Archive for November 22, 2013

Artist of the moment……Minnie Palliser

Minnie Palliser was a fantastic Inuit artist born in the year 1928 in Inukjuak, Quebec, Canada. She is married to a man named George whose family was very important to the European settlers seeking trade as George’s father was the only one of his people to be good at speaking English. George’s father was also excellent at gathering food in the harsh winter season. The Inuit peoples of that time didn’t live in permanent camps or settlements and were nomadic.

Palliser was renowned for her carvings of mothers, fathers, and children.

The artist has also worked with basketry, but it took up a lot of time and didn’t make her very much income, so she gave up this form of art.

Minnie Palliser was also an expert at the Inuit style of throat singing. She traveled across the globe and even performed her singing in Europe.

Minnie Palliser passed away in 2003.

Price range information:  Sorry none available.

I noticed the same style of varying texture is found in the shona artists I have profiled. Minnie Palliser made this look by using a nail to prick the surface.


Artist of the moment……Bruno Munari

Bruno Munari was born in 1907 in Milan, Italy. Munari is associated with the abstract and futurist movements. The artist worked in many mediums including painting, sculpture, film, and even poetry. For design the Munari worked with many items designing espresso machines, ashtrays, and even televisions.

Another creative venture for Munari was creating children’s  books. The artist created and illustrated many children’s books over his lifetime. These books were “fun” for kids as  Munari used textures and sometimes kinectic art to get children to touch and interact with his books.

A large influence on Munari was theorist and writer  Filippo Marinetti.

At the beginning of his working career as a graphic designer.

The artist joined the second Futurist movement in Italy, but left this movement because of political dissent of the artist to the Facist movement.

Bruno Munari passed away in 1988 at the age of 90 years old.

In this clip we view a show featuring some kinetic works by Bruno Munari:

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

What fantastic geometric shapes and design by Bruno Munari in his creation of abstract works of art.


Artist of the moment…..Shoji Hamada

Shoji Hamada was a famous Japanese potter born in the year 1894 in Tokyo, Japan. For his collegiate education Hamada attended the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

A wonderful selection of works by Hamada in this clip. I only wish I knew what the characters meant!

At this school only Hamada and another artist named Kawai Kanjiro where interested in becoming artists who specialized in pottery.

A large influence on the artist was Bernard Leach. Hamada saw Leach’s work and wrote to him seeking in introduction. The two met and became great friends as they had much in common. Hamada worked with Leach for a few years before opening his own shop in Mashiko, Japan. Below are two great examples of the British artist Bernard Leach:

Shoji Hamada was declared a living national treasure in 1955.

Shoji Hamada passed away in 1978.

In this clip we view Shoji Hamada at work on his pottery wheel!

Price range information: Sorry none available. His works sell very well at auction as he is so revered but I was unable to find any actual prices.