Archive for July 2, 2015

Artist of the moment……….Mara De Luca



Mara De Luca is a contemporary American abstract artist. The artist has developed a unique working process that combines painting with collage.

De Luca attended Columbia University located in New York City where she earned a B.F.A. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts located in Valencia, California.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

The artist has been included in exhibitions in the United States and Europe.

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De Luca first pours a thin  layer of acrylic paint onto raw unprimed canvas. She then puts a layer of fabric on top of this. Depending upon the mood she wishes to create, the artist uses either transparent or opaque fabric. The artist credits Duchamp for inspiring her unique approach.

In this clip a brief interview with the De Luca as artist in residence in Irvine, California. De Luca was the first official artist in residence at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. Her printmaking process is quite detailed.:

De Luca also gives credit for inspiration to the daily life she lives in Los Angeles, California. A wonderful mix of digital technology and natural beauty.







Artist of the moment…..Street Artist Risk


Risk is a veteran American street artist renown for his work with the alphabet. Risk(y) is based out of Los Angeles, California.

Risk’s government name is Kelly Graval.

Risk attended the Pasadena Art Institute and also the University of Southern California.

As a veteran Risk was among the first graffiti artists to have very successful gallery shows. He took this experience and started his own clothing line with his artwork as the focus.

In this clip the artist Risk talks about his development as an artist:

The artist also has worked in Hollywood in various movie and music video sets.

In this clip we view a great work painted by Risk on a wall that provides optimism and hope for inmates:

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Its great to look back at the artist who were taggers and to see where we have come as far as the street art movement. One of my favorite street artists who works with letter form is the French artist Tilt. Tilt has been profiled here already, and uses his name or other words to make wonderful items including shoes, donuts, and flags.

Some call the artist Risk the godfather of graffiti, but I prefer to think of him as the great character from Harry Potter, Dumbledore! A distinguished gentleman at the height of his powers!