Archive for November 13, 2014

Artist of the moment……..Kenzo Okada



Kenzo Okada was a Japanese printmaker born in Yokohama, Japan in the year 1902. Okada attended college in Tokyo, Japan at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. After two years of study Okada moved to Paris, France.

The artist is given credit as the first Japanese artist to be an highly sought after abstract expressionist.

Okada moved back to Japan in the late 1920s. When 1950 came Okada decided to move to New York City.

The artist was friends with many color field and abstract expressionist painters. One great friend was artist Mark Rothko.

Kenzo Okada passed away in 1982 at the age of 79 years old.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 for a print to $50,000 for an original work.

Much of the work of Okada reminds me of landscape paintings.



Artist of the moment……..Stephen Westfall


Stephen Westfall is an American artist renown for his abstract paintings. Stephen Westfall was born in Schenectady, New York in the year 1953. Westfall considers himself to be mix of Pop Art,Post Minimalist, and hard edged abstract styles. Westfall attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where he earned a B.F.A. and also an M.F.A.

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 for a print to $40,000 for an original oil.

The artist has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Below a one minute interview with Stephen Westfall talking about the artist’s lifestyle:

Westfall is part of the collection of the Whitney Museum of New York City and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Here we view Stephen Westfall at the American Academy located in Rome, Italy. If you don’t wish to view the entire clip some great works are shown at the 3:40 minute mark of the clip:

What a great style of art. I enjoy the term Westfall calls anamous geometry. Geometric based work with some life or animation in it. Its a great name for his style of art.





Artist of the moment……Michael Seward Snow



Michael Seward Snow was a British painter renown for his abstract style. It is important to remember his middle name as another artist from Canada is also named Michael Snow.

Michael Seward Snow was born in Manchester, United Kingdom in the year 1930. His father was a headmaster of a school. Snow did not attend art school.

Seward Snow enjoyed the modernist art colony called St. Ives tremendously. The artist was also a member of the Penwith Society of Artists whose goal was to break away from the traditional definition of what art is.

The artist enjoyed looking at astronomer and often looked at stars for long periods of time.

For two decades Michael Seward Snow taught at Exeter Art College located in Exeter, Devon, England.

Michael Seward Snow passed away in 2012.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

What a great use of color, organic and inorganic shapes, edges, and composition. One has to appreciate artists who work in an abstract manner as they improve so much with age. Snow’s work reminds me of the wonderful Shirley Jaffe, who is still creating wonderful abstract paintings vast in size though she is in her 90s.