Archive for September 27, 2013

Artist of the moment….Rafael Canogar

Ralph Canogar is an abstract artist born in the year 1935. The artist was a co-founder of the art group El Paso. The group El Paso emphasized the art of action painting.

Many works are oil on paper on laid linen. Canogar also produces collages. Canogar is also an avid printmaker.

A mentor for the artist was the Spanish painter Daniel Vazquez Diaz born in 1882. Below an example of his style.


Canogar began painting in an abstract style in 1955.

In 1967 began painting in a Pop Art style.

In 1975 began using basic geometric shapes.

In this clip we view a great montage of works over the artist’s career. Canogar was an accomplished painter in a realist format, not only a great abstract painter:

price range information: Prices range from $5,000 to $225,000.


Artist of the moment…..Ned Vena

Ned Vena is a contemporary American artist born in Boston, Massachusetts in the year 1982. Vena is  renown for his work with monochrome paintings. In many works the artist uses a variety of mediums including rubber, vinyl, and aluminum. When looking at his work the viewer catches glimpses of other past movements such as the minimalist works of Frank Stella and Op-Art look of artists Bridget Riley or Victor Vasarely.

For his artistic education Vena attended the Tufts University Boston School of Museum Fine Art.

Vena began exhibiting in 2006.

Another artist that comes to mind when seeing the work of Ned Vena is Gerhard Richter. Both artists enjoy the process of putting on paint, and scraping it or moving it aside.

price range information: Most works priced between $20,000 and $70,000.

Vena works with a variety of mediums including etching on mirrors, painting on aluminum, and even working with aluminum paints.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Ned Vena and other artists working in a monochrome fashion with our friend James Kalm. To see just the work of Ned Vena click ahead to 1:16 in the clip.

Ned Vena is now based out of Brooklyn, New York.


Artist of the moment….Cesar Domela

Cesar Domela was a fantastic Dutch artist born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in the year 1900. Domela was self taught as an artist. As a beginning artist he often times painted landscapes that reduced all elements to basic geometric shapes. In the early 1920s Domela made his first work that was devoid of a subject.

Part of the De Stijl movement, he was the youngest member. Mondrian is probably the most renown from this movement. Not only did his work lack a subject, he also began to use items like metal to make his work more three dimensional. The artist produced many relief works over his lifetime. His father was  religious leader and politician.

In this clip we take a closer look at a landscape painted by Cesar Domela in the year 1922. This is a great example of the path into abstraction his art was taking. A great mix of shapes, including organic shapes like the trees and leaves, and houses rendered as very simple box shapes:

And below a great montage of works by Cesar Domela:

Cesar Domela passed away in 1992 at the age of 92 years old.

price range information: Domela worked in many mediums including gouache, oils, and many mixed media relief works.  Serigraphs can be found for $3,000 and originals command prices as high as $550,000.