Archive for October 30, 2014

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.