Archive for October 10, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Shona artist Edward Chiwawa

Edward Chiwawa is one of the first generation of Shona sculptors and artists born in Guruve, Zimbabwe in the year 1935.

Began sculpting at the age of 35 years of age in 1970.

Chiwawa was able to learn and master his craft with the help of Henry Munyaradzi, another well respected Shona artist who happened to be his uncle.

In this clip we visit the artist for a brief interview. A happy fellow indeed!

His favorite theme and subject is the sun and the moon. Chiwawa works in a very stylistic and abstract manner. For the sun and the moon which are represented by simple circular shapes.

Based in a suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe.

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Artist of the moment….Russian “Banksy” Pasha P183…Pavel Pukhov

Pavel Pukhov or Pavel 183 was a wonderful street artist from Russia who critics called the next Banksy. Pavel was born in the year 1983 in Moscow, Russia. The artist kept his government identity a secret, but did share that he had a communications degree. For his design style P183 was known to render in black and white and enjoyed working with the eyes the most.

Pukhov was great at putting street art in public places and waterways with several works having just eyes peering out from under bushes or shrubs.

Sometimes the artist would even use fire in his artwork.

His most famous work is probably the glasses made using a streetpost as one side of the glasses. The work was made in the snow but shows a remarkable sense of creativity.

He was signed to a theater production company to help with designing sets. This company actually announced that P183 had died at the age of 29 years old of unknown causes. This was in April of 2013.

In addition to painting P183 occasionally worked in three dimensions.

In this clip we see a great montage of works by Pavel P183:

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Artist of the moment…..Meelia Kelly

Meelia Kelly was born in Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, in the year 1940. She developed into an artist rather late in her life, similar to American folk artist Grandma Moses. Meelia Kelly was only in the print collection from 2001 to 2006 when she passed away. Her favorite subject was birds.

Kelly was first included in the annual print collection in 2001 at the age of 61!

I love the way the artist uses a variety of abstract shapes alongside very bold color statements. The color is outstanding for a print work!

Meelia Kelly passed away in 2006.

Had a sister named Sheojuk Etidlooie who was in the annual print collection beginning in the 1990s.

price range information: Most works range $500 to $1,000.