Archive for November, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Latham Mack

Latham Mack comes from a long line of artists from the Nuxalk nation based in Bella Coola, British Columbia. Latham Mack was born in Bella Coola, British Columbia in the year 1985. Mack is very versatile as an artist drawing, painting, and carving large totem poles. Mack has a wonderful sense of graphics design.

Some other Mack relatives include Chazz Mack, Alvin Mack, Harvey, and Lawrence.

Latham Mack, with the help of relatives, produced his first mask at the age of 13 years old.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Another renown carver who is an uncle is Glenn Tallio.

What a talented artistic  family! Great!


Artist of the moment………………..Gunther Gerzso

Gunther Gerzso was born in Mexico City, Mexico in the year 1915. His father died shortly after he was born, his mother remarried a German, and the family moved to Europe and then back to Mexico. These were tough times especially economically and his mother sent her child to live in Switzerland with his uncle.

Gerzso’s uncle was well respected in the art world and Gerzso found his creative side whilst living with his uncle. Gerzso also became interested in theater and set design whilst in Switzerland. Economic times would find their way to Europe and the artist was sent back to Mexico to live with his mother. The artist kept sketching and creating in Mexico and became involved in the theater creating sets and even writing plays.

Gerzso was very successful in the theater world winning his country’s version of the Oscar award five times for his work.

The artist began to paint in the early 1930s.

Winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his art.

Gunther Gerzso passed away in 2000.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $100,000. Gerzso worked as a painter and sculptor.

Gerzso can be considered a very important artist as he contributed so much to different fields of study. A great painter and writer Gerzso was an artist’s artist!


Artist of the moment…..Eugene Atget

Eugene Atget was a ground breaking photographer and great businessman born in Libourne, Gironde, France in the year 1857. His father built carriages and both parents died when Eugene Atget was very young. He was raised by his mother’s grandparents. Atget took more than 10,000 photographs of Paris!

In this clip we view a montage of images and short documentary of Eugene Atget:

Atget joined the merchant marines after finishing high school. During this time he also enrolled in acting class, Atget had to quit due to his marine service. He continued to work on his acting by joining an acting club and being a street art performer. He quit acting as his vocal chords went bad.

In 1890 Atget began to earn a living as a professional photographer. He would shoot items that he knew would be sought after by painters. Museums would pay the artist to go shoot his renown Paris street scenes before they would vanish.

In 1898 he started shooting his famous street scenes of Paris. The artist would see the landscapes to any artist that wished to paint Paris. He was the first to offer this service. Before Flickr or Pinterest, the world had Eugene Atget. Much like the painters of Paris from Galien-Laloue to Antoine Blanchard, Atget had a goal of capturing the  older and romantic look of Paris during 1800s and early 1900s.

The artist stopped shooting for the most part during the first world war and had a son die during the conflict.

Atget was able to make a large amount of wealth from his photographs and even did a series on prostitutes.

Eugene Atget passed away in 1927.

Price range information: Most works priced between $2,000 and $10,000.

Below another montage of images by Eugene Atget:

What a great businessman and artist. I love to compare the photography of Eugene Atget with the painters of Paris like Cortes, Dabo, or Antoine Blanchard. Many photographs were made using albumen, which gives them a tremendous sense of atmosphere.


Artist of the moment…..Eugene Galiene-Laloue

Eugene Galiene-Laloue was a French artist renowned for his paintings of Parisian street life in the middle of the 1800s. Eugene Galiene-Laloue was born in Paris, France in the year 1854. The artist made originals, prints, and was sought after for his poster designs.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Galiene-Laloue served as an official war artist in World War 2.

Similar to other Parisien street painters such as Edouard Cortes or Antoine Blanchard, the same formula of a well known monument surrounded bg large crowds of people. Galiene-Laloue enjoyed painting during the fall or spring time of year.

The artist worked with watercolor, gouache, and oils.

In addition to Paris, the artist worked with other tourist destinations including Normandy.

In this clip we view many works by Eugene Galiene-Laloue. The artist was highly successful as a commercial artist and worked frequently in watercolor and gouache.

Artist of the moment……Burgoyne Diller

Burgoyne Diller was one of the premiere abstract American artists. Burgoyne Diller was born in the Bronx, New York City in the year 1906. As you can probably figure out by his style, a heavy influence on Diller was the Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian.

Diller studied with Hans Hofmann at the Art Student’s League New York City.

Burgoyne Diller also worked as a realist. The artist worked for the WPA painting murals with the subject being the figure.

Burgoyne Diller passed away in 1965.

Diller is part of many prestigious collections including the Whitney Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art.

Price range information: Diller worked in many mediums including crayon and graphite which can be found starting at $3,000 up to larger paintings in oils and collages which can reach $75,000.


Artist of the moment…..Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevelson was an American artist born in the year 1899 in the city of Kiev, Russia. Her family emigrated to the United States in 1905 and as a child she grew up around Rockland, Maine. The United States Postal Service produced a commemorative stamp featuring the artist  in 2000 which is below. Louise Nevelson was most famous for her very large sized works made with wood. These works look like three dimensional puzzles. Some mediums used other than wood by Louise Nevelson include aluminum, metal, and plastic.


Nevelson’s father own a lumberyard when the family lived in Russia. When the family came to the States her father also would run a lumberyard and was made several successful real estate investments.

In this clip we view some of Louise Nevelson’s sculpture works:

She was married briefly to the owner of a shipping company. The couple divorced but had one child. The child’s name was Myron or “Mike” Nevelson who would go on to be a professional artist. As an artist Mike Nevelson focused on modernism and abstraction. I love this families of artists! Below some examples of Mike Nevelson’s style of art (born in 1922.)

