Archive for January, 2014

Artist of moment…….Susan Rothenberg

Susan Rothenberg is the wife of artist Bruce Nauman, the previous post. Susan Rothenberg was born in Buffalo, New York in the year 1945. For her collegiate education the artist attended Cornell University which is located in Ithaca, New York. She also studied for a short time at the Corcoran School of Art located in Washington D.C. Rothenberg uses wonderful gestures in her drawings and paintings and her favorite subject matter is the horse. She is both a painter and printmaker. Rothenberg has been classified as a minimalist.

If you enjoy this artist and her work with the horse, check out my previous post on the sculptor Deborah Butterfield.

Many of her well acclaimed horses are painted life size.

She and her husband Bruce Nauman spend much of their time on a ranch in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Here we visit their studio and ranch, from the PBS series ART 21:

In this clip we view some works of Rothenberg:

Price range information:  For prints works can start around $10,000 up to original woks have sold for $1.5 million dollars at auction.

Susan Rothenberg has been the winner of grants from the National Endowment of the Arts.

What a great artistic family!


Artist of the moment……Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman is an American painter and printmaker and sculptor who has worked with the figure but is more known for his very large abstract body of work. Bruce Nauman was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in the year 1951. Nauman also was among the first artists to work with neon signage and also video art.

For his artistic education Nauman attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he studied math first before switching to art. Nauman went on to graduate and earn a MFA from the University of California at Davis.

Price range information: Works range from lithographs at the low end starting for around $5,000. Nauman has had sculpture works, one recently made out of wax, break the two million dollar barrier at auction.

Bruce Nauman has done many works dealing with text. Here we see a recent show that displayed his play with words using neon. The show took place in London, England:

In this clip from the wonderful  PBS series Art21 we here about some people who influenced Bruce Nauman:

Nauman is also married to an artist who will be an upcoming post, Susan Rothenberg. She is a painter and printmaker portraying the figure and animals with quick and lively brushwork. Below an example of her style.


Yet another great artistic family!


Great families in Art….the Namingha family

The Namingha family has been around for close to fifteen generations and has produced many artisans including Nampeyo, the mother of artist Dan Namingha who will cover in this post. Nampeyo helped to revive the Hopi art of basketry. Dan Namingha is part of the Hopi-Tewa tribe.  For his artistic education Namingha attended the University of Kansas located in Lawrence, Kansas. Namingha also attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the Institute of the American Indian located in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Dan Namingha was born Keans Canyon, Arizona in the year 1950.

Dan Namingha paints landscapes, Indian motif works, and abstract works. The artist works in oils and acrylics.

In this clip we view the family’s main business, their art gallery. It shows the work of Dan Namingha , Arlo Namingha, and Micheal Namingha.

Dan Namingha is based out of Sante Fe, New Mexico. The gallery is located there.

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $15,000.

What a great artistic family. The wives of Dan and Arlo run the art gallery!


Artist of the moment……Miriam Qiyuk

Miriam Maralik Qiyuk was born in the year 1933. She was born and raised  in the traditional Inuit camp lifestyle of the era. In her twenties she decided to relocate to Baker Lake. Miriam Qiyuk has worked in various mediums including wall hangings, appliques, printmaking, and painting.

Her husband is also an artist named Silas Qiyuk. He was also born in 1933. This is probably my favorite work showing a grouping of seals. Seals are usually shown solo, or with a mother and some pups. This work by Silas Qiyuk  is great for how many seals are shown in total:


Qiyuk is one of the most versatile Inuit artists, we can call her Mrs. Picasso! Qiyuk is a printmaker, maker of wall hangings, and sculptor. She is an amazing storyteller and enjoys working in very large formats.

Her father was the famous Inuit artist named Jessie Oonark.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $10,000.

What a great family of multigenerational artists!


Artist of the moment…..Anthony Prieto

Anthony Prieto was a wonderful ceramist born in Yaldepenas, Spain in the year 1912. Prieto is known for his unique style of pottery. When I first saw the shapes, it reminded of Picasso’s ceramic works and also  of the modernist collage master Rex Ray.

The artist and his family came to the United States in 1916.

For his artistic education Prieto attended Alfred University located in the western region of the New York State.

Prieto went on to teach at the California College of Arts and Crafts, which is now the California College of the Arts. He also taught at Mills College located in Oakland, California.

