Archive for November, 2014

Artist of the moment……..Alano Edzerza

 

Alano Edzerza is a First Nations artist renown for his prints of wildlife. Edzerza is also an outstanding entrepreneur who has brought the First Nations art into commercial apparel. Imagine wearing your favorite first nations art design as a dress, this is possible thanks to the vision of Alano Edzerza.

The artist attended school in Arizona where he learned to work with jewelry. He has also studied with many artists in private settings.

Edzerza was born in the year 1981 and has been making art his entire life.

 

Edzerza represents the Raven clan of First Nations Tahltan people.

In this clip we visit the artist in his studio and see how he lives on a daily basis:

In 2010, the artist secured a deal to design the wear for the Dutch Winter Olympic Sports Team.

Edzerza loves giving back to the community and has helped with local programs that help younger artists to succeed as artists and business people.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

What I enjoy most about his artwork is his sense of close up depictions of his work. When I first saw his work I imagined Andy Warhol might paint something so large in scale with such a limited palette if he worked in the First Nations style of design. Its great to see such art and designs finally making it the widespread consumer market.

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Artist of the moment…………Jason Middlebrook

 

 

Jason Middlebrook was born in Jackson, Michigan in the year 1966. Middlebrook attended the University of California at Santa Cruz where he earned a B.F.A. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute. He also studied at the Whitney Museum and abroad in Sweden. Middlebrook is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker.

One of the artist’s goals with his work is to help to preserve nature and to make the viewer aware of the impact they have on planet earth.

Below a link to the website of Jason Middlebrook. This home page has a wonderful piece of art by Middlebrook that mixes the organic shape of a slice of a tree with the straight lines of a rectangle:

http://jasonmiddlebrook.com/

In this clip we view works exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art located in Chicago, Illinois:

Many of his works with trees include spray paint and acrylics. The artist also used colored pencil.

Below we see a time lapse of a very large wall painting by Middlebrook at the Museum of Fine Arts located in Boston, MA:

The artist is based out of Hudson, New York.

Price range information: A wonderfully designed candle can be had for $120 from the artist. A sculpture can reach as much as $30,000.

What a wonderful sense of design employed the artist. Middlebrook’s work has a great deal of movement without overwhelming the viewers senses. The interaction of organic lines of the wood grain and geometric shapes make for a wonderful piece of abstract work.

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Artist of the moment…….Denise Kupferschmidt

 

Denise Kupferschmidt is an American artist renown or his minimalist works involving the figure. Denise Kupferschmidt was born in Princeton, New Jersey in the year 1979. The artist attended the Massachusetts College of Fine Art located in Boston.

The artist is capable of working in many mediums and often exhibits drawings, paintings, and sculpture work. She is also an avid printmaker.

 

Below we visit a show featuring Kupferschmidt. Her works are shown at the 1:18 mark in the clip:

The artist is based out of Brooklyn, New York.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.denisekupferschmidt.com/home.html

What a wonderful way to depict the figure. With the black and white format used on most of her paintings its easy for the viewer to think they are looking at one of Matisse’s contemporaries rather than someone born in 1979.

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Artist of the moment……Tony Bechara

 

Tony Bechara was born in Puerto Rico in the year 1942. Bechara is renown for his pointillist abstract paintings that are based on a grid. Bechara works mainly in acrylics and is an avid printmaker.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist attended college at the University of Georgetown located in Washington D.C. where he studied law. He also attended the Visual School for the arts and New York University Graduate School for International Relations. Bechara also studied abroad at the Sorbonne located in Paris, France.

Bechara is the chairman of the board of directors of New York’s only museum dedicated to Latin American artists.

Below a link to the website of Tony Bechara:

http://www.tonybechara.com/

The artist is now based out of New York City.

Bechara has won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Some other famous artists using grids in their work include Piet Mondrian, Chuck Close, and Agnes Martin. Bechara has taken the grid further by adding many more layers and much more color than those grid artists that preceded him.

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Artist of the moment……….Carlos Raquel Rivera

 

 

Carlos Raquel Rivera was a fantastic poster artist and printmaker.  Carlos Raquel Rivera was born in Yauco, Puerto Rico in the year 1923. Rivera attended the Art Student’s League of New York City.

The artist flourished in the 1950s and 1960s as his work was heavily sought after for posters and commercial art.

His works were also used to push political ideas and agendas.

Carlos Rivera passed away in 1999.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Carlos Raquel Rivera, like most poser artist, had a wonderful sense of design and use of color. The poster artist are among my favorite because they have mastered not only visual art, but most were excellent at designing and working with various letter forms.

