Archive for April 14, 2014

Artist of the moment……Shirley Kaneda

Shirley Kaneda is a fantastic contemporary artist born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1951. For her artistic education Kaneda attended the Pratt Institute located in New York City.

When I think of this artist, the word “screen saver” comes to mind. Kaneda does use the computer as part of her painting process.

Kaneda has also taught at the collegiate level and continues to teach at the Pratt Institute.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Kaneda uses oils and acrylics in most of her work.

Kaneda has won fellowships and grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Pollack Krasner Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Shirley Kaneda from 2009:

Artist of the moment……..Fernand Leger

Fernand Leger was a wonderful artist who worked in many mediums was one of the foremost Cubist painters. Fernand Leger was born in Argentan, France in the year 1881.Leger had a lengthy career and prolific output working with theater and costume design, ceramics, paintings, murals, film, and even glass.

For his artistic education Fernand Leger attended the School of Decorative Arts and the Academie Julian both located in Paris, France.

From the Moma in New York City we visit a great selection of works by Fernand Leger:

The artist was drafted into the Army and discharged with a head injury. His war left an impact on the artist and many works including murals have a strong social commentary to them.

Fernand Leger helped to found a Cubist painting school in 1924 based out of Paris, France. Leger also made his first film during this year about ballet dancers. Below is the film by Leger. Leger in this manner reminds of Warhol with his use of the film as a medium.

Fernand Leger passed away in 1955.

Leger has a museum featuring his work in Biot, France. In this clip some great images from the museum:

Price range information: Works range from lithographs at $5,000 with oils breaking the $20 million dollar mark at auction.

What a wonderful husband and wife team Fernand and Nadia were. Able to paint and teach others their craft! Surely one of my favorite husband and wife painting teams. Other husband and wife teams who help many others to paint in their same style would be David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. Another couple is Wende Caporale and Daniel E. Greene.

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Artist of the moment……Nadia Leger Khodossievitch

Nadia Leger Khodossievitch was born in 1904. For her artistic education she started drawing lessons at the age of fifteen at the Academie Below. Nadia also studied at the School of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland in addition to studying with one of the pioneers of abstract art, Kazimir Malevich.

Her first husband was also a painter, Stan Grabowski.

Nadia Leger then moved to Paris to be with her future husband Fernand Leger and to study in Paris at the Modern Art school where Fernand Leger was a professor. Nadia was in charge of running his atelier. Though the two met for the first time in the 1920s, the two would not marry until 1952. Nadia also played a key role in developing the paintings of Fernand Leger for ceramics and sculpture.

Nadia Leger passed away in 1982.

Price range information: Nadia Leger painted mainly in watercolors and gouache in addition to being a printmaker. Prices range from $4,000 to $20,000.

Nadia Leger was married to two professional artists, her second husband Fernand Leger will be the next post.

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