Archive for November 4, 2014

Artist of the moment…………..Martin Whatson


Martin Whatson is a street artist based from Norway born in the year 1984. Whatson attended the Westerdal School of Communication located in Oslo, Norway.

His style takes traditional art motifs most viewers and admirers of art are familiar with painted in black and greys with little color. Then he adds his very colorful style of urban art to create his very unique works of art.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view a large mural done by Martin Whatson:

Below a link to the website of Martin Whatson:

The artist has been part of shows in Europe and the United States. His first solo exhibition was in 2011.

What a unique style of urban art Whatson has developed. His work is recognizable instantly.


Artist of the moment……..Norman Lewis


Norman Lewis was an African American painter and printmaker who worked with the figure but is more renown for his abstract paintings. Norman Lewis was born in Harlem, New York in the year 1909.

After painting many scenes of figures and the Harlem Renaissance Lewis started to paint in the style of an Abstract Expressionist painter in the 1940s.

The artist participated in the Works Progress Administration.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 for a print to $600,000 for an original oil. The artist worked in watercolor, gouache, pastel, and oils.

Lewis was part of the Spiral group. A group of African American writers and artists.

Lewis was a teacher for most of his career. He won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and also the National Endowment for the Arts.

In this clip we view some works by Norman Lewis following a brief biography. This clip deals with Lewis’s abstract art:


Norman Lewis passed away in 1979.

I enjoy his abstract works that use color. What an outstanding use of color and loose edges.


Artist of the moment…….Joe Wilson



Joe Wilson is a First Nations artist representing the Kwakwaka’ wakw people. Joe Wilson was born in Alert Bay, Canada in the year 1966.

The artist had loved to create since he was a young man and became inspired by taking a course from another First Nations artist named Douglas Cranmer. The course was a birthday present from his sister. Way to go sis!

Wilson was mentored by two other First Nations artist profiled here Wayne Alfred and Beau Dick.

Many of his masks are a combination of cedar and horse hair.

Price range information: sorry none available.

An added note, if you ever visit the Denver Art Museum be sure and check out the fifth floor where you can see many of the First Nations artists profiled here and also a few Inuit works.

Wilson has a knack for giving his masks a real sense of life. His printmaking skills show a wonderful sense of design and use of color. My favorite prints are the ones that include two First Nations symbols such as thunderbird and killer whale.