Archive for April 24, 2014

Artist of the moment……Street Artist Escif

 

Escif is a fantastic street artist from Spain. Escif is not looking to make decorative art, but rather to wake people up and open their minds to his reality.

Escif tries to think about concept rather than shape in his art. His concepts are very unique and my favorite work in the gallery shows an automobile falling to the ground and landing on it’s roof. The execution of the work was great and looking at on a computer screen is still great when you realize the entire work is 4 to five stories tall.

Escif is based of Spain. Much of his work can be found in Valencia, Spain.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this very brief clip we see a timelapse of the artist in action. Its great to see the fun he has created abstract shapes in the fence:

Here we view a very large mural completed in Spain. Many closeups and different angled views are shown:

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Artist of the moment…..Shibata Zeshin

 

Shibata Zeshin was born in Edo, Japan in the year 1807. Edo is now called Tokyo, Japan. Zeshin was a world renown painter and printmaker. Zeshin produced a great deal of prints with birds and plants as his main subject. The artist also completed many screens using lacquer.

The father of the artist was a sculptor.

Zeshin Shibata was able to study under some master artists where learned the skills of painting and also working with lacquer.

The artist was given an appointment to work on the Imperial families Are Committee. This is a huge honor for someone in the Japanese culture.

Zeshin Shibata passed away in 1891.

The artist was very diverse in his output. Shibata’s work can be found on screens, silverware, panels, boxes, and cups.

Price range: Works range from $500 for a woodcut t0 $80,000 for an original in ink.

I enjoy the Eastern way of painting for the empty space on the surface. The artist isn’t trying to capture a specific location, but rather a feeling or an emotion.

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Artist of the moment…….Albert Alexander Smith

 

Albert Alexander Smith was born in New York City in the year 1896. Albert Smith was the first African American artist to attend the National Academy of Design. Smith was an illustrator for magazines and his work focused on social injustice. Some examples would be people of color heading to the North after seeing a lynching.

Smith was a prolific printmaker and enjoyed etching. Smith worked for a magazine titled “Crisis” which helped promote the NAACP.

Albert Smith served in the Army during World War One.

Smith was also an entertainer and jazz musician. Smith spent time on stage singing whilst in Paris. He lived in Paris for nearly two decades of his life.

The artist found great success in Paris, France. There he was just seen as a great artist rather than a person of color.

Albert Alexander Smith passed away in 1940.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

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Artist of the moment….Subodh Gupta

 

The artist was born in  Khagual, Bihar,  India in the year 1964. He is a leading modern artist of India. He gained worldwide acclaim for his sculpture of a human skull made of pots, pans, and cooking utensils. The name of the piece was “Hungry God.” The artist began as a painter but has since moved into installation works with found and recycled materials including kitchen utensils such as pots, pans, and tongs. Gupta also is a photographer.

Price range information: Works including prints and works in ink start around $20,000. Subodh Gupta has broken the one million dollar mark at auction with his oil paintings.

For his collegiate education Subdodh Gupta attended the College of Arts and Crafts located in Patna, India earning a B.F.A.

Gupta is based out of New Delhi, India.

Below is a short interview with the artist and a leading television station based out of India.  You can see a quick glimpse of the artist’s studio.

It seems that creative energy is always flowing through the mind of Subodh Gupta.

If you enjoy this artist’s work another artist I find similar is the Brazil mixed media master Vik Muniz. Muniz has produced many creative works that use unusual mediums. Muniz even did a series of famous movie monsters using caviar as a medium!

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