Archive for October 25, 2013

Artist of the moment…….Ada Eyetoaq also known as Ada Kingilik

Ada Eyetoaq is a contemporary Inuit artist renowned for her sculptures, printmaking, and wall hangings. Ada Eyetoaq was born in the year 1934  near the Kazan River located in Canada. Eyetoaq often works with the figure and the mother and child theme.

Her family was among the last to leave the temporary settlement and move into the area of Baker Lake.  Much of the artist’s work is involved with the traditional Inuit lifestyle of hunting and trapping. When her family first moved out of the temporary settlement to Baker Lake they had to live in a tent as there wasn’t enough housing for their family.

She married another trapper and artist named James Kingilik. The couple had hard times and food was very scarce. For four years they ate mainly fish as they could not find any caribou or seal to eat.

Her husband James Kingilik passed away in 1975.

Price range information: Works range from $500 to $3,000.


Artist of the moment……….Lee Seung-hee

Lee Seung-hee was born in Cheongju,  South Korea in the year 1963. Lee Seung-hee is renowned for turning vases into two dimensional art. His art is a blend of ceramic and ceramic glaze on top of paper.

For his artistic education Seung-hee attended the Craft Design Department at Cheongju University.

The artist is now based out of Beijing, China. The artist is gaining much attention in the region for his art.

What a unique and new way to portray a classical part of the Chinese culture.

Price range information: Sorry none available.


Artist of the moment…..Judith Rothschild

Judith Rothschild was an American artist born in the year 1921 in New York City. For her collegiate education Rothschild attended Wellesley College. She also attended Cranbrook Art Academy and the Art Students League of New York. She was always looking to improve life and opportunities for artists. Rothschild served on many museum boards and was even a past president of the American Abstract Painters Association.

Her parents were Herbert and Nanette Rothschild and owned furniture production companies.

The Judith Rothschild Foundation was set up to help and support emerging artists. The selection includes works from 1935 to 2004. In this clip we view some drawings included in this collection. This collection has more than 2,500 works of art! The largest collection of drawings ever given to the Museum of Modern Art New York City.

In many works she uses a blend of mixed media using collage, gouache, and ink.

Rothschild is included in prominent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art.

Judith Rothschild passed away in 1993 at the age of 71 years old.

Her foundation included many paintings collected by her parents including Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. The paintings are to be sold off from time to time with the proceeds benefiting her foundation.

Its interesting to see how the artist was concerned about helping the art community as a whole as she was born into a well to do family. Rothschild’s spent her life living on Park Avenue with townhouse that looked like it was in Soho.

Rothschild was married to author Anton Myrer.

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


Artist of the moment……Martin Puryear

Martin Puryear is an African-American artist renowned for his sculptures and printmaking talents. Martin Puryear was born in the year 1941 in the District of Columbia of the United States. For his collegiate education Puryear attended the Catholic University of America located in Washington D.C. Puryear was originally a biology student before switching to the arts.  The artist also studied abroad at the Royal Academy of Art located in Stockholm, Sweden. For his postgraduate work Puryear attended the Yale University of Art of School of Art and Architecture.

For his sculpture work Puryear employs wood, metal, wire, and stone.

Puryear became an international star after competing and winning the Grand Prize at the Sao Paulo Brazil Biennale.

The artist’s first chosen medium was wood. Even when in school in Sweden Puryear was fascinated by the art of basket weaving.

In this clip from the PBS series ART 21. We listen to Puryear talk about printmaking.

Puryear has been a past winner of the MacArthur Foundation Award.

Martin Puryear is included in the the Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery in Washington D.C.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $700,000.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Martin Puryear at the Museum of Modern Art located in Fort Worth, Texas: