Archive for January, 2015

Artist of the moment………..Jessica Sabogal

 

Jessica Sabogal is a street artist renown for her plight for trying to help women of different cultures from around the globe. Jessica Sabogal was based out of San Francisco, California. Sabogal is a first generation American, her parents both came from Colombia.

Sabogal tries to portray the beauty, grace, and power that exist in women.

The artist was commissioned to paint some murals at the Facebook’s California headquarters in Menlo Park.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

A link to the website of Jessica Sabogal:

http://jessicasabogal.com/

Below a great interview with Sabogal:

The artist documented the people’s desire for change in Egypt with a peace celebrating the activity in Tahrir Square.

In this clip we check out Sabogal as she creates a very large mural:

What I find most interesting about Sabogal is that when she began painting the female figure and became obsessed with it, she switched from painting glamorous movie star women to heavier and fuller women and loved the results. The artist has a keen way of expressing herself via her art. No matter what the subject looks like, her works are always powerful.

The artist also has a great outlook on life. One of her goals is to help take care of every important woman in her life.

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Artist of the moment……..William Morris

 

William Morris is a wonderful contemporary glass artist. William Morris was born in Carmel, California in the year 1957. The artist attended California State at Chico and also Central Washington University at Ellensburg.

The artist became aware of the world of art and glass by first being a truck driver for Pilchuck Glass School located in Stanwood,  Washington. He was able to learn the craft and eventually worked with America’s most famous glass blower, Dale Chihuly.

 

In this clip we view many samples of Morris’ glass works:

 

Below we view a show featuring works dealing with animals and art:

Its hard to believe some of the items made by Morris’ are glass! What creativity he uses to create bones, wood, and other items all out of glass.

William Morris is now based out of Washington and Hawaii.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

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Artist of the moment………..Bob and Roberta Smith

 

Patrick Brill, also known as Bob and Roberta Smith, is a British artist renown for his art which uses typography and a poster format. Patrick Brill was born in Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom in the year 1963. His father was a professional landscape artist named Frederick Brill.

Brill attended the University of Reading where he earned a bachelors degree. The artist went on to earn a masters degree from GoldsmithsCollege.

Brill is more commonly known as Bob and Roberta Smith.

His wife, Jessica Voorsanger, is also an artist and an advocate for exposing people with learning disabilities to art.

Brill is associate professor at London Metropolitan University.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist works in acrylics and printmaking. The artist has also recently been working with sculpture.

 

In this clip an interview with the artist:

 

Below we view a brief documentary from the Tate about Bob and Roberta Smith:

This artist reminds me of Stephen Powers for his use of color and text.

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Artist of the moment………..Rande Cook

 

Rande Cook is a contemporary First Nations artist whose style blends classic native design innovative color and shapes. Rande Cook was born in Alert Bay which is located on Vancouver Island, Canada in the year 1977.

In this clip a brief interview with Rande Cook:

Cook works as a printmaker, painter, sculptor. Cook is also an outstanding jewelry designer.

Rande Cook represents the Kwakwaka’wakw people of the First Nations people.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist now lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Cook has been inspired by other First Nations artist including Beau Dick, Don Yeomans, Susan Point, and Richard Hunt. The artist served as an apprentice to First Nations artist John Livingston. Cook gives Livingston a great deal of credit for teaching him carving and giving him a basis in the design of First Nations art.

Cook is a great example of the more modernist style of First Nations art we find in younger artists. The traditional dominant colors of black and red are used by Cook his art, but with the addition of bright colors including fantastic blues and yellows the viewer eye moves around the picture space constantly seeing a new image and unique color combinations not found in more traditional First Nations art.

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Artist of the moment………Street Artist L7M

 

L7M is a fantastic street artist renown for his depictions of birds. L7M also goes by the name of Luis Martins. Luis Martins was born in the year 1988 in São Paulo, Brazil. The artist began working with spray paint at the age of thirteen.

In this clip we view L7M work on some human portraits:

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Below we view more works by L7m from an exhibit in Luxembourg. Many birds and human faces are featured:

Often L7M works with mixed media including ink, pastel, and acrylics.

I really enjoy the artist’s mixture of abstraction and realism in his artwork. Especially interesting are the images of birds with their wings flapping in motion.

