Archive for October, 2014

Happy Halloween 2014…………………

Happy Halloween everyone! Let’s take a look at some art celebrating this time of year!

First up we have some wonderful works by Jamie Wyeth.

And below two works by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama:


This fine example of a pumpkin patch by artist Jess:


This work of pumpkin pie’s made by Wayne Thiebaud:


And here a work by Andy Warhol:


And this work by M.C. Escher:



Pumpkin carving has sure evolved since I was a young boy. In this clip we check out my favorite pumpkin caring artist Ray Villafane. This artist has been on many shows displaying his talents I first saw him on Martha Stewart. Here we view his appearance on the CBS Morning Show:

To close we take a closer look at Damien Hirst’s skull that is covered in diamonds:

Happy Halloween everyone!


Artist of the moment………Hanson Puthuff


Hanson Puthuff was an American landscape painter born in Waverly, Missouri in the year 1875. Puthuff attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Denver, Colorado. The artist enjoyed painting the desert landscapes of California.

The artist began his art career painting billboards and sign painter. His working process made it easy for the artist become a great landscape painter. To paint a sign he and his associates would be taken to the location of the sign and billboard via horse wagon and dropped off. When the sign or billboard was done the group would paint landscapes of the area whilst waiting for the wagon to return and pick them up.

Puthuff was a founding member of the California Art Club.


In this clip we view a great montage of works by Hanson Puthuff. What a great painter of trees and mountains. The artist also had a gift for using aerial perspective to give his works a great sense of depth:

Hanson Puthuff passed away in 1972.

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What a great painter of the landscape and in particular trees and mountains.



Artist of the moment………Kate Shepherd

Kate Shepherd is a wonderful artist working in abstract style with basic geometric shapes and limited color. Kate Shepherd was born in New York City in the year 1961.The artist is a painter and printmaker.

Shepherd attended Oberlin College located in Oberlin, Ohio earning a B.F.A. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts located in New York, New York. The artist also studied at private ateliers in Paris, France.

Most works are a combination of acrylics, oils, and enamel on wood panel. Her use of materials and mediums leads the viewer to see themselves in the reflection on the surface of Shepherd’s paintings.

Shepherd has always enjoyed architecture and often uses paints that were made for industrial purposes.

price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000.


In this clip we view an installation by Kate Shepherd:

Below a link to the website of Kate Shepherd:

What a great mix of simple shapes and bold color that reminds me one of Josef Albers and Hans Hofmann.


Artist of the moment……Xu Lei




Xu Lei is a contemporary Chinese artist who paints with traditional ink on silk. Xu Lei was born in Nantong, Jiangsu, China  in the year 1963. The artist attended Nanjong Art Academy.

Xu Lei is a painter and printmaker. Lei paints with a  mix of schools, using ideas and techniques from the Song and Ming dynasties.

The artist came to national prominence in the 1980s.

In this clip a brief interview with English subtitles with Xu Lei:

The wine scene is very hot and profitable in China. Xu Lei designed the label for a Rothschild label and this clip explores this venture:

A great montage of works by Xu Lei from 2012:

Xu Lei is based out of Beijing, China. The artist teaches at the China Art Academy.

Price range information: Originals range from $50,000 to $500,000. His ink on silk paintings are very large in size.

What a great sense of style. Its always intriguing to see what the artist leaves out. Who is reading the book in bathtub? What does the sitter’s face look like? What a great twist on the ancient technique of painting with ink on silk.


Artist of the moment……….Kim MacConnel


Kim MacConnel is a wonderful abstract artist born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the year 1946. MacConnel is renown for his abstract paintings. MacConnel attended the University of California at San Diego earning a B.F.A. and a M.F.A.

MacConnel was one of few men that are associate with the Pattern and Decoration movement that took place in the 1970s. Another male artist associated with this movement was the floral artist Robert Kushner.

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The artist works as a painter with gouache, enamel, and acrylics. He is also an avid printmaker.

The artist had wasn’t respected by the art community as a whole because he didn’t work on canvas, rather he painted on fabric and sometimes bed sheets.

