Archive for April 26, 2014

Artist of the moment…..Charlotte Park


Charlotte Park was a leading Abstract painter born in Concord, Massachusetts in the year 1918. For her collegiate education Park attended Yale University located in New Haven, Connecticut.

Park also studied with Wallace Harrison in New York City.

Park was married to an artist named James Brooks. James Brooks is also an important artist for he was one of the first painter to employ staining as a method in his painting process. Brooks will be a future post by himself.

Charlotte Park was a teacher at the Museum of Modern Art.

Charlotte Park is included in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Charlotte Park passed away in 2010.

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What an outstanding husband and wife painting team!


Artist of the moment…….Lamidi Fakeye



In addition to checking out the Shona art movement of Zimbabwe and the surrounding area, lets take a look at another ethnic group of people called the Yoruba. The Yoruba can be found in Nigeria and Benin, in the Western area of the continent of Africa.

Lamidi Fakeye was an internationally collected and possible the most famous artist in Africa during his lifetime. Lamidi Fakeye was born in Orangun,  Nigeria in the year 1928. Fakeye was renown for his sculptures and carvings of people and religious themes.

In 2010 a documentary was completed about Lamidi Fakeye. Here a quick trailer for the movie including many works of art:

Fakeye comes from a long line of artists. Like the Ashevak’s of the Inuit, the Wyeths of the United States, of the Nyanhongo’s of Zimbabwe, Fakeye’s family is renown for the artistic ability and Lamidi was a fifth generation artist.

The artist was apprenticed to a master artist named George Arowoogun.

Lamidi Fakeye passed away on Christmas Day of 2009.

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In this clip we view the artist at work and view some already completed carvings:

If you are in Washington D.C. be sure and visit the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and see the doors on the African Room which were carved by Lamidi Fakeye.

A very interesting note is that much of Fakeye’s work had to do with Christian art and religious themes. Fakeye’s work was in huge demand for church doors and panels. Fakeye had a great knowledge of this subject even though he himself was a Muslim.


Artist of the moment…….Bertram Brooker


Bertram Brooker was one of the first Canadian Abstract painters to earn international acclaim. Bertram Brooker was born in Croydon, England in the year 1888. This area is now part of London, England. His family moved to the country of Canada in 1905.

The artist was part of World War 1.

Brooker worked in the newspaper and magazine industry working as an editor. Brooker also published some books.

Bertram Brooker is seen as the first Abstract Expressionist painter to hail from Canada.

Bertram Brooker passeda way in 1955 at the age of 66 years old.

I am most impressed with this artist for his diversity of mediums. The artist was also a writer and one book he wrote won a Governor’s Award for best fiction work.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $40,000.


Artist of the moment…….Paniluk Qamanirq


Paniluk Qamanirq is a wonderful Inuit artists who is one of few working in an abstract manner, only occasionally producing works of animals and sea life. Paniluk Qamanirq was born in Pond Inlet, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1935 and now hails from the region of Arctic Bay, Nunavut Territory.

The artist’s husband, Philip is also a professional artist.

The artist is part of the collection of the National Gallery of  Canada.

Price range information: Works range from $500 to $3,000.

Qamanirq was included in many of the top art exhibitions that brought Inuit art to the international art scene back in the 1970s.




Artist of the moment……Jan Vormann



Jan Vormann is a wonderful street artist who incorporates lego’s into decaying houses or buildings giving the works a humorous and artistic vibe. Vormann was born in Bamberg, Germany in the year 1983. Vormann attended Otto Friedrich University and also in Russia where he studied how to preserve and restore public monuments.

Vormann is based out of Berlin, Germany, but has worked in St. Petersburg,  Zurich, Amsterdam, and Tel Aviv among many other locations.

Vormann had his first solo exhibition in 2009.

In this clip we view Vormann in action.

With the success of the Lego movie this year I thought it was important to use how various artists use Legos as their medium of choice. Other artists working with the medium already profiled here include Nathan Sawaya and Matteo Negri.

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What a creative way to use Legos and what an artist!