Archive for July 21, 2014

Artist of the moment……..Kim Whanki

Kim Whanki was among the first modernist and abstract painters of South Korea. Kim Whanki was born on a small island called Anjwado, South Korea in the year 1913. He worked in both realism and abstract styles. A favorite subject matter were ancient Chinese vases.

His father was a wealthy land owner and farmer. Kim was one of four children, but the only male child.

During the Korean War, Kim Whan Ki lived in a refugee camp for three years.

The artist also a college professor and eventually became president at Hongjik Art University located in Seoul.

Kim Whanki passed away in 1974.

Here we view a great selection of works  by Kim Whan Ki. The artist had a great sense of color but often portrayed subjects as flat objects on work, very similar to the Cubist movement:

A museum for Kim Whan Ki was opened in Seoul, South Korea in the year 1992.

price range information: Sorry none available.


Artist of the moment……Louay Kayyali



Louay Kayyali was a fantastic painter in a modernist style. Louay Kayyali was born in Aleppo, Syria. He enjoyed working with the figure and had a wonderful sense of color and design.

Louay Kayyali studied art abroad attending the Academy of Art located in Florence, Italy and also the Academy of Art located in Rome, Italy.

Price range information: The artist worked mainly in oils and works range from $25,000 to $200,000.

Like the previous entry, Louay Kayyali took part in the famed Venice Biennial.

In this clip we view a great selection of works by Louay Kayyali:

Louay Kayyali passed away in 1978. He was smoking a cigarette in bed which caught fire and burned him badly and ended up killing him.

His figures are very moody, this is achieved by his great use of color. My favorite works by the artist are his paintings of cities and landscapes. Kayyali had a wonderful sense of design and made fun shapes out of shapes that can be quite boring, the windows and doorways.


Artist of the moment……Odili Odita


Odili Odita was born in Enugu,  Nigeria. For his collegiate education Donald Odita attended Bennington College before going onto graduate school and an M.F.A. from Ohio State University.

The artist is now based out of New York City and Philadelphia.

The artist has taken part in the Venice Biennial Exhibition.

Odita has also taught at the collegiate level and is currently teaching at the Tyler School of Art which is part of Temple University.  located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Price range information: Sorry none available. The artist works in oils and acrylics.

Here is a link to the website of Donald Odili Odita:

In this clip we view another large commission painted by Odita for the New Orleans Museum of Art which is titled Forever:




In this clip we view a wonderful time lapse video that shows a huge mural titled Heaven’s Gate :

What a wonderful use of color and shapes! His works seem to vibrate and have a sense of movement that reminds one of the Op Art movement and artists such as Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely.