Archive for July, 2015

Artist of the moment…….Danielle Mastrion



Danielle Mastrion is an American street artist renown for her portrait murals of celebrities. Danielle Mastrion was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Mastrion is pictured in the first image of the gallery.

Mastrion attended the Parson’s School of Design located in New York City.

The artist is currently based out of New York City.

Her artwork has appeared in the magazines Spin and the Rolling Stone. 

Below a link to the website of the artist:

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In this clip we view Mastrion produce a mural of the hip hop group Beastie Boys:

Mastrion paints in both oils and acrylics. The artist does public and private commissions and also paints for gallery shows.

I enjoy Mastrion’s use of color the most.


Artist of the moment……….James Reka



James Reka is a contemporary Australian illustrator and painter. The artist was inspired by the graffiti and street art he saw growing up in Melbourne, Australia. Reka is a self-taught artist.

Below a great interview with James Reka in 2015:

Reka is based out of Berlin, Germany.

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Below a link to the website of the James Reka:

In this clip we view another interview with the artist discussing a large mural he painted in San Francisco. This clip is from 2013:

Of the many artists profiled here Reka reminds me of Barry McGee. Both artists create characters which are very animated and full of life. Its also great to see the face and figure with such abstract shapes.



Artist of the moment…….Chris Burden


Chris Burden was an American sculptor, conceptual, and performance artist who got shot and nailed to a car all for art! Chris Burden was born in Boston, Massachusetts in the year 1946.

In one of his best acclaimed series of performance art Chris Burden takes over television. Back in the beginning days of television it didn’t seem a regular person could appear on tube and its 3 channels.

Burden actually bought air time and challenged the idea of local programming. Here are his commercials from the 1970s that actually appeared on tv!:

The artist attended Pomona College located in Claremont, California earning a B.F.A. Burden also attended the University of California at Irvine where he earned a M.F.A. and studied with abstract artist Robert Irwin.

Burden often included architecture and bridges in his artwork.

Burden also enjoyed creating large metropolis cities that were similar to Los Angeles out of model toys and cars.

In this clip we see Chris Burden get shot. The artist grew up during the violent periods of the 1960s and Vietnam war. Here we witness Chris Burden get shot in the left arm by his assistant.:

Chris Burden passed away in May of 2015 at the age of 69.

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Below we catch up with artistic amigo James Kalm. We visit a show featuring Chris Burden and his famous piece titled the Big Wheel from a show that took place in 2013:

Burden was a fascinating artist capable of working in any medium. I enjoy his film works from the 1960s and 1970s the most. With the use of 8mm and 16mm film these works have wonderful home movie feel to them.



Artist of the moment…….Emily Young



Emily Young is a British sculptor renown for her work with the female face and figure. Emily Young was born in London, England in the year 1951. Her family line includes famous actors, writers, and politicians.

Young attended many higher institutions to study art including the Chelsea School of Art and the Saint Martin School of Art. She also studied in America with the sculptor Robert White.

Young worked as a graphics designer in the 1970s and 1980s designing record album covers.

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Below a wonderful montage of works by Emily Young:

Young has a wonderful style that blends the curves and forms of nature with that of humans.


Artist of the moment………Tim Doyle



Tim Doyle is an American artist and illustrator renown for his work with famous landmarks seen in the movies and television. A great example of this is the classic image of Cosmo Kramer’s car from Seinfeld parked in front of the diner made famous by the series.

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In this clip a brief interview with Tim Doyle:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

The artist is based out of Austin, Texas.

Doyle has had a very successful career as a commercial artist working with companies including Lucasfilm, of George Lucas and also the major comic book companies Dark Horse and D.C. Comics.

The artist started his own printmaking studio company called Nakatomi Inc.

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Artist of the moment……….Tom Fruin


Tom Fruin is a recycled materials artist renown for his work with found plexiglass. Tom Fruin was born and raised in Los Angeles, California in the year 1974.

In some earlier works the artist composed his found art with discarded drug bags.

Fruin attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where he earned a B.F.A.

The artist is now based out of New York City.

Fruin finds inspiration in the art of Piet Mondrian.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

In this clip the artist tells us about a piece based on map:

The artist has been part of exhibitions in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

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In this clip we take a closer look at a water tower made by Tom Fruin:

What a unique and interesting style. I can easily see the comparison to Piet Mondrian. Like Mondrian, only more contemporary!




Artist of the moment…….Street Artist Hanksy



Hanksy is an American street artist based in New York City. Hanksy works with images that are similar to the famous artist Banksy, but with Tom Hanks’ face on most bodies. On a few occasions the artist has used other well known celebrity icons.

Hanksy enjoys playing with words using puns.

In this clip we view Hanksy’s first exhibition in Los Angeles, California:

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Below we view a wheat paste up made by Hanksy featuring comedian Jim Gaffigan:

Below a link to the website of Hanksy:

What a wonderful style of street art! I really enjoy his use of puns.




Artist of the moment………Lady Pink



Lady Pink is a pioneer for women graffiti and street artists. Lady Pink was born in Ambato, Ecuador in the year 1964. Her work often features subways.

In this clip Lady Pink explains how she got her nickname:

She began making a public rep for herself as a graffiti artist back in 1979. She grew up in Queens, New York.

Below we view a collaborative effort with Lady Pink and some college students:

Lady Pink’s government name is Sandra Fabara.

Lady Pink was part of former MTV! Raps host Fab Five Freddy’s movie Wild Style. This featured up and coming graffiti artist and break dancers from the New York City area. Fab Five Freddy is also an artist who enjoys working with mixed media.

Lady Pink is married to another graffiti artist named Roger Smith.

Price range information: Sorry none available. The artist works in acrylics.

The artist is part of the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of Art both located in New York City.



Artist of the moment…….Damian Ortegá



Damian Ortegá is a contemporary artist renown for his large installations, photography, and video art. Damian Ortegá was born in Mexico City, Mexico in the year 1967.

Ortegá spent time as a political cartoonist. This shows up in his skill for finding unique patterns and shapes in his designs.

The artist studied in the atelier of famed Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco.

In this clip we view a work by Damian Ortega with the title ,” Controller of the Universe” The show began in late 2014:

Ortegá is based out of Mexico City, Mexico and also Berlin, Germany.

Price range information: Photographs can be found between $10,000 and $25,000. No pricing available for sculpture works.

Below we visit a show featuring Damian Ortegá that took place in 2009:

His large works that show items that are dissected take me back to the days of my childhood. Before “You tube” and the Do It Yourself network a person was to assemble something complex from a drawing/ painting that looked exactly like one of these installations. Very creative!



Artist of the moment…..Hideo Hagiwara



Hideo Hagiwara was a Japanese printmaker born in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan in the year 1913.

His father was a government official and the artist grew up in Machuria and Korea.

The artist attended college at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts.

Hagiwara’s favorite subject matter included the figure, landscapes, and abstract works. Hagiwara also liked to experiment with new processes of the printmaking technique.

Hagiwara became interested in the printmaking process after going to a class held by print master Hiratsuka Unichi.

One of the many successful print series made by the artist was based on Greek mythology.

Hideo Hagiwara passed away in 2007.

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The artist had wonderful results in abstract and landscape works. His works are fun to look at because the artist was always experimenting with changing his process. The viewer always seems to see something new, different, and exciting in each work.



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