Archive for November 5, 2013

Artist of the moment……Sadao Watanabe

Sadao Watanabe was a Japanese printmaker born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1913. Sadao Watanabe was renown for his prints dealing with religious subjects. I can’t help but think his illustrations gave hope and an idea of how a certain story might be pictured. Even when Christ appears on the cross in his art, the work has a vibrant and strong message, not dark and gloomy. His art is very emotional work as far as the printmaking artists are concerned.

Sadao Watanabe is associated with the sosuka- hanga movement.

Sadao Watanabe passed away in 1996.

In this clip we view a book showing many religious prints by Sadao Watanabe. How great these illustrations were for children for adults that were unable to read:

When he was ten the artist’s father died. He quit school and became an apprentice in a fabric dyer’s shop. A woman from his neighborhood invited the artist to attend her church. Sadao Watanabe joined the church and found his genre at the same time.

After seeing an exhibition by Serizawa Keisuke’s artwork at a museum, Sadao Watanabe took some classes from this master artist and the two became close friends. Keisuke was  renowned folk artist  and these artisans used natural materials in their dyes giving them a vibrant and lively color. Watanabe also used this method of production.

A most interesting thought by Sadao Watanabe will bring this article to a close. He preferred that his artwork hang in places where people gather, because Jesus brought the gospel for the people.

Price range information: Most works priced between $500 and $3,000.

What an amazing artist and story!


Artist of the moment……Ceramic artist George Ohr

George Ohr was born in Biloxi, Mississippi in the year 1857. Ohr is also referred to as the ” Mad Potter of Biloxi.” Ohr was a great self promoter and how about the pictures of the artist, which seem right off of a FACEBOOK homepage! Ohr had worked in many industries before finding his love of ceramics when he became an apprentice at 1879.

Ohr’s parents came to the United States from Germany. His mother ran a neighborhood grocery store. His father ran a blacksmith shop.

In 1894 a bad fire swept thru the town of Biloxi and destroyed many houses and the studio of George Ohr.

Though his work is now seen as acceptable and is in high demand now, at the time he was ridiculed for breaking the rules making precision pottery. Ohr boasted that no two works of his were alike.

Ohr was renowned for unique shapes and pinched edges. He was also outstanding at developing unique glazes for his ceramics which have been very hard for other artists to imitate.

In Biloxi, Mississippi a museum exists dedicated to his art and the art of Georgia O’Keefe.

George Ohr passed away in 1918 at the age of 60 years old from throat cancer.

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $50,000.

In this clip a brief biography with pictures of the artist and some works:

George Ohr. What a character! Perfect for the Youtube/ Etsy generation! Like Oprah says, OWN your success!