Archive for March 18, 2014

Artist of the moment…….Robert Delaunay

Time for another discussion about husband and wife painters, first up the French artsit Robert Delaunay. Robert Delaunay was born in Paris, France in the year 1885. The artist came from a wealthy family of aristocratic pedigree.After high school the artist attended a school that specialized in the decorative arts. Delaunay began his career by painting theater sets.

price range information: Works range from $5,000 for a lithograph to more than $6 million at auction for an original oil. The artist also worked in watercolors, gouache, and produced bronzes.

Below a great selection of works by Robert Delaunay set to music:

His wife was also a painter, Sophia Delaunay. Husband and wife helped to found the Orhpism movement. This movement used geometric shapes with bold and vibrant colors.

In some portraits Robert Delaunay uses squares of paint similar to artist Chuck Close. These works have a look similar to that of a mosaic work of art.

Delaunay passed away in 1941.


Artist of the moment……Jean Paul Riopelle

Jean Paul Riopelle was a Canadian painter, printmaker, and sculptor born in Montreal, Canada in the year 1923. The artist began to take drawing instruction from the age of ten years old. Riopelle worked in many mediums including oils, watercolors, lithography,

For his artistic education Riopelle studied modern and traditional paintings styles at the National School of Art  and also studied architecture at the Polytechnic Institute both located in Montreal, Canada.

The artist joined the Canadian group of painters the Automastistes.

In 1947 the artist relocated to Paris, France and exhibited with the Surrealist painters. In the late 1940s the artist would switch to a more Abstract Expression style of painting.

You may see some Jackson Pollack like similarities with Riopelle. Riopelle enjoyed laying paint on very thick in an impasto manner.

Riopelle was in a long relationship with the painter Joan Mitchell. The both had houses and studios close to Givery, France. You may recognize Giverny as the gardens where Monet produced his magic.

Riopelle was made a member of the Canadian Academy of Art.

From Christie’s Auction House we view a painting getting ready for auction by Jean Paul Riopelle with a pre-sale estimate of more than $1 million dollars:

He is estimated to have completed nearly two thousand paintings.

Jean Paul Riopelle passed away in 2002.

Price range information: Works range from $25,000 to more than $1 million dollars for a work at auction. The artist made collages and worked in oils, watercolor, and mixed media.


New Collage…..the Collector Series….the American Collector

Here we have a new collage by me! This work celebrates the collector’s house as sort of a museum, a work of art in itself. This work features three great American Artists of the 1960s, can you name them?

First up on the left we have Frank Stella. Stella is an American painter born in 1932. Stella attended Princeton University. Stella burst upon the international art scene after winning grand prize at the 1967 Tokyo Biennial of Paintings. Stella is perhaps best known for his work with the square or rectangle shape, but Stella had a remarkable grasp of color and also broke out from the basic geometric shapes he started with and developed his own highly dynamic organic shapes.

In the middle we have the King of Comic/ Fine Art Roy Lichtenstein. The artist was born in 1923. Lichtenstein beat Warhol to the comic book style of Pop Art that came to prominence in the early 1960s. Warhol tried comics as well, but Lichtenstein’s comics had a more polished, finished, and refined work and Warhol moved on to his soup cans and brillo boxes!  Lichtenstein attended the Art Student’s League of New York City as a teenager. Lichtenstein would go on to earn a MFA from Ohio State University. Lichtenstein was most famous for his use of Ben Day dots to add color. It was difficult to find an appropriate paper to do this study.

On the right we have my favorite artist of all time, Andy Warhol born in 1923. Here we have a great example of his sculpture work with his brillo boxes. Warhol would make art of grocery store containers and from Warhol Museum of Art we not only the Brillo box, but other examples as well.

I hope to post some more work soon!

This collage measures 12 by 12 inches and is comprised of variety of art and scrapbooking papers.

Have a creative day today!


Artist of the moment……Aminah Robinson

Aminah Robinson is an African American artist born in Columbus, Ohio in the year 1940. For his collegiate education Aminah Robinson attended what is now the Columbus College of Art and Design. Robinson is a painter, printmaker, and sculptor. Her sculpture work is made up from an idea she got as a child, everything could be an art material and to make your own materials if need be. She refers to her  works as made out of “hogmawg.” Some materials used include mud, grease, glue, and natural dyes.

I enjoy the exaggerated hand she uses in many of her figures. The viewer can easily get an idea as to how hard it must have been to be a hard laborer, working in the cotton or tobacco fields of the South.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we go to the home studio of Aminah Robinson:

What a remarkable artist! I compare her works to the great Betye Saar. I enjoy her use of mixed media such as buttons in  her artwork!

Below a brief biography about Robinson with more of her artwork: