Archive for August 30, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Haida artist Bill Reid

Bill Reid is among the most famous Haida artists of all time. Bill Reid was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in the year 1920.  His father was American and his mother a member of the Haida tribe. He learned to make jewelry from his grandfather, who had himself studied under a renown jewelry artist.

A brief biography about Bill Reid:

Bill Reid also attended the Ryerson Institute of Technology, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada  where he also learned how to make jewelry. He began his art career making jewelry and then progressed to large works in traditional Haida materials including red and yellow cedar.

Bill Reid passed away in 1998 at the age of 78 years old from problems due to Parkinson’s disease.

Reid gifted a large donation to Simon Fraser College upon his death. In this clip we view some of the collection:

Has had his artwork featured on the $20 Canadian bill.

The artist has works in many prominent locations around the world including the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. and the Canadian National Museum in Ottawa, Canada.

Another brief interview with Bill Reid;

Bill Reid was also an activist of keeping people out of the rainforest.


Artist of the moment……Norbert Shamuyariro

price range information: Many works priced less than $1,000.

And in this clip a brief interview with the artist. Some works are shown at the 3:30 minute mark of the clip:

Norbert Shamuyarira is a great Shona sculptor from the country of Zimbabwe. The artist was born in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe in the year 1962. He was seventeen years old when he began to sculpt after meeting legendary sculptor Bernard Takawira. Norbert Shamuyarira served as a studio assistant for Takawira for four years before beginning his own workshop in 1984.

The artist has lived a tough life as far as his family is concerned as his mother died when he was nine years old. His father left the family after that. A brother then committed suicide. The artist says he doesn’t know what true happiness is.

I think its just great that someone whose life has been so difficult can still make something so unique and beautiful.

Thanks to Nannus for starting us on the path to learning more about the Shona sculptors!


Artist of the moment…..Hyman Bloom

Hyman Bloom was born in the country of Latvia, which was then a part of the Russian Empire,  in the year 1913. His work was a mixture of religious and cultural ideals from his Jewish faith but also a feeling of magical and mythical with his use of skeletons and ghosts. Bloom’s family made the move to the United States in 1920.

price range information: Sorry none available.

When he was in his teens he was awarded a scholarship to study with another artist already profiled here named Jack Levine. Levine’s work concentrated on the expressions of the human figure. Below a great example of Levine’s style. Bloom, Levine, and another painter named Karl Zerbe would develop a similar style of painting that came to be known as Boston Expressionist. Levine was renown for depicting the politicians and entertainment celebrities of his time.

Participated in the Venice Biennale in 1950.

Enjoyed listening to Indian music.

Winner of Guggenheim fellowship.

Hyman Bloom passed away in 2009 at the age of 96 years old.

Elected to the National Academy of Design. Also chosen as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

In this clip we visit a show with the great James Kalm:

Artist of the moment…..Lucie Bennett

Lucie Bennett is a British artist born in the year 1972. Bennett enjoys working with the silhouette of the female figure. The artist works mainly with prints. For her artistic education she attended Manchester Metropolitan University studying the interactive arts. Bennett also studied in France.

In this series with the figure she tries to compare the female form to a botanical form. So what jumped into my mind was Ellsworth Kelly and this botanical work with a very simple line.


price range information: Most prints priced between $2,500 and $4,000. No pricing info on originals.

Her artwork has been seen on British television shows and even in movies.

A link to the website of Lucie Bennett:

Solo exhibition in 2011 in London, England.

Being a British artist born in the early 1970s her work might have been influenced by Julian Opie, profiled here already. Opie also enjoys working with the silhouette of the female figure. A true modern artist, Opie sometimes uses computers in his art and this is a great example of his work. Instead of using paper a series will use 50 LED screens.