Archive for April 21, 2014

Artist of the moment……..Fiona Rae

 

Fiona Rae was born in Hong Kong in the year 1963. Rae was one of the group of painters called the Young British Artists that came to international fame and prominence after a show curated by Damien Hirst in 1988. Ian Davenport, a recent post was also a member of this group. Fiona Rae is an abstract painter.

Fiona attended the Craydon College of Art before switching to Goldsmith’s College located in London, England where she earned a B.F.A.

Rae was elected to the Royal Academy.

Rae was nominated for the Turner Prize.

In this clip we make a trip to the studio of Fiona Rae:

 

Rae is part of many prestigious collections including the Corcoran Gallery of Art located in Washington D. C., the Tate Modern located in London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art located in Nimes, France.

Price range information: Prints can start around $5,000 and originals reach as high as $75,000.

I love Rae’s use of colour!

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Artist of the moment……..Ian Davenport

 

Ian Davenport is a British artist known for his abstract and very colorful type of painting. Ian Davenport was born in London,  England in the year 1966. For his artistic education Davenport attended Northwich College of Art and Design located in Cheshire, England. The artist also studied at the famed Goldsmith’s College of Art located in London, England.

Davenport lives and works out of London, England.

Davenport was nominated for the Turner Prize.

Some key aspects of the process of creating for Davenport include the use of household glossy paint. This gives the work a very reflective and modern texture and feel. Another interesting idea is to poor the paint and let gravity be the architect of his work.

Price range information: Works range from $5,00o to $40,00o.

The artist is a both a painter and printmaker. For his painted works Davenport uses fiber board rather than canvas on most occasions.

In this clip we view a show that took place at the Paul Kasmin Gallery titled “Colorfall.” This exhibition is a great example of the style of this artist. Many examples of pouring paint, which is a signature style for the artist.

Here we take a quick glance at some print editions by Ian Davenport:

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Artist of the moment……Actor Tony Curtis

 

The great American actor Tony Curtis, famous for his role in the movie with Marilyn Monroe ,” Some Like it Hot!” was also an outstanding painter and sculptor. Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz in the year 1925 in Manhattan, New York.

Curtis is associated with the Expressionists and Surrealist movements.

price range information: Sorry none available.

In this outstanding clip from a few years back we visit a show with Tony Curtis that took place at Harrod’s of London, England:

Curtis began his acting career with a contract at the age of twenty- three years of age.

Its important to note that many of the actors who influenced by Tony Curtis, were also personal friends of the artists. In this clip we visit his studio and he talks about some of his friends including Matisse, who played a large role in Curtis’ development of an artist:

Tony Curtis passed away in 2010 at the age of 85 years of age.

Curtis has a star on the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Artist of the moment…….Bill Nasogaluak

 

 

Bill Nasogaluak is an Inuit artist born in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada in the year 1953.  The artist is a self taught sculptor and painter. Working as a sculptor the artist is a mixed media master incorporating stone, antlers, and bone into some works.

Nasogaluak also taught the Arctic College.

The artist worked as an engineer for nearly two decades before choosing to pursue a career as a full time artist.

Nasogaluak enjoys working with traditional themes, but considers himself to have been born at a perfect time as he can relate to both traditional and more modern Inuit way of life. Some themes tacked by Nasogaluak include the shaman and my favorite, Sedna, the goddess of the sea.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $7,000.

I really enjoy his use of the circle as part of his overall design. Also the artist was great at placing multiple faces in one sculpture, many times this technique is used when depicting a shaman transformation.

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