Archive for December, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Matsubara Naoko

Matsubara Naoko is a world renown printmaker born in Tokushima, Japan in the year 1937.

For her collegiate studies the artist studied all over the world. Matubara Naoko earned a bachelors degree from the Kyoto University of the Applied Arts. She then attended Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania earning a MFA. She also studied at the Royal College of Art located in London, England.

She has been part of the teaching faculty at the Pratt Institute.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Her sister is a writer and the two have made collaborative efforts.

Matsubara Naoko was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Naoko is included in many prominent collections including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the British Museum located in London, England, and the Chicago Art Institute.

Artist of the moment….Andrew Schoultz

Andrew Schoultz is an exciting contemporary artist born in Wisconsin, United States in the year 1975. For his artistic education Schoultz attended the Academy of Art located in San Francisco, California. His work is a mix of mediums on most occasions and the artist works in very large formats, some recent pieces being more than 20 by 10 feet long.

Schoultz found inspiration for his working style from map makers based in Germany during the 15th century.

Andrew Schoultz does paintings, mixed media collage works using very creative ideas such as shredded currency, murals, and installations.

The artist is based out of San Francisco, California.

Some themes frequently used by the artist include spirituality, imperialism, war, and politics.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip a brief interview with Juxtapose magazine:

I enjoy this artist for his great sense of design. Also the scale of his works are quite staggering. His work is very balanced, he isn’t trying to dominate the conversation, he wants to get the viewer to think about their surroundings and world.


Artist of the moment ….. Adolphe Cassandre

Adolphe Cassandre was a French artist renown for his work with posters. Adolphe Cassandre was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine in the year 1901 to French parents living in the Ukraine . Whilst a youngster the artist moved to Paris, France. He is associated with surrealism. For his artistic education Cassandre attended the Academy Julian and the Ecole des Beaux- Arts both located in Paris, France.

Price range information: Prints range from $1,000 to $40,000.

In this clip a brief selection of very famous posters by Cassandre:

Cassandre was not only a great artist, but also a great businessman. Cassandre was able to start his own advertising agency. Some clients include beverage companies and also travel companies.

A famous work of the Normandie ship, seen in the gallery, this poster has brought more than $10,000 at auction.

His company created new fonts and typeface in addition to painted images.

Also worked with magazine companies designing covers.

After World War 2 the artist got into theater set and costume design.

Adolphe Cassandre committed suicide in 1968 at the age of 67 years old.

Artist of the moment…..Alice Aycock

Alice Aycock is an American artist born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in the year 1946. Aycock is a painter and sculptor working in a modernist style. For her artistic education Aycock attended Douglass College in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Aycock went on to earn a masters degree from Hunter College in New York City. In addition to paintings and sculpture, also produces large size installations. A traveling show now is exhibiting drawings by the artist.

In college she was able to mentor with artist Robert Morris.

A link to the website of Alice Aycock:

For her sculptures she now works with steel and aluminum. In the early part of her career she worked with wood and stone.

Her work has appeared at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois.

Aycock has been teaching at the School of Visual Arts in New York City since 2010.

In this clip a brief visit to the studio of the artist. She talks about some large public sized works as well:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

I love the shapes the artist uses in many works. They remind me of a free flowing ribbon. These works contain motion despite being made of aluminum or steel in many cases.


Artist of the moment….Zebedee Enoogoo

Zebedee Enoogoo is an Inuit artist from Arctic Bay, Nunavut Territory, Canada.  Zebedee Enoogoo was born in 1931.

His family relocated to Arctic Bay in the mid 1960s where he soon established himself as a premier artist.

Made his first carving at at 8. Made his first carving for profit at 18 years of age.

His wife Paungaqjuk and sister are both artists.

Price range information: Most works priced between $500 and $3,000.

Another great family of artists!


Artist of the moment…..William Auerbach-Levy

Since I will be posting some caricatures of my favorite tennis players later this week, lets take a look at a great caricature artist and painter named William Auerbach-Levy. William Auerbach Levy was born in the year 1889 in the Russian Empire. This area is now called Belarus. His family moved to the United States in 1894.

For his artistic education the artist attended schools in New York City and Paris, France.

Levy was a professor at the National Academy of Design.

His cartoons appeared in many national magazines including Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. 

William Auerbach-Levy is part of prominent collections including the Library of Congress and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Price range information:  The artist was a prolific etcher and printmaker. These works cost between $300 and $1,000. Oils can reach $5,000.

From an artistic viewpoint what I enjoy most about his caricatures is the very creative viewpoints he chooses to draw from.

