Archive for November, 2014

Artist of the moment……….Freda Diesing


I am sure the name Freda Diesing is familiar if you visit this site often. Many First Nations artists have attended this wonderful institution.

Freda Diesing was also a fantastic Haida artist in her right born in Price Rupert, British Columbia in the year 1925 . Diesing attended the Vancouver School of Art and also the Gitanmasx School of Northwest Coast Indian Art. Whilst at Gitanmaax Diesing was able to learn from First Nations Master artists Tony Hunt and Robert Davidson.

Diesing worked as a carver of masks, bowls, and totem poles. The artist also produced prints.

Though a great artist in the 1960s, she flourished in the 1980s by being included in a touring art exhibition sponsored by the Royal British Columbia Museum.

In the Haida culture, her name translates to “magical little woman.”

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In 2006 Northwest Community College created the School of Northwest Coast art that bears her name. It is located in Terrence, British Columbia.

She began carving at 42 years of age.

Freda Diesing passed away in 2002.

In this clip some works by student’s at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. These artists will soon be responsible for carrying on the First Nations style of art:



Artist of the moment………..John Pavlicek

John Pavlicek is an American abstract artist renown for paintings and prints.

John Pavlicek was born in Lubbock, Texas in the year 1946.

Pavlicek attended the University of Dallas, Texas.

Most works employ multiple mediums including painting, collage, and gold leaf.  Some artists that inspire Pavlicek are George Braque, Pablo Picasso, and Kurt Schwitters.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

I enjoy the work of this abstract artist because of the shapes he creates. The shapes are so interesting even a work done with little color has wonderful movement throughout the picture.







Artist of the moment……..Street Artist Xenz



Xenz is fantastic artist renown for his street art of birds and flowers. Xenz was born in the year 1973.

Below a link to the website of artist Xenz:

The artist is now based out of London, England. He works as a studio based artist and also a muralist.

Xenz is inspired by Asian art and the calligraphic strokes seen in Chinese painting. Xenz is my favorite street artist working with flowers and fauna simply for the fact he creates an extraordinary amount of depth in his works. My favorite images are of what seem to be a very dense and very humid rainforest with some exotic trees.

Xenz began his street art career in Hull, England back in 1987.

These works have it all from wonderful organic and geometric shapes, outstanding color, and movement through the picture. Xenz is also a great artist to study where he chooses to paint limbs and trees in order to make a flat surface have a great deal of depth.

price range information: Most spray paint works are between $3,000 and $10,000. Pricing schedule for oils.

To close we see the artist in action on a large mural of his favorite subject matter, flowers, fauna, and birds:




Artist of the moment……..Street Artist Nick Walker


Nick Walker is a wonderful street artist from Bristol, England renown for his images of a man in a bowler hat and business suit. Nick Walker was born in the year 1969. Walker is still based out of Bristol.


In this clip we view a time lapse of the artist at work on a huge mural:

Nick Walker was born and raised in Bristol, England. His first exposure to graffiti was via the BBC and music videos by groups including Blondie and Malcolm MacLaren.

The artist calls the main character of his art, the Vandal. This man travels around the world from city to city painting the town red by dumping red paint on various targets.


Below a wonderful interview with artist Nick Walker:

Price range information: Walker work’s as a printmaker but also works with acrylics and spray paint. Works range from $1,000 to $100,000.

The artist was employed by film director Stanley Kubrick to create graffiti for the film starring Tom Cruise ” Eye’s Wide Shut.”

Below a link to the website of Nick Walker:

His work is even has appeared in a music video of the Black Eyed Peas.

If you enjoy the subject matter of the modern day businessman be sure and check out the sculptor Jim Rennert.




Artist of the moment……..Benjamin Harjo


Benjamin Harjo Junior is a wonderful Native American artist who works in Pop Art style. Benjamin Harjo was born in Clovis, New Mexico in the year 1945.

The artist originally wanted to be a cartoonist. He was selling his cartoons locally whilst still in high school. He was excited to attend the Institute of American Indian Art to study animation. After enrolling he found out the institution had cancelled the animation program. Harjo remained there to study.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Harjo was drafted in the United States Army and served in Vietnam. After his military discharge the artist finished his B.F.A. degree at Oklahoma State University.

In this clip an interview with the artist and his alma mater of Oklahoma State University located in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Below we visit the studio of the artist and more works of Harjo are shown:

Harjo works in many mediums including oils, gouache, acrylics, watercolor, pen and ink. The artist is also an avid printmaker.

Below a link to the website of Benjamin Harjo Jr. :

I enjoy the wonderful shapes and explosive color used by this artist. If you enjoy this mix of shapes and color be sure check out artist Oscar Howe.