Anthony Prieto passed away in 1967.

Price range information: Sorry none available.



Artist of the moment……Karin Davie

Karin Davie is an abstract painter born in Toronto, Canada in the year 1965. Much of her body of work deals with one basic idea of capturing movement and gesture on the canvas. The artist is also a printmaker.

For her collegiate education Davie attended Queens University located in Ontario, Canada. After earning a BFA Davie went on to graduate school at the Rhode Island School of Design. After college she moved to New York City.

Davie has been a guest lecturer at the Tyler School of Art located in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $100,000.

The artist splits her time in New York City and Seattle, Washington.

I love the blend of Op-Art and Abstract art in her work.


Artist of the moment….Greg Bogin

Greg Bogin is an American artist renown for his simple abstract geometric paintings. His work reminds of painter Ellsworth Kelly. Very simple lines and shapes painted with acrylics , lacquer, and automotive enamel paint. Greg Bogin was born in New York City in the year 1965.

For his collegiate education Bogin attended the Cooper Union School of Art located in New York City.

He draws inspiration from mass consumer advertising campaigns and marketing.

Price range information : Sorry none available.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Greg Bogin. What simple shapes that look  great against  the white walls of the gallery:


Artist of the moment…….Angelo Filomeno

Angelo Filomeno is an Italian artist born in Ostuni, Italy in the year 1963. Filomeno is renowned for his wonderful art that mixes great drawing skills with embroidery. His favorite subject matter is human skulls that he uses to express sentiments of death and isolation.  For his artistic education the artist attended the Academy of Fine Arts located in Lecche, Italy. In addition to his silk paintings Filomeno also works with blown glass.

Price range information: Smaller cast acrylics start around $5,000 to $50,000.

Angelo Filomeno is now based out of New York City.

In this clip we view the artist’s exhibit at the Venice Biennial that took place in 2007:

In this clip we view some of Angelo Filomeno’s wonderful embroidery work:


I really enjoy his sense of design. Most artist’s I have seen that use embroidery don’t have nearly the draughtmanship skills of Angelo Filomeno!


Artist of the moment…..Norval Morrisseau

Norval Morrisseau was a Five Nations artist born in Beardmore, Ontario, Canada in the year 1932. His nickname was “Copper Thunderbird.” Marc Chagall named him the Picasso of the North. Picasso and Chagall even attended a Morrisseau exhibition together. Morrisseau was self taught and new he would be an artist from the age of a child.

Founder of the Woodlands School of Canadian Art.

Part of the Anishinaabe clan.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $80,000.

Many times he will sign his works in syllabics writing.

Morrisseau worked in acrylics and was a very active printmaker.

In this clip from the Norval Morrisseau Historical Society we view many of the artists works:

In  this clip we view Norval Morrisseau giving a brief lecture.  He had amazing energy!

Morrisseau passed away in 2007 at the age of 75 years of age.

Norval Morrisseau was the first member of a First Nations clan to have a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Canada.

What a wonderful artist I love his style that s slightly more realistic than other First Nations Tribes.


Artist of the moment……Hippolyte Petitjean

Hippolyte Petitjean was born in 1854 in the city of Macon, France. Petitjean painted in a realist manner and also a pointalist style. I attended the wonderful show celebrating Parisian painters at the Denver Art Museum, and was fascinated at the look of this work from far away.

Hippolyte Petitjean began an apprentice ship with a local artist when he was thirteen years old. At that time he also began taking evening drawing lessons. The lessons paid off and the artist won a city scholarship to attend the Ecole des Beaux- Arts in Paris, France. A major influence at the institution was the founder of the Society of the Beautiful Arts named Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. Chavannes had a strong impact on the painter.

In the mid 1870s he joined the Neo-Impressionist group after being asked to join by Georges Seurat.

Over his career he would earn a living as a drawing teacher and a painter. As a painter he would go through periods of painting more realistically with a palette of muted greys. He would also go through periods of time where he painted with a pointalist style that emphasized many droplets of color.

The artist passed away in 1929.

Price range information: Works are in watercolor and oils and range from $5,000 to $100,000.

The work of Hippolyte Petitjean really impressed me in person at the Denver Art Museum. It was my favorite pointalist painting!



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