Archive for March 7, 2014

Artist of the moment…… Mark Flood

Mark Flood is wonderful abstract artist born in Houston, Texas in the year 1957. The artist works often with a lace design that is put over many colors. The work is lively and colorful with many patterns and shapes that are a joy to look at.

The artist works in collage and with acrylics.

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

For his artistic education Flood attended Rice University located in Texas.

Flood is based out of Houston, Texas.

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New Collage!……The Collector / African American Room

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So here we have a new paper collage. I enjoy celebrating the collector in art. This room is called the African American Room.

Each artist is an African American.

On the left we have Alma Thomas. Thomas was one of few African American Abstract Expressionist paintings. She was known for her basic geometric shapes and using bold and vivid color. Alma Thomas lived from 1891 to 1978.

In the middle we have Kara Walker. ¬†For this work I made the dancer Josephine Baker using Kara Walker’s signature paper cut out with black paper. Walker enjoys portraying racism and actions that took place in the 1800s. Slavery and persecution are a repeated topic. I chose to liven up the work by adding some fleur de lis feathers. As an African American woman Josephine Baker chose to move to France and live where she could be seen and celebrated and not worry about her race. Kara Walker was born in 1969.

Lastly on the right we have the wonderful Jacob Lawrence. Jacob Lawrence lived from 1917 to 2000. A key figure in the Harlem Renaissance Lawrence made wonderful works of art celebrating the African American culture and in particular the Great Migration to the northern United States after the tough road of civil rights and freedom taking place in the South.

The work is small measuring 12 inches by 12 inches.

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Artist of the moment…….Morris Cole Graves

Morris Cole Graves was a wonderful painter of abstract and floral imagery. The artist dropped out of high school and worked on the seas. Graves went back to school and graduated at the age of 22 years old.

Price range information: The artist worked in many mediums including bronzes, gouache,  charcoal, tempera, oils, acrylics, and printmaking. Prices range from $5,000 to $150,000.

Graves worked on the Federal Arts Project.

The artist also painted insects and animals but is more known for his abstract and botanical works.

One repeated image the artist liked to repeat was that of a bird singing or in pain. These are realist works but I can also see some Cubist sense of design in these works as well.

Graves was drafted to serve in World War 2. He called himself a pacifist and spent 11 months in a guardhouse.

Morris Cole Graves passed away in 2001 at the age of 90 years old.

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