Archive for July 25, 2014

Artist of the moment………Per Kirkeby

 

Per Kirkeby was born Copenhagen, Denmark in the year 1938. Kirkeby attended the University of Copenhagen where he studied geology, he earned a masters degree. He then also attended what at the time was an experimental art school.

Kirkeby is a painter, sculptor, printmaker, and author. His sculpture work often includes bricks and shapes that repeat throughout the work. The artist has completed public commissions in Germany and Denmark. Below an example of his sculpture work.

 

The artist is included in many prominent collections and museums including the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City and the Tate Museum of London, England.

The artist has been a participant of the famed Venice Biennial.

 

 

In this clip we view a clip from a show that took place for Per Kirkey in 2008:

Here we view a show from 2013:

Price range information: Prints can be starting at $1,000. Original works in oils can reach $300,000. The artist is a prolific printmaker but also works in gouache.

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Artist of the moment………Thomas Buttersworth Junior

 

Thomas Buttersworth Junior was the son of the aforementioned Thomas Buttersworth Senior. Thomas Buttersworth Jr. was born in 1797 or 1807, an exact birthdate could not be found. Not much is known about the Buttersworth Jr. The artist studied with his father to learn how to paint.

He studied with his father and also was renown for his maritime paintings.

The artist married and had one child.

Thomas Buttersworth Junior passed away in 1842.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Another interesting characteristic to see in the paintings of all the families is movement of water. Everyone in the family can paint a wonderful stormy maritime work of art including a boat. Its interesting that each painter has a similar style in painting the choppiness of the ocean waters and also the light and dark shapes of the water.

A dark shape is used by each artist at the bottom of their work. As the painting recedes we view different planes of light giving the work a tremendous sense of depth.  Just amazing!

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Artist of the moment……Thomas Buttersworth Sr.

 

Thomas Buttersworth Sr. was the grandfather of the James Butterworth and also a painter of maritime subjects. Thomas Buttersworth was renown or his paintings of the ocean that often depicted the great battles of the sea. Thomas Buttersworth Sr. was born on the largest island of England, the Isle of Wight in the year 1768.

When the artist was in his late twenties he signed up for the England’s Royal Navy. His background served him well to paint the battle scenes he saw from firsthand experience.

Thomas Buttersworth was also successful at garnering commissions for painting the great ships of his era. The artist was employed by the East India Company for this purpose.

Thomas Buttersworth passed away in 1864.

The artist is included in many collections including the National Maritime Museum located in London, England.

Price range information: Works range from  $20,000 to $250,000. The artist worked in oils and watercolors.

What a great family of artists. Its so rare to have a battle scene painted by someone that actually lived through experience.

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Artist of the moment……James Edward Buttersworth

 

 

The next couple of posts lets take a look at a wonderful family of painters who are renown for their maritime paintings, the Buttersworth family of artists. James Buttersworth was born in London, England in the year 1817. His father was renowned maritime painter Thomas Buttersworth, who mentored the his son.

James Buttersworth relocated to the United States in the early 1840s.

The artist is best known for his paintings of boats racing in the America’s Cup boating competition. His work is very important as this was a time period before photography captured the races.

What I enjoy most about the work of this artist is his great sense of atmosphere. The first thing I review when taking in a maritime painting, the painting of the water and skies. James Buttersworth painted great storms and choppy waters. Even in smaller works the artist is able to capture the dramatic stormy skies and wonderful lighting the sea provides.

James Buttersworth passed away in 1894.

In this clip a great montage of paintings by James Buttersworth that show his great ability to capture storms and atmospheric conditions of the sea:

The artist is included in the America’s Cup Hall of Fame for his wonderful maritime paintings.

Price range information: Works range from $25,000 to $800,000. The artist painted mainly in oils but also worked in watercolor.

The Buttersworth family as a whole reminds me a great deal of the Gruppe family of artists also renown for their maritime paintings.

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