Archive for July 10, 2014

Artist of the moment……Beatrice Wood

 

Beatrice Wood was an American artist who worked in several mediums her favorite being ceramics. Beatrice Wood was born in San Francisco, California to a wealthy family in the year 1893. She was fluent in French and decided to move to Paris to study. Wood attended the Academie Julian located in Paris and also took acting classes.

Along with Marcel Duchamp she started a magazine called the Blind Man. The magazine covered the Dada Art movement.

Woods story of how she got to be an artist is unique in that she was visiting Europe and bought some plates with a terrific luster. She couldn’t find a matching teapot to go with her new dinnerware in Los Angeles (her home at the time) so she tried to make one herself and she found her favorite medium.

Wood is also comparable to Grandma Moses in that Moses became a true artist after 70. Beatrice Wood became a published author at the young age of ninety years old! She credited chocolate and young men for giving her writing talents.

Its great to see someone achieve success on a commercial level at an advanced age. Makes me have a different thought about the magazines who feature the Best of Artists 65 and Older. They may still have another 3 to 4 decades of growth.

In this clip from a movie about Beatrice Wood, we listen to interviews of people who were friends and family members and also view footage of Wood:

Beatrice Wood is probably the oldest artist ever profiled here! Wood passed away in 1998 at the age of 105 years old!

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $200,000.

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Artist of the moment…….Jon Kuhn

 

 

Jon Kuhn is wonderful glass artist who makes decorative art and sculptures with glass. Jon Kuhn was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1949.

Jon Kuhn attended Washburn University  located in Topeka, Kansas where he earned a B.F.A. Kuhn went on to earn an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond, Virginia.

Here we have a brief biography on Jon Kuhn including a trip to a museum exhibit. Kuhn is part of many prestigious collections including the Met of New York City and the White House Permanent Collection:

Kuhn’s style is the opposite of Dale Chihuly. Chihuly works with extremely hot glass and blows it to his desired shape. Jon Kuhn works with cold glass and cuts and fuses his glass together. Where as Chihuly uses organic shapes, Kuhn works with basic geometric shapes often using the cube.

In this clip we take a closer look at two works by Jon Kuhn:

Price range information: Sorry unavailable.:

 

A link to the website of Jon Kuhn:

http://www.kuhnstudio.com/

I enjoy this style of glass because it is so different from the style that is followed by many, working with blown glass. Kuhn’s work sparkles viewers with its play on light. In this manner it reminds me of one of my favorite flower artists, Robert Kushner. Kushner has a great talent for using mixed media in his works.

One technique that I enjoy is his use of resin that has many different types of glitter. The many varieties of glitter have a similar effect on viewers as they move about the piece. The light dances and shimmers and makes the work come alive even more. Wonderful!

 

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Artist of the moment……Si Chen Yuan

 

 

Si Chen Yuan was a Chinese artist renown for his modernist landscape paintings. Si Chen Yuan was born in the year 1911 in Hangchou, China.

For his collegiate education Si Chen Yuan attended the Academy of Art located in Nanking, China.

Yuan had excellent use of color, his bark of the trees shows this. If you enjoy this type of modernist style check out my post on painter Karl Dempwolf.

The artist first visited the United States in the late 1940s, and then became a citizen in the early 1950s. Si Chen Yuan settled in California and became one of the foremost painters of the Monterrey Peninsula area.

The artist had one child with his long time girlfriend.

Si Chen Yuan passed away in 1974.

Price range information:  Works range from $2,000 to $30,00. The artist worked in oils and graphite.

The artist thought using too much color ruined a painting. I found this too be true in his coastal paintings. Like Dempwolf Yuan’s  work is a mixture of wonderful greys bursting with warmth.

Below is an example of a painting by Karl Dempwolf. Both artists have a great talent for painting trees:

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