Archive for September 14, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Haida artist Christian White

Christian White is a wonderful Northwest Coast artist from the Haida Tribe. Christian White was born in the year 1962 in Queen Charlotte City, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada. As with many Haida artists, he is good a variety of mediums including sculpting, printmaking, carving, and jewelry  making.

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Translated his Haida name means Voice of Gold.

Started living off his art full time since the age of seventeen. Awesome!

At the old age of twenty one he sold a work to the Museum of Anthropology located in British Columbia. Very prestigious for someone so young.

His Great Great Grandfather was a master Haida artist named Charles Edenshaw. A master carver of totem poles, masks, and jewelry. Below an example of his grandfather’s work. Chief Charles Edenshaw lived from 1839 to around 1920.

Edenshaw work

In this clip we listen to the artist talk about the role art plays in his life:

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Artist of the moment……Enrico Castellani

Enrico Castellani is not only a great painter, but also a great jewelry maker. Enrico Castellani was born in Castelmassa, Italy in the year 1930. When I first saw the artist’s work I thought of the American minimalist artist Donald Judd. In fact Judd was heavily influenced by Castellani whom Judd considered the Father of Minimalism.

For his artistic education Castellani attended the Academie Royale des Beaux- Arts in  Italy. He also attended the Academy of Fine the national school for the Fine Arts in Belgium where he studied architecture.

He and another artist started their own gallery. They wanted to separate themselves from other artists in a similar movement. They had partaken in Abstract Expressionist movement, but their voice was something different. The gallery was called Azimut and a magazine supporting the movement was titled Azimuth.

Other artists associated with the new Art Informel movement at the same time were Lucio Fontana. You may have seen him in the news as some revolutionary abstract works have broken the one million dollar barrier at auction. Below is  Fontana’s work “Attese” which sold at auction for $1.1 million dollars.

fontana

To form his highly textured surfaces he places nails down and then lies the canvas over the top. A very unique way to manipulate a flat surface.

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In this clip we view a gallery show from 2011:

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Artist of the moment….Germaine Arnaktauyok

Germaine Arnaktauyok is a contemporary Inuit artist born in Igloolik, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1946. Both of the artist’s parents were professional carvers. Arnaktauyok is one of the best draughtsman of all the Inuit artists. She has produced many works in ink and colour pencil and also lithographs.

For her artistic education Arnaktauyok attended the University of Manitoba and Algonquin College. She studied commercial art.

Sold a painting at the age of eleven years old.

A great selection of works by the artist:

The artist has worked with the Canadian government on many occasions receiving commissioned assignments dealing with the Inuit peoples. One commission dealt with designing a coin marking the official recognition of the Nunavut Territory.

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Artist of the moment…..Christian Eckart

Christian Eckart is a contemporary Canadian artist who creates very unique works of art that are sculptured surfaces painted in a very abstract manner. Christian Eckart was born in the year 1959 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. For his collegiate education Eckart attended the Alberta College of Art located in Calgary where he studied sculpture. For his postgraduate studies the artist attended Hunter College in New York City where he studied painting.

Has both Canadian and American citizenship.

Eckart began exhibiting in 1986.

In this work we view a commissioned work completed by the artist:

A link to the artist’s own website:

http://www.christianeckart.com/#

Eckart is trying to capture a mix of transcendentalism and spiritualism. Some artists that influenced Eckart include Dutch artist Piet Mondrian and Russian Artist Kaspar Malevich, both covered here already. The group of painters he followed were given the title Nouveau Realistes.

Works with many different textures in his work including aluminum with hand polished automotive lacquer. Its quite similar to the method the Rolls Royce auto company paints its vehicles.

price range information : Works range from $1,000 to $15,000.

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