Archive for October 3, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Ronald Brooks Kitaj

Ronald Brooks Kitaj was an America artist whose work was associated with the Pop Art Movement. Ronald Kitaj was born in Cleveland, Ohio in the year 1932. For his artistic education Kitaj attended many school including Cooper Union for Advancement of Advancements of Science and Art. He also attended the Academy of Fine Art located in Vienna, Austria. He also attended the Ruskin School of Drawing at the University of Oxford. Kitaj also attended the Royal College of Art in London, England.

In this clip the artist talks about finding inspiration from Paul Ceazze:

And from the Jewish Museum in Berlin we view a show featuring the work of RB Kitaj:

To close with I wanted to take a look at a work that Ronald Brooks Kitaj painted named Self Portrait as a Mondrian. Mondrian refers to Piet Mondrian, the famous Dutch abstract painter. I enjoy when artists make reference to other artists that have inspired their own work.


Ronald Brooks Kitaj was elected a member of the Royal Academy in England in 1985.

Elected to American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Participated in the Venice Biennale winning the Golden Lion award.

Ronald Brooks Kitaj passed away in 2007.

price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $430,000.


Artist of the moment……Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi was born in Los Angeles, California in the year 1904. He was renown for his furniture design, the Noguchi table is world famous. Noguchi was also an architect and artist. The artist also had experience as a theater stage designer. His father was a renown poet and his mother worked with his father and helped him with writing. His father was from Japan and his mother American.

Noguchi spent much of childhood growing up in Japan.

price range information: Works in graphite can be had for around $5,000. Works in ceramics or paintings start around $10,000 to $250,000.  At auction a work sold for more than $4 million dollars at auction.

The artist began college at Columbia University as a pre-medical student. Noguchi then began to take art classes at night. 3 months into this process he had his own very successful show. He then dropped out and chose a path as an artist and designer.

Winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship which allowed him to study in Europe and Asia. Whilst in Europe he was able to mentor under a famous modern artist named Constantin Brancusi who was based out of Paris, France. Below an example of his style:


His career began with the Herman Miller firm.

Winner of the gold medal for architecture in New York City.

Here we view a clip from a documentary done on Isamu Naguchi:

Noguchi was very fond of creating installations that included water and stone:

There is a museum named after the artist. In this clip we visit the Noguchi Museum located in New York City.

Noguchi designed many public works over his career.

Isamu Noguchi died in 1988 at the age of 84 years old.


Artist of the moment……Northwest Coast Artist Tim Paul

Tim Paul is a Northwest Coast artist from the Hesquiaht clan of the Nuu-chah-nulth nation born in the year 1950 in Esperanza Inlet on Vancouver Island. Tim Paul is a versatile artist making wonderful masks in addition to prints. The artist enjoys working with acrylic paints.

Is included in the collection of the Royal British Columbia Museum.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $20,000.

Paul learned to carve in 1975 at the Arts of the Raven Gallery.

Worked under famed artist Richard Hunt, profiled here already, at the Thunderbird Park located in Vancouver.

Worked as the chief carver at the Royal British Columbia Museum.

After leaving this position he went to help with the building of a school to improve on education of the local people.

In this clip we view a brief documentary on Tim Paul: