Archive for September 28, 2013

Artist of the moment….Nesbert Mukomberanwa

Nesbert Mukomberanwa was born in Buhera, Zimbabwe in the year 1969. He learned to sculpt from his famous uncle, a first generation shona artist named Nicholas Mukomberanwa. The artist studied under his renowned uncle for two years before striking out on his own.

The family has at least 8 professional artists so look for their name to come frequently here the next couple of weeks. Gotta love those art family dynasties!

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

Nesbert Mukomberanwa works with the figure often. Many works include the mother and child theme. What I love most about his work is the floral work. Its odd that we find a shona artist or Inuit artist work that shows us a flower. Very elegant and unique at the same, just like a real flower!


Artist of the moment……Jacob Kainen

Jacob Kainen was an American artist born in the year 1901 in the city Waterbury, Connecticut. Kainen would experiment with both realist and abstract painting, but its his abstract works with basic geometric shapes he is associated with for the most part. The artist was one of three children and the family came to the United States from Russia. In 1918 the Kainen family relocated to New York City.

Kainen was a very smart individual finishing high school at the age of sixteen years old. As he was too young to begin college Kainen enrolled at New York City’s famed Art Student’s League. During this period he honed his drawing skills. Kimon Nicolaides was a key mentor and you may even have read a book of his. This book is in my permanent collection as its chock full of tips on drawing the human figure.


Eventually Kainen enrolled at Pratt Institute. He didn’t get along well as he disagreed with their ideas, he was far more modern in his color use and ideas than the institution. Kainen left school before he received a degree. After leaving school he became immersed in abstract expressionism.

Kainen was a lifelong student copying master works from the age of 10 and throughout his career. He found it key in an artist’s development to study those that paint or draw the same subject matter better than they do.

Kainen was a participant in the United States program the Works Progress Administration.

Spent many years as a curator at the Smithsonian Institute. The Smithsonian also includes the artist in their own collection.

Kainen also enjoyed boxing as a participant and as a fan.

A link to the website of Jacob Kainen:

I enjoy reading about artists who have outstanding collections, like American realist painter, Jeffrey Watts and his collection that includes paintings by Nicholai Fechin. Jacob Kainen enjoys collecting the style of the German Expressionist painters.

Kainen was based out of Washington D.C. and was associated with the Washington Color Field painters group.

price range information: Many works priced between $5,000 and $35,000.


Artist of the moment…..Joseph Stella

Joseph Stella was a painter who explored both realism and futurism in his work. Joseph Stella was born in Lucano, Italy in the year 1855. The artist came to the United States to seek a degree and career in the medical profession. Upon arriving in the states Stella discovered his love of art. Stella painted everything from people, to landscapes, and portraits. His most renown works are very modern paintings of New York city.

Stella worked in oils and pastels.

In this clip a great montage of works by Stella. The viewer can see his love of painting bridges.

Studying at the Art Students League of New York he was able to mentor under artist William Merritt Chase.

Joseph Stella was able to support himself as an artist by becoming an illustrator.

After this stint as an illustrator Stella returned to Italy where he saw modernist works for the first time.

The artist was included in the groundbreaking Chicago Armory Show of 1913.

A recurring theme in the artist’s work was bridges, in particular the Brooklyn Bridge.

Joseph Stella passed away in 1946 at the age of 69.

Stella is included in prominent museums the Chicago Art Institute, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts located in Boston, Massachusetts.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 for pencil drawings to $400,000 for original paintings.


Artist of the moment……Iyola Kingwatsiak

Iyola Kingwatsiak was a wonderful Inuit artist adept at drawing, printmaking, and carving. Iyola Kingwatsiak was born in the year 1933 in the Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada. One of the first generation of Inuit artists brought on to the world art scene by James Houston. The artist was included in the first Cape Dorset Print collection. The subject he worked with most was birds.

Married an artist named Pootoogook Kingwatsiak.

The artist also had two other siblings that were professional artists named Tye Adla and Anna Kingwatsiak.

Had a brother named Mikagak also a professional artist.

Iyola Kingwatsiak passed away in 2000.

Iyola Kingwatsiak is included in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. Below is a link to see these works:

price range information: Most prints can be found from $500 to $1,000. Carvings may reach as high as $4,000.