Archive for September 29, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Lazarus Malliki

Lazarus Malliki is an Inuit artist born in 1978 in Repulse Bay, Nunavut Territory, Canada.

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

Brother Paul Malliki, already posted about here, is the most successful artist in Repulse Bay. Paul even teaches sculpture at the Arctic College.

To close we see the artist at work on trying out a new approach to sculpting.



Sorry no more information on this artist, but more Inuit art coming soon!


Artist of the moment…..Amsterdam Street Artist Fake

Fake is a street artist from Amsterdam, the Netherlands born in 1980. Fake works in prints and stencil work on walls. The artist has been using street art to bring humor to people’s lifes. He grew up in Lelystad,  the Netherlands.

Started to tag at age fourteen.

Fake is a self taught artist.

price range information: Sorry none available.

Has been in art shows in Europe, Iran, and the United States.

Here we view a time lapse of FAKE working on a stencil titled “Doggystye.”

A link to the website of the street artist FAKE:

In this clip we view another great stencil by FAKE. What a funny street artist!


Artist of the moment……Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse was born in the year 1869 in Le Cateau-Cambresis, France. The artist was a founding member of the Fauvist movement. Matisse was modernist in this technique and had a masterful sense and use of colour in his art. He originally attended college to become a lawyer. The artist then quit his goal of becoming a lawyer and wanted to become an artist. Matisse attended the Academie Julian and then the Ecole des Beaux Arts.

A key influence on the artist was the “primitive” or “naive” style of artwork that paid more attention to bright and bold colors rather than drawing or painting something in a highly realistic manner.

Henri Matisse was part of the Chicago Armory Show of 1913, already 100 years old.

Spent time in Paris and the southern countryside of France.

His hometown of Le Cateau-Cambresis, France has a museum built in honor of the artist. A link to this website is here:

At auction a work of the artist sold for $25 million dollars.

As you know I enjoy doing paper collage. In this clip we see Henri Matisse working on a paper collage! The quality isn’t the best, but I gathered some inspiration from it:

And in this clip a great selection of paper cut works by Henri Matisse:

In this clip a montage of works by Henri Matisse. I enjoyed the selection of portraits included in this clip:

In this clip we see the artist doing a sketch. He speaks in French, but still great to watch!

Henri Matisse passed away in 1954 at the age of 84 years old.

Part of many prominent museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.


Artist of the moment…..Ron Gorchov

Ron Gorchov is an American artist working in an abstract expressionist style born in the year 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. Ron Gorchov is renown for his abstract paintings done on curved and altered canvases. The artist was part of a group from New York that specialized in action painting. The theme of action painting was to disregard any conventional ideas about composition and design.

price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $ 40,000.

For his artistic education Ron Gorchov attended many universities including the University of Mississippi located in Oxford, MS. The artist also attended Roosevelt College and Art Institute located in Chicago, IL. Gorchov also attended the University of Illinois.

Began taking art classes at the age of fourteen years old at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Winner of Guggenheim Fellowship.

Winner of an award for painting from the National Endowment of the Arts.

In this clip we visit a show with the great James Kalm. The show took place in 2012.

And we visit an older show from 2008 with James Kalm:

Ron Gorchov is based out of Brooklyn, New York.

The artist is included in prominent collections including the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, and the Museum of Modern Art.


Artist of the moment…….Xue Song

Xue Song is a contemporary artist born in Anhui, Anhui Province, China in the year 1965. Song attended the Shanghai Drama Academy where he studied stage art. Song worksare in fact collages made with mixed media and blends landscape painting, calligraphic text, and small figures that are called Zen figures in his work. The work by Xue Song is very layered and intricate. The artist also is an avid printmaker.

price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $330,000.

The artist has a unique connection to fire and many works contain paper that has been in a fire. Years ago his studio suffered a fire. The artist retrieved some of the remains of his charred paintings and ashes. Since this incident he will burn paper on purpose as he sees ashes as part of the cycle of life. The ash is a rebirth of sorts.

Xue Song is a huge fan of calligraphy and feels its the art that the Chinese people have taken further than any other type of painting. The artist has taken some aspects of calligraphy and mixed it with poetry. One artist that Song pays homage to is Feng Zikai. Zikai was among the first to use cartoon like black outlines of figures. Very reminiscent of the Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein. Below a classical example of Zikai Feng’s style of art. Zikai Feng lived from 1898 to 1975.


By blending classical verse and text, landscapes, and the use of figures Xue Song not only references the past but is able to modernize his work as well. I also love the variety of textures used by the artist, especially the ash.