Archive for November, 2014

Artist of the moment……………Pham An Hai




Pham An Hai is a wonderful abstract artist born in Hanoi, Vietnam.  in the year 1967.

An Hai attended the Hanoi Institute of Fine Arts.

Though best known for his abstract works the artist has also experimented with Expressionist and figure painting.

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Pham An Hai has a great sense of color. The artist seems to apply paint using many different ways of applying paint giving the surface a wonderful variety texture that is a visual feast for the eyes.


In this clip a short documentary on Pham An Hai:

A favorite subject matter for Pham An Hai is the lotus plant. An Hai sees the flower as a great symbol for his beloved hometown of Hanoi.


Artist of the moment…………Jorg Immendorff


Jorg Immendorff was a fantastic painter and sculptor  born in Bleckede, Lower Saxony, Germany in the year 1945. Immendorf was perhaps better known for his left wing political ideas than for his Surrealist paintings.

Immendorf attended the Academy of Art located in Dusseldorft, Germany and also with Joseph Bueys.

Immendorf studied with a theater set designer named Teo Otto. Immendorf designed many stage sets over his lengthy career.

The artist would go back to teach at the Academy of Art as a professor.

In the early 2000s Immendorf with several prostitutes and cocaine. In Germany small amounts are okay for personal use but he surpassed this amount. He was put on probation and given a large fine.

In this clip from 1987 we visit the studio of Jorg Immendorff:

Jorg Immendorf developed A.L.S. otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. This disease came to the forefront of the media earlier this year with many celebrities and C.E.O.s including Bill Gates taking the ice bucket challenge. Immendorf passed away in 2007 at the age of 61 years of age.

The disease forced him to paint with his right hand after being a lefty. Eventually he was wheelchair bound and unable to paint.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $300,000.

What an extraordinary painter and in incredible life. Another American painter who died from A.L.S. was the American artist Wilson Hurley renown for his paintings of the American West.

To close we look at many paintings by Jorg Immendorff:


Artist of the moment……Woody Gwyn


Woody Gwyn is an American painter renown for his panoramic landscape works. Woody Gwyn was born in San Antonio, Texas in the year 1944. Gwyn attended college at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts located in Philadelphia.

From the Denver Art Museum, Woody Gwyn talks about what he hopes viewers achieve when looking at his artwork:

From the fantastic Public Television of New Mexico we view the artist at work on some landscape paintings. This clip is only 3 years old so it gives an up to date look at his style of painting:

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Below a link to the website of Woody Gwyn:

The artist has a wonderful sense of design for depicting the vastness of space found in his art. In a museum a person is generally attracted to realism piece when its recognizable from across the room. Gwyn’s panoramic paintings of highways and the ocean make the viewer feel as if they are on the location themselves.

Having seen the work of this artist in person two other artists who show a great talent for depicting vastness of space are Rackstraw Downes and Keith Jacobshagen.



Artist of the moment……….McCauley Conner



McCauley (Mac) Conner was born in 1913. Conner was among the finest illustrators of the Golden Age of Illustration and a heavy influence on the artist was painter Norman Rockwell.

Conner flourished from the 1940s to the 1960s working for such magazines as Redbook and Women’s Day and large companies including Bell Telephone, United Airlines, and the Saturday Evening Post.

This artist works reminds me deeply of the popular television show Mad Men. I enjoy his sense of realism because his work includes many large flat shapes. For instance a drape isn’t painted with lights and darks, we only see the silhouette in a very light tone.

A very large retrospective was held celebrating the artists 100 birthday in 2013. Conner was thrilled with the show which included nearly 70 works by the artist. In this clip we view an excerpt from the show which took place at the Museum of the City of New York:

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The artist worked mainly with gouache and watercolor.

What a great artist and person. I bet his favorite television show is Mad Men. Glad to see another artist celebrating one hundred years on planet earth.






Artist of the moment………Emiliano Di Cavalcanti


Emiliano Di Calvacanti was a Brazilian painter renown for his work with the figure. Emiliano Di Cavalcanti was born in Rio De Janiero, Brazil in the year 1897. His wife was also a painter named Noemia Mourao. For college Di Cavalcanti tried to attain a law degree, but left to pursue artistic endeavors before becoming a lawyer.

The artist was avid supporter of the Communist party and was put in jail on two separate occasions.

Di Cavalcanti moved to Paris, France and found other modernist painters including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Fernad Leger. Whilst he was living in Paris he attended the Academy Ranson located in Paris.

Below a great montage of works by Di Cavalcanti showing his fantastic paintings of the figure:

After his marriage the couple remained in Paris before they had to leave in a hurry due to the fact that Paris was being taken over by the German Nazis.

Emiliano Di Cavalcante passed away in 1976.

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What a great mix of styles that composed this artist’s work. I can see glimpses of Impressionism, Cubism, and Expressionist styles in his art.


Artist of the moment…….Remedios Varo Uranga



Remedios Varo Uranga was born in Angles, Spain in the year 1916. Remedios Varo Uranga was a painter who worked in a Surrealist style. The artist attended the Academy of Art San Fernando located in Madrid, Spain. Her father was an industrial engineer and as a young child the artist would copy the technical drawings her father brought home from work.

Whilst the artist was attending college a civil war began in her native country so she relocated to Paris, France. It is her that Varo Uranga became influenced by the Surrealists and starting painting in a Surrealist manner.

She was first married to a painter named Girardo Lizarraga. After they separated she lived with a French poet.

When the German’s took over Paris, France during World War 2, the artist relocated to Mexico City, Mexico where she would remain the rest of her life.

Most works are painted with oils on Masonite.

Below a wonderful montage of works by Remedios Varo Uranga:

Just as her career was flourishing the artist had a heart attack and passed away in 1963. Remedios Varo Uranga was only 54 years of age.

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What a great surrealist painter. The artist is often compared to a contemporary already profiled here named Leonora Corrington.





Artist of the moment………….Bonnie MacLean


Bonnie MacLean was an American poster renown for her work with the Fillmore Auditorium located in San Francisco, California. MacLean was also a promoter and was also once married to concert promoter Bill Graham.

Bonnie MacLean was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1961.

She attended Pennsylvania State University where she received a B.F.A. After college she headed to California and took a job where Bill Graham would serve as her boss. When living in California she attended the San Francisco Academy of Art, the California College of Arts and Crafts, and San Francisco Art Institute.

MacLean took over for artist Wes Wilson after the two had a falling out. She was then in charge of all promotional works that took place at the Fillmore. She went from overseeing the projects, to being the one that had to produce them. She handled the task wonderfully.

MacLean quit doing the posters in 1968. She divorced Graham in 1975. The artist went on to paint landscapes and the nudes.

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Below a montage of works by Bonnie McClean. Images began at the 1:50 mark in the clip:

She became famous for her posters during the late 60s. Her posters gave the appropriate look of psychedelic imagery quite popular at that time. She lived an exciting lifestyle in the 1960s. She expanded on what prior artist Wes Wilson did for his posters by cultural items from the Native American culture. Other poster artists profiled here include David Klein, Stanley Mouse, and Alton Kelley.



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.

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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.


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