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Artist of the moment……Christian Schumann

Christian Schumann is a fantastic contemporary artist that is renown for using a great blend of cartoons and social commentary and satire in his work. Christian Schumann was born in 1970 in Rhode Island.

For his collegiate studies the artist attended the San Francisco Art Institute.

Price range information:  The artist works in many mediums including acrylics which range $4,000 to $42,000. Oils range from $15,000 t o $25,000. He also does works used mixed media.

A link for the artist’s website:

If I were to compare the artist to another contemporary it would be the artist known as Alec Monopoly. Famous for using the $Monopoly man character in his work, many times to poke fun at fiscal or monetary policies of the country. Here is a great example of Alec Monopoly’s work.


Schumann is part of several museum collections such as the Dallas of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, California, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

I love the way that Schumann  incorporates cartoons into the world of fine art. Another artist who has a similar idea is Tim Liddy. I have written about him in the past as he paints these trompe works that appear to be the top of boxes of old board games from the 1940s to 1960s. Some are real some and some are  imagined and he gets spectacular results. Not only a great and humorous feel with the cartoons in his work, but tremendous skill in painting old and weathered tape and the worn edges of the boxes holding the games.





700th POSTING!!!!……….Art and the games we used to play as children….

For this special posting I wanted to talk about a fundamental change in one of my favorite games, MONOPOLY.  After so many years with the same game pieces Hasbro has finally come to the conclusion that it is time for a change. I am in my mid thirties and none of my peers even owns an iron!


I don’t own an X box or Nintendo and very much enjoy the process of an old fashioned family game night. Have some friends and family over for some Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, or Monopoly. It is nice to be able to play a shooting game against someone in Thailand, but how about spending some time with your friends and family.


One artist who did a great job in the 1800s at capturing the atmosphere and intensity of two people playing chess, checkers, or developing a war plan would be Carl Wilhelm Antony Seiler. I love the compositions used by Seiler. The viewer always has the feeling something important is being planned or thought about. Very intense, as if watching a live chess match!

Another artist who is a great painter with this genre is Tim Liddy. He is a trompe painter and he paints what appear to be the covers of very old board games from the 1950s and 1960s. Some are made up some are real, the viewer is hard pressed to tell the difference. The artist goes to tremendous lengths reproducing faded colors on the box as well as ver old and dried up scotch tape that barely has any tack left. Here we see a fantastic trompe style vintage Monopoly game by Tim Liddy.


Another artist who uses the name Alec Monopoly loves to paint the Monopoly Man in various poses and situations. The artist is known for doing street and graffiti as well as selling in galleries. Here is a great example of Alec Monopoly and his style. This work is acrylic on newspaper.


An artist working in a similar manner to Tim Liddy, painting the boxes of our beloved games of childhood is K Henderson. Similar to Liddy the artist enjoys painting a trompe surface going to great detail to describe worn tape and faded color on cardboard. Here we see a wonderful painting of a vintage Monopoly game. Below is  sample of K. Henderson’s trompe style.

Monopoly by K Henderson

A link to K. Henderson’s own website:

Micheal Fitts is another artist working with games. He works on scrap metal for instead of canvas and this gives his works a great sense of texture. Below is an example of a series done by Fitts featuring the original Monopoly playing pieces.


Below is another fine example of Fitts’s style and this time his subject is the vintage game OPERATION!


A link to Michael Fitts blog:


The last artist we will look at hails from Canada and his name is Alvin Richard. Working in acrylics the artist creates great visual interest in his work by painting a variety of textures. In this painting we see the smooth and shiny game pieces contrasting with the smooth game board.



Try painting something from your favorite vintage game!


Artist of the moment…..Alec Monopoly……


The artist is a street artist who uses many different mediums in order to express his cultural views.

The artist works for the most part with acrylics on canvas. Very large works as well with many having sides longer than forty inches.

Is it art, or vandalism? The arist has had encounters with the law.  The artist would never put his work on the side of  a Starbucks or contemporary restaurant. He avoids anything belonging to state or federal governments. He also avoids mailboxes.  Monopoly prefers abandoned buildings.

The main goal for his art, that everyone understands the statement. Very nice!

Some other artists that influence him are Banksy and Mr. Brainwash.

The artist became known for using the Monopoly Man after first using the convicted wall street money man Bernie Madoff. He used Madoffs face and surrounded him with Monopoly  money, then he thought why not just use the Monopoly Man.

A great clip showing the artist, or at least his silhouette talking, about his first show in New York City. I am very thankful that Swoon let herself become famous as an artist. Some street artists we might never get to know such as Banksy and Monopoly Man.  I love the street artists who are now fine artists such as Swoon, Banksy, or Richard Hambleton.

Watch some street art being made in this clip. A great bio on the artist.

Another short clip showing the artist at work.

Link to the artist’s homepage:     He has a special right now. One print of a Bob Marley screenprint that is hand colored is available for $350.

Monopoly has worked in a variety of surfaces but seems to prefer acrylics on canvas or newspaper. Many times the works are sealed with a resin. He has also painted on surfaces such as an old door.

Price range:  Most originals go for 5,ooo to 10,000 U.S. dollars. From time to time he does print editions available for a few hundred dollars.

Monopoly lives and works out of Los Angeles, California. Spent childhood in New York City.

Won a great commission last year. He got to create a work for Paramount pictures new company, Insurge. He was commissioned to create the logo for the company.

The artist is very productive and creative. I hope before they pass on we get to know artists like Banksy and Monopoly personally.


I enjoy this artist because he continues to produce art, even though he could be arrested. It must be quite a rush to start a piece knowing that you may not get to finish it!