Archive for October 2, 2013

Here is a work of art I made for my Grandfather!

My Grandpa Hoffman was supposed to be on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to visit the Memorial. I don’t know if he will be allowed to go as he was supposed to leave this Sunday. I made this card for him out of paper collage, my favorite medium.

Grandpa was a tail gunner and we grandkids are very excited for him to be honored and hope he still gets to go on his trip!


Artist of the moment…..Frederick Jones Jr.

Frederick Jones Jr. was an African American artist renown for his vibrant figure paintings. Frederick D. Jones Jr. was born in Georgetown, South Carolina in the year 1914. For his artistic education Jones attended Moorehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He also attended Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. Jones is associated with the Social Realism movement popular during the times of the Works Progress Administration. His father was a pharmacist and owned his own store.

Eventually Jones would relocate to Chicago. He was working for a Coca Cola company and some owners and managers saw his work and took a shine to his personality. It was arranged for the artist to move to Chicago, and to attend the Art Institute of Chicago and have Coca Cola company pick up the bill.

Atlanta was seen as the new South and many African American owned business were thriving. The race problem wasn’t as big an issue as in other locations in the South.

price range information: Sorry none available.

In 1930 Jones was able to sell his first painting. He made $25 on the project and was thrilled. He received this great mentoring whilst still in high school.

Another report I saw listed 1913 and Raleigh, North Carolina for a birthdate.

Jones spent much of his career based out of Chicago and painted the legendary jazz musicians of the time including Louis Armstrong.

Frederick Jones Jr. passed away in 2004 at the age of 89 years old.

The artist was great friends with painter Hughie Lee Smith, also an African American painter working in a Surrealist manner.



Artist of the moment….Elizabeth Murray

Elizabeth Murray was an American artist born in the year 1940 in Chicago, Illinois. She was renown for her uniquely shaped canvases painted with abstract shapes and bold color. Murray is associated with the Neo-Expressionist School of Painting. For her artistic education Elizabeth Murray earned a bachelors of fine arts degree from the Art Institute of Chicago. Murray went to earn a MFA from Mills University located in Oakland, California.

Murray became interested in art as a high school student. A teacher at her school helped form a foundation for Murray in order for her to attend college at the Chicago Art Institute.

From the wonderful PBS series Art 21 we view a short bio on Elizabeth Murray:

In addition to oddly and very uniquely shaped canvases, Murray would join canvases together or place on canvas on top of the another.

And in this clip we meet up with our friend Jams Kalm to view a gallery show:

Elizabeth Murray’s work is included in prominent museums including the Museum of  Modern Art located in New York City. The Whitney Museum of Art in New York City, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Member of the American Institute of Arts and Letters.

Elizabeth Murray passed away in 2007 at the age of 66 years old.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $130,000.


Artist of the moment……Robert Hamilton Blackburn

Robert Hamilton Blackburn was an African American artist born in Summit, New Jersey in the year 1920. The artists parents had come o to the United States from the country of Jamaica. As a youngster he spent much of his childhood in Harlem.

At the Harlem Art Center he become exposed to the world of fine arts. The center was run by the government arm the WPA, or Works Progress Administration. It was Robert Blackburn first learned the art of printing lithographs.

In the 1940s Robert Blackburn began to study at New York City’s famed Art Student’s League. He was a great friend to artist Will Barnet. The two had an idea to form a co-op with fellow artists in order to keep their printmaking dream on going. Due to the success of this program Robert Blackburn won a Governor’s Award.

The artist won a MacArthur Fellowship Grant.

The artist passed away in 2003.

price range information: Most works priced between $2,000 to $10,000.