Archive for September 12, 2014

Artist of the moment……Ed Paschke


Ed Paschke was an American Pop Art painter who often worked with the face and figure. Ed Paschke was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1939. Paschke attended the Art Institute of Chicago. Paschke earned a BFA and also an MFA from the same institution.

The artist taught at Northwestern College. He also married another artist named Nancy.

His favorite themes were similar to other artist’s like Warhol, sex, fame, and money were painted often.

Price range information: Works range from prints which start at $4,000 to original oils which can reach $300,000. The artist created many lithographs over his career.


In this clip we view a show featuring Ed Paschke with our friend James Kalm:

Ed Paschke passed away in 2004 at the age of 65 years of age.

Below the last interview given by Paschke before he passed away:



Artist of the moment…….Umetaro Azechi


Umetaro Azechi was a wonderful Japanese woodblock printmaker born on the island of Shikoku, Ehime prefecture, Japan in the year 1902. Azechi enjoyed working with the figure and also with mountains. Some of his favorite themes include mountain men with birds.

Azechi was born to lower class family that farmed. Azechi wanted to be an artist so he left the countryside for the big city lights of Tokyo, Japan. Whilst here he would meet a group of artists that all hung around with Unichi Hiratsuka. Hiratsuka encouraged Azechi to try his own hand at printmaking.

Umetaro Azechi passed away in 1999. He still enjoyed climbing mountains well into his eighties.

Price range information: Works range from $500 to $5,000.

The artist is a wonderful rags to riches story! Azechi took place in print biennials in Europe and Tokyo, Japan.

Its great that the artist found a subject he loved, mountains.




Artist of the moment…….Andre Masson


Andre Masson was a French painter who was renown for his abstract and surrealist style of paintings. Andre Masson was born in Balagny-sur-Therain, France in the year 1896.

Masson grew up in Belgium and began classes at the Academy of Art in Brussels, Belgium when he was only 11 years of age.

Among the most fascinating habits of the artist, Masson would go for hours without food or sleep and sometimes take drugs to enhance his artistic output.

Masson was in France during World War 2 when it became occupied by the Germans. Masson left the country and would eventually find his way to the United States. When he came to enter the United States agents saw his erotic drawings, called them porn, and tore them up in front of him.

Masson served in World War 1 and was hurt  badly.

Over his lengthy career the artist worked as a theater set designer.

In this clip we view a wonderful montage of artworks by Andre Masson:

Price range information: Masson worked as a printmaker and etchings and lithographs can be found starting at $3,000. Masson was a prolific artist when it comes to output and worked in many mediums including watercolor, gouache, oils, ink, and pastel. Works can reach $400,000.

Andre Masson passed away in 1987.

What stands out to me from Andre Masson is a spectacular use of color.