Archive for November 6, 2013

Artist of the moment……Northwest Coast Artist Dean Heron

Dean Heron is a young Northwest Coast artist born in the year 1970 in Teslin, Yukon. Dean Huron represents the Kaska/Tlingit nations. His father worked for the public school system so the artist was able to see much of the country as a child. Dean Heron is a member of the Wolf Clan.

Heron started to pursue art as a profession with the encouragement of his wife. Heron learned to paint first, and then took up carving. Eventually Dean Heron enrolled at the Freda Deising School of Northwest Coast Art where he studied under master Northwest Coast artist Dempsey Bob among other notable artists.

Recently Dean Heron took a voyage to New Zealand to learn about the art and culture there.

Works range from jewelry and pendants at $200 to larger carvings reaching $10,000.

Here is a link to the personal website of Dean Heron:


Artist of the moment……Jean Metzinger

Jean Metzinger was born in Nantes, France in the year 1883. He moved to Paris when he was twenty years old. Metzinger painted a wide variety of subjects in a Cubist style. The artist was a leader in the Cubist style of painting and along with fellow Cubist Albert Gleizes published a book documenting the theories behind their style of painting.

Metzinger had many influences in his work including George Seurat, Pablo Picasso, and Raoul Dufy.

In this clip a great selection of works by Jean Metzinger:

He joined the Section D’or Group. This was a collection of Cubist artists who gained international renown after a group show in 1911.

One main theme of Cubism and of Metzinger was that the only way to truly see an object, was to paint it from different viewpoints.

Jean Metzinger passed away in 1956.

In this clip we view a work titled the Harbor by Metzinger. This is a signature example of Cubist painting, multiple views of ships from the shoreline:

Price range information: Works by Metzinger seldom come onto the auction marketplace so prices can range from $25,000 to one half million dollars. Metzinger painted in watercolor, gouache, and oils.


Artist of the moment……Ivan Shishkin

Ivan Shishkin was a fantastic painter of the forest landscape born in Yelabuga of the old Russian Empire in the year 1832. For his collegiate studies the artist attended the Moscow School of Painting and Architecture. Shiskin went on to study at the Saint Petersburg Imperial Academy of Arts. Ivan Shishkin was a master of anything to do with the forest be it painting, printmaking, or drawing.

In this clip a great montage of Shishkin’s landscapes set to relaxing music:

A soviet astronomer named a distant planet after the artist.

Ivan Shishkin passed away in 1898 at the age of 66 years old.

Shishkin was the lead professor of painting at the St. Petersburg Academy for 25 years.

Price range information: A wide variety of prices exist as prints can be found for a few hundred dollars up to original oil paintings which have broken the $3 million dollar barrier at auction.

What a fantastic painter of the forest and trees. Some other artists who paint wonderful trees include Richard Schmid, Albert Handell, Karl Dempwolf, and David Foley.


Artist of the moment….Itzik Asher

Itzik oro Itzhik Asher was born in the year 1946 in Alexandria, Egypt. His father died when he was a child in an accident and his mother was forced to raise he and his brother. His mother moved to Israel. During this time Israel was having its own battle for independence and his mother turned the care of he and his brother over to  a boarding school. His mother visited him daily, but she was having difficulty living in a new country without her husband.

He was eventually placed in a village of youths in Aloney Yitzhak,  were many children had only parent or no parents due to the Holocaust. In this environment he and his brother flourished better than their previous location in Haifa, Israel. The artist would remain until he was 18 years old.

For college he attended Avny Institute located in Tel Aviv, Israel where he studied physical education and anatomy. After finishing school he returned to Aloney Yitzhak where he taught physical education.

By circumstance he was able to meet an employee of Baron de Rothchilds and he was given the opportunity to work for her and was put in charge of her private beach. Asher was able to have the finances available to take his sculpture work to the next level. Also the location of the private beach gave the artist an passion for learning about and collection Roman artifacts.

In the summer he worked on improving the beach businesses and the rest of the year he had the freedom and money to pursue as much art as he would like. Asher made a studio for himself right on the beach and it worked perfectly.

In this clip we view a very controversial work of art. Many parents complained about the figures and felt they shouldn’t be anatomically correct. The work refers to the plight of Jewish people in Russia and Ethopia.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

A link to the website of Itzhik Asher: