Archive for April, 2014

Artist of the moment……Howard Mehring


Howard Mehring was born in the year 1931. Mehring is associated with the Washington Color Field School.

For his artistic education Mehring attended Wilson’s Teacher’s College earning a bachelors degree. Mehring also attended the  Catholic University American National Institute for the Arts and Letters, located in Washington D.C. where he studied under Kenneth Noland.

Mehring painted in an abstract manner with loose brushwork before switching to a more hard edged style of painting.

Mehring is included in the Museum of Modern Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Howard Mehring passed away in 1978.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $40,000. The artist worked with oils and acrylics sometimes using a special magna acrylic paint.




Artist of the moment……Burton Morris


Burton Morris carries on the tradition that Warhol and other began in the 1960s, painting everyday ordinary items in a pop art style. Burton Morris was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the year 1964.

For his collegiate education Morris attended Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Art located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Morris knew he wanted his career to be an artist and began taking college classes whilst still in high school.

Before opening his own studio in 1990, Morris worked in the commercial art industry as an art director.

Bruce Morris designed the cover for the 2004 Oscar Awards.

A link to the website of Bruce Morris Studios:

The artist is also heavily collected in Hollywood by celebrities including Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt.

In this clip a brief interview with Burton Morris:

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Artist of the moment……Ismael De La Serna


Ismael De La Serna was born in Granada, Spain in the year 1897. De La Serna worked as an illustrator and painted in a Cubist style during his peak years. For his artistic education De La Serna attended the Granada Academy of Fine Arts located in Granada, Spain.

The artist painted still life works using musical instruments as a favorite subject. These works remind of the great Pablo Picasso and his work the” Guitar Player.” Both artists have made the violin come to life with their art!

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In this clip a great montage of works by Ismael De La Serna:

The artist is part of the Musee D’Orsay located in Paris, France.

Ismael De La Serna passed away in 1968.


Artist of the moment……Mabel Nigiyok

Mabel Nigiyok is a fantastic printmaker from Holman, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1938. Nigiyok has been included in the annual Holman annual print collection for more than 2 decades.

The artist became a great printmaker by watching other people who were already making a living at it, seeing what they did, and improving upon it. After making a few trips to the workshop in Holman the next year Nigiyok started developing her own prints.

Nigiyok loves to tell stories with her artwork. Nigiyok enjoys bringing to life the fables and stories she heard as a young child.

From a design aspect, Nigiyok is certainly one of the best Inuit draftsman as her works have an incredible feel of dimension rather than the flatter Inuit prints we usually see.

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Artist of the moment……..Fraser Smith


Fraser Smith makes incredible clothing items including bomber jackets, hats,and professional sports jerseys out of wood! All of the pictures in the gallery are all carvings. Each work begins with one piece of basswood. The work is then carved and Smith uses water based pigments to achieve the look of heavily worn objects.

Smith attended college at an Ivy league school, but I couldn’t find out which one.

Fraser Smith was born in 1958.

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A link to the website of Fraser Smith. Many more exciting works including long robes to look at here!

The artist is based out of Saint Pete’s Beach, Florida.

A brief interview with the artist in front of his artwork at ArtPrize 2013:

In this clip a longer interview with the artist at the ArtPrize 2013 event:

What a spectacular artist! Watching the wood become a soft material is magic!



Artist of the moment…….Street artist Hyuro


Hyuro is one of few practicing female street artists. From Argentia, Hyuro is a social realist street artist bringing to our attention the worlds treatment of women and minorities.

She began her art career as a canvas painter and gradually made the move to street art.

Her work reminds me Swoon, the American street artist who made her mark using wheat paste ups. Both have excellent drawing skills and use no color if any at all.

In this clip we view a great work that took much time to complete. Each of the individual murals are great, but when seen from a car and moving, the work comes to life with all of the animation. In this clip we view the creation of this work:

The artist now is based out of Valencia, Spain.

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What a great street art style, very simplistic and minimal with great draftsmanship.

To close we take a look at the mural above whilst moving in car, its very animated!


Artist of the moment…..Maekawa Senpan


Maekawa Senpan was a wonderful printmaker born in Kyoto, Japan in the year 1880. Senpan’s family ran a small business and the artist loved cartoons. Senpan was able to get many jobs creating comics and even had a strip in the Sunday paper.

Senpan was one of the first Sosaku Hanga artists that tried to do everything involved with the printing process himself. These first editions were not very good quality, were very small, and hardly anyone bought them.

After about a decade of printing by himself Senpan was able to master the technique.

Though many works were in his house that was bombed during World War 2, the artist was able to find great financial success with the American soldiers and businessman that occupied his country after the war. It was a great time for many of the printmakers.

Senpan enjoyed depicting people at leisure, such as going for a swim or to the spa. He also created landscapes showing the quiet farm life of the countryside.

Maekawa Senpan passed away in 1960.

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Artist of the moment…….Cameron Booth


Cameron Booth was the teacher that influenced the previous post, Phyllis Wiener, to move to Abstract painting. Cameron Booth was born in Erie, Pennsylvania in the year 1892. The artist was influenced by viewing the famous Armory show of 1913, the first showing of Abstract and Modernist art in the States.

Booth was a professor at the Minneapolis School of Art.

Booth also studied with Hans Hoffman.

Cameron Booth passed away in 1980.

Much of his impressionist style works deal with the landscapes of his surroundings in Minnesota. These works include small countryside farms and small mining towns of the past.

I enjoy the landscapes of this artist even more so than his abstract works. Booth was great at seeing and painting simple shapes that easily recognizable from a distance.

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Artist of the moment……Phyllis Wiener

Phyllis Wiener was a wonderful Abstract painter born in Iowa City, Iowa in the year 1921. Wiener spent much of life in Minnesota and was widely collected. Her works are awesome as far as design for the many different ways of applying paint that she used.

It seems at the underground or first level of the painting we have stains, all edges are fused and soft. The next layer often seems to include bubbles or floating shapes. The final contains silhouettes of organic and geometric shapes that also seem to be moving. From a design aspect, Wiener’s work is just as bit as impressive as a Kandinsky.

The artist’s first show was held in Boulder, Colorado in 1941.

In this clip we view an interview with the artist that took place in 2011:

For her collegiate education Wiener studied with the famed painter Grant Wood, picture the husband and wife typical “American farm family” of the past at the University of Iowa. Wiener also attended the University of Missouri.

A heavy influence on the artist’s push towards Abstract Expressionist painting was the artist Cameron Booth.

Phyllis Wiener passed away in 2013 at the age of 91 years old.

If you are looking to find some additional works you have to check for her other married names. Her maiden last name was Zager, but she was married three times and used the last names Downs and Ames in addition to Wiener.

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What a fantastic style of abstract art!


Artist of the moment……Okpu Eze


Okpu Eze was born in what is now Abia State,Nigeria in the year 1932. Eze attended college in Africa and London, England. Eze was both an accomplished painter and sculptor.

Whilst in London, Eze became involved with the art crowd and as a result was made an associate member of the Royal Society of British Artists. Eze also participated in the art world as an art critic in his native country of Nigeria.

Okpu Eze passed away in 1995.

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $30,000.

Eze was head of the Society of Nigerian Artists for many years before his passing.





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