Archive for August 31, 2013

Artist of the moment….Street Artist Agostino Iacurci

Agostino Iacurci is a street artist based out of Italy. He was born in Foggia, in the southern region of Italy in the year 1986. Iacurci does it all as far as creating art. He paints murals, illustrates books, and painting on canvases for gallery exhibitions.

A large influence on the artist was Bruno Munari, an Italian painter who lived from 1907 to 1998. He worked with a style that emphasized geometric shapes with strong and bold color. Below an example of Munari’s work.


Iacurci started his graffiti painting in 1998, at the age of twelve, and first started to write and make tags. He was not inspired by this type of art but found street artists whose work he enjoyed such as Os Gemeos, the twins from Brasil and Blu.

price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view the artist making a very large work for the 2013 Biennale:

Worked on a collaborative work at a prison. The project was shot with film and a documentary is being made about the process.

Iacurci enjoys working outside and doing murals and street art as he gets instant feedback from the people passing by.

Currently based out of Rome, Italy.

Below a montage of works by Iacurci. What a fun and whimsical style!

Artist of the moment………Nicotye Samayualie

Nicotye Samaualie is a modern Inuit artist born in 1983 in the Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada .

A third generation of the Inuit artists she learned to draw from her grandmother who was included in the Cape  Dorset Print collection for parts of two decades.

I enjoy the work of this artist as she is a great storyteller.

Works mainly with ink and coloured pencil.

price range information: Works range from $300 to $1,000.

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


Artist of the moment…….Dominic Benhura

Dominic Benhura is a shona sculptor from Zimbabwe born in the year 1968 in what at the time was Rhodesia, but is now part of Zimbabwe. Like many shona sculptors, he came from a tough childhood. His father was died before he was even born. Raised by his mother he was an excellent student. In addition to stone the artist works with steel, wire, Most of his shows have been in Europe but he has started to make a name for himself in the United States.

Part of the second generation of shona sculptors. He is internationally renown and collected.

price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip by a gallery owner representing Dominic Benhura at Art Basel Miami  we learn more about the type of stone the artist enjoys working with. I found it interesting to hear about the different types of stones used and their characteristics. I hope to find this same information as it pertains to the Inuits and their type of serpentine or granite stone.

A link to the website of Dominic Benhura:

As the result of being an excellent student, he moved to another town to study and for period of time lived with a cousin who was a professional sculptor, Benhura was ten years of age at the time. After helping to polish some finished pieces belonging to his cousin he thought why not try to sculpt something himself. He sold his first work at the age of twelve years of age.

In this clip we view a piece titled “rejoicing” by Dominic Benhura:

In this clip we visit another sculpture showing children at play;


Artist of the moment…. photographer Harold Edgerton

Harold Edgerton was a pioneer in the world of photography for his use of the strobe photography  to stop movement and in effect freeze time. Harold Eugene Edgerton was born in Fremont, Nebraska in the year 1903. For his collegiate studies Edgerton received a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He would go on to the M. I. T. for his postgraduate studies.

A brief explanation of his process:

After receiving his masters degree Edgerton joined the faculty as a professor. He would go on to earn a Ph.d from M.I.T.

Whilst working on his postgraduate degree he became interested in using the strobe light to capture instant moments in time. These moments could be a bullet ripping through an apple, a tennis player’s swing of the raquet,  the crown shape that appears during a splash of water, or the bursting of a balloon.

In 1934 Edgerton won a bronze medal from the Royal Photography Society.

If Muybridge is best known for his work with the horse, Edgerton is best renown for this work with a coronet of milk. Camera quality isn’t high def as this took place last century!

In 1973 winner of the National Medal of Science.

Harold Edgerton passed away in 1990 at the age of  87 years of age.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $30,000.

If you enjoy this type of photography make sure and check out my posting on the work of Eadweard Muybridge. He was a British American photographer born in 1830 famous for his work of motion photography that captured movements in animals and people. Below a great example of Muybridge whose most famous stop motion work was that of the horse. Below an example of his work with a bird flying.