Archive for November 4, 2013

Artist of the moment……Lawrence Mukomberanwa

Lawrence Mukomberanwa is a Shona artist born in Ruwa, Zimbabwe in the year 1976. The artist began sculpting as a child with the encouragement of his father, first generation shona artist Nicholas Mukomberanwa.  In addition to being an artist Lawrence Mukomberanwa studied to be an airline pilot. He became a pilot and worked in the field before choosing to become a full time professional artist. His mother was also a shona artist named Grace Mukomberanwa. She will be an upcoming post soon, the mother of so many artists must be noted in more depth!

Lawrence enjoys working with the face but also is very abstract in his approach. In fact some works actually look like three dimensional cubist works.

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Great to see the bloodlines of this great artistic family!


Artist of the moment…….Marc Rembold

Marc Rembold was born in Zurich, Switzerland in the year 1963.Rembold developed his style of working with the color spectrum in the 1980s. Rembold defined his work as living colors which change their value as the temperature of light changes. The artist works with many mediums including resin and petrol cans covered with gold. Rembold enjoys working with plexiglass.  The artist is trying to captivate your eye with the items including glitter and finding ways to make light dance around text.

I have written many times on “Light Artists” and my favorite includes the artist Jams Turrell.

The artist is now based out of Basel, Switzerland.

A wonderful blend of modern technology and text in this clip:

Another work of modern pop art by Marc Rembold;

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In addition to James Turrell another light artist in the news frequently this year has been Leo Villareal. Villareal has made a wonderful light installation on the San Francisco Bridge that has drawn rave reviews from locals, visitors, and even the mayor. Below a clip showing this display of lights on the San Francisco Bridge. The artwork uses state of the art lights so the cost is very little per day.


Artist of the moment……Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe

Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe was born in Aachen, Kingdom of Prussia, Germany in the year 1886. Van der Rohe is considered among the finest of modern American architects. He would be in the class of Frank Lloyd Wright and Alvar Alto. The Farnsworth House is an important example of modern American architecture. It is possible to stay the night in the Farnsworth House. A contemporary of this house is the Kensington House. The architect enjoyed using glass as a main feature in his work.

Van der Rohe was part of the famous Google Doodle in 2012. A brief overview of his style of building is included:

In this clip a brief biography about Van der Rohe by another practicing architect:

Van de Rohe was also a teacher at the famed Balthaus.

His father owned a stone carving shop where Van de Rohe worked as a young man. He would eventually apprentice under Peter Behrens and learn about modern German architecture.

The artist renamed himself and used his mothers name “Rohe” and the Dutch “van der” to show he was culturally significant.

Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe came into the international spotlight after World War 1. In the mid 1920s and 1930s he worked on several large buildings and skyscrapers.

In the 1930s the Nazi’s came to power and said the style of Mies Van der Rohe was simply not “German” enough. Since he wasn’t building much in Germany, he looked for an opportunity to move to the United States. At first he took a commission in Wyoming and then moved to Chicago to be a professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He officially became an American citizen in 1944.

For his career in the United States Mies Van der Rohe was based out of Chicago, Illinois.

Van der Rohe designed the famed Lake Shore Drive Apartment Buildings. In addition Van der Rohe designed museum buildings in the United States and Germany.

Van der Rohe was also renown for his furniture design. Check out his furniture in this clip:

In  this clip we visit a house designed by Mies for Dr. Edith Farnsworth. The house is considered an important icon in American architecture and is located less than one hour outside of Chicago in Plato, Illinois:

Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe passed away in 1969 at the age of 83 years old.

The house as art! Wonderful!


Artists of the moment…..Charles Rollo Peters

Charles Rollo Peters was an American artist who excelled at painting the  landscape of California. Charles Rollo Peters was born in San Francisco in the year 1862. Many painters of the California landscape have been featured but Charles Rollo Peters was unique in that he was called the ” Poet of the Night.” In much the same way Frank Tenney Johnson, captured the Western skies at night, Charles Rollo Peters captured the essence of nightfall in California.

For his artistic education Peters attended the San Francisco School of Design. The artist also studied in Paris, France at the Academy Julian the Ecole des Beaux Arts.

Among painters who influenced his developed style the artist was able to meet James McNeil Whistler.

Many paintings of Charles Rollo Peters are of his 30 acre estate which was located in Monterey, California. Another recurring theme was the adobe buildings of the American Southwest.

The artist passed away in 1928.

In this clip a collegiate art professor talks about a work done of a wife of Charles Rollo Peters from 1891:

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $45,000. Peters worked mainly in oils.

The artist had one son that was a friend of American painter John Singer Sargent. The son’s name was Dewitt Peters who studied in Paris, France at the Academy Julian and was renowned watercolorist. Below an example of Dewitt Peters style.