Archive for September 27, 2014

Artist of the moment…….Sister Mary Corita Kent


Sister Mary Corita Kent was a fantastic artist and educator. Sister Mary Kent was born with the name Francis Elizabeth Kent in Fort Dodge Iowa in the year 1918. Kent’s favorite medium was the silkscreen. The artist had a wonderful sense of color and used her outstanding drawing skills to produce some of the happiest art found in the 1960s and 1970s.

Kent attended the Chouinard Institute located in Los Angeles, California and earned a BA from the Immaculate Heart College also located in California. The Immaculate Heart College was a private Catholic Institution that has been closed for quite some time. Kent was also a teacher at this institution for periods of time.

Kent went on to earn an MA from the University of Southern California.

Something I am sure the Pop Artist Robert Indiana took note of, Sister Mary produced the first LOVE stamp in 1985. Indiana is renown for his work with letters and also has created large sculptures using the word love.

Kent quit teaching and also her order of nuns in 1968 to become a full time professional artist. At this time she relocated from Los Angeles to Boston, Massachusetts on the east coast of the United States.

In 2009 a documentary film was made about Sister Mary Corita Kent. Here we view a short excerpt from this movie which includes original footage of the artist at work in the 1960s:

Price range information: Works range from $400 for a screen print to $4,000 for an original watercolor.

As an artist she worked painting murals, illustrating book covers, posters, and her own serigraph prints. In her own prints the artist often mixed popular consumer slogans alongside her own thoughts and beliefs.

Kent is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum which are both  located in New York Ciy.

Sister Mary Kent passed away in 1986 at the age of 67 years of age.

I enjoy the warm and positive feelings I get from looking at the work  of Sister Mary Kent. In this clip a great interview with the artist just four years before she passed away from cancer:




Artist of the moment………….Walton Irrigoo


Walton Irrigoo was born in Gambell, Alaska, United States in the year 1962. Walton Irrigoo represents the Yupik people of Alaska.

The artist was born in his grandfather’s house. He credits his father for his artistic talents and learned from him as well as other relatives.

Irrigoo enjoys working with owls and figure.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $5,000.

I enjoy the patterns depicted by the artist. He carves wonderful feathers that give a great sense of life to his birds. In the Yupik culture, tattoos are a big part of the culture. Irrigoo adds ink to many of his works, thus giving his owls each a more individual look.

Moving feathers also give a sense of life to his sculptures showing shaman transformations which show both a human and bird combined into a very unique masterpiece of art.