Archive for January 17, 2014

Artist of the moment…….Chu Teh Chun

Chu Teh Chun is one of China’s most celebrated painters. Chu Teh Chun was born in the year 1920 in Baitou Zhen in Jiangsu province, China. His family comes from a tradition of doctors. His work is a wonderful blend of realism and abstraction with wonderful usage of color. As much of eastern painting the idea is to create a mood or atmosphere, rather than recreate a specific locale. Chu Teh Chun does this perfectly.

For his artistic education Chun attended the National School for the Arts in Hangzhou, China. Whilst here he would meet another abstract painter already profiled here Zao Wou-Ki.

Chu Teh Chun taught a the collegiate level for many years. He was a professor at University of Nankin. In addition the artist taught in Taiwan.

Chu Teh Chun would spend time visiting various cities in Europe before settling in Paris, France.

Many of his works are done on a very large scale.

The artist has had exhibitions in many museums in China.

The artist was admired by French President Jacques Chirac.

Price range information: Prints , watercolors, and in works range between $5,000 and $100,000. Works in oils have broken $1,000,000 at auction. Ceramic works :No pricing available.

In this clip works by Chu Teh Chun :


Artist of the moment…..Rashaad Newsome

Rashaad Newsome is an African American artist who works in many mediums including collage, film, installations, and performance art. Rashad Newsome was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in the year 1979. His collage works are my favorite as his interpretation of the modern “Coat of Arms” include all of the modern images we see on tv. In addition to the collages or prints, Newsome adds his own sense of design by individually making each frame a work of art.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Newsome grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and attended college at Tulane University.

The artist was part of the 2010 Whitney Biennial.

Before he was able to support himself as an artist Newsome worked odd jobs from being a nude model to working on underground hip hop music videos.

Newsome is based out of New York City.

In this clip we view some of Newsome’s video work:

One artist that showed the young Newsome he could have a successful art career was Madeleine Faust. Faust is a sculptor and below an example of her style.

As for his film work a heavy influence was film and video artist Paul Pfeiffer. Below an example of his video work.

In this clip Newsome talks about his very unique collage works that deal with his invented style of coats of arms.

What a talented artist who works in many mediums for us to enjoy. For another artist who is familiar to Hip Hop fans check out my article on of MTV’s first VJs Fab Five Freddy.