Archive for October 5, 2013

Artist of the moment…….Daniel Phill

Daniel Phill is a fantastic contemporary artist born in the year 1955 in Tacoma, Washington . Daniel Phill works with abstract and botanical themes similar to another artist recently featured here, Bill Scott. For his artistic education Daniel Phill attended the San Francisco Art Institute earning a bachelors degree. Scott went on to earn a masters degree from Stanford University.

Phill works with acrylics as his base and to this he adds a wide mix of mediums.

In this great clip Daniel Phill shares with us some techniques and methods used his botanical paintings:

The artist is based out of San Francisco, California.

price range information: The artist has some prints out on or which range from $35 to $230. Originals range from $3,000 to $8,000.

What a great blend of realism and abstraction! I love the way the botanical imagery floats above the surface.


Artist of the moment…….Anderson Mukomberanwa



Anderson Mukomberanwa was a son of the legendary Shona artist Nicholas Mukomberanwa. Anderson Mukomberanwa was born in Ruwa, Zimbabwe in year 1968. Anderson was schooled in many mediums including printmaking, painting, and sculpting.

The artist attended college in Harare, Zimbabwe with the idea of working in the science industry, but after graduation decided to pursue an artistic career instead.

Other famous sculptors that were brothers of the artist include Taguma, Lawrence, Ennica, Netsai.

Anderson Mukomberanwa passed away in 2003 due to complications from cancer, he was only 35 years old.

price range information: Sorry none available.

What a great style Anderson Mukomberanwa had, I can’t help but think of the artist father son relationship of other artists such as Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, or even N.C. and Andy Wyeth. Who knows how great Anderson Mukomberanwa could have become if he had even reached the age of fifty. Let us remember life is often times to short to tackle everything we would like to accomplish!



Artist of the moment……Bill Scott

Bill Scott is an American artist renown for his vibrantly colored canvases which are abstract and botanical for his subject matter. Bill Scott was born in Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia in the year 1956. Scott is associated with the modernist and Philadelphia colorist school of painting. For his artistic education Bill Scott attended the Philadelphia School of Fine Arts. Scott works in pastels, oils, and acrylics.

Some painters who had an influence on the artist’s career were Jane Piper. Piper was also schooled in the Philadelphia colorist style and below an example of Piper’s work in this excellent still life.


Another influence was the artist Joan Mitchell. Mitchell was a great painter associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement. Here is an example of Joan Mitchell’s style.


In this clip a brief interview with Bill Scott:

Bill Scott is part of many prominent collections including the Butler Museum of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Delaware Art Museum.

price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $20,000.



Artist of the moment……Photographer Manuel Bravo

Manuel Bravo was a photographer renown for his work with the people of Mexico and their everyday life. Manuel Bravo was born in Mexico City in the year 1902. For his artistic education Bravo attended the National School of Fine Arts located in Mexico City. Bravo enjoyed shooting the life of the peasant and middle income lifestyle. Even the working class heroes like fireman, were a great subject for Bravo. Bravo is considered by many critics to be the first photographer to put Mexico on the map for fine art photography.

The artist lived during the time of the Mexican Revolution and the rise of mural painters like Manuel Bravo. As a child it was not uncommon for him to come across dead bodies.

In this clip a brief montage of works from Bravo:

In the 1940s Bravo developed a technique using an extra wide lens to shoot the landscapes of Mexico. Bravo was shooting for a panoramic view, similar to the painter Rackstraw Downes. Below an example of Rackstraw Downes painting style. The artist makes several sketches from various horizon points and makes his own image converging these sketches.


He started work as a freelance photographer in the 1930s working for national magazines. For these works he would include photographs of murals by artists like Diego Rivera.

A collection of photographs by Manuel Bravo:

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $50,000.

In the later years of his life his poor health forbade him from traveling, he then concentrating on photographing the nude.

Manuel Bravo passed away in 2002 at the age of 100.