For her artistic education Nevelson enrolled at Hans Hoffman’s School of Art located in Munich, Germany. In later years Nevelson studied the art off etching and printmaking with Stanley William Hayter. Hayter was an educator and world renown printmaker and below an example of his art. Nevelson also enrolled at the famed Art Student’s League of New York City.


Nevelson worked as an assistant to famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. He also worked for the WPA as a teacher.

Nevelson was a participant in the Venice Biennale.

Her first solo exhibition was in 1941, whilst in her early 40s.

Louise Nevelson passed away in 1989.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Louise Nevelson that took place in Rome, Italy:

Louise Nevelson was also known for her unique and flamboyant style of dress. Often the artist would black mink eyelashes, silk scarves, and a black cap.

Louise was grandmother to another artist profiled here already, Neith Nevelson. What a creative family!

Its just amazing to see how many multiple generations of artist families exist worldwide. Myron worked with wood, but loved working with the figure.

Price range information:  Works in graphite, monoprints, and etchings can be found starting at $3,000 up to larger sized paintings reaching as a high as $400,000. Many works in wood range from $10,000 to the low six figures.


Artist of the moment….Camille Iquliq

Camille Iquliq was an Inuit artist from Baker Lake, Nunavut Territory, Canada born in the year 1963.  Camille’s father has been profiled here already, Toona or Tuna Iquliq. Her father worked with the same rounded figure. Her dad and brother Johnny were carvers. Her mother enjoyed creating prints.

Camille Iquliq passed away in 2005.

Price range information: Works range from $800 to $2,000.

Another awesome family of artists!


Artist of the moment…..Hassel Smith

Hassel Smith was a wonderful American abstract artist born in Sturgis, Michigan in the year 1915. For his artistic education Smith studied at Northwestern University and the California School of Fine Arts located in San Francisco.

In the beginning of his career Smith focused on portraits and landscapes. In the gallery the portrait is a self portrait to give you an idea of his realistic painting style.

A brief biography and some works by Hassel Smith:

A link to the website of Hassel Smith:

Hassel Smith began to paint in an abstract starting in 1947.

Price range: Works range between $5,000 to $60,000.

Smith also was part of the teaching faculty at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Whilst there a fellow teacher named Clyfford Still was a heavy influence as was another Expressionist painter, Mark Rothko.

Also taught at the University of California at Berkeley, U.C.L.A., and also in Bristol England at the British Polytechnic.

Hassel Smith passed away in 2007.

Though the artist is renown for his abstract work, Smith also created some abstract works based on basic geometric shapes. These works began in the 1970s. Below some examples of this type of abstract art:

We close with a look at a show that took place in 2011:


Artist of the moment……Cornelius Zitman

Cornelius Zitman is an  internationally acclaimed sculptor born on November 9th of the year 1926 in Leiden, The Netherlands. He just celebrated his 87th birthday a few weeks ago! Zitman’s family worked in the construction industry.

As a young man Zitman began lessons at the collegiate level when he was only fifteen years of age. Zitman enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Art located in the Hague. When he was finished with school it was mandatory he serve a few years in his countries military. Zitman disagreed with his countries ideas on what to do in Indonesia and fled Holland for Venezuela.

The artist found work as a draftsman for a construction company. He also found work in his new country as a furniture designer.

Cornelius Zitman also taught at the collegiate level at the Central University of Venezuela.

In this clip we visit a show featuring works of Cornelis Zitman:

During all this time he had continued to paint and began sculpting. Zitman would go on to win a National Award for Sculpture in 1951.

In the late 1950s Zitman decided to leave the rat race and give up business. He decided to just paint and sculpt and moved to the island of Grenada.  Grenada is a great country consisting of around 110,000 people on 133 square miles. Grenada is located in the south of the Caribbean Sea.

In many works Zitman uses the human female figure for a basic idea, then will transform it so it is more of a mythological creature. Many of these myths or creatures directly from the culture of Venezuela.

Zitman has been awarded many international awards in his home country and abroad.

Corenlius Zitman was given the Order of the Netherlands Lion. Its the highest award a non military person can receive in his home country of Holland.

Price range information: The artist has done works in graphite and ink starting around $3,000 up to larger sized bronzes which can reach as much as $700,000.

I love his interpretation of the female figure. Very expressive!


Artist of the moment….Nat Finkelstein

Nat Finkelstein was an American photographer who was lucky as he was able to shoot many works that show what life was like at Andy Warhol’s Factory in the middle of the 1960s. Nat Finkelstein was born in Brooklyn New York in the year 1933. His father drove a cab. Finkelstein learned a great deal from an art director at Harper’s Bazaar magazine under Alexey Brodovitch.

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

A link to the website of Nat Finkelstein:

Finkelstein attended Brooklyn College for two years. but was suspended and never returned after throwing a filing cabinet through a window as a protest against censorship of a campus magazine.

Finkelstein’s early career saw him shooting around New York City making social commentary through his photographs. One recurring subject was the political climate around this time.

Beginning in 1964 Finkelstein shot the images of Andy Warhol’s famed Factory Studio. Warhol had seen some images of Finkelstein about another artist profiled here, Claus Oldenberg, in magazine. Finkelstein met Warhol at a party and agreed to document the goings on at the Factory.

In the late sixties Finkelstein became a supporter of the Black Panthers. He then felt that government officials might even rub him out and left he country. When the charges against him for drugs were dropped, he came back to the States in 1982.

After Warhol’s death Finkelstein rededicated himself to photography and this time he documented the burgeoning rave scene in London.

After this come back his work was in very high demand and the artist had many successful solo shows.

Nat Finkelstein passed away in 2009 at the age of 76 years of age.

I enjoy looking at works of artist’s studio’s. Especially one that many other artist’s enjoy visiting like the American artist Ed Ruscha or Warhol’s famed Factory Studio.


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