Archive for April, 2015

Artist of the moment……..David Roland Smith

 

 

David Roland Smith was an American painter and sculptor renown for his Cubist and Abstract style. David Smith was born in Decatur, Indiana in the year 1906. His sculpture works were often public sized commissions made of steel that featured basic geometric shapes.

Smith briefly attended Ohio University and Notre Dame University before leaving college to become a full time welder in Indiana. He would move to New York City a few years later.

Below a sculpture by David Smith from the campus of the University California at Los Angeles:

Smith studied at the Art Student’s League of New York City.

He was married to fellow artist Dorothy Dehner. When the couple was first married they bought a farm. The era of the Great Depression soon took place. The couple had more than 60 acres of land, but no electricity or running water in the house. The two were very proud of the way they managed themselves during this difficult time period.

During the time of World War 2, with resources being scarce, the artist concentrated on painting rather than sculpting.

David Rolland Smith was killed in an automobile accident in 1965.

In this clip a great interview with David Smith talking about how Cubism influenced his artwork. Some works are shown at the 3 minute mark of the clip:

price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $500,000. The artist produced many works in oils, inks, and watercolor.

The artist started to produce his large and public sized works after receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship.

What a great combination of basic shapes and raw materials. I found some surface qualities to be similar to the Shona and Inuit carvers.

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Artist of the moment……..Susan Headley Van Campen

 

Susan Headley Van Campen is an American artist renown for her art of floral imagery. The artist was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in the year 1951.

The artist attended the Moore College of Art for one year before finishing college at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. Both colleges are located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

price range information: Sorry none available.

Van Campen has a remarkable sense of design. Often the artist leaves much of the composition blank, thus drawing even more attention to her flowers and leaves. Her leaves have a fantastic sense of life and movement.

Below a link to the website of their artist:

http://www.vancampen.net/

The artist also paints landscapes.

She is married to another artist, Tim Van Campen, who is a graphic designer, painter, and textile artist.

If you enjoy the way this artist paints flowers be sure and check out my post on another watercolor master often working with floral imagery, Gary Bukovnik.

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Artist of the moment…..Carroll Dunham

 

Carroll Dunham is an American artist renown for his paintings featuring human body parts painted in bold acrylic paint.  Carroll Dunhan was born in New Haven, Connecticut in the year 1949. Dunham’s work explores many different genres including realism, surrealism, and Pop.

The artist is a prolific printmaker.

Dunham attended Trinity College located in Hartford, Connecticut.

The artist is married to famed photographer Laurie Simmons. The couple are based out of New York City, and Cornwall, Connecticut.

Dunham is the past recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Art and Guggenheim Foundations.

Price range information: Drawings can be found for $5,000. Prints start at $10,000 up to original oils which can bring $500,000.

In this clip we catch up with our friend James Kalm, and visit a show featuring the work of Carroll Dunham:

What a unique style and easily recognized brand Dunham has created for himself.

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Artist of the moment…….John Salt

 

John Salt is an English painter renown for his photorealist style of painting. John Salt was born in Birmingham, England in the year 1937.

The artist often paints old and sometimes abandoned vehicles and R.V. parks.

Salt began studies at the Birmingham School of Art when only 15 years of age. Salt studied at Birmingham for six years before transferring to the Slade School of Art located in London, England. Salt went on to earn a M.F.A.  from the University of Maryland located in the United States.

Salt was most popular during the 1960s and 1970s. The artist would use an airbrush to render many of these exquisite works. In the 1980s he started to use casein rather than acrylic paint.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 for a print to $200,000 for an original in oils. He also painted in watercolors, casein, and acrylics.

What I enjoy most about this artist is his subject matter. Having driving by many R.V. parks over my life, it wasn’t until seeing John Salt’s paintings that I began to look at them from an artistic point of view.

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Artist of the moment………….Street Artist Seth GlobePainter

 

Seth GlobePainter is a fantastic street artist from France renown for his imagery that shows children at play and leisure.

