Archive for May 10, 2014

Artist of the moment…….Bart Hanna


Bart Hanna is a wonderful Inuit artist from Igloolick, Nunavut Territories, Canada. Bart Hanna was born in the year 1948.

Hanna loves to sculpt and has travelled the world over to Paris, France  and other parts of Europe to see the sculptors like the great Michelangelo and works he had only heard about or seen in very old books. That is why the Internet is so great, now he can see these great artists from the comfort of his own igloo.

Hanna has been featured in art magazines for his very large carvings. Where many Inuit artist work on a small scale which makes their artwork affordable and sometimes illegal to leave the country (if using whalebone or other indigenous animal bones), its not often we see works done on such as large scale. Perhaps an Inukshuk, the Inuit symbol, but not usually an animal or figure carving. For the size of his alone the work of Bart Hanna stands out.

Like many Inuit artists of his generation the artist began carving seriously whilst in hospital recovering from tuberculosis treatment.

Hanna works with the traditional Inuit subjects like the Goddess of the Sea ” Sedna” and dancers.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $10,000.

In this clip from the Museum of Inuit Art a live Skype interview with artist Bart Hanna:


Artist of the moment…..Albert Reverend Wagner


Time for some outsider art/ naïve art. Even if you think the drawings or style is something your child might do, often times the stories behind the artists of outsider art are very interesting. We will take a look at Albert Reverend Wagner and after that Clementine Hunter, the Grandma Moses of the South.

Albert Reverend Wagner was born in Arkansas in the year 1924. The artist family worked in the cotton fields. At a young age he became burdened with being the man of the house.

After deciding to move to Cleveland Wagner started his own company that moved furniture.

The artist was married to one wife for 2o years, but in that time loved to sex with as many women as possible. This led to 2o kids and families. When his wife found out about his other families, she left him.

Late in life he supposedly had an epiphany and gave up his bachelor ways and began painting. He even became an ordained minister and thus picked up the nickname Reverend Wagner.

Wagner worked as a painter and sculptor using found objects.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

A film was made about Albert Reverend Wagner and his “outsider” art in 2008. Here is a clip from the project:

Albert Reverend Wagner passed away in 2006 at the age of 82 years old.


Artist of the moment……Stephen Pace


Stephen Pace was an American painter renowned for his abstract style. Stephen Pace was born in Charleston, Missouri in the year 1918. The artist’s parents owned a ran their farm and a grocery store. For his artistic education Pace didn’t study art until his late teen years. At this time he was able to study privately with painter Robert Lahr.

Pace enlisted in the Army and served during World War 2. He was injured and was able to meet some of Paris finest artists in Pablo Picasso and his friends after being sent to the hospital.

After his discharge from the Army Pace moved to Mexico where he studied art in the central part of the country. Upon meeting American artist Milton Avery Pace headed for New York City.

Pace also studied with Hans Hofmann.

price range information: Pace worked in watercolors and oils with prices ranging from $10,000 to $80,000.

In New York City Pace found his way as an Abstract Expressionist painter.

Stephen Pace passed away in 2010 at the age of 91 years old.

Though his abstract works are great, I am just fascinated by his work with the figure. The figure is very abstract but has a great animated and lifelike feel to them.