Archive for November 18, 2013

Artist of the moment…….James Juszczyk

James Juszczyk is an abstract artist born in Chicago, Illinois  in the year 1943. The artist is associated with Constructivism and Abstract painting styles. For his artistic education Juszczyk attended the University of Illinois and the Cleveland Institute of Art. The artist went on to earn  a masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Juszyczyk paints mainly with acrylics.

A link to the website of James Juszczyk:

The artist is included in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Juszczyk has been part of the teaching faculty at many colleges including the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Spent the latter part of the 1980s based out of Zurich, Switzerland. He is now based out of New York City.

Price range information: Sorry none available.


Artist of the moment…..Basil Aptanik

Basil Aptanik was the step brother to the last Inuit artist I posted about, Paul Toolooktook. Basil Aptanik was born in the year 1952 in Baker Lake, Nunavut Territory, Canada. Basil Aptanik was renown for his carvings of the mother and child theme.

His mother was also an artist, Martha Aptanik.

Though the artist is now mainly a sculptor, the artist participated in  print collections back in the early 1970s.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Another member of a very artistic family of multi-generations of artists. I love the detail paid to items held by his characters. Be it a spear or a drum held by a dancer, a great deal of attention is paid to the little details.


Artist of the moment…….Pearl Frush

Pearl Frush was an American realist painter who was renowned for her paintings of the pin up girl. Pearl Frush was born in Iowa in the year 1905. For her artistic education Frush attended the Chicago Institute of Art. Sometimes she used her married name of Mann in her work.

Frush was young and attractive and enjoyed playing tennis, sailing, and swimming.

Most of Frush’s work was done in watercolor, her medium of choice. Frush was quite prolific as she was an illustrator and also did many works in oils, pastels, and gouache.

Her most prosperous period as an artist was during the 1940s and 1950s.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000.

In this clip we view a montage of works by Frush Pearl:

Frush is seen by many as one of the top three female artists working in the “pin up” girl genre. The other two would be Joyce Ballantyne and Zoe Mozert.

Sometimes people thought the paintings were so realistic they thought they were photographs that were airbrushed.