Archive for April 10, 2015

Artist of the moment………….Belgium Street Artist Dzia

 

 

Dzia is a wonderful street artist from Belgium. Dzia Krank is the fictional name for this artist renown for intricate line drawings and paintings of animals and insects. Dzia earned a M.F.A. from the Royal Academy of Art located in Antwerp, Belgium.

The artist is based out of Antwerp, Belgium.

Below a link to the website of Dzia:

http://www.dzia.be/

In addition to painting Dzia has also worked as a sculptor and even studied the art of taxidermy.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip a great selection of animals and insects painted by Dzia:

The artist is very creative and says his work is spontaneous. The end result might be something John Singer Sargent would have produced if he were a street artsist. I say this because Dzia’s works looks very loose and lively, but a tremendous amount of work and thought went into it.

What a fantastic draftsman!

If you enjoy street art dealing with animals and other creatures, be sure and check out the work of another Belgian street artist named ROA, already profiled here.

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Artist of the moment…….Maruyama Okyo

 

 

Maruyama Okyo was a highly renown Japanese realist painter. Maruyama Okyo was born in 1733 in Kameoka, Kyoto, Japan. His birth name was Maruyama Masataka. The artist was born into a family of farmers.

As a teenager he moved to the big city of Kyoto and found work at a toy shop. This is where he became introduced to Western art as the toy shop sold what was then a leading edge piece of technology, the stereoscope. This machine allowed artists to produce great works in three dimensions with great perspective.

He pursued art as a profession and studied former master painters and prints. He also came under the tutelage of Ishidi Yutei.

The artist used his own mix of Western and Eastern painting philosophies and started his own school named the Maruyama School of Painting that was based in Kyoto, Japan.

Okyo was also among the first artist to paint the nude from life. This style of art was seen as pornographic by most of the population.

Maruyama Okyo passed away in 1795. Over his lengthy career the artist completed man commissions for members of government and the royal family.

Price range information: Works range from $100,000 to $1 million dollars.

In this clip we view many works by Okyo from a show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The part of the clip containing his artwork begins at 3:25 of the segment:

Many fellow artists were critical of Okyo’s style, they felt it was too dedicated to realism with no sense of artistic license.

I enjoy the artist highly detailed watercolors, especially the landscapes. Okyo had a great sense of design and made wonderful use of the negative space in his paintings.

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