Archive for May 19, 2014

Artist of the moment……Osamu Sugiyama


Osamu Sugiyama is a current Japanese woodblock master artist who studied with famous artist Hiroshi Yoshida. Osamu Sugiyama was born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1946.

Sugiyama studied at the Yoshida Hanga Academy. The School was founded by the Yoshida family of artists to continue the art of Japanese woodblock art.


Sugiyama loves to travel and hiking, the artist has painted many scenes of mountains he has climbed. Hiroshi Yoshida, his teacher, was perhaps the most famous printmaker that worked with mountains as a subject. Each mountain has its own feel, atmosphere, and energy. As you climb the light changes and so does the atmosphere from when you begin on the ground. Sugiyama like his teacher, Hiroshi Yoshida, do a great job of catching the individuality of each peak and mountain.

I love the depth the artist is able to get in his mountain works. A key aspect in his design is the footsteps and trails of previous hikers.

price range information: Sorry none available.






Artist of the moment……Mark Tobey

Mark Tobey was an American Abstract Expressionist painter born in Centerville, Wisconsin in the year 1890. His family moved to Chicago when he was in his middle teens and the artist took some courses at the Art Institute of Chicago. Early in his career the artist included the figure in his work and he also spent time as a portrait artist.

Tobey ended up attending the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied with famed painter Frank Zimmerman. After college the artist worked many years in the fashion industry as a designer.

Tobey loved to travel and visited many locations across the globe including Mexico,Israel, China, Japan, and much of Europe.

Over his lifetime the artist also studied languages including Persian and Arabic. The artist also took classes on calligraphy.

Winner of a Guggenheim International award.

Mark Tobey passed away in 1976.

price range information: Tobey was an avid printmaker and lithographs can be found starting at $2,000 to originals in oils or gouache which can hit $400,000.

His most renowned works are what are called hisĀ  “White Writing” series which are calligraphic strokes over an abstract base. Many works were made using gouache and watercolor.

In this clip we view some great works by Mark Tobey:

Mark Tobey is part of many prominent collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate of London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.