Posts Tagged ‘abstraction’

Artist of the moment…….Street Artist 108

 

 

108 is an Italian street artist famous for his black and gloomy paintings of organic shapes. 108 was born in Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy in the year 1978.

The artist began as a graffiti writer.

In this clip we view the artist at work on a large mural via time lapse. Its very interesting to see how much thought and layering of colors takes place in one of his signature “blob” works:

108 was one of the first artists to use numbers, rather than letters for his signature.

108 has created works on the wall in both Europe and the United States.

Below a link to the website of 108:

http://www.108nero.com/

Price range information: Sorry none available.

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Artist of the moment……….Jean Deyrolle

 

 

Jean Deyrolle was a French painter renown for his abstract style. Jean Deyrolle was born in the year 1911. His father was a doctor in the military. The artist attended the School of Art and Publicity located in Paris, France.

 

Deyrolle was a prolific printmaker. He studied lithography and engraving whilst at art school.

The artist made the switch from realist painter to abstract painter in the middle of the 1940s.

Deyrolle was a teacher for brief period at the Art Academy of Fernand Leger.

Price range information: Prints and gouache works can be found between $2,000 and $5,000. Original oils and tempera works range from $5,000 to $20,000.

 

Jean Deyrolle passed away in 1967.

Artist of the moment………Street Artist Brusk

 

Street Artist Brusk hails from Paris, France and is renown for his style that depicts various items dripping.

In this clip we view Brusk and another artist named Gomer work on a wonderful mural:

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Brusk is part of the collaborative group DMV. In this clip each individual member is briefly profiled:

The DMV group is gaining in popularity and they have been included in traditional gallery shows in France and also London, England.

Brusk was born in the year 1976.

I enjoy the way Brusk and also the previous post, Will Barras, both blend abstraction with the figure. The sense of movement in Barras’ work is similar to the Brusk’s subjects seem to drip and dissolve before our very eyes!

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Artist of the moment…….Joaquin Mir Trinxet

 

Joaquin Mir Trinxet  was a wonderful artist from Spain working with the landscape in a modern style that combined impressionism and abstraction.  In his artistic statement Trinxet speaks about wanting to enlighten the heart and fill the soul with light as a goal of his paintings.

Joaquin Mir Trinxet was born in Barcelona, Spain in the year 1873. His family was from the Catalan region. For his art education Mir studied at the Llotja School. An influence on Mir was the artist Luis Graner who painted portraits of people in the landscape very similar to the way John Singer Sargent might portray a figure outside.

At the beginning of his career the artist painted landscapes that were very abstract. He then switched to a slightly more realistic approach that launched his career to the next level. The artist would then return to painting nature in a more abstract manner with an emphasis on color.

His palette was similar to the Impressionists and the artist refused to use the color black.

Joaquin Mir Trinxet passed away in 1940.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

 

In this clip a great montage of works by Joaquin Mir Trinxet:

What is fascinating to me about this artist is his use of color and emphasizing the abstract areas in his landscape paintings. A rock and its reflection become so abstract without their surroundings the viewer might not know what the subject was. The artist excelled at capturing mood and feeling in his landscapes.

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Artist of the moment…….Morris Kantor

 

Morris Kantor was born in Minsk, Russia in the year 1896. His family emigrated to the United States in 1906. Kantor painted in many styles including Futurist, Modernist, and Cubist styles. I enjoy his works most that are portraits done in a manner that is very expressive when it comes to the viewer regarding the emotions of the sitter.

The photograph in the gallery is the artist himself.

For his artistic education Kantor attended the Independent School of Art which was based out of New York City. The school closed down long ago.

Kantor also taught at the Art Student’s League of New York City and Cooper Union College also located in New York City.

Kantor was also involved in the governments WPA program.

Morris Kantor passed away in 1974.

The artist is part of many public and private collections including the Smithsonian.

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This artist I could also classify as a Social Realist painter. Like many artists who worked in the 1920s and 1930s Kantor possessed a great talent for capturing the emotions of people.

Another artist able to capture the gloomy feelings of people was the great Kathe Kolwitz.

