Archive for November 3, 2013

Artist of the moment……Piero Dorazio

Piero Dorazio was born in Rome, Italy in the year 1927. Dorazio started out studying architecture but went on to become a founder of the abstract movement in Italy. He began school in 1945, at this time he also experimented with abstract painting for the first time. A main subject for the artist were ink ribbons.

Dorazio was given a scholarship to study at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. Dorazio was able to connect with the leading modern painters and bring his knowledge back to Italy where he founded galleries called “Age d’Or” representing the modernist painters of his region in Rome and Florence.

Dorazio also visited the United States for one year and met artists Rothko and Motherwell.

In this clip we see a wonderful work of fabric art made by Dorazio:

Piero Dorazio passed away in 2005.

Price range information: Dorazio worked in many mediums including oils, watercolor, plexiglass, and prints. Many works range from $5,000 to $500,000. At auction Dorazio’s work has sold for more than $4 million.

Dorazio is seen as a wonderful abstract artist, but my favorite images of his are those of the ink ribbons. The repeating pattern displayed in this work reminds of the great British Op Art master, Bridget Riley. Below an example of Bridget Riley’s art.



Artist of the moment…..James Rosenquist

James Rosenquist first came to fameĀ  during the American Pop Art movement of the 1960s. James Rosenquist was born in the year 1933 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Rosenquist worked as a painter and printmaker focusing on taking ordinary subjects like a nail, and making it a true work of art by adding Pop art style colors. In this manner its the same way Warhol might take a well known photograph such as the image of the hibiscus flower, and make it scream POP ART! by adding certain colors. The artist was an only child.

A link to the website of James Rosenquist:

Below we view F-111, a painting by Rosenquist that sold at auction for more than $2 million at auction in 1985.

As a child Rosenquist grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When he was only fifteen years of age Rosenquist won a scholarship to study at the Minnesota School of Art. Got his first start working in the art field whilst in college painting billboards and advertising signs. Rosenquist would go onto join a sign painters union and paint in Times Square located in New York City. Rosenquist won a scholarship to study at the Art Student’s League of New York.

A montage of works by James Rosenquist:

In 1961 Rosenquist made his first work of studio created art that used some techniques he used when producing commercial artwork.

The artist was nominated to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Price range information: Most works range from $3,000 to $400,000. The artist has broken the $2 million dollar barrier at auction.

In this clip from 2012 we view James Rosenquist receiving an award :

In 2009 a fire ravage the house and studio of the artist. This event destroyed many works including a show the artist was prepping for.