Archive for September 15, 2014

Artist of the moment……..Manuel Ortiz de Zarate


Manuel Zarate was a painter of the figure, the landscape, and also the floral still life in a modernist style. Manuel Zarate was born in  Coma, Italy in the year 1886. He was born to a very artistic family and his father was a Chilean composer.

Zarate also worked in a Cubist manner for a period.

Zarate studied privately with a well known painter named Pedro Lira before attended the National School for the Arts located in Santiago, Chile.

The artist took for Paris, France in 1904 and met such modernist painters as Amedeo Modigliani. Whilst in Paris Zarate attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts located in Paris, France.

During World War 2 the artist lived in France and after the war was over he moved to the United States.  Zarate would pass away in the United States in 1946.

Price range information: Works range from ink and pastel works starting at $10,000 to original oils which can reach $200,000. Zarate also worked in gouache and watercolors.

Manuel Zarate passed away in 1946.



Artist of the moment………Jeffrey Smart


Jeffrey Smart was an Australian artist renown for his photorealist paintings. Jeff Smart was born in Adelaide, Australia in the year 1921.

Smart was well schooled and first studied at the collegiate level at the Adelaide Teacher’s College and the South Australian School of Arts and Crafts. Smart attended the La Grande Chaumiere located in Paris, France. Smart also studied with famed Modernist and Cubist painter Fernand Leger.

At the beginning of his career Smart worked as a drawing instructor and art critic.

Smart spent much of life based out of an area located about one hour from Tuscany,  Italy.

The artist retired in 2011. Smart influenced many Australian painters of today’s modernist painters.

In many of his works there is only one solitary figure. This helps to give the viewer a sense of scale in his work and also a wonderful element to the design. In many works the artist has included a self portrait.

Jeff Smart passed away in 2013.

A short biography and montage of works by Jeffrey Smart:

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 for a print up to $1 million dollars for an original oil painting. The artist also worked in gouache and watercolors.





Artist of the moment…….Glass artist Rob Wynne


Rob Wynne is an American artist who works with mirrored and poured glass often and often uses typography and letters as a subject. Wynne was born in New York City in the year 1950.

Wynne attended the Pratt Institute located in New York City.

Wynne is part of many prestigious collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of Art both located in New York City.

Wynne is a master of the medium creating wonderful vessels and also his very unique typography works. My favorite works of the artist include typography. His own style of typography is a wonderful style that reminds me of urban art and street artists like the French artist Tilt.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $24,000.

Below a link to the website of Rob Wynne:

This Rob Wynne is a different artist than the Australian born Robert Wynne, who is also an accomplished glass artist.

If you enjoy the mediums of typography and glass be sure and check out my post on Irish artist Denis Brown.