Archive for October 27, 2013

Artist of the moment……Alfredo Volpi

Alfredo Volpi was a Brazilian artist born in the year 1896. Volpi was a pioneer in leading the Modernist movement that took place in Brazil. Though he grew up and lived in Brazil, Volpi was born in Lucca, Italy. His parents emigrated to Brazil before the artist was two years of age. Thought he started out a realist painter, Volpi is renowned for his own unique style of geometric and abstract paintings.

The subject of many paintings by Alfredo Volpi are small flags otherwise known as banderinhas.

The career of Volpi surged after winning best Brazilian artist in the Sao Paulo, Brazil Biennale.

The artist was influenced by another painter who lived in both Italy and Brazil,  Ernesto De Fiori. Fiori was renowned for his figure sculptures. Below an example of the style of Ernesto De Fiori, which Volpi was heavily influenced by in his beginning years as a painter.


Volpi was basically self taught. He was adept at a young age producing realistic works before he was a teenager.

In this clip a great selection of works by Alfredo Volpi:

Alfredo Volpi passed away in 1988.

Price range information: $50,000 to $900,000.


Artist of the moment…..Chizuko Yoshida

Chizuko Yoshida is one of few women artists working in the Japanese tradition of the woodblock. Chizuko Yoshida was born in the year 1924. Like many other families included here from the Wyeths, to the Ashevak, to the Peale family, the Yoshida family is renowned throughout Japan for their artistic talents as a family.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

For her collegiate education Yoshida attended Hongo Art Institute.

Her husband’s name was Hodaka Yoshida. He lived from 1926 to 1995. He was a woodblock artist with a modern twist. Below an example of his style. I love to look at comparisons with artists from the same family. For instance looking at a works of the Gruppe family or my favorite painter of snow, Guy Wiggins. Its great to look at the paintings and see what stylistic points they picked up from other family members. Hodaka Yoshida enjoyed using symmetry in his artwork.


In addition Hodaka’s mother named Fujio Yoshida, was also a renowned artist. She enjoyed printmaking and here is an example of her style.


Chizuko and husband Hodaka Yoshida’s daughter is also a woodblock artist. Its very out of the ordinary to have three female artists come from one family. Talk about a dynasty!

Yoshida is included in the collection of the British Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, The Yokohama Museum of Art in Japan.


Artist of the moment……Mattiusi Iyaituk

Mattiusi Iyaituk is a contemporary Inuit artist born in the year 1950 in Ivujivik, Quebec, Canada. The artist began carving when he was a young teenager. The artist started out working with the figure in a realistic manner. In 1979 he began working in a more abstract manner.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $7,000.

He first was a poiceman and then won a grant that allowed him to achieve his goal of being a full time professional artist.

In this clip a brief interview with a curator and many works of the artist are shown:

Unlike many Inuit artists Iyaituk is a globetrotter having been to far off lands including Russia and China.

Iyaituk has been a past president of the Inuit Art Foundation.

The artist began working in a more abstract matter beginning in 1979. He was working on a piece of a man, he didn’t like the way it was turning out so he changed what he was doing. Of his artwork the artist says that “When you look at my art first, you don’t understand it. You must first have the freedom to dream about what it means.


Artist of the moment……..Idris Moss-Davies

Idris Moss-Davies is a remarkable Inuit artist with a great sense of design in his work. Idris Moss-Davies was born in the year 1974 on Broughton Isand. His mother is Inuit and his father is Welch. When he was young his family moved to Toronto and this is where he found his love of art. One artist he was able to learn the art of carving from was David Ruben Piqtoukun. His mother is an artist working in sculpture and fabric.

Looking at the sculptures by Moss-Davies one might think you are looking at maquettes for an animated Disney movie. The artist has a great sense of design which can be seen in the great hair drawn on the musk ox or even his women. Another tip he is a graft draftsman is that he draws many of characters from three quarter view, rather than straight on. This gives the character more depth but is harder to pull off from a technical standpoint.

The artist is now based out of Ottawa, Canada.

Price range information: Works range from $1,200 to $4,000.