Archive for May, 2015

Artist of the moment………..Hama Woods

 

 

Hama Woods is a world renown stencil artist from Norway. She is famous for her mainly black and white imagery of animals and rodents that include just a touch of color. The artist is highly interested in nature.

In this clip we view an installation of one of Woods’ signature rat images:

Woods is based out of Oslo, Norway.

Price range information: Prints are available from $150 to $500.

Hama Woods reminds me of Belgian artist R.O.A. Both artists have a great respect for man and animals which shines through in their artwork. Another artist she brings to mind is René Magrite. Woods and Magrite both included Surrealism in their artwork.

 

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Artist of the moment……Guillaume Botazzi

Guillaume Bottazzi is a French artist renown for his large scale abstract murals which are located on many industrial buildings throughout the city of Paris, France.

Guillaume Bottazzi was born in the year 1971.

Below a brief glimpse of the artist at work in his studio followed by a gallery show and images from a show:

The artist has completed more than 40 public works over his brief career. He has completed many works in Europe and Japan.

Below a link to the website of Guillaume Bottazzi:

http://www.guillaume.bottazzi.org/en/

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Guillaume Bottazzi is a an amazing artist whose work is based on the layering of paint, wonderful organic shapes, and wide variety of color and patterns. With such unique shapes and brilliant color Bottazzi is a true master of abstract art.

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Artist of the moment………Diana al-Hadid

 

al Hadid is a contemporary sculptor and painter renown for her large mixed media works. Diana al-Hadid was born in Aleppa, Syria in the year 1981. Her family relocated to the state of Ohio in the United States when the artist was five years of age.

The artist credits being an immigrant for her success. She learned to work very hard and how to apply for grants.

Al-Hadid is well educated having earned a B.F.A. from Kent State University located in Kent, Ohio. She went on to earn a M.F.A.  from Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond, Virginia. The artist also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting located in Skowhagen, Maine.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip from 2015 we visit the studio of Diana Al- Hadid:

Diana Al Hadid is now based out of Brooklyn, New York.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.dianaalhadid.com/

The artist is very innovative in her materials and her design concepts. Though she often references the past, her use of modern and contemporary materials including beeswax, gypsum, steel,and fiberglass make for very unique works of art.

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Artist of the moment…….Al Taylor

 

 

Al Taylor was an American artist renown for his sculpture and installation works often made from found materials. Al Taylor was born in Springfield, Missouri in the year 1948.

The artist considered drawing a vital element in his process of creating a new sculpture.

In this clip we catch up with our favorite art critic, the great James Kalm, and visit a show by Taylor called Rim Jobs and Side Effects:

Taylor attended the Art Institute located in Kansas City, Missouri. The artist also studied in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.

Taylor began his career as a painter. After a trip abroad to Africa he didn’t have enough money to buy new painting supplies such as canvas. It was at this point that he began to work as a sculptor in recycled and found materials.

He was one of the first artists to work with Plexiglass as a medium.

Al Taylor passed away in 1999 at the age of 51 years old due to lung cancer.

The artist is part of the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $20,000 for drawings and paintings. No pricing available for his sculpture works.

Another artist making wonderful works of art from wire is Tim Flynn.

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Artist of the moment………Okudart

 

Okudart ,also known as Okuda, is an amazing street artist renown for his unique style of mixing the human face with geometric shapes.

Okudart’s government name is Oscar San Miguel Erice.

The artist attended school in Madrid, Spain at the Complutense University of Madrid.

In this clip we view a piece made for Movember. This is actually November, but has been renamed Movember as men are encouraged to grow facial hair to help bring aware to prostate cancer and other health issues:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view a collaborative work of Rosh333 and Okudart:

Below a link to the website:

http://okudart.es/showcase/

What a great style the artist has developed. His work has so many facets of different art movements including realism, abstract, the pattern and decorations movement, and Op- Art.