In this clip we view an interview and several works by Kim MacConnel. The artist also makes sculptures out of found materials in addition to his paintings. These sculptures were made out of items that washed up on the beach that MacConnel collected.:

I enjoy the artist’s bright palette and unusual shapes.




Artist of the moment………Nathan Jackson



Nathan Jackson is a First Nations artist representing the Sockeye clan of the Chilkoot Tlingit people. Nathan Jackson was born in 1938. Jackson renown for his totem poles but like many First Nations artists is capable of working in any size and any medium.

The artist served in the military.

When he was a young man Jackson began a career as a commercial fisherman. He became ill with pneumonia and spent time in hospital and was unable to fish. During this time he began carving small totem poles.

Jackson attended the Institute of the American Indian Arts located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The artist is also a wonderful teacher and educator who enjoys passing on his skills and sense of culture to the younger generation.

Jackson is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

He and his family live in Ketchikan, Alaska.

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Below an interview with Nathan Jackson that took place in 1976:

Jackson is a very accomplished artist in any medium he chooses.


Artist of the moment………..Deborah Kass



Deborah Kass is an American artist renown or her art which combines bold color and typography. Kass has also done works similar to Warhol’s Pop Art style. Deborah Kass was born in the year 1952.

Its no wonder the artist was heavily influenced by Andy Warhol, Kass also attended Carnegie Mellon University. The same alma mater as Warhol.

Kass is based out of Brooklyn, New York.

Much of the artist’s work is based on celebritie,pop culture, and her political views.

Kass is included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of Art both located in New York City.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 for a silkscreen print up to $80,000 for an original.

In this clip a brief interview with Deborah Kass:

We visit a gallery show featuring Kass with our friend James Kalm in 2007:

Below a link to the website of Deborah Kass:

What a great use of color and letters. If you enjoy this work be sure and check out other letter artists such as Robert Cottingham, Mel Bochner, and Sister Mary Corita Kent. Kass work reminds me a great deal of the work of Kent.




Artist of the moment……….Judith Lauand


Judith Lauand is a wonderful abstract artist born in Brazil in the year 1922.

Lauand was among the first Modernist painters in Brazil. The artist often used a grid, a limited palette, and basic geometric shapes in composing her work.

Price range information: The artist works with gouache which can be found for around $10,000. Oils can reach the low six figure mark.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Judith Lauand. Her work is shown starting at the 40 second mark of the clip:

With her simple compositions, geometric shapes, and limited palette Lauand was far ahead of her time.


Artist of the moment……..Kieron Williamson



Kieron Williamson is a wonderful painter who isn’t even a teenager! Kieron Williamson was born in England on August 4th of 2002.

So far the artist has worked mainly in watercolour.

Over his brief career the artist has sold his works for more than $1.5 million pounds! Quite amazing for such a young painter. He is living his dream at a very young age.

The artist will begin private tutoring so he can focus more on his painting skills.

The family was able to purchase a home in Ludham, England with the proceeds of a show featuring the Williamson.

Below a link to the website of Kieron Williamson:


In this clip a brief bio about Kieron Williamson:

price range information: Works range from 5,000 pounds to 50,000 pounds.

What an amazing artist! If you enjoy child prodigies make sure and check out my post on the artist named Akiane. Even if you don’t like Impressionism you must appreciate the great talents of this young artist!





Artist of the moment……..Deborah Zlotsky


Deborah Zlotsky is an American artist renown or her paintings which emphasize color and geometric shapes.

Zlotsky is well educated. The artist earned a B.F.A. from Yale University. She went on to earn a M.F.A. from the University of Connecticut.

The artist has also taught at the collegiate level at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Below a link to the website of Deborah Zlotsky:

In this clip we view a show featuring Deborah Zlotsky from 2011:

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $15,000. Zlotsky works with oils on canvas.

The artist has a wonderful sense of color. Her work is very abstract with a  great sense of composition. The artist gives the viewer a sense of dimension despite not painting a horizon line. Her works seem to float above the surface with a great sense of movement.


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