Archive for February 12, 2015

Artist of the moment…….Askew One


Askew One is a fantastic graffiti artist from New Zealand. The artist uses text in his work but also paints incredible portraits.

Askew One’s government name is Elliot O’Donnell.

He began making street art when he entered high school in the early 1990s.

Below the artist talks about his love of graffiti and art. He :

The artist often uses mixed media in his paintings such as acrylics and enamel. He also paints on unique surfaces such as plexiglass.

The artist is based out of Auckland, New Zealand.

Askew One uses spray paint, acrylic, and vinyl paint in the creation of his art.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view the artist at work for a show featuring his portrait work. I find this type of portrait work reminds me of Warhol’s first portrait efforts:

I love the artistic statement of Askew One! He thinks of himself as a crash test dummy jumping head first into trouble! This approach has garnered him some fantastic results!



Artist of the moment………Robert Natkin



Robert Natkin was an American painter renown for his Abstract Expressionist works. Robert Natkin was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1910. Natkin attended the Art Institute of Chicago.

His mother disapproved of his love of art. She encouraged his high school art teacher to flunk him in order to try and stop him from wanting to be an artist.

The artist liked to experiment with different ways of applying paint including using netting, stencils, and cloth.

Natkin married another American abstract artist named Judith Dolnick.

The artist is part of many prestigious collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of Art.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $40,000.

The artist worked oils, gouache, watercolor, pastels, acrylics, and was a prolific printmaker.

Robert Natkin passed away in 2010.

Below we visit a private chapel where one of Natkin’s paintings is installed:

The bright palette used by Natkin gives his works the feeling of happiness.