Archive for February, 2014

Artist of the moment……Giulio Turcato

Giulio Turcato was an Italian painter renown for his abstract works. Giulio Turcato was born in Montova, Italy in the year 1912.

For his artistic education Turcato attended the Venice Academy School of Nude Studies located in Venice, Italy.

After his schooling he was able to find work at an architecture firm.

Growing up he had a weak heart and spent much time in hospital. Picasso and the Cubist movement inspired Turcato during this time period.

Turcato went on to become a key figure and founder of many abstract movements that took place in Europe.

Gulio Turcato was part of the 1942 Venice Biennial.

Turcato passed away in 1995.

Price range information: The artist worked as a printmaker and also in mediums including acrylics, oils, collage, and watercolor. Works range from $5,000 to $80,000.

In this clip we view a show from 2012:

I love the shapes that this abstract artist uses and sometimes layers on top of each other giving the work a feeling of dimension and fluidity.


Artist of the moment…..Rosa Marie Bonheur

Rosa Marie Bonheur was born in Bordeaux, France in the year 1822. Bonheur was renown for her animal paintings and sculptures. In addition to her paintings many engravings of her artwork were produced.

Her father was a trained artist who was a great teacher named Oscar Raymond Bonheur. His daughter was kicked out of many schools as a youngster and finally her father took her as his student.Oscar Bonheur was part of a movement that championed the cause of wonen being educated alongside men. Oscar Raymond Bonheur lived from 1796 to 1849. Below an example of his wonderful drawings he was famous  for.

Rosa Bonheur won a gold medal at the famed Paris Salon.

Rosa Bonheur was a painter and sculptor.

The artist was also famous for wearing mens clothing.
To get her knowledge of anatomy Rosa Bonheur went to great measures including attending horse fairs, visiting slaughterhouses, and going to vet schools and participate in dissectations of animals.

Rosa Bonheur passed away in 1899 at the age of 77 years of age.

In this clip we view some works set to the Jungle Book song! Great for the animals she portrayed so wonderfully!

Oscar Raymond Bonheur had four children that went on to become professional artists. Entries on the other children will come shortly!

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $300,000. Bonheur was an avid printmaker and worked in charcoal, oils, watercolors, and gouache.


Artist of the moment…….Ernst Kirchner

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was born in Aschaffenburg, Germany in the year 1880. The artist was a painter, sculptor, and printmaker.

For his artistic education Kirchner attended school in Dresden and Munich, Germany. He studied art and architecture.

Kirchner was part of the legendary New York  City Armory Show of 1913.

Was a participant in World War 1 but was discharged due to a nervous breakdown.

In this clip some works by Kirchner set to music:

Kirchner had much of his art seized by the Nazi party. His work was called degenerate and the artist was made to resign his position as a member of the Prussian Academy where he had been in the position for six years. Much of his work was destroyed or sold.

After having so much of his art and career ruined by the Nazi party, Ernst Kirchner took his own life in 1938.

In this clip a work from 1913 by Kirchner is talked about by a curator at the M.O.M.A.:

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 for prints to more than $2 million for works at auction.

Kirchner is part of several important collections including the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art both located in New York City.


Artist of the moment……..Darren Waterston

Darren Waterston is a wonderful abstract artist born in Fresno, California in the year 1965. For his artistic education Waterston attended the Otis Art Institute located in Los Angeles, California. In addition the artist also studied in Germany before attending Otis.

Waterston has a great sense of color. His designs are very fluid he gets great effects on his surface from applying paint using many different techniques. I enjoy the works that seem to have two different applications of paint layered on top of each other.

The artist works in oils and acrylics in addition to being an avid printmaker.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

His work reminds of eastern landscape painters who are trying to capture a feeling of emotion, rather than a specific landscape locale.

In this clip we visit a show featuring the work of Darren Waterston at the D.C. Moore Gallery:


Artist of the moment…..Fannie Moody and father Francis Moody

Fannie Moody was a fantastic painter of domestic animals and the landscape. Her father was also a renown painter of animals named Francis Wollaston Moody. Her father also taught decorative painting.

Fannie Moody was born in the year 1861.

It seems by her portfolio Fannie Moody enjoyed painting terriers the most of any breed.

Fannie Moody worked in many mediums including watercolors, pastels , lithography, and oils.

Fannie Moody passed away in 1948.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $20,000.

Francis Wollaston Moody was painter of people and the figure and also was a teacher of decorative painter. The artist was born in the year 1824. The artist passed away in 1886. Below some fine examples of his style:

Another great family of artists!


