Archive for June 26, 2015

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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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