Archive for September 6, 2013

Artist of the moment….Jake Kadluk also Kudluk

Jake Kudluk or Kadluk is a great Inuit sculptor born in Igloolik, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1952.

Kadluk is renown for his work with animals and polar bears in particular.

price range information: Works range from $500 to $4,000.

In this clip a fine example of a bear by Jake Kudluk:

No more info on this artist, but more Inuit art coming soon I promise!


Artist of the moment….Shona Sculptor Elliott Katombera

Elliott Katembera is a shona sculptor born in the 1970s. Katombera has been working alongside Nicholas Tandi and G. Gidi.

He is based out of Harare, Zimbabwe enjoys working with butter jade and verdite.

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Works range from $300 to $3,000.

In this clip we see the artist working on a piece. The best is at the end of the clip when at least 10 smaller bust carvings that Katombera is working are shown:


Artist of the moment……Liao Yibai

Liao Yibai is a modern art star born in the year 1971 in Jiang An, Sichuan, China renown for his own brand of “antiques.” The works are made of stainless steel. For his artistic education Yibai attended the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts.  In making his “fakes” or in some cases his own brand of luxury items, he tries to conquer a side that we know exists, but is new to  me at least. Some of his own brands he has created deal with watches and handbags.

Other asian artists mix items like vases with coke imagery, but this artist chooses to concentrate on the fakes luxury brands people buy. In China so many people buy the fake brand they are assimilated into the mainstream culture.

Is a professor at Chongking University teaching design.

Splits his time amongs Beijing and  Sichuan.

From this excerpt of a documentary about Liao Yibai he tells us about his story in his own words:

In this clip we visit a gallery show from 2009:

And now we visit a clip in 2012:

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Artist of the moment……Photographer David LaChapelle

David LaChapelle is a world renown photographer born in Fairfield, Connecticut, United States in the year 1963. LaChapelle is famous for his images of international celebrities. In addition to his photography work, he also directs music videos and short films. He experienced a difficult childhood growing up in North Carolina for being homosexual. He ran away as a teenager to New York City.

LaChapelle took classes at the Art Students League of New York School of Visual Arts New York City.

In this clip we visit the Museum of Contemporary Art located in Taipai, China for a show featuring David LaChapelle.

LaChapelle returned home with his father but would return to New York City in the 1980s  where he would meet such artists as Andy Warhol. His first job in the entertainment industry was with Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. Andy told him he could do whatever he would like, just make sure the people looked good. What great direction from Andy! The celebrity shoots he did for Interview magazine would make the artist famous on an international basis.

A short interview from CBS and their Sunday morning programming with David Lachapelle:

Started exhibiting his photographic work in galleries beginning in the 1980s.

Many fine art books have been that showcase his photographic work. His work has also been featured in many national magazines including Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Vanity Fair.

One movement that influenced LaChapelle was the Baroque movement.

Made a film titled Krumped that documented the style of dance known as “krumping”  that won awards at the Sundance Film in 2004.

A link to the website of David LaChapelle:

price range information: Many works priced between $10,000 and $50,000 with the high end reaching $150,000.


Artist of the moment….Winfred Rembert

Windred Rembert is an African American artist that works with dye and hand carved leather in his work. Winfred Rembert was born in 1945 in the city of Cuthbert, Georgia. Growing up in the deep south during the civil rights era and also working as a field laborer picking cotton.

His surfaces are quite textured as he draws and etches directly on the leather. Then adds color using various dyes.

A documentary film was made about Winfred Rembert titled “All  Me, ” here is a link to the site:

And below is a brief trailer for the film:

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Many works deal with the idea of group labor, but also the celebration of life found in the community and to some extent the bright and colorful clothes worn.  A day of working in the field could earn Rembert around 15 to 20 cents per day.

The artist had a difficult childhood and was raised by an aunt rather than a father or mother.

In this clip the artist gets fired up when talking about a work titled “Amazing Grace.”

Rembert was once in a prison chain gang, and then he made a piece of art out of this experience. In this clip he talks about how awful of an experience it was being in a chain gang with some great examples of his art documenting his experience of the chain gang.

Winfred Rembert is a self taught artist.

Based out of New Haven, Connecticut.