Artist of the moment…….Giancarlo Impiglia

Giancarlo Impiglia is an Italian artist working in an Art Deco style. Giancarlo Impiglia was born in the year 1940 in     . Impiglia has worked as a muralist and also works with mosaics and even produces wood sculpture. For his subject matter Impiglia likes to depict the social scenery of New York city and the Urban lifestyle. For his artistic education Impiglia attended the Liceo Artistico and the Academy of Fine Arts located in Rome, Italy.

One aspect I love about his work is the fact the faces are left off. No detail is given, just the colors of the clothes and such. We understand through his work at this level of society its all about the bling. Living the Great Gatsby experience!

His signature style involves playing with the shapes of the art deco style, and also with great use of color and movement in his designs.

Impiglia moved to the United States in 1974. Impiglia is based out of New York City.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip a visit to the artist’s studio:

What a great style! Modern and classic at the same time! The artist also enjoys working additions including gold leaf.


Artist of the moment………Harvey Littleton

Harvey Littleton was a great ceramic and glass artist born in Corning, New York in 1922. His father worked for the Corning Glassworks company as a lead researcher and is credited with inventing a glassware still used today called Pyrex.

For his artistic education Littleton attended the University of Michigan where he studied physics for three semesters. The artist quit school and attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art located in Blooming Hills, Michigan. The artist would eventually study industrial design. Whilst a student he was able to learn from two master sculptors Marshall Fredericks and Carl Milles.

Littleton went on to earn a bachelors degree from Michigan and a masters degree of fine art from the Crannbrook Academy. His career started as a ceramist working with simple forms including vases and basic cylinders.

Littleton was key in bringing glass ware from an industrial setting to a more studio setting where studio artists could easily work with his favorite material, glass. The artist gave the first studio glass blowing seminar in 1962 at the Toledo Museum of Art.

The artist served in the Army for three years.

A short clip and brief biography about Harvey Littleton:

In this video we visit Littleton at his workshop:

A student of Littleton that went on to have tremendous respect in the field is the master glass artist Dale Chihuly already profiled here.

Littleton retired from teaching in 1976 to concentrate on his own art.

Harvey Kline Littleton passed away in 2013 at the age of 91 years old.

What wonderful contributions this artist made to the world of glass. Its also interesting to see how a great scientist (his father) was a key element in his appreciation of glass. Where his dad saw industry, the son saw art!


Price range information: Sorry none available.

Harvey Littleton is part of many public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Art located in New York City.


Artist of the moment……Peter Zimmermann

Peter Zimmerman is a wonderful German artist working in an abstract manner. Zimmermann is renowned for his blob paintings. These works are made by taking a photo and then abstracting the shape onto a canvas using photoshop and other techniques he has learned over the years. The works are colored using an airbrush. These works are also finished with epoxy resin.

Zimmermann’s work is  a great blend of old school mediums such as the airbrush, and modern mediums including the computer program “Photoshop.”

For his artistic education Zimmermann attended the Academie der Bildenden Kunste located in Stuttgart, Germany.

Zimmermann has produced multiple books of his artwork.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $60,000.

Peter Zimmermann is based out of Cologne, Germany where he also teaches.

In this clip a great documentary:

Part two of the documentary:



Artist of the moment……..Rufus Moody

Rufus Moody was a great Haida artist who enjoyed depicting the various myths and legends of his culture. Moody worked in argillite stone most of time. Rufus Moody was renown for his sculptured totem poles.

Rufus Moody enjoyed working with argillite stone the best. He also loved to teach younger artisans how to carve in argillite. In 1950 with Claude Davidson the two artists began to teach other artists how to work in argillite.

The artist came from a family of respected artists his father named Arthur Moody. And his grandfather also a well respected carver named Thomas Moody.

Rufus Moody was born in 1923 in Skidgate Village, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada.

The artist is part of many collections including the National Gallery of Canada located in Ottawa, Canada. In addition he is part of the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Rufus Moody passed away in 1998.

Rufus belonged to the Tanu Wolf Clan.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

A great fact about the artist is that he carved the tallest argillite totem pole in existence at slightly larger than 6 feet in length. This piece is located at the Vancouver, British Columbia Museum of Anthropology.

Rufus Moody was made an Order of Canada.

Artist of the moment…….Woodrow Wilson Big Bow

Woodrow Wilson Big Bow was the grandson of Chief Big Bow of the Kiowa nation.Woodrow Wilson Big Bow was born in the year 1914 in Carnegie,  Oklahoma.  For his artistic education Big Bow attended the University of Oklahoma.

Big Bow was an illustrator and mural painter as well. After college he found work as a theater and set designer and painter.

Woodrow Wilson Big Bow is included in the collection of the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of the American Indian.

Big Bow worked in many mediums including watercolor, gouache, and tempura.

For much of his working career Big Bow was based out of Yukon, Oklahoma.

Big Bow passed away in 1998.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

I found his designs similar to the artist R.C. Gorman.


Next entries » · « Previous entries