Archive for August, 2015

Artist of the moment……Sybil Andrews

 

 

Sybil Andrews was a British artist renown for her printmaking in a Modernist style. Sybil Andrews was born in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England in the year 1898.

Below we visit an auction featuring a work titled by Andrews titled “Flowergirls” :

Andrews worked as a welder in World War 1. Andrews went on to study at the Heatherly School of Fine Art located in London, England

The artist often worked with watercolors and occasionally with oils. She was a prolific printmaker.

In 1947 Andrews relocated to British Columbia, Canada where she would spend the remainder of her life.

Price range information: The artist works in oils and watercolors but not enough works have been sold to produce a schedule. Prints range from $10,000 to $140,000.

Sybil Andrews passed away in 1992 at the age of 94 years of age.

Below a wonderful montage of prints made by Andrews:

Andrews was a wonderful modernist often over looked by the art world. Her figures have a wonderful sense of motion and design. Many times the figures create a pattern themselves featuring shapes of the figure that are very similar but not exact copies of each other. I also enjoy her bird’s eye views of subjects including rowing.

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Artist of the moment…….Street Artist Suso33

 

 

Suso33 is a street artist renown for his work with the face and figure.

The artist is based out of Madrid, Spain.

Below a link to the website of Suso33:

http://www.suso33.com/

Suso33 works in many mediums including video art, performance art, painting, and set designer.

The artist is part of several permanent European collections including the Museums of Contemporary Art in Spain and Romania.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view a great work featuring a man’s face in rotation:

I enjoy the feeling of life brought to the work of this artist. He is an excellent draftsman and this helps to give his faces and wonderful sense of life. Suso33 reminds me of the artist Richard Hambleton. Both artists created wonderful figures with unique line work.

Below we watch Suso33 draw another captivating portrait:

 

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Artist of the moment…….Street Artist and Illustrator Belin

 

 

Belin is an amazing Spanish street artist renown for his unique style of work with the face and figure. Belin was born in a city located in the south of Spain called Linares. Belin’s work is a blend of surrealism, realism, and caricature.

Belin is short for the artist’s last name, Belinchon.

The artist often works on murals with other well known street artists including Otes.

When the weather isn’t cooperating with making graffiti, the artist turns to the art of sculpture.

In this clip we view the artist at work on mural in the Netherlands:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Belin shows remarkable innovation in his work. Often times he uses photographs for resources, but with his style of exaggeration one might think the artist just created a masterpiece from life!

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Artist of the moment…….Erich Glendale

 

 

Erich Glendale is a First Nations artist born in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada in the year 1972. Campbell River is a coastal city on the east coast of Vancouver Island. The artist represents the Kwakwaka’wakw Tribe of the Family of First Nations.

Glendale produces the traditional cultural items of First Nation’s Art including rattles, bowls, walking sticks, masks, and jewelry.

Price range information: Works range from $500 for jewelry up to $8,000 for large carvings such as masks.

The artist began carving in the 1990s.

Glendale’s favorite medium to carve with is a cedar. Glendale works mainly with yellow cedar but occasionally carves red cedar.

The artist sometimes works with other mediums including gold and silver.

My favorite works of this artist are his rattles of creatures of the sea. What detail and imagination!

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Artist of the moment……Michael Kessler

 

 

Michael Kessler is an American mixed media artist renown for his abstract and landscape paintings. Michael Kessler was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania in the year 1954.

Kessler studied at Kutztown University located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Whilst in college he also studied at the Whitney Museum of Art located in New York City.

After college he took a job as a bus driver to pay the bills while he toned up his art muscles by painting as much as he could.

In this clip from 2011 we visit the studio of Michael Kessler in Sante Fe, New Mexico:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below we visit a wonderful exhibition and brief interview with the artist:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.michaelkessler.com/

It has been great to watch the evolution of this artist from the earlier part of his career where he painted landscapes, to his wonderful mixed media abstract pieces he creates now.

