Archive for March 4, 2014

Artist of the moment……Amadeo Souza Cardoso

Amadeo de Souza Cardoso was born in Mancelos, Amarante, Portugal in the year 1887.

Amadeo de Souza Cardoso attended the Superior School of Fine Arts located in Lisbon, Portugal. As a young man he mastered the art of caricature. Another caricature artist who went on to great success as a painter would be the great Claude Monet. Cardoso also attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts located in Paris, France.

Cardoso was part of the ground breaking Armory Exhibition of 1913. This was a ground breaking show in America for the Modernist painters.

Cardoso also experimented with the Cubist style of painting.

A brief bio and montage of works by Amadeo de Souza Cardoso:

Amadeo de Souza de Cardoso passed away in 1918 at the age of 30 years old from the Spanish Flu.

Price range information: Sorry none available.


Artist of the moment……..Philip Guston

Philp  Guston was born in Montreal, Canada in the year 1913. Guston would go on to become one of the masters of Abstract Expressionist  painting.

Price range information: Lithographs can be found starting around $10,000. Original oils have brought as much as $26 million dollars at auction.

Guston and his family moved to United States and settled down in Los Angeles, California as a youngster.

During his high school years he attended Los Angeles Manual Arts High School where a fellow classmate was Jackson Pollack.

The artist was part of the teaching faculty at many colleges and universities including New York University and the Pratt Institute.

For his artistic education Guston briefly attended the Otil Art Institute of Los Angeles, California.

Guston did works for the Works Progress Administration.

With our great friend James Kalm, we visit a show featuring the work of Philp Guston in honor of his hundredth birthday which would have been in 2013:

Guston was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Philip Guston passed away in 1980.

Artist of the moment……Nowart……Arnaud Rabier

Nowart also known as Arnaud Rabier is a  French street artist renown for his work which blends realism with fantasy. His works are very busy and filled with fun shapes that twist and turn to give his work an added sense of dimension. Arnaud Rabier was born in the year 1968.

In this clip we view some works from Paris, France by Nowart.  The artist has now taken up flower painting! :

Some works are actually paintings on canvas. Such as this remarkable work below! Its a painting of a street artist at work!


Nowart uses many mediums in his works. An average work contains felt tip marker, spray paint, gouache, and acrylic paint.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view his more realistic work in time lapse:

No more information on this awesome street artist! But I had never seen anything like his work on the street artists already profiled here. That Van Gogh is great as its a painting, and it makes reference to one of my favorite painters in Vincent Van Gogh.


Artist of the moment…….John Chamberlain

Continuing our discussion about artists who renowned for their work with the automobile we have the great John Chamberlain. John Chamberlain was born in Rochester, Indiana in the year 1927.  Chamberlain was an abstract artist. The artist was a printmaker and sculptor. His sculpture works are what he is known most for. These involve pieces of automobiles crushed and then made into a new shape.

I like to think of the works as time capsule. I would love to see what a 2 by 3 foot piece of different cars next to each other looks like. For instance a Prius, a Cadillac, a Suburban, and a retro 1960s bug. It would be awesome to see what the different materials and coloring or rust perhaps on the vintage bug looked like. A very original concept and idea.

For his artistic education Chamberlain attended the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois. In addition Chamberlain attended Black Mountain College located in North Carolina.

The artist was a recipient  of Guggenheim Fellowship.

Chamberlain was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The artist passed away in 2011 at the age of 84 years of age.

In this clip a great interview with John Chamberlain.I found it interesting that he says all art is abstract. Andrew Wyeth used to argue that people said he was a photorealist, but he saw himself as a abstract painter. He loved to break things down and paint the abstracted forms. For instance wood or grass can be instantly recognizable, but also very abstract.

Price range information: Lithographs and silkscreens start at $4,000. At high end large sculptures have sold for $5 million at auction.

In this clip from Sotheby’s we view many steel sculpture works:

What a unique way to use the automobile in art!