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Artist of the moment……..Richard Artschwager

 

 

Richard Artschwager was an American painter, sculptor, and furniture designer who participated in many movements over his career including Pop Art, Minimalist Art,  Conceptual Art. Richard Artschwager was born in Washington D.C. in the year 1923. His family had emigrated from Europe to the United States.

His family was very educated his father being a botanist and his mother took art and design lessons at the Corcoran School of Art. Artschwager would attend Cornell University located in Ithaca, New York where he studied math and chemistry. His war service in World War Two interrupted his education but the artist would finish with a degree of physics.

Artschwager also created his own simple modernist furniture. He was even commissioned by the Catholic Church to make portable altars that could be used on various types of vessels and ships. Much of his work was done using wood and formica.

In this clip we view the artist at work:

Richard Artschwager passed away in 2013 at the age of 89 years of age.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $1 million dollars. The artist worked often with acrylics, gouache, aluminum, etching, and charcoal.

Here we visit a show that took place at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City with our dear friend James Kalm:

Artshwager’s work can be found in the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City, and also European Museums including the Tate.

The artist was great at experimenting and finding new ways to express himself. In the 1980s and 1990s the artist took on many studio assistants and was highly productive producing furniture and sculpture work. His work during this period of his life reminds me of contemporary artist Jeff Koons.

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Artist of the moment……..František Kupka

 

 

František or Frank Kupka was an painter renown for his abstract style. Athough he is best known for his abstract style, Kupka also painted in a realist style. Frank Kupka was born in Bohemia in the year 1871. This area is now the Czech Republic.

Kupka attended the Academy of Fine Arts located in Prague. Kupka also attended the Academy of Fine Arts located in Vienna, Austria. In addition the artist also lived in Paris and briefly attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Academy Julien.

Kupka began his art career as an illustrator of books and a poster artist. Around 1910 the artist began working in an abstract style.

The artist helped to found a movement of abstract artists in Paris called the Abstract-Creation group.

The artist served in World War One and this surprised many people as he was nearly three decades older than most of his teammates.

Below a montage of works by Frantisek Kupka. Realist works are in the beginning of the clip and abstract works towards the latter:

Frank Kupka passed away in 1957 at the age of 85 years of age.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $900,000. The artist worked in many mediums including ink, charcoal, watercolor, gouache, pastels, crayons, and oils. No pricing available for posters or etchings.

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Artist of the moment……..Noriko Ambe

 

 

Noriko Ambe is a contemporary artist who has a unique style working with cut paper. Noriko Ambe was born in Saitama, Japan in the year 1967.

Ambe attended college in Tokyo, Japan at the Musashino Art University. The artist also studied for brief period of time in Italy and New York City and Vermont.

The artist had her first solo exhibition in 1992.

Below a link to the website of artist Noriko Ambe:

http://www.norikoambe.com/

Below in this fantastic clip we listen to the artist talk about her work:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist is now based out of New York City.

Ambe works with many layers of paper and often uses books and magazines to cut her amazing works of art.

I enjoy the depth and very unique sculptural shapes Ambe is generates in her very unique paper works.

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Artist of the moment……..Noriko Yamamoto

 

Noriko Yamamoto is a Japanese artist renown for her abstract art born in the year 1929. As a child she was taught the fine art of calligraphy by her father. Yamamoto’s family moved to Tokyo, Japan when she was a young child.

Her family lived in Honolulu, Hawaii from 1935 to 1941 before moving back to Tokyo, Japan in 1941.

In the 1950s the artist would relocate to the United States where she attended the California College of Arts and Crafts located in Oakland, California. An important mentor for the artist was the painter Richard Diebenkorn.

Yamamoto earned both a bachelors of fine art and masters of fine arts degree.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist works in acrylics, watercolors, oils, sculpture, and collage.

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Artist of the moment………Carlo Stanga

 

 

Carlo Stango is a contemporary artist renown for his illustrations of famous cities of the world.

Stango studied architecture in Milan at the Polytechnic Institute. Later he would also attend the Art and Design in Milan called the Scuola del Fumetto.

Stango is based out of Berlin, Germany and Milan, Italy. Two great cities that offer unlimited wonderful panoramic views of the city.

The artist has won many awards for his illustration skills.

 

In this clip two fans of the artist share some works with us:

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Stango reminds me a great deal of British artist Stephen Wiltshire. Both artists specialize in bird’s eye views of cities. Wiltshire in fact often rides in a helicopter to get ideas for his art.

 

 

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