William Auerbach-Levy passed away in 1964 at the age of 75 years old.


Artist of the moment…..Leon Kossoff

Leon Kossoff is British artist born in London, England  in the year 1926. In many ways the artist reminds me of the great British painter Lucien Freud. Both Kossoff and Freud looked to capture feeling and emotion in their works. And like the wonderful Joaquin Sorolla, Kossoff enjoys working with very think and impasto texture. Kossoff is considered an expressionist painter. Kossoff is renown for his landscape and portraiture work.

His birthday was December 7th.

Price range information : His work seldom comes on the market but oils have broken the one million dollar mark at auction. The artist also did etchings and worked in pastels.

Kossoff attended school in London and Norfolk. For his collegiate education Kossoff attended Saint Martin’s School of Art located in London, England where he studied commercial art. Kossoff also attended Borough Polytechnic.

Leon Kossoff has taught at many well known art institutions including Saint Martin’s and the Chelsea School of Art.

If you enjoy this style of painting be sure and check out the work of Frank Auerbach!

Lately the artist has been painting cityscapes of London. This exhibition will be traveling the globe worldwide in 2013 and 2014.

Has been shown at the National Gallery  of Art in London.

Kossoff turned down the offer of being appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

In this clip we visit his recent show about London landscape paintings:

In this clip we visit a show featuring the works of Leon Kossoff with our artist friend James Kalm:

Price range information: The artist has had an oil painting sell for more than one million dollars at auction. He also did etchings and pastels.


Artist of the moment…….Charles Ford

Charles Ford is a photorealist painter born in Dallas, Texas in the year 1941.

For his collegiate education Ford attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas where he earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering.

He works mainly in acrylics.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Other  great artists working in this genre is Richard Estes and Raphaella Spence.

Sorry not to write as much the past couple of days, my computer has been under siege from a virus and it takes much longer to gather information than normal! I had to finish this post at work as I am unable to upload any images from my home computer. I have still been doing my daily art research, due to technology issues I am just unable to post much.

Thanks for reading!


New Collage by me!!! The Modernist Art Enthusiast…..

So I enjoy looking at the collector’s house as art. With such great magazines like Western Art and Architecture and American Art Collector and other  fashion and interior design magazines, we get a very good idea of what collectors display and what the interiors of their houses (mansions) look like. I really enjoy this, to imagine where a painting of yours might spend the rest of your life is very intriguing to me as an artist!

This work features 3 artists, can you name/ find them.

First off we have the yellow glass piece in front. I used a sheet of PVC paper for the base. The artist represented here is Dale Chihuly. Chihuly is currently the United States most popular and renowned glass artist. I enjoy his creative shapes and use of color found in his glass. I tried to make a fun shape for the glass work. Chihuly wears a patch as the result of a car accident in which his head broke through the windshield cutting his face. He was my post earlier today!

Ellsworth Kelly, the painting closest to the staircase. Ellsworth Kelly was born in 1923 in Newburgh, New York. He turned 90 earlier this year! Kelly is a painter and sculptor who is known for his simple abstract works with bold and bright color.

Eero Aarnio is a Finnish interior designer and decorator born in Helsinki, Finland in the year 1932. Aarnio is perhaps best known for his furniture designs with very modern looking works of art. Represented here is his ball chair design. Aarnio won the American Industrial Designer award in 1968. He loved to design furniture based on simple geometric shapes and forms.

The size is 12 inches by 12 inches!


Next up I will posting some caricatures!


Artist of the moment…….Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly is the foremost glass artist in the United States. Dale Chihuly was born in the year 1941 in Tacoma, Washington. Chihuly has brought glass to the level of fine art sculpture with the vastness of his works.

For his collegiate education Chihuly attended the University of Puget Sound, the University of Washington in Seattle where he earned a bachelor degree in interior design. Chihuly went on to earn a master’s of science degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The artist also received a masters of fine arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Chihuly wears the patch as the result of a car accident that left him blind in that eye. His head broke through the windshield and his face was severely cut. This accident took place in 1975.

Has a team of assistants do his work due to a shoulder injury he got whilst bodysurfing in 1979.

In this clip we visit a show from 2010 that took place in Nashville, Tennessee. Many botanical and floral forms are shown here:

In this clip an appearance on CBS:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

As a small business the latest numbers given were annual sales just surpassing $29 million dollars. Chihuly is a great success as a businessman.

I will be posting a new collage that is just finishing drying featuring this artist later today!


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