Archive for August 14, 2014

Artist of the moment……..Katrin Fridriks



Katrin Fridriks hails from Iceland and is renown for her abstract paintings. Fridriks recently celebrated her birthday, she was born on August 9th, 1974 in Reykjavik,  Iceland. Her work sometimes involves the figure, floral and botanical imagery,  and also Japanese calligraphic strokes.

In this clip a brief time lapse of Fridriks at work on one of her signature abstract pieces:

Fridriks is a highly successful commercial artists working with companies including Ralph Lauren.

Price range information: The artist works mainly with acrylics with prices ranging from $10,000 to $150,000.

The artist refers to botanical and floral subjects for inspiration. Some of her works remind of painter Daniel Phill, who also paints flowers in a loose and colorful manner.



Artist of the moment……..Christopher Wool


Christopher Wool is a contemporary American artist born in Chicago, Illinois in the year  1955. Wool started out as an abstract and expressionist painter but his signature style involves using black and white paint and text. Wool is a prolific screen printer. He will often use mixed media such as enamel on aluminum.

The artist also participated in the underground movie and music scene that took place in New York City at that time.

Christopher Wool worked as a studio assistant to Modern artist Joel Shapiro. Shapiro made sculptures using the basic rectangle shape.

Wool attended New York University, New York City Studio School of Art, and

The artist is quite bold in using his text with messages like “sell the house, sell the car, sell the kids.”

In this clip we view a show featuring the abstract paintings of Christopher Wool:

Wool is based out of New York City and Texas.

From the Art Institute of Chicago we see a brief montage of works including his signature text based paintings alongside his abstract works and photography which was based on the city of New York:

The artist has worked with photography in the past. In order to develop a good visual pattern Wool uses Xerox copy machine to help achieve his desired results.

I found the artist quite similar to recently featured artist Mel Bochner.

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 for a photograph to more than $24 million dollars for an original painting using enamel.