Archive for August 26, 2014

Artist of the moment………Tamami Shima


Tamami Shima was a fantastic Japanese artist born in Hirosaki, Aomori prefecture, Japan  in the year 1937. Tamami Shima worked with woodblock prints and is renown for her majestic landscapes and also her still life works. Her still life works are my favorite as they show the view as if you are looking down upon the object.


The lines in her depictions of vases and vessels are very modern, clean, and elegant. The artist also had a wonderful mix of realism and abstraction in her landscapes, Shima used the silhouette of the bird to create a wonderful mix of shapes and movement.

Shima attended the Women’s College of Fine Arts located in Tokyo, Japan.

Tamami Shima passed away in 1999.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Another great idea the artist had was to use the pattern of the wood grain as an abstract background for her artwork that used birds as a subject.


Artist of the moment………Stanton Macdonald-Wright


Stanton Macdonald -Wright was  an American artist whose worked in many genres including abstract and impressionism. Stanton Wright was born in Charlottesville, Virginia  in the year 1890. His father enjoyed the arts and was a successful businessman who was able to provide him with great teachers from a young age. Wright had a brother who went on to be a famous novelist writing under the name of S.S. Van Dine.

Wright studied as a teenager at the Art Student’s League of Los Angeles and Academy Julian located in Paris, France. He also studied privately.

Wright is renown for his association with Synchromist style of painting.  The artist painted in response to music he listened to.

The artist began using a hyphen in his name so people would not ask if he was related to architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

The artist tried living in New York City,  but moved to the West Coast and had a wonderful and long lasting career whilst based out of Los Angeles, California. The artist painted many murals and public works, these mainly took place around the second world war.

In this clip we view a great montage of works by Stanton Macdonald Wright:

Stanton Macdonald-Wright passed away in 1973.

Price range information:  The artist worked in oils and watercolors. Works range from $10,000 to $2 million dollars.

Wright is part of many prestigious collections featuring modernist art including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art both in New York City and Whitney Museum of Art located in Boston, Massachusetts.