Archive for March 9, 2014

Artists of the moment…….photographer Slim Aarons

Photographer Slim Aarons was born in New York City in the year 1916. Aaron was renowned for his images of the jet setting and celebrity lifestyle. Many images concentrate on having fun at the pool.

His birth name was George Allen Aarons.

After high school he joined the army as it was the time of World War 2. This was the beginning of his lifelong journey with photography.

In this clip we view his most famous work, Kings of Hollywood. You might recognize Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart:

Slim Aarons was renowned for his images of the good life and poolside parties. In this clip we view the artist at his best with his subject of leisure activities!:

Aarons loved to make spontaneous decisions such and never used a make up artist and preferred to shoot with natural light.

Slim Aarons passed away in 2006.

price range information: Works range from $500 to $8,000.

I love the pool side compositions of this artist. Another photographer who captures the beach scene with great skill is the photographer Massimo Vitali.


Artist of the moment……Kunichika Toyohara

Kunichika Toyohara was a world renowned Japanese printmaker born in the Edo district of Tokyo, Japan in the year 1835. The artist got his name by the two masters who taught him, Kunisada and Chikanobu.

His birth name was Oshima Yashohachi. His father ran a public bath house. His father was a poor businessman and lost the family business. Relatives even changed their name to distance themselves from his father.

In this clip we view 50 unique prints by the artist:

The artist loved to drink alcohol and visit the brothels. Toyohara was known for his exploits and lifestyle as much as his paintings. In fact beautiful women serve as a large portion of his artistic output.

Kunichika Toyohara passed away in 1900.

What makes Kunichika Toyohara unique is that he used reds and reddish purple’s more so than any other artist of his time. This would be akin to seeing Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and then a Warhol. His work stood out like this due to his very bold colour choices! Very distinctive!

Price range information: Prints start around $500 and reach as high as $16,000.