Archive for November 19, 2013

Artist of the moment…..James Romberger

James Romberger is an American artist born in Jefferson, New York in the year 1958. Romberger has made wonderful landscapes of European cities but is renown for his artwork depicting the lower East side of New York City. For his artistic education the artist attended the Munson Williams Proctor Institute and the School of Visual Arts of New York City.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

A link to the website of James Romberger:

Romberger has worked for many of the leading cartoon and comic book companies including Marvel.

Romberger works with pastel as his choice of medium.

In this clip we visit a show featuring James Romberger and Rick Prol with our dear friend James Kalm:

Romberger is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum.

And to close we have an interview with the artist at a book fair that took place in Brooklyn in 2013. The artist talks about drawing out his ideas for this book.

What I enjoy most about this artist are the unique vantage points used. The artist gives us a tremendous feeling of space in his portrayals of urban life.


Artist of the moment…..Gaston LaChaise

Gaston LaChaise was a French artist who worked with the figure in a modern style. Gaston LaChaise was born in Paris, France in the year 1882. His father was a cabinet maker. For his artistic education LaChaise began lessons at the age of thirteen with a school specializing in decorative arts. LaChaise went on to study in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts.

Though an American LaChaise was schooled in Europe and is credited with bringing the modernist movement to the United States.

After college LaChaise found employment with the design firm of Rene Lalique. Lalique has been profiled here as one of the leading sculptors of the Art Nouveau movement.

Price range information: Works range from pencil drawings in the $3,000 range to larger sculptures at the quarter million dollar mark.

LaChaise emigrated to the United States in 1906. He worked for nearly fifteen years as a sculptors assistant before striking out on his own.

Below is the artist’s famous work titled “Standing Woman.”


In this clip we view a wonderful large sculpture by LaChaise. Upon seeing this video I was reminded of another French artist renown for her work with the female figure I have profiled here, Niki de Saint Phalle:

And a here a work by the aforementioned Niki de Saint Phalle:


Gaston LaChaise passed away in 1935 the age of 53 years old from complications due to leukemia.

LaChaise also did a fair amount of highly rendered sculptures of artists and other well known people. This work below is of the American artist Georgia O’Keefe:



Artist of the moment……Peter Aliknak

Peter Aliknak was an Inuit artist born in the year 1928 in Holman, Nunavut Territory, Canada. Aliknak was one of best Inuits artists at portraying the daily activities including hunting. For a print artist Aliknak does a great job at creating depth in his work by using bird’s eye point of view and repeating the same shapes seen from different angles. A print might include¬† 6 different views of 6 varieties of birds.

The artist was first a sculptor, then became renown more for his graphic design and printmaking talents.

Peter Aliknak passed away in 1998.

Price range information: Most prints range from $300 to $1,000.

Aliknak had a sister named Agnes Nanogak. Nanogak is also based out of Holman and is renowned for her printmaking work. Below an example of art by Agnes Nanogak:


What a great brother and sister family of artists!