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Artist of the moment……….Alexander Liberman

 

Alexander Liberman was a painter and sculptor renown for his abstract works. Alexander Liberman was born in Kiev, Ukraine in the year 1912. The artist was educated in Russia, England, and France but didn’t study art.

Over his career Liberman worked for Conde Nast magazine in various artistic and design positions within the company. He ended as an editorial director for the magazine.

He took up painting and sculpture in the 1950s.

Liberman is part of the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Below a long interview with Liberman talking about various works he created including sculptures:

In this clip we view a sculpture by Alexander Liberman:

The artist became an American citizen in 1946.

Alexander Liberman passed away in 1999 at the age of 87 years old.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000. Liberman worked in oils, enamel, acrylics, watercolor, lithography, and photography.

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Artist of the moment……….Rudy Autio

 

Rudy Autio was an American artist renown for his work with ceramics and sculpture. Rudy Autio was born in Butte, Montana in the year 1926.

Autio attended Montana State University at Bozeman, Montana where he earned a B.F.A. Autio went on to earn a M.F.A. from Washington State University located in Pullman, Washington.

Rudy Autio was a professor at the University of Montana and started the ceramics program in Missoula in 1957. The artist Beth Lo, profiled yesterday took over his post at the University after Autio retired.

 

Below we visit the artist in his studio and view some of his works. This clip is great to see the scale of Autio’s larger vessels:

Rudy Autio passed away in 2006 at the age of 80 years old.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

What unique style. I enjoy his ceramics work very much as the artist was a master at drawing with line. The works aren’t just a vessel with a unique shape, Autio’s vessels contains a wonderful mix of line and color that make them seem like an animated vase.

Autio is part of the collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Missoula, Montana Art Museum.

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Artist of the moment……….Andrew Michael Dasburg

 

Andrew Michael Dasburg was an American artist renown or his cubist style of landscape painting. Andrew Dasburg was born in Paris, France in the year 1887.

His father passed away at an early age and he and his mother moved to the United States in 1892.

Dasburg attended the Art Student’s League of New York City.

In 1909 Dasburg visited Paris, France and became influenced by the Modernist art movement.

From the Antiques Roadshow on P.B.S. we view an appraisal of a wonderful landscape by Dasburg executed in pastel:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/201003A41.html

Dasburg was a participant in the famed 1913 Armory Show in New York City. The first show of Modernist art in the United States.

Having visited New Mexico a few times previously, Dasburg moved to Sante Fe permanently in 1921.

Dasburg passed away in 1979 at the age of 92 years old.

The artist is part of the collection of the Denver Art Museum, the Whitney Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum.

Price range information:  The artist worked in oils, watercolor, and pastel. Prices range from $10,000 to $100,000.

I enjoy the landscape designs of this artist very much. We must remember that Cubist painting involves painting an image from many different view points. So one house or two houses may in fact look like a city when the painting is finished. New Mexico at that time was known for his vastness and emptiness of space.

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Artist of the moment…….Street Artist Eko

 

Eko is a wonderful street artist working in a geometric abstract style with flat bold color.

Eko was born in Wandsworth, London in the year 1974. He began tagging and writing graffiti in the mid 1980s in the Hull area. This area of the city has many abandoned warehouses and buildings perfect for street artists use.

Eko would later work in the Bristol area.

The artist has worked designing record covers.

The artist uses a wide variety of shapes in his work. Some even look like letters. With this wonderful mixture of shapes the artist is able to create movement. The artist doesn’t do much work in smaller canvases sizes, lets hope for some small treasures from this great artist soon!

Price range information: Sorry none available.

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Artist of the moment…….Beth Lo

 

 

Beth Lo is a ceramics artist renown for her work depicting the figure, mainly children. Beth Lo was born in Lafayette, Indiana in the year 1949. Lo attended the University of Michigan earning a bachelors degree in general studies. Lo went on to study ceramics and earn an M.F.A. from the University of Montana at Missoula. She studied with a renown ceramics artist Rudy Autio.

After Autio retired in 1985, Beth Lo took over his post as a professor.

price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist is based out of Missoula, Montana. She is an art professor at the great University of Montana at Missoula.

In this clip we take a trip to Missoula to visit the studio of the artist. I would fast forward to the 1:54 mark in the clip where the interview begins:

Lo is a past grant winner of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lo’s plates remind me of Picasso’s. Her work’s seem to be more narrative in nature, but I enjoy the end result. What a master at creating figurative work either flat or in three dimensions.

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