Although he seldom paints landscapes the artist has retained his landscape color palette. In this style of abstraction and realism I compare him to the painter Richard Diebenkorn.

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Artist of the moment……Ken Danby

 

 

Ken Danby was a Canadian painter renown for his paintings of the figure, horses, and the ocean. Ken Danby was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada in the year 1940. For his figurative paintings he concentrated on the female figure and also male hockey players.

Danby attended the Ontario College of Art.

Price range information: The artist worked in watercolors and oils. These works range between $10,000 and $150,000. Danby was a prolific printmaker and many works range between $1,000 and $5,000.

Danby was made a member of the Canadian Academy of Art.

In this clip Danby talks about the importance of ART in education:

Ken Danby passed away in 2007 whilst on a canoe trip.

A link to the artist’s website and representation:

http://www.kendanbyart.ca/files/index_1.html

Danby was a very skilled painter. My favorite works of his are the horses in water. His figure watercolor paintings of the figures recall another artist who recently passed away this year, Steve Hanks.

The artist also created works in tempera and oils which remind me of Andrew Wyeth with their attention to different textures.

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Artists of the moment…….Lily Balasanova and Sergei Kolevatykh

 

 

Lily Balasanova and Serge Klevtikh are an artist duo from Moscow, Russia renown for their mixed media works of heavily populated urban areas.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Both of the artists studied together in college at the Moscow Academy of Textiles. Balasanova and Kolevatykh both earned M.F.A.s in 1984.

The duo also served as artists in residence in the Netherlands.

The duo have had works placed in private and corporate collections in Russian and United States.

Though the duo creates wonderful abstract works the designs and finished products of the this pair are remarkable. They touch several styles of art including Op Art, Pop Art, and Surrealism. Their urban landscapes even have a sculptural feel to them.

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Artist of the moment……..Lenny Kravitz

 

 

Lenny Kravitz is a American rock and roll legend who also enjoys the medium of photography. Kravitz recently had a book of his photography published. He also showed his works in a gallery setting for the first time.

In this clip we head to Los Angeles, California to view a show dealing with the photographs of Lenny Kravitz:

The artist also worked with Leica camera helping to develop “the Correspondent” camera. Its a very limited camera edition with only 125 of the cameras available for sale.

Kravitz has a very unique view point on photography since he is constantly photographed by fans and celebrity photographers. The title of his book of photography is called flash.

Price range: The book can be found for around $40 on Amazon.

Always great to see a star in one medium try their chance on a new and entirely different medium.

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Artist of the moment……..David Cooley

 

 

 

David Cooley is an American artist renown for his unique blend of geometric abstraction and realism. David Cooley was born in Hollywood, California in the year 1978.

Cooley is a very skilled artist whose artwork is a patchwork of mediums. The artist uses a dental tool to make his unique shapes on his canvas. Most works are made of acrylic paint, resin, fabric, and spray paint.

In this clip we view a show featuring many gallery artists including David Cooley:

The artist is now based out of Santa Barbara, California.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.davidcooleyart.com/

I enjoy the levels of realism and abstraction found in the work of this artist. If you enjoy this time of organized abstraction be sure and check out the work of Fred Tomasseli, another artist who enjoys blending many mediums in his art.

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Artist of the moment………Never2501

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never2501 is an Italian street artist renown for his unique style of murals that emphasize white and dark lines that are wavy and curvy. His works cross the boundaries of several art movements including Op Art, abstract art, and figurative art.

His work is similar to a pattern you might find on a zebra.

The artist was influenced by what he saw in his native country of Italy. When he was a young teen his family moved to Brazil. This move also had a profound impact on the artist.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view an interview with Never2501. The artist talks about his childhood and what inspires his artwork:

Never2501 is based out of Milan, Italy.

From a design standpoint you really can’t do much better than this artist’s designs. His lines have wonderful variances between thick and think weighted lines. These works remind me of British Op Art master Bridget Riley.

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