Archive for August 23, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Takealook Temela

Takealook Temela is an Inuit artist from Kimmirut, Nunavut  Territory, Canada born in the year 1935. His favorite subject is wildlife.

Started to exhibit in galleries in 1969.

price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip see a work titled “The Swimming Polar Bear.”

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


Artist of the moment…..Street legend Revok

Revok is an internationally renown street artist from Los Angeles, California born in the year 1977. His government name is Jason Williams. Started tagging at the age of 14 years old. Became famous for a series depicting the city of Los Angeles, California as Los Awesome. The idea was to make the art form more celebratory and uplifting rather than just identifying whose turf you were on.

Has been arrested on and off since 2008 for his graffiti.

In this post we see some actual graffiti and an interview with the legend. Very interesting as he talks about the “sport” of graffiti. Its always a battle. You could be running from the police, trying to avoid your work from being painted over, and trying to paint sometimes far off the ground say if you are working close to or on a bridge. I never realized how productive a street artist has to be just in order to get their name out.

Revok was arrested for his failure to compensate victims for the property damage he caused. The artist was arrested at the Los Angeles Airport as he was heading Ireland. He had already been convicted of a felony in 2009 and was on probation.

A link to a great website hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. In this show you can see many artists including a documentary on Washington D.C.s Cool Disco Dan:

and here we have a quick visit to the M.O.C.A. show featuring some renown street artisans.

Below is a wonderful print that was produced by street artist Bask, to raise funds to help free Revok.


And in this clip we visit Revok at a party where he tagging shirts live as people wear them. I hope someday to attend a party like this.

Revok is out of jail of course as the incident occurred in 2009 and is now and practicing his art for us to enjoy!


Artist of the moment……Photographer Ogle Winston Link

Ogle Winston Link was an American photographer born in Brooklyn, New York in the year 1914. He was known for being one of the first photographers to shoot at night and for his genre of American railroad lines. He worked with black and white imagery. He is also known for being the last to photography the steam engine locomotive. His father was a shop and woodworking  teacher in the public school system.

For his collegiate education Link received a civil engineering degree from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. During his collegiate time he worked as a photo editor for the school journal. Whilst at a graduation ceremony a representative from a professional company heard him speak, was very impressed, and hired him as a photographer. Link was able to “get his feet wet” during his five years with the company. Link excelled at posing people, but making the photos look as if they weren’t staged.

The war came and as a result of losing his hearing whilst he had the mumps Link couldn’t enter the army or marines as a soldier so  he worked as a photographer for the government. After leaving this job he would work commercially before starting to shoot his railway series in 1955. Over 5 years time he took more than 2,000 images of the steam engine. The railroad company was happy to help out in any way they could as his work showed not only the rail car, but also the people that worked on the grounds or keeping up maintenance. It was more the documentation of railroad yard life and the community it supported, not just images of America’s Iron Horse.

Also enjoyed shooting large ships and bridges.

Ogle Winston Link passed away in 2000 at the age of 86 years old.

price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $50,000.

If you enjoy this piece of Americana, the railroad in particular not just steam engines, make sure and check out the art of Adam Normandin. A rising art world figure that specialized in the painting of rail cars and their graffiti for a short while. Below an example of Normandin’s work.


Ogle was more commonly referred to as “O.”

Below a montage of photographs by O. Winston Link: