Archive for February, 2014

Artist of the moment……Samuel Borenstein

Samuel Borenstein was born in Lithuania in the year 1908. Borenstein painted in an expressionist and impressionistic manner the landscapes of his native country and his adopted country of Canada.

Borenstein worked in many mediums including watercolor, oils, ink, and gouache.

For his artistic education Borenstein was basically self taught having only been to a formal school for art for less than one year.

The artist moved to Montreal, Quebec,  Canada in the year 1921.

Borenstein was based out of Montreal for most of his adult life.

Samuel Borenstein passed away in 1969.

The artist had a daughter named Joyce Borenstein who is an artist. Joyce Borenstein wrote and directed a movie that told the story of her father named “Colours of my father: A  Portrait of Sam Borenstein. “

The movie was nominated for an Academy Award.

Another great family of artists!

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Artist of the moment…….David D. Stern

David D. Stern was born in Essen, Germany in the year 1956. Stern paints the figure with a very thick impasto technique. The end result  is a figure lost in a sea of abstracted shapes.

For his artistic education Stern attended the Dusseldorf Art Academy. In addition Stern attended the F.H. Dortmund Art School located in Dortmund, Germany.

Stern moved to the United States in 1994 settling in New York City in 1995.

The artist was affected by the events of September 11, 2001 and his artistic output slowed. In recent years however Stern has been active again as a painter.

David Stern is based out of New York City.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip a brief biography on David Stern:

What a great paint surface the artist achieves. The work is both figurative and very abstract at the same time.


Artist of the moment……Jack Tworkov

Jack Tworkov was born in Biala Podlaska, Russian Empire in the year 1900. Tworkov was renowned for his abstract paintings. When he began as an artist Tworkov wanted to be a writer.  For his artistic education Tworkov attended Columbia University, the National Academy of Design, and the Art Student’s League of New York City.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $500,000. Tworkov worked as a printmaker and also in watercolor, oils, and acrylic.

Tworkov was also an avid teacher working at many well respected institutions with art programs including American University, Black Mountain College, Pratt Institute, and Yale University.

His family moved to the United States in 1913.

In this clip we view some works by Tworkov set to Chopin:

In many of his abstract works Tworkov worked with basic geometric shapes and basic color.

Tworkov died in 1982 at the age of 82 years of age.


Artist of the moment…….William Brice

William Brice was born in New York City in the year 1921. Brice was renown for his wonderful blend of abstract and figurative works. Brice worked in many mediums including printmaking, oils, ink, charcoal, and pastel.

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His mother was a well known actress and radio personality  named Fannie Brice. Below a picture of his mother.


The artist’s father had a tough life. He enjoyed gambling and sometimes ripped people off with various schemes in order to gamble.

As his mother made good money acting William Brice had a private art teacher in his early years. The artist enjoyed the paintings of Picasso and Matisse. I can easily see Matisse coming into play for his great use of color. Brice when on to study at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, California. Later the artist would attend the Art Student’s League of New York City.

Brice had his first solo show at the age of 26 years of age at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

In this clip we view a collection of 25 years of drawings from Brice and hear about his influence on another  artist:

The artist was also a teacher in Los Angeles working for the Jepsen Art Institute and then U.C.L.A.

Brice passed away at the age of 86 years of age in 2008.


Artist of the moment……..Asaad Arabi

Asaad Arabi was born in Damascus, Syria in the year 1941. Arabi works in a very modern style and blends a great sense of design with cultural motifs to create some truly magnificent paintings. Arabi enjoys painting city scenes with women in lengthy Arabic clothing. My personal favorite of the artists are his works of jazz musicians.

Asaad Arabi likes to paint not only what we see, but what might be hidden just beneath the surface.

Arabi is based out of Paris, France.

For his collegiate education Asaad Arabi attended the Sorbonne where he earned a PhD in Aesthetics.

Some prominent collections holding his works include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Barcelona Contemporary Museum of Art.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Most works painted by this artist are in acrylic. He seems to lay it on very thick, the works have a great paint quality to them. Very expressive indeed!


Artist of the moment……Auguste Bonheur

Auguste Bonheur was another child of the renown painter and teacher Oscar Raymond Bonheur. Auguste Bonheur was born in Bordeaux, France in the year 1824. Auguste Bonheur was renown for his paintings of animals and the landscape.

Auguste Bonheur was the first son born to Oscar Raymond Bonheur.

The artist was a medal winning artist at the famed Paris Salon.

For his artistic education Auguste Bonheur attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts located in Paris, France.

His sister has already been profiled here, Rosa Marie Bonheur. A wonderful painter of the animals and the landscape.

The artist passed away in 1884 in Paris, France.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $30,000. Auguste Bonheur worked many in oils.

Auguste Bonheur is part many prominent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, England and the Museum of Art located in New York City.

What an awesome family of painters! Its great to see that most children took what lessons their father taught them, and all surpassed him with their high level of talent!

More on the other artists of this family coming soon!


Artist of the moment…….Bernard Stern

Bernard Stern was a  painter who was also a  printmaker, and sculptor who enjoyed working with the face and figure. The artist also created a large body of rather abstract works.

His lineage is more difficult to remember than most artists! Stern was British and born in Brussels, Belgium.Stern was married first to a Vietnamese princess and later to an American woman.

He lived in all of the major artistic cities at some point. London, England and Paris, France and New York City.

Bernard Stern came from a short family and he also was very short but had a great work ethic and tremendous  determination.

The artist lived an incredible life as he was born to  wealthy Jewish family in Brussels, Belgium in the year 1920. He was the only son. As his family was Jewish one day all of their possessions weren’t theirs anymore and the artist didn’t panic. He had belief in himself and turned out to be a great businessman with his lampshade painting business!

Bernard Stern was also a great businessman. He created a company that specialized in painting lampshades.

The artist did marry a princess from Vietnam. The couple had three children. The marriage ended and Stern took up painting avidly once again.

Stern was known as the man who lived life at 100,000 volts!

What a great businessman and artist! The artist also had a great collection of art. What an amazing life this artist had. It seems he had the best of everything and still wanted to create art!

Bernard Stern was killed in a car accident in France in 2002 and was killed at the age of 82 years of age.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Stern is part of museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, France and the Museum of Modern Art located in Chicago, Illinois.

What a talented artist with a very unique lifestyle !


Artist of the moment…….Louise K. Stone

Louise K. Stone was born in Findlay, Ohio in the year 1902. Stone was an abstract painter who worked with basic geometric shapes and great color.

For his artistic education Louise Stone attended the Cincinnati Academy of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. Stone also took classes at the Art Student’s League of New York City.

The artist also studied in Germany with Hans Hoffman.

Louise K. Stone passed away in 1984.

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Artist of the moment…….Wei Zixi

Wei Zixi was a very prolific Chinese painter of the landscape and figure.  Zixi did much of his work with ink painted on hanging scrolls.

Wei Zixi was born in 1915 in Suiping, Henan, China.

The artist was a member of the Jiangsu Chinese Paint Academy.

Wei Zixi passed away in 2002.

I wish more information was available for this artist! In the upcoming posts we will spend some time looking at the wonderful Chinese painters that work on hanging scrolls. I love the atmosphere and design of these well executed works!

In this clip we visit a museum named for the artist. Not much artwork of Wei Zixi is shown. I included the clip as it contains a wonderful part in which traditional landscape painter Henry Li shows which brushes he uses to make clouds, mountains, and trees:

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $75,000.

Wei Zixi was able to get great depth on his wonderful compositions. The artist was also a very capable draftsman I would rank in the same category of other landscape artists including Claude Lorraine.


Artist of the moment……Marcel Russ

Marcel Russ is a wonderful artist representing the Haida (Raven Clan). Marcel Russ was born in Queen Charlotte Islands in the year 1973. Other artists in his family include his father Ron Russ.

Russ works as a jewelry designer, sculptor of totem poles, and graphic designer, and printmaker.

The artist learned how to work with argillite from his father. He started working with this stone when he was 8 years old. He began to work with wood when he was 12 years of age.

The artist also has an uncle named Chris Russ who is also an artist. It runs in the family genes! Through out  the Haida nation both sides of his families have been renowned for their work with argillite and wood carvings.

Price range information: Works range from $500 to $20,000.

In this clip a candid interview about giving back to your local community with Marcel Russ:

Another great family of artists to profile!


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