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Artist of the moment………John Cecil Stephenson

 

 

 

 

John Cecil Stephenson was a British painter who was among the first to work in a Modernist style. John Cecil Stephenson was born in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England in the year 1899. The city is in the north east part of the country.

Stephenson attended the Leeds School of Art and the Royal College of Art located in London, England.

The artist was a friend of many of the most renown modernist painters including Piet Mondrian and Henry Moore.

John Cecil Stephenson passed away in 1965.

Price range information: Sorry none available. The artist worked in oils, gouache, inks, and watercolors.

Stephenson reminds me of the American painter now living in France, Shirley Jaffe.

The artist is part of the Tate Museum Collection.

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Artist of the moment………..Btoy

 

 

Btoy is a Spanish street artist renown for her work with the iconic female figures. The artist came to the world of street art after her mother passed away in 2002. Making art was the way she dealt with stress.

In this clip we catch a glimpse of the artist at work on a large mural in Barcelona:

Btoy was born in Barcelona, Spain in the year 1977. Her government name is Anrea Michealsson.

For her composition ideas Btoy is influenced by old pictures of old movie stars of Hollywood, including starlets from the silent era.

The artist enjoys working with new mediums. She works often with acrylic paint, spray paint, and plastics. She often uses photoshop to help form her stencils.

In this clip we view a gallery show by Btoy:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Btoy reminds me of artists Swoon (American) and Faith47(South African.) All three of these artists do a great job at showing the struggles and faces of the contemporary female figure.

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Artist of the moment…………Street Artist Zenoy

 

Zenoy is a street artist from France. Zenoy was born in the year 1974. The artist style is to combine text with comics and other Pop art figures.

The artist started with graffiti back in 1988 using the tag “Awaisun”  In 1990 he changed his name to Zenoy, which he still uses to this day.

In the early 1990s he often work with other street artists making collaborative street art on the trains and subways of Paris.

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $10,000.

In this clip we view Zenoy at work at a collaborative work with Berthet One. Zenoy is the artist working on the text:

What a great example of the beginnings of Street art!

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Artist of the moment……..Pablo Atchugarry

 

Pablo Atchugarry is a contemporary master sculptor from the country of Uruguay. Pablo Atchugarry was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in the year 1954.

The artist was encouraged by his father to pursue his interest in art.

Atchugarry began sculpting in his preferred medium of marble in 1979. When he began as a sculptor he used iron, cement, and wood.

In 1982 he relocated to the city of Carrara, Italy. One of the reasons for this change was the wonderful marble stone he found there.

In this clip we visit the artist in his studio:

Atchugarry was a participant in the 2003 Venice Biennial.

The artist is now based out of Lecca, Italy and Manantiales, Uruguay.

Price range information: Most works are in marble and range from $40,000 to $200,000.

I enjoy the shapes and designs used by Atchugarry. They are very abstract with flowing shapes and movement.

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Artist of the moment…….Hari Panicker and Deepti Nair

 

 

Hari Panicker and Deepti Nair are a young artistic duo from India who are renown for their work with cut paper and lightboxes.

Hari Panicker was born in Mumbai, India in the year 1980. He studied graphic design and illustration in college and has worked in the industry as an album designer. Paniker was also in management for MTV networks of India.

The artist enjoys drawing and creating monsters.

Panicker is inspired by Balinese shadow puppets.

Below we take a closer look at one of the duo’s signature lightboxes:

Deepti Nair was also born in India in the year 1981. Nair enjoys working with papercuts and clay. She works in the technology industry as an interaction designer. Since she works with technology so much with her day job she prefers to do without when she is creating art.

The duo have been creating their lightboxes since 2010.

This creative team is now based out of Black Book Gallery looked in downtown Denver. This is an awesome gallery to view many of the artists listed here such as Ben Eine and ROA.

Price range information: Most original works are priced $2,000 to $5,000.

These are remarkable works of art made from paper. I am so impressed with the feeling and emotion of the scene the viewer gets when the piece is turned on. They are lit from behind with a L.E.D. light.

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