Archive for December 22, 2014

Artist of the moment……James Bishop


James Bishop is an American painter renown for his abstract expressionist works using geometric shapes.

James Bishop was born in Neosho, Missouri in the year 1927. Bishop attended Washington University, Syracuse University, and Black Mountain College of Art, and also Columbia University.

In this clip we visit a show featuring James Bishop from earlier in 2014 from David Zwirner Gallery:

Also from the David Zwirner Gallery a great interview with James Bishop talking about his artwork:

Price range information: Bishop works in watercolors, oils, and gouache. Prices range from $10,000 to $50,000.

Bishop is now based out of France. He moved to France in 1958.


Artist of the moment………..Jeffrey Steele


Jeffrey Steele is a British abstract artist. Steele’s work is based on geometric abstraction and pattern and design. He was also part of the Op Art movement with his black and white paintings which recall another British artist, Bridget Riley.

Jeffrey Steele was born in Cardiff, Great Britain in the year 1931. Steele went on to attend what is now Cardiff Metropolitan University. At the time it was the Cardiff College of Art.

The artist is also a gifted musician. He plays the trombone.

Two artists that provided inspiration to work in an abstract style were Victor Vasarely and Josef Albers.

Steele taught at the collegiate level at Portsmouth Polytech.

price range information: Sorry none available.

Steele flourished as an abstract artist in the 1970s. These works were mainly in black and white. Recently the artist has added to color and many of these newer works remind me artist Carlos Cruz Diez.



Artist of the moment……….Hajime Namiki


Hajime Namiki is a Japanese woodblock master renown for his prints of trees. Hajime Namiki was born Tokyo, Japan in the year 1947.

Namiki studied with another master woodblock artist named Shigeru Ogura.Although he is associated with prints, Namiki began his art career as a sculptor. Ogura was a highly regarded sculptor Namiki began studying with him in 1965. The artist began to work with prints in the 1970s.

Namiki works often with oil pigments on paper. In addition he often uses gold and silver leaf in his work.

The paper he uses is Torinoko Paper.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Trees are a wonderful subject because they have very interesting texture in the bark. The artist can also use the shapes of the leaves and negative space between branches in addition to color to make trees a wonderful subject to use for expression.

Some other fantastic artists who are renown for their work with trees include Scott Duce, Richard Schmid, Albert Handell, and Lynn Boggess. Natasha Wescoat, and Peter Hoffer.