Archive for October 23, 2013

Artist of the moment…….Ernest Trova

Ernest Trova was born in St. Louis, Missouri in the year 1927, Trova was a painter and sculptor who work was a blend of realism and modernism. His father was an inventor of tools and machinery. His father died shortly after he finished high school. Similar to Andy Warhol Trova worked when he was younger as a designer and decorator of department store windows.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $75,000.

His most famous series is titled “The Falling Man Series.” This is his very modern looking character without any arms that appears to be falling apart as if just cut up by a Ginsu knife.

Many sculptures were made using steel. Some sculptures are made cast with white bronze. This addition helps give Trova’s art a very modernist feeling.

In this clip we visit the artist at a show opening in 2007:

Ernest Trova passed away in 2009. He was 82 years of age.

In this clip an interview with the artist alongside his work. From the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis:

Trova’s wife was named Carla Rand. Her family operated the business called International Shoe Company.


Artist of the moment……..Bryan Hunt

Bryan Hunt was born in Terre Haute, Indiana in the year 1947. Hunt is a sculptor who works in modernist style. For his artistic education Hunt began college at University of South Florida. The artist also worked at Kennedy Space Center, its easy to see that the artist enjoys looking at space and its variety of circles. Eventually Hunt ended up in Los Angeles, California at the Otis College of Art and Design. The artist is a painter and sculptor. Most paintings are done with watercolor.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $125,000.

Hunt also studied at the Whitney Museum of Art by the means of the American Art Independent Study Program.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Bryan Hunt that took place in 2012:

Past participant of Whitney Biennale and also the Venice Biennale.

Bryan Hunt is now based out of New York City.


Artist of the moment…….Joy Hallauk

Joy Hallauk was an Inuit sculptor born in the year 1940 in Arviat, Nunavut Territory, Canada. In addition to carvings Hallauk also produced wall hangings. The artist began to carve in the 1960s. For her carvings the artist was renown for putting two or more faces on one stone. In her work the woman is very prominent. Some themes were mother and child and the male and female couple, with the woman being the larger of the faces or figures in most cases.

From an artistic standpoint her work reminds me of the totem poles that are produced by the Northwest Coast artists, but on stone. The level of expression and detail is amazing in the faces.

Hallauk worked mainly with basalt as her medium.

Joy was married to Luke Hallauk, another professional artist.

Hallauk passed away in 2000.

Price range information: Most carvings range from $1,000 to $5,000. Wall hangings don’t have a price. Some are very large measuring more than 14 feet in length.

To close we view a wall hanging from Joy Hallauk. What a versatile and talented artist!



Artist of the moment…….. Joichi Hoshi

Joichi Hoshi was a wonderful artist born in 1911 in Niigata Prefecture.  Joichi Hoshi is renown for his woodblock prints depicting trees. In the beginning of his career the artist focused on skyscapes, constellations, and landscapes. It was during the 1970s that Hoshi began to specialize in trees.

His series of skyscapes and the cosmos was inspired by a trip to Mongolia. Hoshi thought the dark skies made the stars and the cosmos brilliant due to the contrast.

During the end of his life the artist had as many as four assistants. The house where he kept a studio was designed with automatic sliding doors. A door would open automatically when a person neared it. Hoshi didn’t want anyone to ever damage a print or paper.

The artist taught in Japan for more than two decades.

in 1956 the artist graduated from college earning an art degree from Musashino University of Art. Since he started later in life for his artistic career, he had a great work ethic. During college he didn’t have much money so his wife went to live with her parents and he lived by himself. What dedication!

Joichi Hoshi passed away in 1979.

Price range information:  $1,000 to $7,000.

As a huge fan of mixed media artist I love the works that Hoshi creates using gold leaf. The gold leaf and the ink make a wonderful and bold contrast. One you add in the shape of the tree silhouette and sky you have the perfect mix of realism and abstraction!