Archive for August, 2015

Artist of the moment……..Street artist and illustrator Paige Smith

 

 

Paige Smith is an American graphic designer and street artist. Her street art installations are sculptures made of resin and paper. Her first big project was to install these pieces all over the city of Los Angeles, California.

As a graphic designer the artist has been very successful working with international brands including PayPal, MTV, and Cisco.

With the help of a partner Smith recently launched a fashion line. The duo produce leather handbags that can switch from a backpack to a handbag.

Below a brief interview with the artist talking about what inspires her:

Some places to find her installations include old and worn buildings and phone booths.

Below a link to the website of Smith. Here you can see more of her street art installations:

http://acommonname.com/street-art-project/

Paige Smith is a diversified artist and designer. Her small sculptures are wonderful as they remind me of being a child and being exposed to the wonderful shapes and colors found when you sliced open a rock such as quartz.

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Artist of the moment………Street Artist CBLOXX

 

 

CBLOXX is a British female street artist working in a Surrealist style, often with the face and figure. The government name of Cbloxx is Joy Gilleard.

Below we view CBLOXX at work on a mural:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.cbloxx.com/

The artist is based out of Manchester, England.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist enjoys works in many layers of many different mediums including drawing, painting, spraypaint, and markers.

In this clip we view the artist at work on one of her largest ever murals:

Cbloxx shows a wonderful compassion for her subject matter. Cbloxx has worked with troubled youth in her past. This helps her in the portrayal of emotions of her characters.

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Artist of the moment………..Luis Seven Martin

 

Luis Seven Martins is a Brazilian street artist renown for his spectacular images of birds.  The artist also goes by the name of LM7.

LM7 was born in São Paulo, Brazil in the year 1988.The artist has been working with street art and graffiti since he was thirteen years of age.

Most works are a mix of spray paint and acrylics.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

https://www.facebook.com/Streetart.L7m

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip a great selection of works by Luis Seven Martins:

LM7’s style can be described as John James Audubon with a modernist touch. LM7’s art is a wonderful blend of abstraction and color that show birds in constant motion. Another artist working with the same subject matter in a similar style is the painter Frank Gonzales.

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Artist of the moment…….Photographer Ralph Gibson

 

 

Ralph Gibson is an American photographer. Gibson is renown for his work with the figure and use of shadows. Ralph Gibson was born in Los Angeles, California in the year 1939.

Gibson served in the United States military. Gibson would go on to study photography at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Below a brief interview with Ralph Gibson:

Gibson uses the Leica brand camera.

Below a link to the artist’s website:

http://www.ralphgibson.com/

The artist is part of the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum and Museum of Modern Art.

Gibson has won many awards for his work including fellowships from the Guggenheim and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Gibson also created his own publishing company and has published many books of his photography work.

In this clip a brief montage of works by Ralph Gibson:

Price range information: Most works priced between $1,000 and $10,000.

Gibson has a remarkable sense of design when it comes to seeing the abstract shapes and cast shadows of the female form. Another photographer who has uses the female form for subject matter is Ruth Bernhard.

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Artist of the moment……Alison Watt

 

Alison Watt is a British painter from Scotland renown for her works with the figure and fabric. Alison Watt was born in Greenock, Scotland in the year 1965.

Watt attended college at the Glasgow School of Art.

The artist concentrated on painting the figure until a show in 1997 when she exhibited her fabric paintings for the first time.

In this clip a brief interview and retrospective of works by Alison Watt:

Watt is now based out of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Price range information: Watt paints mainly in oils and works range from $25,000 to $150,000. Watt also produces prints, but no pricing schedule available for prints.

Below we take a look at Watt when she was preparing for show at London’s famous National Gallery of Art:

Watt’s paintings of fabric are amazing. My favorite works in this series are paintings of fabric that represent real life subjects, such as flowers. My favorite painting of Watt is titled “rosebud.” A painting that shows a piece of white cloth with folds similar to what one sees when looking at a real rose.

If you enjoy looking at many abstract shapes of cloth, be sure and check out my post on Daniel Adel. Adel has also created a series of paintings of white cloths on dark backgrounds.