Below a brief interview with the artist from March of 2015:

Below a link to the facebook page of Seth. Many fine examples of his work here:

https://www.facebook.com/globe.painter

The government name for Seth the artist is Julien Malland. He is now based out of Paris,France.

My favorite aspects of his design are his use of basic geometric shapes with bold color.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Seth GlobePainter is the director and on screen reporter for a show on French television titled “Globe Painter.”

 

 

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Artist of the moment…….Ossip Zadkine

 

 

 

Ossip Zadkine was an artist associated with the Cubist and Art Deco movements. Ossip Zadkine was born in Vitsebsk, Russian Empire in the year 1890. This area is now called Belarus. Zadkine was a painter, sculptor, and print maker.

Zadkine briefly attended the Ecole des Beaux Artes located in Paris, France.

In this clip we visit the studio of Ossip Zadkine in 1965:

The artist’s wife was also an a painter, Valentine Prix.

Ossip Zadkine passed away in 1967.

In this clip we take a closer look at Cubist sculpture titled ” The Accordian Player.” :

Price range information: Watercolors and gouache works range start at $10,000. Bronzes are his highest prices works sometimes bringing in $500,000.

I enjoy the high level of abstraction found in Zadkine’s figure works.

 

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Artist of the moment……..Street Artist Kesa

 

 

 

 

 

Kesa hails from Montpelier, France. Kesa was born in the year 1980.

One of the artist’s best known series involved using vinyl records as his main medium. He turned the records in various shapes representing birds, cats, and bats fleeing from the circular shape of the record.

The artist began writing graffiti in 1996.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The work of Kesa seems ideally made for one specific time of year, Halloween! Especially the works featuring black cats!

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Artist of the moment…….Kim Sears

 

 

Kim Sears is the wife of tennis star Andy Murray, and one of the best painters of dogs on the planet. Kim Sears was born in Barcombe, United Kingdom.

Sears has a degree in English literature.

Below a link to the website of Kim Sears featuring many examples of mans best friend:

http://kimsears.com/wp/portfolio/

Sears just recently married tennis superstar Andy Murray at a castle the couple own in Scotland. Murray purchased the castle a few years ago and it underwent extensive renovations before recently being opened again.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Sears is a big enthusiast of American country music and especially the cowboy hats!

What a fascinating couple that also enjoy my two favorite activites, tennis and painting pets!

To close here is a clip featuring Kim Sears, Andy Murray, and their recent wedding:

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Artist of the moment…….Roger Brown

 

 

Roger Brown was an American surrealist painter and printmaker who often painted works that featured urban landscapes with Art Deco style decoration. Roger Brown was born in Hamilton, Alabama in the year 1941.

Brown attended the American Academy of Art located in Chicago before transferring to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois where he would eventually earn an M.F.A.

Family and history were very important to the artist and he made references to both subjects in much of his artwork.

Brown was also an avid art collector.

Roger Brown passed away in 1997.

Price range information: Lithographs are very affordable coming in at $2000 or less. Original oils can reach $100,000. Acrylics range from $10,000 to $75,000.

Below a montage of many works of the artist. This clip doesn’t have an audio with it but the pictures are quite remarkable:

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Artist of the moment……….Street Artist Bask

 

 

 

Bask is an American street artist renown for his Pop Art style that makes references to consumerism.

Bask is also known as Alex Hostomsky. His family came to the United States from Czechoslovakia and settled in Florida.

Below two wonderful things! Charlie Brown music and a  montage of works by the artist Bask. What an awesome combination!:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a very large mural featuring the comic hero Iron Man 3 and Robert Downey Junior:

Bask is now based out of Seminole, Florida.

Below a link to the Facebook page of the artist:

https://www.facebook.com/Ales.Bask.Hostomsky

My first chance to see some street art in person is coming up soon! A show featuring the work of Bask will be taking place at the Black Book Gallery in Denver, Colorado starting May 2nd.

Another artist who paints in a similar style who makes references to the consumer and popular imagery is the artist Greg Miller.

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