Archive for November 24, 2013

Artist of the moment……George Hoyningen- Huene

George Hoyningen- Huene was an internationally renown photographer born in St. Petersberg, Russia in the year 1900. Over his career he worked for many fashion magazines including Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Huene was most popular in the 1920s through the 1940s where he gained fame for his unique images of the human figure.

Huene’s father was a nobleman. Huene had two sisters who both went on to careers in the fashion industry as designers.

Huene’s family left Russia after the revolution moving first to London, England and then Paris, France. In Paris he met Horst P. Horst, already profiled here, and the two became romantically involved.

The artist went on to enjoy a long career in movies. Huene shot celebrity photographs and even was a special assistant on many movies helping with color consulting. This was when the industry was just experimenting with technicolor.

George Hoyningen- Huene passed away in 1968.

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $30,000.

In this clip a selection of works from George Hoynington- Huene’s lifetime of work:

From an artist’s view my favorite images of the artist are the ones showing the silhouette of a figure interacting with a basic geometric shape. The women holding an object that appears to be a hula hoop. The shapes and design are very intriguing.


Artist of the moment….Joanasie Naluiyuk

Joanasie Naluiyuk was born in Salluit, Quebec, Canada in 1917. A favorite subject for the artist was animals.

The artist passed away in 2000.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Joanasie Naluiyuk is part of the collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

In this clip we view a work that deals with the hunting of seals:

No more information on this artist but more Inuit art soon!


Artist of the moment…..Taro Okamoto

Taro Okamoto was a world renowned painter, printmaker, and sculptor born in Kawagawa, Japan in the year 1911. The artist’s father was a cartoonist and his mother a writer. For his artistic education Okamoto attended the Pantheon-Sorbonne in France. Okamoto also painted murals.

Okamoto is associated with the Nihonga movement. Much of this art of this movement was executed in watercolor or ink on Japanese paper or even silk.

Whilst in France he was able to meet some leading painters including Andres Breton and Kurt Seligmann. The two artists were among the leaders in the Surrealist Art movement.

His former studio is open to tourists and is located in Tokyo, Japan.

Taro Okamoto passed away in 1996 at the age of 84 years old.

Taro Okamoto loved to say art is explosion! In this work a great example of his style with this very large mural that depicts events after the atom bomb was dropped.  The work is located at a subway station in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Shibuya is a shopping district:

In this clip a great montage of works by Taro Okamoto:

Price range information:  Taro Okamoto created paintings, prints, and sculptures ranging from $4,000 to $120,000.