Archive for February, 2015

Artist of the moment……..Lin Emery

 

 

 

Lin Emery is a wonderful contemporary artist renown for her kinetic sculptures composed of aluminum. Lin Emery was born Larchmont, New York in the year 1926. Emery attended Columbia University and Syracuse University of New York. The artist also studied abroad in Paris.

She began her art career sculpting large size figures for religious organizations.

Below a link to the website of Lin Emery:

http://linemery.com/

 

Emery is based out of New Orleans, Louisiana. She used to have two studios, but one was ruined by Hurricane Katrina.

 

In this clip we see one of Lin Emery’s signature works:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Emery is part of prominent museum collections in the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Below another fantastic sculpture of Lin Emery:

Emery is great at seeing animals as simple shapes. A three dimensional version of the artwork of Charley Harper!

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Artist of the moment…………Achilles

 

Achilles is a street artist from Greece born in the year 1986. He is renown for his work with the figure in humorous and intriguing compositions.

One of the favorite parts of the figure that Achilles enjoys painting is the eye.

The artist is based out of Athens, Greece.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of street artist Achilles:

https://www.facebook.com/Achilles86/photos_stream?ref=page_internal

The artist works as a mural painter and illustrator.

Its very interesting the way he portrays the human figure with flesh and even showing the bone structure underneath. The artist has a great sense of modernist composition and great use of color.

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Artist of the moment…….Agnes Weinrich

 

 

 

Agnes Weinrich was painter renown for her modernist and abstract style. Agnes Weinrich was born in Des Moines County, Iowa in the year 1873. Her parents were immigrants from Germany and were very successful as farmers in America.

Her father was able to retire from farming and move to the city. Her father also started to visit Germany and acquaint himself with his old relatives. Weinrich’s father passed away, and each of his children inherited enough money to live out the rest of their lives without taking a job. Her father must have been quite a farmer!

Weinrich graduated from Burlington Collegiate Institute. The artist also attended the Art Student’s League of Chicago in addition to studying with painter Charles Hawthorne.

The artist began her career as an Impressionistic painter. Later in her career as she became an active printmaker, Weinrich would focus on color and flat images that can remind one of Alex Katz.

Agnes Weinrich passed away at the age of 73 years of age in 1946.

Price range information: The artist worked in oils, pastels, crayons, and as a woodblock printmaker. Works range from $3,000 to $30,000.

The later works of Weinrich are wonderful examples of a mixture of painting schools including Cubism and Abstraction.

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Some new cartoon/ caricature works

 

 

I have still been making collages and painting, doing many abstract works. This work is a friend of mine from work named Paul. I thought his face and bodytype would be fun for a caricature, and it was! I threw this caricature together when I was stuck inside with a flu. Its acrylics on canvas and 16 by 20 inches.

 

 

 

 

This work is my largest collage to date! It was great fun but took a long while to get the curves of the figure just right. Many artists inspired this piece. The legs and figures of Cathy Daley, the continuous flowing lines of the dancers of Al Hirschfeld,  the wonderful cartoons and murals of Mary Blair, and the collage works of Lorelay Bove all were in my head as created this piece. Its rather large at 4 feet tall by 3 feet wide. When doing collage works I like to shoot multiple images in the shadow and the light because each paper has a unique texture and may or may not appear glossy when a photograph is taken.

 

Thanks for looking!

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Soon I will be posting some floral images!

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Artist of the moment………..Alexey Brodovitch

 

Alexey Brodovitch was an twentieth century Russian/ American painter and photographer who was modern in his photography. Alexey Brodovitch was born in Oligotchi, Russian Empire in the year 1898.

His family was well off as his father was a doctor. Unfortunately his family had to flee their homeland to war and the upcoming Bolshevik revolution. Eventually the family would settle in Paris, France.

Brodovitch took a wife and found himself a job for the first time in life painting houses. He would take art classes and through his connections with other artists also earned money as the painter of ballet backgrounds. During this period he also would design textiles and jewelry.

The artist taught many well known modern artists keys to graphic design and advertising. In the United States most advertising art was very romantic in nature and linked to ideas from centuries past. Artists like Jessie Wilcox Smith were very popular. Brodovitch helped to usher in a modern era of American design that studied advertising examples that were popular in Europe, rather than the romantic realism.