Artist of the moment……..Mary Fedden


Mary Fedden was a British artist renown for her modernist paintings of the still life. Mary Fedden was born in Bristol, England in the year 1915.

Fedden attended the Slade School of Art located in London, England.

The artist was the first women to teach at the Royal College of Art located in London, England. Some students of hers included David Hockney and

She is sometimes mistaken as being the daughter of Sir Roy Fedden. Sir Roy Fedden helped to design aircrafts and was a noted engineer. Sir Roy Fedden was the uncle of Mary Fedden.

Fedden was married to another artist name Julian Trevelyan. As a huge fan of families of artist, Julian Trevelyan will be the next post! The couple were based much of their life sharing a studio on the famed River Thames.

In this clip we view a wonderful selection of paintings by Mary Fedden. She was able to have great depth in her work. This quality is always enhanced in her works by large very flat areas of the painting. A great combination:

Mary Fedden passed in 2012 at the age of 96 years of age.

Below we visit the studio of the artist. It is very interesting because she NEVER paints away from her studio. This is a short clip from a documentary about Mary Fedden:

Price range information: Fedden was a very prolific painter and printmaker. Works start at $8,000 for a watercolor, gouache, or print. Original oils can fetch $60,000.



Artist of the moment………Keith Coventry


Keith Coventry is a British artist renown or his abstract works. Keith Coventry was born in Burnley, England in the year 1958.

Coventry attended the Chelsea School of Art located in London, England. He also attended Brighton Polytech.

The artist is a past winner of the John Moore prize and received $25,000. This award is given every two years to the best contemporary painting. In this awesome clip we view the artist right after winning this prestigious award:

Here Coventry goes into further detail on a very popular series of prints he made of crack pipes:

Coventry is part of many prominent collections including the Tate Museum of London, England and the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

The artist says his work is a combination of art history and social issues.

price range information: The artist works mainly in oils with prices range from $10,000 to $80,000. He has done a few print editions, but on a small scale with not enough pricing available to form a schedule.

I enjoy the minimalist and abstract qualities found in Coventry’s art. I am sure Piet Mondrian is smiling when he sees the work of this modern artist!






Happy Thanksgiving!

Well for those readers in the United States of America Happy Thanksgiving! Lets take a look at some artwork celebrating this holiday!

First we have the classic work of art by Norman Rockwell:


And this wonderful piece by Grandma Moses:


And this work of art by Charley Harper:


And here we have a wonderful etching from Pablo Picasso.




Artist of the moment………Agostino Bonalumi


Agostino Bonalumi was an artist working in a modernist style similar to Lucio Fontana and Paola Scheggi. Agostino Bonalumi was born in Vimercate, Italy in the year 1935. The artist took art classes from a very young age and participated in a gallery show for the first time as a thirteen year old.

Fontana was in important mentor to Bonalumi. Bonalumi hoped to push the boundaries of Fontana’s work even further.

The artist often worked with shaped canvases and also built up his works with vinyl and would paint them with acrylics.

In this clip we view two works by Bonalumi. His work was very large in size. It also helps to see the works from side view rather than just from the front. I enjoy the dimensional feel of his art:

Below a wonderful collection of works by Bonalumi. What a great mix of organic and geometric shapes. When seen together we also get a feel for his outstanding use of color:

The artist had his first solo exhibition in the United States in 1967.

Agostino Bonalumi passed away in 2013 at the age of 78 years old.

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 t0 $400,000.


Artist of the moment…….Paolo Scheggi




Paolo Scheggi was a fantastic Italian artist renown for his work with geometric shapes and working with layers and spatial relationships. Scheggi attended the Academy of Fine Art located in Florence, Italy.

Paolo Scheggi was born in Florence, Italy in the year 1940. Scheggi founded a magazine that covered art and culture when he was only 20 years of age.

Two artists that inspired Scheggi were Piet Mondrian and Jean Arp.

In this clip we take a look at one of Scheggi’s works as it appears in a gallery show:

When I first saw the work of this artist I actually thought it was by Lucio Fontana. Fontana often worked with spatial relationships and his work often looks like they surface has a tear or a rip. Below an image of Lucio Fontana’s art.


Though he passed away in 1971 from heart disease at the age of 31 years old,  his work was present in the Venice Biennial in 1972 and 1976.

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $750,000. The artist made lithographs and also worked in many mediums including oils, acrylics, cardboard, and aluminum.

It’s very sad that this artist passed away at 31 years of age. He had finally found his artistic voice and personal style.



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