Archive for October 15, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Josiah Nuilaalik

Josiah also known as Joshua Nuilaalik was an Inuit artist born in Baker Lake, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1928. Some favorite subjects for the artist include shaman, the hunter, wildlife and animals.

Nuilaalik is included in the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba, Canada. He is also part of the Heard Museum Collection located in Phoenix, Arizona.

His wife was also an artist.

Josiah Nuilaalik passed away in 2005.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $10,000.

His father was the renown artist Jessie Oonark.

Sorry, no more information on this artist! More Inuit art coming soon!


Artist of the moment……Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Yasuo Kuniyoshi was born in Okayama, Japan in the year 1893. Kuniyoshi would eventually move to the United States and became renown for his lithographic work depicting the life and times of the 1920s in New York City. Some common themes were showgirls and vaudeville acts.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $210,000. Many lithographs in the $3,000 to $6,000 range.

The artist came to the United States when he was thirteen years old. For his collegiate studies Kuniyoshi attended Los Angeles School of Art and Design.He stayed in school for three years and then decided to relocate to New York City and become a professional working artist.

Yasuo Kuniyoshi was a student and also became part of the teaching faculty at the Art Students League of New York. Whilst a student at the Art Student’s League of New York City he was able to learn a great deal from painter and printmaker Kenneth Hayes Miller. Below an example of Kenneth Miller’s style.


In this clip a gallery of works by Kuniyoshi. Many wonderful works of the female figure are included. This clip lasts almost 2 minutes and 20 seconds.

Another selection of works by Kuniyoshi:

Yasuo Kuniyoshi was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

The artist passed away in 1953.


Artist of the moment…..John Takawira

John Takawira was a first generation Shona sculptor born in Chegutu, Zimbabwe in the year 1938. His father worked for the local police. John Takawira was inspired to make art by his mother and also two brothers who also became professional artists, Bernard and Lazarus, the latter I have already written about. John Takawira worked with the figure and also with birds. His work was an exciting blend of realism and abstraction with great variation of textures within his work.

Takawira began sculpting seriously at the age of twenty with the assistance of his uncle, Joram Mariga. His work was shown to Frank McEwen, the leader of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and John Takawira attended some workshops at the National Gallery. After this experience the artist was always on a forward path and began his professional career. This was in the mid 1960s.

Had his work shown for the first time at the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City in 1969.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $10,000.

During the early part of the next decade Takawira would be put on the international stage via some works that were shown at some top museums in Paris, France. His works were the most acclaimed by the critics.

An eagle made by the artist was given to Pope John II.

John Takawira passed away in 1989.

price range information: Sorry none available.