Some of his students included famous photographers Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon.

In this clip a brief bio on Alexey Brodovitch with some examples of his work:

Alexey Brodovitch passed away in 1971.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000.

The artist was among the first to incorporate text and photos in magazine layouts. He was also an outstanding painter of landscapes in an abstract style. Add to his resume the many students who went on to have professional art careers and Brodovitch was a true master artist of the 20th century.

If you enjoy photographs and enjoy looking at photographs in sequences be sure and check out my post on Duane Michals. Michals uses photographs to tell short visual stories.

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Artist of the moment……..Maurice Estève

 

 

Maurice Estève was a French artist renown for his abstract paintings. Maurice Estève was born in Culan, France in the year 1904. In addition to painting Estève worked as a textile designer, collage artist, and mural designer.

The artist was mainly self taught. He did attend free classes at the Academy Colarossi. His style of painting has echoes of both Cubism and Fauvism.

In this clip a great montage of works by Maurice Estève:

Estève was most influenced by the art of Paul Cézanne.

The artist was a participant in the Venice Biennial of 1954.

Estève passed away in 2001 at the age of 97 years of age.

Price range information: The artist worked in many mediums including oils, watercolors, and pastels. He also was a prolific printmaker. Prints can be found starting at $5,000. Original oils can reach the $250,000 mark.

What a great use of color and shapes!

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Artist of the moment…….Josh Smith

 

Josh Smith is an contemporary American painter renown for his abstract and collage works which often feature his own name. Josh Smith was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in the year 1976.

Smith attended Miami University for two years before earning a B.F.A. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

 

In many works the artist uses text and also symbols such as leaves, skeletons, and fish. Smith has conquered many mediums in addition to painting including printmaking, sculpture, bookmaking, and ceramics.

In this clip we visit a show of Josh Smith with our beloved friend James Kalm:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of artist Josh Smith:

http://www.joshasmith.com/

Smith is part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of Art located in New York City.

The artist is based out of New York City.

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Artist of the moment………Peter Busa

 

 

Peter Busa was an American abstract expressionist painter. Peter Busa was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the year 1914. The artist attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology located in Pittsburgh.

Busa also attended the Art Student’s League of New York City. The artist also studied with Hans Hofmann at his school.

The artist was included in the WPA (Federal Art Project)

Busa also taught at the collegiate level at Cooper Union, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and New York University located in New York City.

Peter Busa passed away in 1985.

Price range information: The artist worked in oils, gouache, and mixed media. Works range from $5,000 to $50,000.

I enjoy the artist’s great use of color.

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Artist of the moment……….Edith Schloss

 

 

Edith Schloss was an expatriate American painter renown for her abstract expressionist art. Schloss worked as a painter, assemblage artist, and collage artist. The artist studied languages in several European countries before moving to the United States before World War 2.

Once in the United States the artist settled in New York City. She attended the Art Student’s League of New York and also Cooper Union College.

Edith Schloss was born in Offenbach, Germany in the year 1919.

Schloss was married to photographer and film producer Rudy Burckhardt. The marriage was short lived but the couple had a son. Schloss moved to Italy and enjoyed a lengthy career as a writer, though she still painted.

Schloss was known for being friends everyone who was important in the New York City art world.

Edith Schloss passed away in 2011. The artist was 92 years of age.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

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Artist of the moment………Mark Eberhard

 

Mark Eberhard is an outstanding painter of floral and bird imagery. Mark Eberhard was born in the year 1949.

Eberhard attended the University of Cincinnati earning a B.F.A. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from Yale University.

What I enjoy most about this artist is his sense of design and vivid color. Though his birds are sometimes painted as floating on water, the water doesn’t show any ripples or circles. Its just a flat shape of color. Simple but  beautiful.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the artist’s own website:

http://www.markeberhard.com/

Some other great bird artists already covered include ROA the street artist from Belgium, the wonderful Charley Harper, and also Isabelle duToit.

Below Mark Eberhard talks about the National Wildlife Museum and a work bought from the artist for the museums own collection are shown:

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