Archive for September 20, 2013

Artist of the moment…….Peter Voulkos

Peter Voulkos was an American artist born in Bozeman, Montana in the year 1924. Voulkos was a renown sculptor and taught many students who went onto professional careers including one of my favorite for both sculpting and wonderful prints of interiors, Ken Price. He was one of five children.

For his artistic education Voulkos attended Montana State University at Bozeman. Voulkos went on to earn his masters degree from the California College of the Arts.

Began his professional career by designing dinnerware.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $60,000.

Was the main architect of the art and ceramics program at Otis College located in Los Angeles, California.

Peter Voulkos also taught at the University of California at Berkeley.

In this clip we view a live demonstration from 1978 at the Kansas City Art Institute featuring Peter Voulkos. Interestingly  the artist would die of a heart attack after giving a live demonstration at Bowling Green University in 2002. The artist enjoyed performing and working with an audience.

Peter Voulkos passed away in 2002 at the age of 78 years old.

Peter Voulkos’ art is included in many prominent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, England.

In this clip a brief talk about the artist and some more of his works. Voulkos was inspired by abstraction in his sculpture.

And last we view a work that a collector is looking to sell.


Artist of the moment……Mel Chin

Instead of doing my normal gallery, Since Chin is more a conceptual artist more so than just a visual artist, I will give some color on each image in this article. Though he is a conceptual artist, Chin is an excellent draughtsman.

This work was inspired by the many hours spent looking at encyclopedias when he was growing up. He made collages of figures. If you love this type of work check out my favorite collage artist, Peter Clark. Below is a Chin’s style of collage done with encyclopedias.


Mel Chin is wonderful conceptual artist born in Houston, Texas in the year 1951. He was one of six children. He is known for putting art where it usually isn’t. Some examples would be in a landfill or a destroyed home.

In this picture we view a collaboration with Mel Chin, software developers, and rug and carpet patterns. A great mix of old and new technologies I have never seen. Again the artist is hard to classify as he can work in so many mediums, a true artist!


In this clip from the PBS series Art21, we listen to the artist himself talk about his many trips to New Orleans and how he has taken it upon himself to improve the lives of the children of the area. The children were in a tough situation without Katrina. The artist was so overwhelmed with the feeling of  hopelessness he left, but returned a better person with thoughts of how to overcome his problems.The children were growing up in an area deemed by the Environmental Protection Agency to have dangerously high content of lead.

In this work titled SafeHouse, we see a great example of Chin putting art where it isn’t usually seen, an abandoned house.


Here the artist talks about how art can make one feel uncomfortable.

Mel Chin has also worked in academia working as a professor at the University of Georgia, a visiting professor at Stanford, and at Cooper Union, and the University of Michigan.

A link to the website of Mel Chin:

price range information: Sorry none available.


Artist of the moment…..Enzo Fiore

Enzo Fiore is a contemporary realist born in Cernusco sul Naviglio, Milan, Italy in the year 1968.

For his artistic education Fiore attended the Artistic Lyceum also located in Milan, Italy.

Received a degree from the Academy of Fine Arts located in Brera, Milan.

After college he worked restoring paintings to their previous glory.

Also worked in the theater as a set designer.

In this clip we view a montage of works by Enzo Fiore. This is a great way to see his works and some close ups are shown. Important because he works with items such as twigs, leafs, and roots to build up his surfaces:

This clip is in Italian so I am unaware of what the artist said, but some more great closeups and you can see great surface texture created by the artist:

price range information: Sorry none available.

Enzo Fiore will be a participant in Art Miami coming up in December of 2013.


Artist of the moment……Christopher (Kit) Wood

Christopher Wood was a British artist born in 1901 in the city of Knowsley, Liverpool, England. His father was a doctor of medicine. For his collegiate education he attended Marlborough College in Wiltshire. He also attended Liverpool University for a brief period.

Whilst at Liverpool he became interested in pursuing an artistic career. Wood headed off to Paris and enrolled at the Academie Julien. He met other artists such as Pablo Picasso.

A major influence was the artist Alfred Wallis. Wallis painted in a style that used basic shapes and flat color. Wallis’ style is very similar to folk artist Grandma Moses, except rather than landscapes Wallis painted nautical/ marine scenes. Below an example of Wallis’ style.


Wood lived a very active social life chasing both men and women. He became frustrated whilst at the beginning of a promising career. He invited his mom and sister for lunch and then jumped in front of train at the age and was killed at the age of 29 years old.

I enjoy the “naive” style of painting and its the first time I have seen it in conjunction with the marine landscape.

price range information: Works in pencil and chalk start around $5,000 and originals in oils have broken the $3.6 million dollar mark at auction.