Archive for December 5, 2013

Artist of the moment……Mary Okheena

Mary Okheena is a wonderful Inuit artist born in the year 1955 in Holman, Northwest Territories, Canada. Her mother Nora worked as a crafts artist. Okheena began working in the Holman Print Collective whilst still a teenager. As a beginning printmaker she specialized in translating other artist’s original work, into a great print.

Two sisters named Roberta and Beverly Memogana are professional artists. Below a great print by Roberta Memogana:


The father of Mary Okheena¬† was a renown printmaker and sculptor named Jimmy Memorana. Below are examples of her father’s print and carving style. He enjoyed carving and drawing hunting scenes. Her father also became known for translating Helen Kalvak’s art to prints, in addition to Memorana producing his own artwork.

Okheena is renown for her graphic design and printmaking skills. She enjoys working with the figure and often draws images that deal with the traditional Inuit lifestyle.

In this clip a great documentary on Inuit life and Mary Okheena. I must admit I have seen pictures of the Northwest and Nunavut Territories, but this documentary is great as it shows scenes of every day life if taken with a home video camera:

Another very artistic family that has produced multiple generations of artists! From a design standpoint the works of her I enjoy the most are those that have a body, but the face is reduced to a simple shape, with no eyes, nose, or mouth. These works all have a great sense of movement and use of color.

Price range information: Works range from $300 to $1,500.


Artist of the moment……Yutaka Sone

Yutaka Sone is a perfect artist to take a deeper look at right now, there are billions and billions of snowflakes totaling at least 8 inches of snow on ground! Yutaka Sone was born in Shizouka, Japan in the year 1965. Yutaka Sone is an accomplished painter and sculptor. The artist is best known for carving snowflakes out of crystal. The series is titled “Every snowflake has a different shape.

For his collegiate education Sone attended the Tokyo Geijusu University where he studied art and architecture.

Sone works in both graphic media and sculpture. In 2011 he carved a replica of Manhattan out of marble! This very impressive work is below!

In this clip we visit the show featuring Yukata Sone’s marble carving of Manhattan. The Manhattan work is shown towards the end of the clip.

What a multi media master! I enjoy his botanical works as much as his tremendous carving of Manhattan.

Price range information: Paintings range from $4,000 to $15,000. No prices  for works in glass such as the snowflakes. The artist can work in very large sizes similar to a totem pole. One carving of a banana tree was 25 feet long.