Archive for October 24, 2013

Artist of the moment….Street artist Shaka

Shaka is a street artist from Paris, France born in the year 1975. He was the leader of a street crew that worked in the southern area of Paris. His government name is Marchal Mithouard. For his collegiate education Mithouard earned a masters of fine arts degree from the Sorbonne.

He finished college in 1999 and traveled the globe and experimented with graffiti and other types of art trying to find his own unique style.

In 2007 he found this unique style combining the art of painting with the art of sculpture.

Here we take a look a very large work by Shaka from 2010:

I enjoy the depth and the great dimensions his artwork has. Very real but also very abstract.

Some works of art by Shaka inspired by Vincent Van Gogh:

A link to the website of Shaka. You can translate the page to english if French isn’t your language:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

An awesome and unique blend of sculpture and painting!


Artist of the moment……..Brighton Sango

Brighton Sango was a second generation Shona artist born in Guruve, Zimbabwe in the year 1958. The artist was quite ground breaking in his style becoming one of the more abstract inspired shona artists.

The artist was part of the Tengenenge Sculpture Park. He stayed here less than one year as he didn’t enjoy being around the other artists. He thought his artwork was being too influenced by the other artists.

The artist has a brother Bywell Sango, who is also a professional artist.

Brighton Sango took his own life and committed suicide in 1995.


Artist of the moment…..George Petty

George Petty was an American artist who was one of the most renowned pinup girl artists in the world. George Petty was born in the year 1894 Abbeville, Louisiana. The Petty family moved to Chicago and his father enjoyed success as a photographer. The artist was skilled a youngster and took classes at Chicago Academy of Fine Arts whilst still in high school. He was so talented he even taught his own course. Petty studied briefly abroad at the Academy Julian in Paris, France before being forced to return home due to the first World War.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000. For his medium of choice the artist used an airbrush, watercolor, or pen and ink.

After returning home to Chicago Petty found much work as an airbrush artist. This job was perfect for him as he spent much of his time as a youngster in his father’s studio learning how to use the airbrush.

Petty appeared on the popular television program Whats My Line:

George Petty is best known for his Petty Pin- Up Girls. These were done exclusively for Esquire and Petty drew the lengths of the legs of his models longer than they actually were. He also shrunk the heads.

George Petty passed away in 1975.

In this clip a very large selection of works by George Petty. Many works from Esquire and also from Rigid Tools are included:

One of the best pin-up artists ever!


Artist of the moment……Photographer Ellen Von Unwerth

Ellen Von Unwerth was born in Frankfurt, Germany in the year 1954. Unwerth was first a fashion model beginning her career after being “spotted” on the street when she was twenty years old. Unwerth moved from Germany to Paris, France. For a gift the artist’s boyfriend bought her a camera. Unwerth started to shoot other models whilst on her own shoots.

Her breakthrough moment was when the company Guess jeans hired her to photograph Claudia Schiffer.  Unwerth has a very bold and focuses on freedom in her photography. The Guess job did so well Unwerth was in heavy demand thereafter. A new career was born!

Her photography has shown up in Vogue, Playboy, and Vanity Fair among many other publications. Unwerth has also shot album covers for musicians including Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, and Rihanna.

In this clip Von Unwerth talks about what  she feels and experiences during a photo shoot from the director’s point of view:

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $5,000.

In this clip we view a short film for the clothing company Joe Fresh! directed by Ellen Von Unwerth. Its like a pin girl painting come to life:

Its very interesting to see a photographer that used to be a model. Freedom it seems will never go out of style as so many of today’s younger have used her photographer for their album covers.

In this clip a brief film with great shots of New York City. Unwerth also tells us what she looks for at shoot and what she defines as sexy: