Archive for December 4, 2013

Artist of the moment…….Toshiko Takaezu

Toshiko Takaezu was a very successful artist who  specialized in ceramics and earthenware.  Toshiko Takaezu was born in the year 1922 in Pepeekeo, Hawaii her parents of Japanese decent. For her collegiate education Takaezu attended the University of Hawaii located in Honolulu. Takaezu also attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Some themes in her ceramic work were tree forms and the moon.

A large influence on Toshiko Takaezu was the artist Toyo Kaneshige, himself a world renown potter. Toyo Kaneshige was deemed a living national treasure for his work with ceramics. Kaneshige acted as a mentor to Takaezu during the 1950s.

The artist was part of the teaching faculty at Princeton University and also the Cleveland Art Institute.

A book has been published featuring the life and career of Toshiko Takaezu. A link to this website promoting it is below:

In this clip a long documentary on the life and work of Toshiko Takaezu:

In this clip a poet laureate tells us what she admires about the work of Toshiko Takaezu. Its interesting how marks remind the poet of text and calligraphy.

Toshiko Takaezu is part of many prominent museum collections including the Smithsonian American Art Institute, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Toshiko Takaezu passed away in 2011 at the age of 88 years old.

Price range information:  Most vessels range between $2,000 and $10,000.


Artist of the moment……Paul Jacoulet

Paul Jacoulet was a French born artist renown for his work with the Ukiyo-e style of Japanese printmaking, in addition he added some western design themes and ideas. Paul Jacoulet was born in the year 1896 in Paris, France. Jacoulet enjoyed working with the female figure. Jacoulet grew up in Japan. His father was an ambassador and he was always supported in his artistic goals by his mother.

His mother even helped the artist to visit French Polynesia after seeing the works of the great painter Paul Gauguin.

As a child his next door neighbor  Yone Noguchi, was a well respected poet and art critic who knew all the important Ukiyo-e artists. It was the wife of Noguchi who taught him english. Yone Noguchi had a son who went on to become a world renown sculptor.

Jacoulet was an openly gay man and was denied entry into the United States because of this. He still entered the country and did so at Niagara Falls.

The artist is one of few non Japanese woodblock print masters to come from a European country.

Price range information: Most prints range from $5,000 to $25,000, but due to rarity if they are seen at auction prices can sky rocket quickly.

In this clip we view some photographs of the artist and some works. The artwork begins at one minute into the clip, should you wish to skip the photographs:

Paul Jacoulet passed away in 1960.

Jacoulet’s prints are rare as many were destroyed by fire. His early works that feature people in their regional dress are highly sought after. Some collectors of the artist during his lifetime were the actress Greta Garbo, U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur, and Queen Elizabeth of England.


Artist of the moment….Lukta Qiatsuk and family

Lukta Qiatsuk was a contemporary Inuit artist born in the year 1928 in Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada. Qiatsuk was an excellent carver and printmaker. A favorite subject of Lukta was birds and also the mother and child. He and his father Kiakshuk were both included in the monumental Inuit traveling exhibition Sculpture of the Inuit: Masterworks of the Canadian Arctic.

price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view a mother and child work of Lukta Qiatsuk:

The artist had some children that went on to become professional artists. Pootoogook Qiatsuk was born in 1959 and is now based out of Cape Dorset. Pootoogook also enjoys working with birds, as did his father. Below a great example of Pootoogook Qiatsuk:

Another child of the Lukta Qiatsuk is Padlaya Qiatsuk born in the year 1965 in Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada. Below are some examples of Padlaya’s work.

His father was the master artist Kiakshuk. Below a fine example of his father’s work. His father was an excellent story teller and graphic artist.


What we have here is another family that has excelled at art for multiple generations! Lukta also had a sister named Paunichea who went on to become a renown graphic artist.


Lukta Qiatsuk passed away in 2004.

Price range information: Many works priced between $3,000 and $15,000.

Another dynamic family of artists!