Archive for September 2, 2013

Artist of the moment…….Fred Le Chevalier

Fred Le Chevalier is a wonderful street artist from France.  The artist used to draw and make art as a child and then quit as a teenager.  He started drawing again and posting pictures on the website http://www.myspace.com.  Yes, in internet terms it was  a very long time ago! Before FACEBOOK many people used MYSPACE.

Le Chevalier would post images and loved the feedback he received.

A brief clip showing a work of the artist:

In 2009 he began to take his drawings out and paste them up on the street.

The first gallery show for Fred Le Chevalier was a tremendous success selling out in less than one hours time.

Although this piece is in French its we see Le Chevalier pasting up some of his art:

He was inspired by a fellow French artist born in Nice, France named Ernest Pignon- Ernest. Pignon Ernest enjoys working with paste ups. Below an example of Pignon- Ernest’s street art:

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For Le Chevalier who enjoys walking it is natural for him to post art in the street as he walks about.

The artist estimates he has posted between 2,000 and 3,000 images around Paris. He once posted more than 100 images in one day.

A link to the website of Fred Le Chevalier. don’t worry the page can be translated if you don’t speak French!

http://fredlechevalier.blogspot.com/

price range information:  Sorry none available.

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Artist of the moment…..Elijah Michael

Elijah Michael was an Inuit artist born in Kimmirut, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1929. Michael was renown for his sculptures of animal life and owls. With the owls Michael not only depicted birds, but also shaman transforming into birds.

A sculpture made by Elijah Michael was given by the Prime Minister to the Pope during a visit to Canada.

Elijah was married to artist named Annie. 3 sons  are professional artists.

Elijah Michael began to carve at the age of sixteen years old.

The artist passed away in 2008 at the age of 79 years of age.

price range information:  Works range from $3,000 to $25,000.

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Artist of the moment……Sylvester Mubayi

Sylvester Mubayi is a shona sculpture artist from Marondera,  Zimbabwe born in the year 1942. He started off working as a laborer in the tobacco fields. At the age of 24 years old he moved to the urban city of Harare, Zimbabwe in order to get a better job working for a major beer brewing company. His favorite subjects to carve are animals, spirits, and mythical creatures.

Considered part of the first generation of shona sculptors.

He began sculpting at a sculpture community in northern Zimbabwe in the 1960s.

National Gallery of Zimbabwe held a career retrospective honoring the Mubayi during 2008.

In this clip Mubayi gives us a brief history about the first generation shona sculptors:

In this clip we see Mubayi at work:

In this clip the artist explains in detail about a work titled “Mother-Buck.”

Price range information: Sorry none available.

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Artist of the moment…..photographer Nick Brandt

Nick Brandt is a wonderful photographer born in          England in the year 1966. Brandt is renown for his photography of the African landscape and the animals it contains. Brandt only shoots her artwork on the continent of Africa. For his artistic education Brandt attended the Saint Martins College of  Art and Design.

Brandt is very concerned with environmental causes and started his own movement and charity which is named the Big Life Foundation. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the number of elephants that are slaughtered for their tusks.

Brandt started off in the entertainment industry directing music videos. He was a very successful director. Just a few of the entertainers he has worked with include Michael Jackson and Moby.

 

Whilst shooting a video with Michael Jackson in Africa the artist became very aware of his passion for animals. He has worked tirelessly to capture these images before these locales become extinct due to man. Brandt started to document his African journeys in 2000. Many images are made into books.

Below Nick Brandt talks about an exhibition given in 2012:

A wonderful collection of images of Africa taken by Nick Brandt:

Based out of Topanga, California.

price range information:  Works range from $ 14,000 to $140,000.

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