Archive for September 21, 2014

Artist of the moment………Wood carving master Luis Tapia



Luis Tapia is a contemporary artist that uses wood carvings to keep alive the “Latino” traditions of the southwest United States. Luis Tapia was born in Sante Fe, New Mexico in the year 1950.

Tapia attended New Mexico state for a brief period of time. Tapia learned about art and developed his own style by working in the business of refurbishing and restoring old furniture and antiques.

Luis Tapia has won many awards including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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In this clip we view many of the artists working in a similar style. The work of Luis Tapia is shown at 1:20 into the clip. A wonderful car that has many faces on it perhaps celebrating the day of the dead:

What a great artist to look at on this Sunday. I enjoy his religious works, but I am most impressed with works like the automobile which make a commentary on modern Latino culture.



Artist of the moment………..Emory Douglas



Emory Douglas was a wonderful African-American artist who worked tirelessly for civil rights and also served at a high level in the political organization known as the black panthers.

Emory Douglas was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the year 1943. Douglas attended the San Francisco City College of Art where he studied graphic’s design.

Douglas served as the art director for a now extinct newspaper called the “Black Panther Newspaper.” that served to inform African American’s of their rights. Through the paper Douglas created many images that people linked with freedom and black pride.

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Here we visit the studio of Emory Douglas:

In this clip we view an exhibition of works by Emory Douglas that went on display in the United Kingdom:

Douglas is now based out of San Francisco, California.

I enjoy artists who work for results and this artist reminds me of other “poster artists” like Rupert Garcia or Elizabeth Catlett. Douglas has created works that also bring to light the current struggle for African Americans like the deceased Treyvon Martin.