Archive for December 8, 2013

Banksy auction results from December 5th featuring “Flower Girl.”



The world’s most renowned street artist Banksy, just had a work sell at auction for $209,000 U.S. dollars. The work was a 9 foot by 8 foot work that showed a young girl collecting flowers under surveillance. It was made by Banksy on the side of a Hollywood Gas Station. The work was titled “Flower Girl.”

The artist recently worked in New York City for the month of October. A “residency” of sorts.

Go Banksy!



Artist of the moment….Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela has been everywhere the past few days, but lets take a look at some wonderful artwork he produced back in the early 2000s. Mandela was incarcerated for nearly 3 decades on Robbin Island.

For this series that depicts many locations of his surroundings, he made 20 images.

As an artist I find he has a great sense of design. He left out so many shapes and put  in only the essentials. Imagine how many items are actually in a prison cell. But his cell looks empty and lifeless.

I also find his printmaking style interesting. Many artists that did illustration in the golden age of illustration used a method of paint and charcoal, sometimes allowing the charcoal to show through.  Mandela used a black crayon for his outline. The lines aren’t the boring and straight as you would expect, but they have nice uneven weight to them, making them far more exciting than one might normally think.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Its great to see a great person making great art! Another artist who made great work at an advanced age!

This link has further detail on his Robben Island series. A brief background about each image is given:—series-i.html

To close we take a look at my favorite work of art that uses Mandela as a subject. This work is done by an artist who uses laser cut wood and steel to make wonderful sculptures. His name is Marco Cianfanelli.



Artist of the moment….Clare Woods

Claire Woods is a wonderful artist and sculptor born in the year 1972 in Southampton, Hampshire, England. Clare Woods is renown for her landscapes which feature many fun and abstract shapes. Many works are painted with enamels on wood or aluminum.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $20,000.

Part of her process of creativity is to use many photographs for references and derive a strong composition from them.

For her collegiate education Clare Woods attended the Bath College of Art in Bath, England for her bachelors degree. Woods went on to earn a masters degree from Goldsmith’s College of London, England.

In this clip some excerpts from a longer documentary film made about Clare Woods:

The artist is now based out of London, England.