Archive for March 11, 2014

Artist of the moment…..Itee Pootoogook

Itee Pootoogook is a fantastic printmaker from the Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada region born in the year 1951.

His father was one of the most famous Inuit artists who was a master printer and sculptor named Paulassie Pootoogook.

Itee Pootoogook is renowned for his landscapes of the arctic region. Pootoogook has a great sense of color.

The artist first work to appear as part of print collection was in 2008.

In this clip renowned art critic Sarah Milroy talks about an exhibition featuring the work of Itee Pootoogook:

And we have a our first arctic colorist. Due to his use of color the artist’s work has a very modern feel to it.

Itee Pootoogook works for the most part with coloured pencil on paper.

Price range information: Most works priced between $,1000 and $2,000.

The Pootoogook clan is another great family of multiple generations of artisans.


Artist of the moment…….Michael Goldberg

Michael Goldberg was an American painter renowned for his Abstract Expressionist style of painting. Michael Goldberg was born in New York City in the year 1924. Goldberg used great color with bold brushstrokes in producing his artwork. Goldberg was a painter, collage artist, and printmaker.

For his artistic education Goldberg studied with Hans Hofmann privately. In addition Goldberg attended the Art Student’s League of New York City.

Michael Goldberg passed away in 2007.

In this clip below with our beloved art amigo James Kalm(Loren Munk) we visit a show featuring Michael Goldberg.Kalm visits other galleries but the part showing the works of Goldberg begins at 3:34 into the clip.  The show took place the same year the artist passed away:

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $250,000.


Artist of the moment…….Maynard Maenzanise

Maynard Maenzanise is a contemporary Shona artist born in 1964 in Rusape, Zimbabwe. After finishing his general schooling the artist found work as a security guard. Maenzanise continued to create his artwork on the side. He soon took the plunge and slowly began to sell his artwork at local venues eventually quitting his guard job and becoming a full time artist.

Price range information:  Works range from $300 to $3,000.

What I enjoy most about Maynard Maenzanise is his ability to produce what could be termed traditional shona art, simple shaped highly expressive characters. Maenzanise can also switch to more detailed highly realistic work.

The artist also sculpts remarkable usable art such as the bookends in the gallery. Another great fact about the artist is that he works in wood as well as the traditional stones found in the area.


Artist of the moment……Sue Williams

Sue Williams is an American artist renowned for abstract and figurative works. Sue Williams was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois in the year 1954. For her artistic education Sue Williams attended the California Institute of the Arts located in Valencia, California. The artist briefly attended the Cooper Union School of Art located in New York City.

The artist came to fame in the 1980s when she painted many works that showed nude figures engaged in sex. Since then her work has become more abstract and with her great sense of color  Williams is one of my favorite artists. Great color and sublime shapes makes for exciting artwork that you can look at all day because you can always find something different to look at in the painting. What I like most about her work is her variety of line weight. As an artist who grew up idolizing the great Al Hirschfeld, I find that Williams has the same fluid line as the great caricature master.

In this clip we view a show from 2008 featuring Sue Williams:

Another unique idea employed by Williams is to paint certain body areas. Hands or feet but rarely the whole figure. Sometimes even bones or blood vessels are painted.

Sue Williams is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Williams is included in many prestigious collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of Art both located in New York City.

The artist is a proud feminist painter that enjoys working with sexism and gender bias as well as politics in her work. If you enjoy this genre be sure and check out the already profiled Judy Chicago for some similar ideas!

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $100,000. Williams is a well established printmaker.

And to close we visit a show from 2010: