Archive for September 4, 2013

Artist of the moment……Marlene Dumas

Marlene Dumas is a modern artist born in Cape Town, South Africa in the year 1953. Her favorite subjects are people with many works dealing with the genre of mother and child. For her artistic education Dumas attended the University of Cape Town.

price range information: Works in oils have broken the one million dollar mark at auction. Watercolours range $25,000 to the low six figures. Lithographs range $5,000 to $20,000.

Growing up in South Africa, where television wasn’t available until 1976, photography inspired the artist. One American photographer whose work she admired was Diane Arbus, a master at capturing emotion on film. Below an example of Arbus’ photographic work.


Is now based out of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

In this clip we visit the show taking place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City  featuring Marlene Dumas with our beloved art admirer James Kalm:

The artist usually works with black and white imagery as she tries to capture and promote emotion in her figures. Dumas enjoys using oils on canvas or ink on paper.

Has had exhibitions in the United States at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles, California and the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.


Artist of the moment…..Teri Rofkar

Teri Rofkar is a wonderful contemporary artist from Sitka, Alaska  renown for her work with fabrics. Teri Rofkar was born in the year 1956. The artist produces hand woven garments and baskets of traditional and historical significance. To  weave one of these ornamental masterpiece garments it sometimes takes up to 2,000 hours of time (and more importantly patience!)

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Teri Rofkar is one of few people to receive an endowment from the National Arts Foundation in order to improve her basket weaving in the Tinglet traditional style. The recipients of this award are known as living national treasures! What a great idea! I think many of the Northwest Coast artists deserve more exposure. Rofkar received this extraordinary grant in 2009.

Calls herself a “basket case” because she is weaving or gathering materials all of the time!

In this clip she talks about learning to weave from grandmother and her parents. She talks about her working environment in her art:

In this clip we view some works from Rofkar and Shelly Laws. Both are nationally collected artists that work in the traditional Tlingit ways of weaving and basketry.


Artist of the moment…..Augustin Anaittuq

Augustin Anaittuq was an Inuit sculptor born in Kasigarsiorvik, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1935.

Augustin Anaittuq passed away in Pelly Bay, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1992 at the age of 62 years old.

price range information : Sculptures range $3,000 to $10,000.

The artist married a professional artist from Pelly Bay named Sabina Anaittuq.

In this clip from our friends at Waddington’s Auction House of Canada we see a wonderful owl by Augustin Anaittuq:

Did many works using the medium if whalebone. These are considered artifacts and cannot be taken outside of the country of Canada.

The artist is included in the collection of the National Gallery of Art Canada. A clip to the work is below:

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


Artist of the moment…..Henry Munyaradzi

Henry Munyaradzi is among the most well known of the first generation of shona sculptors. Henry Munyaradzi was born in Chipuriro, Zimbabwe in the year 1931. His father was a spiritual leader of his clan. The artist never attended an organized school as part of his upbringing. The artist is renown for his stylized faces in which eyes are made as simple circles and the nose also a very simple shape with straight lines.

Before honing his artistic talents the artist was a blacksmith and like other shona artists worked in the tobacco fields.

In 1967 he decided to move to the art community located in Tengenenge and work on becoming a professional artist. Munyaradzi stayed here until 1975 when he set out to work entirely on his own. This community was started by a tobacco farmer whose property had wonderful stones on it, just perfect for carving. The farmer was also an artist and invited others to share in his pursuit of sculpture and an art  community was born!

The artist has had his work featured on stamps of his country.

A wife named Mary also started an art colony.

In this brief clip a curator talks about a work by Henry Muyaradzi titled “Spirit protecting Orphans.”

Henry Munyaradzi died in 1998 at the age of 57 years old.

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The artist was included in an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City in 1978.


Artist of the moment…..Street artist Faunographic

Faunographic is a female street artist renown for her work with birds and plants. The artist is based out of Sheffield, South Yorkshire England. Faunographic has an extensive background in graphic design. For her collegiate studies she attended Calderdale College in Halifax, England.

With a business partner named Rocket01, the duo run their own design and even take on commissions. The pair has worked with such industry giants as the Converse shoe company.

In 2011 Faunographic painted the largest ever mural in the city of Manchester, England. We get a time lapse view of the project that was sponsored by Converse:

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In this clip the artist gives us a brief background of what inspires her to create:

A great interview with the artist talking about her favorite birds to paint and the colour she uses:

What a wonderful and unique style of street art!