Archive for June, 2015

Artist of the moment………Carlo Carrà


Carlo Carrà was an Italian painter associated with the Futurist movement. Carlo Carrà was born in Quargnento, Italy in the year 1881. In addition to Futurist work, the artist was an accomplished realist painter.

The artist worked in a Futurist manner until the outbreak of World War One.

Below a great montage of works by Carlo Carrà:

Carlo Carrà passed away in 1966.

The artist was a prolific author publishing several books on art over his lifetime.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip another great selection of works by Carrà:

Carrà was very innovative in his compositions and use of color.



Artist of the moment……….Alexander Max Koester




Alexander Max Koester was a German painter renown for working with ducks as his main subject. Max Koester was born in what is now the city of Bergneustadt, Germany  in the year 1864.

The artist originally went to school to become a pharmacist. He dropped out in order to pursue a new goal of becoming a professional artist. Koester attended the Karlsruhe Academy where he was able to learn from contemporary German artists Carl Hoff and Claus Meyer.

As a student he was able to earn a great deal of money by painting portraits of people.

Max Koester passed away in 1932.

Price range information: The artist worked in watercolors and pastels which can be found starting at $10,000. Original works in oil can command $500,000.

What an outstanding painter of ducks! I love the strong brushwork that Koester had, it reminds me of John Singer Sargent. Very bold colorful strokes which led to him sculpting the ducks with his brush.

The artist also had a great skill at painting clouds and water and making them a great abstract part of the painting.



Artist of the moment………..street artist Wesr


Wesr is a wonderful street artist now based out of Berlin, Germany. Wesr’s government name is Danny Figueroa.

Wesr was born in Chiclayo, Peru in the year 1980. Wesr grew up in Lima, Peru.  He began making street art in 1996.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Two art movements that have influenced and inspired the artist are Japanese manga and the Pre-Inca cultures of his home country of Peru. This culture is called the Mochica.

Wesr is also a tattoo artist.

Below a link to the website of Wesr, many cool pictures here!

I enjoy the narrative quality of Wesr’s work. The artist does a great job at showing how cultures change due to societal attitudes. The artist also does a great job at depicting different textures, placing a lot of detail in many works.

Below a great interview with Wesr:





Artist of the moment…….Street Artist Alaniz


Alaniz is a fantastic street artist from Argentina. Alaniz works with the face and figure. Alaniz was born in the Andes mountains of Argentina.

The artist is now based out of Berlin, Germany.

He began by making small paste ups but now makes very large murals using a mix of rollers and brushes.

In this clip we view Alaniz at work on a piece for the Street Art Museum located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Price range information: Sorry none available.



Artist of the moment……..Glass Artist Lino Tagliapietra



Lino Tagliapietra is an Italian master glass artist. Lino Tagliapietra was born in Murano, Italy in the year 1934. This area of the country is famous for producing glass since the year 1300.

When the artist was twelve years old he became an apprentice to another master glass artist named Archimede Seguso. Tagliapietra was allowed to work with glass himself at the age of fourteen.

This is my favorite clip of the day! We see the two most famous glass artists in the world, Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra. The two came together to share the knowledge of their favorite medium:

After many years of the learning the craft through his master and also by visiting the Venice Biennials and the Murano Museum of Glass, the Tagliapietra was given the title of glass master when he was 25 years old.

The artist enjoys mixing his own colors.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view Lino Tagliapietra at work at the Corning Museum of Glass:


Artist of the moment……..Furniture Designer Richard Judd


Richard Judd is a modern fAmerican furniture designer. Richard Judd was born in Marshfield, Wisconsin in the year 1953.

Judd attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison for two years before finishing up and earning a degree from University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in architecture.

Below a link to the website of Richard Judd:

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $9,000.

Judd is based out of Wisconsin. He opened a retail establishment called the Zazen Gallery that covers many aspects of home interior design.

Of the many furniture designers covered here I find him similar to Ron Arad. In addition to the their wonderful chairs, both artists use line in curvy rather that straight lines to make some very artsy and elegant bookshelves.



Artist of the moment…….Qaqaq Ashoona


Qaqaq Ashoona was a son of the famous Inuit artist Pitseolak Ashoona.

Qaqaq Ashoona was born in Ikirasak, Nunavut Territory in the year 1928. The artist began life as a hunter and trapper. He turned to art to make a living in 1953.

Ashoona used only hand tools to make his wonderful carvings.

His wife was also a well respected Inuit artist, Mayoreak Ashoona. She was a renown printmaker already featured here.

The artist passed away in 1996.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Qaqaq Ashoona put great detail in his art. I enjoy his interpretations of the Goddess of the Sea, Sedna. They show a great sense of creativity and the sculptures have a great sense of life and animation.


We remember………..Steve Hanks


Steve Hanks was an awesome artist renown for his exquisite renderings of the female figure painted in watercolor.

I had the opportunity to view his work in person and was blown away by his use of color. Hanks was also one of the first artists I knew that painted on aquabord.

Hanks was based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico and passed away on April 21 of 2015.

Unfortunately the artist didn’t get to paint until the end. He died from cancer located in his neck. He had to quit painting due to the difficulty of his treatment.

Below a great interview with the great Steve Hanks in conjunction with the Greenwich Workshop.  We will miss you Steve, but thanks for inspiring us to paint the female figure:


We remember…..Jesús Moroles


Jesús Moroles was a wonderful sculptor of granite who passed away in a car crash earlier this month. The accident took place about 30 minutes from Austin. The van Moroles was driving rear ended a tractor-trailer. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

The artist was based out of Rockport, Texas. Moroles also served in the United States Air Force.

Morales was the recipient of the United States National Medal of the Arts.

In this clip a great interview with Jesús Moroles:

The artist was commissioned for a work of art that was displayed on the Great Wall of China.

Another important work of Moroles was the Houston Police Officers Memorial.


Artist of the moment…….Joel Shapiro



Joel Shapiro is a contemporary American painter and sculptor renown for his work work with basic geometric shapes. Joel Shapiro was born in New York City in the year 1941.

His wife is also an artist, Ellen Phelan.

Below a great sampling of smaller sculptures made by Joel Shapiro:

Shapiro attended New York University where he earned a M.F.A.

The artist’s later works often appear to be falling or even flying. Shapiro does a wonderful job at giving movement to square and rectangles.

In this clip Joel Shapiro talks about a large sculpture which was installed at the United States Embassy in Ottawa, Canada:

Shapiro is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles.

Price range information: Drawings and etchings can be found between $2,000 and $10,000. Sculptures in iron, bronze, and wood range from $20,000 to $200,000.



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