Archive for October, 2013

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!! A new work by me!!!

Happy Halloween!  One of my favorite genre’s is the collector and their house as art. In this work I wanted to celebrate visual artists who created something associated with my FAVORITE holiday!

Each panel is 9  by  12  inches. Medium is paper collage.

This is a diptych, a two panel work. As a child I loved to watch the Addams Family so I thought what other art pieces might exist in the house besides the fish with the human leg sticking out.

All artists have been written about on my website!

Pumpkin-   Japanese master Yayoi Kusama.

Frakenstein- Vik Muniz, Frankenstein, caviar monster series. The artist recreated monsters using beluga caviar.

Vampire Mouth- Ruby Sterling

Pumpkin Head Man- Jamie Wyeth

Platinum skull- Damien Hirst

Witches Hat- Robert Therrien

Happy Halloween everyone and try to make some artwork to celebrate the holiday!


Artist of the moment……My pumpkin!!!!


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A big shout out to Roy Villafane and his online tutorials for helping to get the carving right. Pumpkin was very soft in some parts so I decided to paint it!

Mine is on the left and a pumpkin by my dad  on  the left!

Hello to all the spirits! and of course Vincent Price!


Artist of the moment….Northwest Coast Artist John P. Wilson

John P. Wilson is a Haisla  nation artist born in the year 1973 in Kitimit, British Columbia. Wilson just started at the Northwest Coast School of Art but is quickly gaining a reputation for working in many mediums.

His crest is the killer whale.

Wilson is attending the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. Here he has worked with renowned artist Bob Dempsey.

The favorite medium of Wilson is wood. He isn’t limited to wood and has produced paintings , prints, and jewelry.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

A link to the facebook page where you may see more work by the artist:

Think about northwest coast art tonight whilst you are eating candy and partying !


Artist of the moment…….Wellington Nyanhongo

Wellington Nyanhongo is another artist from the Nyanhongo family. His sister is famed artist Agnes Nyanhongo. Other siblings including Gideon and Moses are also Shona artists. Wellington Nyanhongo was born in the year 1970 to first generation Shona artist Claud Nyanhongo.

Wellington Nyanhongo earned a college degree in sales but chose art as his career path.

From Gallery Sur we view a brief interview with Wellington Nyanhongo:

Began to carve as a youngster by serving as an apprentice to his father, sanding and working on various finishing textures for the work of his father, Claud.

The favorite stone for Wellington Nyonhongo is springstone.

The artist enjoys portraying the bond between humans and nature.

From an artistic standpoint,I am impressed with the size and expressiveness of the hands.

Price range information: Sorry none available.


Artist of the moment……..Street Artist Plastic Jesus

Plastic  Jesus is a street artist based out of Los Angeles, California. The artist enjoys pushing political and social commentary in his art. For example in the gallery you may recognize former champion Lance Armstrong. Armstrong is shown attached to an IV drip. Remember Armstrong admitted to doping and would have blood transfusions in order to appear clean.

In this clip we view Plastic Jesus via time lapse photography:

He is very clever with words and one of my favorite works of his states “Stop making stupid people famous.”

For his charity work, Plastic Jesus is associated with Los Angeles Youth Network which helps runaway and homeless teens.

Price range information: From time to time you can buy T-shirts with funny slogans including STOP MAKING STUPID PEOPLE FAMOUS! for $25. Silkscreen prints of images like Lance Armstrong can be found between $100 and $300.

A link to the website of Plastic Jesus:

In this clip a brief interview with the artist:


Artist of the moment…..photographer Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky was born in Saint Catherines, Ontario, Canada in the year 1955. For his collegiate studies Burtynsky attended Niagara College located in Welland, Ontario. The artist graduated with a degree in photographic arts from Ryerson College located in Toronto, Ontario. Burtynsky enjoys shooting landscapes that have been altered and/or transformed my humans over time. This could be a mine that is no longer operational, an oil spill, or even the abstract patterns made on irrigated land when shot from overhead looking down. These works are similar to crop circles and very intriguing for their basic geometric shapes.

As a youngster Burtynsky lived near a General Motors plant that he enjoyed shooting. As a result the artist enjoys taking shots of how industry has changed the landscape. In this clip we check out a series dealing with oil:

A great documentary featuring works from Burtynsky:

The artist can concentrate on modern activities such as an oil spill, shooting the famous spill that took place in off the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

The artist works with a large format camera and tries to shoot from platforms or something that will elevate him high above his subject matter.

The artist is based out of Toronto, Ontario.

This clip shows the artist working in China using a radio controlled helicopter that has the artist’s camera attached to it. Very interesting!

Burtynsky is included in the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Here we look at a great documentary that uses many images by Burtynsky that has to do with water. How we use it and how every is affected by it. It comes out October 11, 2013:

What a great photographer who is using his medium to bring awareness to how we as humans alter so many things.

Price range information:  Works range from $10,000 to $50,000.


Artist of the moment……Ohno Bakufu

Ohnu Bakuful was a wonderful painter and printmaker born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1888. Ohno Bakufu loved to paint flowers. Another favorite subject for Bakufu was fish. The artist also made landscapes. Bakufu is not associated with the sasuka-hanga or shin-hanga movements. He is in his own category. The artist very loosely organized and watched over the production of his prints.

Ohno Bakufu passed away in 1976.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Another reason work by Ohno Bakufu is hard to define is that the artist did not employ text at all in his work. Many woodcut artists use text in their work, Bakufu avoided this process.


Artist of the moment……Billy Gauthier

Billy Gauthier is an Canadian artist born in the year 1978 in Happy Valley- Goose Bay, Newfoundland, Canada. Gauthier is of Metis and Inuit heritage. The artist grew up on the East Coast of Canada.

The artist works with various mixed media including antlers, ivory, whalebone, and serpentine.

Some influences include Kenojuak Ashevak and Kiawak Ashoona.

A large influence on Gauthier was his professional artist cousin named John Terriak. Terriak is renowned for his portraiture work. This piece is titled “Woman’s Face.” Even as a young child the artist enjoyed trying to capture the likeness and expression of the human face.

Billy Gauthier is now based out of Labrador, Canada.

The artist had his first solo breakthrough show in 2010.

Price range information: Sorry none available.


Artist of the moment…….Hoon Kwak

Hoon Kwak is a contemporary artist born in the year 1941 on Dageau, Korea, now known as South Korea. For his collegiate education Kwak attended Seoul University and earned a bachelors of fine arts degree. Kwak moved to the United States for post graduate studies at both the University of California at Long Beach. Kwak is associated with the modernism movement.

Kwak works with sculpture, installations, painting, and calligraphy. A recurring theme in the artist’s work is Buddhism.

Hoon Kwak has exhibited his art at the National Art Museum of China.

The artist participated in the Venice Biennale in 1995.

Price range information: Sorry none available.


Artist of the moment…….Derek Lardelli

Derek Lardelli is a master of Maori Art, which comes from the country of New Zealand. Derek Lardelli was born in the year 1961.

Lardelli has designed and completed many large public sized sculptures.

The artist is also a great commercial success! As we see in this clip an Aussie Rules Football Team used his design for their new jerseys. What a great idea and great opportunity for artists. The artist has also worked with a Air New Zealand  incorporating his Maori graphics with their brand for a new look.

Derek Lardelli enjoys traveling the globe and spreading news about his Maori culture.

Lardelli is also a teacher and in 2012 was named associate professor at the Eastland Institute of Technology.

The artist is based out of Gisborne, New Zealand. The city is located in the northeastern region of the country.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Lardelli is also a song writer and composer in his native Maori language. These are also called chants and hakas.


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