait Studio printmaking co-op. In 2012 she had three works included in the annual print collection. Teevee is a very prolific artist as far as output. She draws both animals and people and is fond of drawing birds such as the Canadian loon or owls.

She makes remarkable eyes and find repeating patterns to use in the feathers. Very similar to Charley Harper, the American illustrator who was a master at using simple lines to create awesome characters. Below an example of Charley Harper’s owls.


The artist also enjoys working from great perspectives, sometimes from many feet above the subject.

Has written and illustrated a children’s book. The book is titled Alego and was nominated for the governors choice for children’s literature illustration.

price information: Most works priced between $600 and $2,000.