Archive for December 9, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Photographer Jerry Uelsmann

Jerry Uelsmann was born in Detroit, Michigan in the year 1934. Uelsmann is thought to be the inventor of the photomontage. He became heavily interested in photography when he was teenagers. For his collegiate education the artist attended the Rochester Institute of Technology where he earned a bachelors degree. Uelsmann went on to earn a masters degree from Indiana University.

His end result isn’t meant to be a particular time or location, but rather a short journey. The end result is a composite of many photographs and images that the artist has taken over the years. He was creating works that might be mistaken for photoshop, long before they had even been a dream in a technicians head.

In his process he might use up to one dozen assistants, many hours in the darkroom, and his extensive working knowledge just to produce one image. Uelsmann enjoys working in a black and white format.

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $20,000.

A link to the website of Jerry Uelsmann:

Jerry Uelsmann has taught photography at the collegiate level at the University of Florida beginning in 1960.

Uelsmann has shown his photography at the Museum of Modern Art.

His photographs have appeared in the opening credits of the television series the Outer Limits.

In this clip we hear from Uselmann himself as he talks about his process and what makes his photographs different than the works that are made entirely from the use of digital technology. Lets hear it for the old school of thought and hard work !

In this clip a montage of images by the master of the photomontage, Jerry Uelsmann.


Artist of the moment…..Jobie Uqaituk

Jobie Uqaituk, also known as Jobie Ohaituk,  is a contemporary Inuit artist born in the year 1946 in Kutaaq, Quebec, Canada. Kutaaq is just north of Inukjuak, Quebec, Canada. Jobie Uqaituk is renown for his  sculptures of birds, hunters, and shaman. Many shaman works are half human and half animal.

His early works were in much the same style of his peers, figurative works in a modernist style. Because many artists in his region of Canada worked with primitive tools at the beginning of his career,  as a result  many works seem raw or unfinished.

Uqaituk pushed himself to another level higher than his peers with the ability to work with many modern tools. The modern tools allowed the artist to put more details and a greater finish in his work. As a result of this, his artwork is  heavily sought after by collectors.

Ohaituk takes tremendous pride in bringing his stones to life.

Price range information: Most sculpture works range between $1,000 and $4,000. In the 1970s Uqaituk was an avid printmaker but no price range is available for these works.

What I enjoy most about this artist is his creativity. His shaman transformation works are a great example of realism and imagination . Jobie Uqaituk talks about trying to show the “Inuitness” of things. For some reason I thought back to Albert Durer and the best painting I have ever seen by a rabbit in person. Durer when asked about this work often times talked about capturing the “rabbitness” of the subject. I found the two artists very similar in their approach to creating representational art. Not only are you trying to capture what a rabbit looks like, but also what it feels like. Uqaituk captures the “Inuitness” of hunters and shaman with excellence.

Uqaituk tries to keep the old way of doing things and the Inuit lifestyle of the past alive through his carvings.

The artist made his first stone carving when he was ten years old. It was of a bird. I enjoy artists who keep it simple and Uqaituk is a great example of an artist in complete harmony with his surroundings, the artist loves to carve and hunt.

Uqaituk made prints in the early 1970s.

Bombardier, a Canadian based aerospace company, presented a work of Uqaituk to former United States President George W. Bush.

What an outstanding artist!


Artist of the moment….Ray Morimura

Ray Morimura was born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1948. Morimura is renown for his fantastic woodblock prints of landscapes. For his collegiate education Morimura attended Tokyo Gakugei University.

When he first began as an artist he painted abstract works based on geometric shapes.

For me as an artist I enjoy seeing how big the print edition size is. Is it open ended or a very limited edition print of only 10. Ray Morimura makes his editions in sets of 60 prints.

The artist has been part of shows in the  United States and Japan.

Morimura is part of many prestigious collections including the Yale University Art Collection and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts  available.

A heavy influence on Morimura was woodblock master Sumio Kawakami Below is a great example of his style:


I love the mix of basic geometric shapes and variations of repeating shapes. Look at the trees made by the artist, each one a different shade of green and slightly different shape than the last. Each one also has varied texture. The artist is always looking for repeating shapes and varying them through out the picture plane.

Some patterns the artist takes advantage of are the patterns that take place in a field.  Seen from above the rows of wheat or rows of corn give the artist another chance to showcase depth and make the picture more interesting.

Morimura is currently  on the teaching faculty

Artist of the moment…..Peter Halley

Peter Halley is an American artist renown for his abstract and geometric shape based paintings. Peter Halley was born in New York City in the year 1953. He is also famous for developing his own kind of paint. His works include acrylic based paints including Day-Glo acrylic, metallic acrylic, and Roll a Tex. In addition to painting Halley is also an accomplished writer.

For his artistic education Peter Halley earned a bachelors degree from Yale University. Halley also earned a masters of fine arts degree from the University of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Halley has been based out of New York City since 1980.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Peter Halley from the Mary Boone Gallery of New York City from 2010:

Has been part of the teaching faculty at Yale, heading up studies in printmaking and painting.

Halley is included in many prominent collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim.

Price range information: Most works are in acrylics and mixed media ranging from $5,000 to $500,000.

In this clip we visit the studio of Peter Halley with our dear friend James Kalm:

I love the mix of geometric shapes, very bold color, and the addition of texture mediums used by Peter Halley.