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Artist of the moment……Sue Williams

Sue Williams is an American artist renowned for abstract and figurative works. Sue Williams was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois in the year 1954. For her artistic education Sue Williams attended the California Institute of the Arts located in Valencia, California. The artist briefly attended the Cooper Union School of Art located in New York City.

The artist came to fame in the 1980s when she painted many works that showed nude figures engaged in sex. Since then her work has become more abstract and with her great sense of color  Williams is one of my favorite artists. Great color and sublime shapes makes for exciting artwork that you can look at all day because you can always find something different to look at in the painting. What I like most about her work is her variety of line weight. As an artist who grew up idolizing the great Al Hirschfeld, I find that Williams has the same fluid line as the great caricature master.

In this clip we view a show from 2008 featuring Sue Williams:

Another unique idea employed by Williams is to paint certain body areas. Hands or feet but rarely the whole figure. Sometimes even bones or blood vessels are painted.

Sue Williams is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Williams is included in many prestigious collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of Art both located in New York City.

The artist is a proud feminist painter that enjoys working with sexism and gender bias as well as politics in her work. If you enjoy this genre be sure and check out the already profiled Judy Chicago for some similar ideas!

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $100,000. Williams is a well established printmaker.

And to close we visit a show from 2010:

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Artist of the moment……Edwin Ruda

Edwin Ruda is an American artist born in New York City in the year 1922. Ruda is an abstract painter and printmaker and occasionally a sculptor.

For his artistic and collegiate education, Ruda attended many institutions of learning. A bachelors degree from Cornell University. He also studied at the Art Students League of New York City. Ruda earned a masters degree from Columbia University. Ruda earned a MFA from the University of Illinois.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Ruda is included in the Corcoran Gallery of Art located in Washington D.C.

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Artist of the moment……..Nicholas de Stael

Nicholas de Stael was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia in the year 1914. His father was a lieutenant in the army. During the time of the Russian revolution his family fled to Poland.Both of his parents died whilst he was young and de Stael was sent to Brussels, Belgium to live with another Russian family.

For his artistic education Nicholas de Stael attended the Royal  Academy of Art located in Brussels, Belgium.

His first wife died from malnutrition as times were tough during the end of the second world war.

The artist was just coming into a world wide recognition in the 1950s when he began to fall apart. Plagued by depression and exhaustion Nicholas de Stael jumped from his eleventh story studio at killed himself at the age of 41 years old in 1955.

The artist inspired many students including Ed Clark.

In this clip we view a show from 2013 featuring the artist:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9jpl1_ekgI

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Another suicide that cut short a very promising artistic career.

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Artist of the moment Hilma Af Klint

Hilma af Klint was born in Karlberg Palace in Sweden in the year 1862. Klint was first a realist painter before becoming one of the first abstract painters to have world wide recognition. Her father was a high ranking Naval commander.

For her artistic education Klint attended the Academy of Fine Art located in Stockholm, Sweden. She studied realist painting of portraits and landscapes.

Klint was part of a group titled the Group of Five. This group was made of five women artists who painted works that had to do with spirituality and mythological ideas.
These works were just a few of her abstract paintings as she produced more than 1,000 abstract works that she wanted to be shown only twenty years after she died.

The Museum of Modern Art located in Stockholm turned the donation of works by the artist.

The artist worked in oils and watercolour.

Hilma af Klint passed away in 1944 at the age of 81 years old.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip some works by Af Klint. The piece is long, but in the first few minutes we get a sense to how big the artist paints. A regular image doesn’t do her paintings justice as she paints in such a large scale.

Artist of the moment……Nola Zirin

Nola Zirin is an American artist born in New York City  renown for her abstract paintings. Zirin paints with oils and enamels on wood panel or canvas. For her collegiate studies Zirin attended New York University. In addition to painting Zirin produces mixed media collages.

A big influence was the printmaker Donn Steward. Steward is an American artist renown for his abstract imagery. Steward’s work is held in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

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I love the many forms of media used by the artist. Some oil paint, some pastels, a photograph, squiggly and exciting lines and even layers of paint are put on and scraped off to come up with some amazing images! I love the organic shapes used in her abstract works.

A link to the website of Nola Zirin:

http://www.nolazirin.com

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