Archive for December 6, 2013

Artist of the moment……Johannes Sveinsson Kjarval

Johannes Sveinsson Kjarval was born in 1885 in Iceland. His is a great story of triumph! Kjarval was born into poverty and adopted as a child. As a teenager he found work as a fisherman. At this time he also befriended a professional artist named Asgrimur Jonsson. Kjarval was a prolific painter and made thousands of drawings and paintings of the rugged landscapes of the Icelandic region.

Whilst still working as fisherman he was able to gain entry into the Danish Royal Academy of Art located in Copenhagen, Denmark. With some financial help from his fellow fisherman, he was able to go to this fine art institution.

Johannes Kjarval passed away in 1972.

Kjarval appeared on the 2000 krona currency note.

What a great story of the life and struggle of an artist to overcome!

Johannes Kjarval is included in the Reykjavik Art Museum and below we visit some works at this museum. Kjarval’s work appears at 1:30 into the clip.

Price range information: Most works are in oils and range from $10,000 to $250,000. Kjarval occasionally worked in watercolor.


Artist of the moment…..Farah Atassi

Farah Atassi was born in Brussels, Belgium in the year 1981. For her artistic education Atassi studied at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux- Arts in Paris, France. Atassi is renowned for her work with interior landscapes. Images of settings that people used to congregate, but are now empty. I love the interior landscape,  some favorites profiled here include Lindsay Goodwin and Alexander Creswell. Atassi even makes an empty dorm room seem fresh, artsy, and as if the students just moved out. What a tremendous sense of design. The empty dorm room is below.


Price range information: Sorry none available.

Atassi also spent time in the studio of artist Jean-Michel Alberola, a mixed media artist. Below is an example of an installation made out of Neon created by Alberola.


Atassi now lives and works out of Paris, France.

In this clip we view some works from the Societe Generale Collection:

Here we visit Farah Atassi in a group show. Her work is shown at 2:20 into the clip. Its great to see how large of canvas size the artist uses:

What a great depiction of the interior landscape. I love the dimensional aspect Atassi has developed in her work!