 

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Artist of the moment……….Seema Kohli

 

 

Seema Kohli is a contemporary Indian painter renown for her work with the face and figure. Seema Kohli was born in the year 1960.

The artist attended college in New Delhi, India at South Delhi Polytech and Delhi University.

Kohli’s work deals with the thoughts and dreams of women.

Below a brief clip about the life of Seema Kohli:

Kohli enjoys working with mixed mediums and many works include gold and silver leaf.

The artist is based out of New Delhi, India.

In this clip we visit the artist’s studio and watch her in action:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Kohli has a wonderful sense of design and use of color. What is most impressive about her work is what she leaves out. Without spending time on details like the face, the viewer is left to imagine what the character looks like. I find her work very spiritual.

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Artist of the moment…….Horace Pippin

 

 

Horace Pippin was an African- American artist who worked with the figure. Pippin was self taught and often created images that included slavery, racism, and prejudice.

Horace Pippin was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania in the year 1888. The artist served in World War 1 and after being shot by a sniper lost the use of his right arm. He took up painting to rebuild strength in his right arm.

Pippin created notebooks showing sketches he did whilst on the battlefield. In this clip we view some of Pippin’s artwork made during World War One:

As a young child the Pippin won his first box of crayons by winning a contest that was sponsored by an art supply company.

Below a wonderful montage of works by Pippin:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Horace Pippin passed away in 1946 at the age of 58 years of age.

Pippin is included in prominent collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Pippin was an excellent story teller. His works of interior scenes and landscapes remind me of the self taught American artist Grandma Moses.

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Artist of the moment…………Al Qoyawayma

 

 

Al Qoyawayma is a contemporary Hopi artist renown for his pottery and bronze sculptures. Al Qoyawayma was born in Los Angeles, California in the year 1938. His work often includes maize, similar to corn, which is a staple of life for his people. Another cultural idea he uses is to fire his work at very high temperatures using coal.

Qoyawayma attended college at California Polytech State University earning a bachelors degree. The artist went on to earn a master’s degree in engineering from University of Southern California.

In this clip we view a wonderful piece of pottery by the artist:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.alqpottery.com/

In a very cool endeavor the artist talks about one of his pots going on a space voyage. The artist is also the co-founder of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society:

The artist won a scholarship to help the people of New Zealand, the Maori, rediscover their pottery making traditions.

Qoyawayma is part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of the American Indian.

Al Qoyawayma is an amazing artist who has found his own perfect mix of ancient traditions and new ideas in his process. This gives his work a wonderful mix of old and new. His works that portray ancient Hopi dwellings are simply stunning!

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Artist of the moment……….Art Duo Farkhondeh and Amer

 

 

Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh are a contemporary artistic duo renown for their imagery of the female figure. The finished works are completed in embroidery. The team met whilst they were attending college in Nice, France at the Villa Arson.

Ghada Amer was born in Cairo, Egypt in the year 1963. Her family moved to the United States in 1974. Amer received her art education in Paris and Nice, France earning a M.F.A. from Des Hautes Etudes Art Plastique.

Amer has worked in many mediums including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and installation art. She often explores the female form.

Price range for the duo: Sorry none available. Works by Ghada Amer range from $20,000 to $250,000 for an original acrylic. No price schedule for Reza Farkhondeh.

Below a link to the website of the Amer:

http://www.ghadaamer.com/ghada/Ghada_Amer.html

Reza Farkhondeh was born in Iran also in 1963.

Farkhondeh also studied at Des Hautes Etudes Art Plastiques where he studied video and film.

In this clip we view a show featuring works from the duo that took place in 2012:

What a great team of artists that can express themselves in any medium from drawing and sewing to video art.

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Artist of the moment…….Alaniz

 

 

 

Alaniz is a contemporary street artist renown for his wheat pastes of the face and figure.

Alaniz was born in Argentina. The artist now resides in Berlin,Germany.

Below a link to the artist’s website:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/elverborragico

In this great clip we are taken on a tour of the best locations to view street art in Berlin, Germany:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below we view a time lapse of the artist at work on a mural:

Alaniz does a great job at portraying the emotions of his characters.

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