Posts Tagged ‘alex katz’

Artist of the moment…….Jules de Balincourt

 

 

Jules de Balincourt is a French born artist renown for his contemporary work. Jules de Balincourt was born in Paris, France in the year 1972. The artist attended the California College of Art and Design in San Francisco earning a B.F.A. with a focus on ceramics. He went on to earn an M.F.A. from Hunter College located in Manhattan, New York.

The artist is now based out of New York City.

In this clip we catch up with our artistic amigo James Kalm and visit a show featuring the work of Jules de Balincourt from 2007:

When I view the work of Jules de Balincourt the portraits remind me of Alex Katz and Shag. The flatness and similar drawing style to Katz and the color and playful characters of Shag. His landscapes remind me of travel artist David Klein. Klein was a great artist renown for his posters and the first American artist to have a poster sell for more than $10,000 at auction.

Below we again visit a show featuring Jules de Balincourt with the great James Kalm. This show is from 2012:

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $500,000. The artist works in oils, acrylics, and enamels.

Jules de Balincourt has had successful highly successful shows in the leading contemporary art spots of the globe including Tokyo, New York City, Paris, and London.

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Artist of the moment…….Derek Erdman

 

Derek Erdman is an American Pop artist born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1978. Erdman is renown for his portraits of athletes and celebrities. A few celebrities he has portrayed include Bill Cosby, Rapper Eazy-E, Magic Johnson, and Tom Selleck.

The artist is also famous for some characters he plays including a woman who makes prank phone calls and a rap artist.

A link to the website of Derek Erdman:

http://derekerdman.com/

Erdman is now based out of Seattle, Washington.

Price range information: On his website works can be found for $50 to $500. Very reasonable! Works are painted with latex on wood. Works can also be ordered on canvas.

In this clip we hear Erdman talk about designing t- shirts for the Woot company:

If you enjoy this artist be sure and check out artists Julian Opie and Alex Katz.

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Artist of the moment…..Brian Alfred

 

Brian Alfred is an American artist known for his style of flat and bold colors in his portraits. When I look at his work I am reminded of Julian Opie and Alex Katz. Brian Alfred was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the year 1974.

For his collegiate education Brian Alfred attended Pennsylvania State University earning a B.F.A. Alfred would go on to earn a M.F.A.  from Yale University.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Brian Alfred that took place in 2006:

Alfred paints mainly in acrylics.

In this clip a short interview with Brian Alfred:

In this clip we watch as Brian Alfred executes a wonderful piece of street art! :

 

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $35,000. Alfred produces acrylic original paintings plus collage works.

I love the portraits of this artist the most. A great example of modern Pop Art.

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Art , smoking, and cigarettes….

although this industry has certainly seen better days, that is why Tobacco Row exists on the eastern part of the United States. Lets take a look at artists who have been inspired by such figures as the Marlboro Man or for such large tobacco companies as Lucky Strike. Lets think back to just a few short decades ago when Virginia Slims sponsored some major tennis tours and it was the Jack Benny Program sponsored by Lucky Strike

Here we have Chinese artist Shi Wei and a series he did titled Skinny lady.

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Richard Hambleton is a well known artist from Canada who did a series inspired by the Marlboro Man advertisements. He started out a street artist and works mainly with figure in silhouette form.

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In this clip we see the great musician Bob Dylan and good ole Andy Warhol share a smoke. Different times indeed!

Al Hirschfeld was m favorite caricature artist hands down. He was the reason I started drawing figures as a young boy. I enjoyed his clean lines and the clever way he hid his daughters name Nina in every work. I loved the way he made the smoke appear in many circular shapes and patterns. Here we see Humphrey Bogart enjoying a cigarette.

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And here we see famous comedian Groucho Marx with his signature cigar. Its fun to see what the artist does with the smoke patterns, they remind me of the pill artist Fred Tomaselli.

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Here is a signature work by famed artist Fred Tomaselli, its who I think about when looking at Hirschfeld’s figures that are smoking. Tomaselli uses pills, leaves, and any materials he can find in designing his wonderful works of art.

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Here we have artist Keith Haring and some works he did back in the late 1980s with the Lucky Strike logo.

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And another Haring offering.

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Here we have famed figure artist Mel Ramos working with the Lucky Strike brand.

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Its only recently that smoking has come under attack in North America. Companies like Phillip Morris and British American Tobacco are growing at a great pace in overseas markets. Here we see artist Jesus Bubu Negron with two very large and used up cigarettes. This was Art Basel in Miami this past December.

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Xu Bing is very innovative artist who brings to use a idea for cigarettes other than smoking them, making art with them. Here is a video clip because the picture is nice, but you need to see something where the view goes back and forth so that you can get an idea as to how much thought went into the design of these Tiger Carpets.

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This film clip goes back and forth to give a better idea as to design.

Smoking was so popular in this country that even ashtray design and fashion was a very large market at one time. Here we see famed design duo Georges Jouve and Mathieu Mategot.

Here is a great example of a bear claw style of ashtray.

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Another artist working with the rural south would be the great Dean Mitchell. He grew up in Quincy, Florida about twenty miles from Tallahassee, Florida. He worked in these tobacco fields when he was growing up and he enjoys their nostalgic feel, back to a time when cigarette ads featuring celebrities were everywhere.  Here we see one of these tobacco farms that the artist enjoys painting. This is a painting of a southern tobacco barn.

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And here we have some  works by Pablo Picasso.

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And finally we have Alex Katz with a great piece of art.

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Hope you enjoyed this look into tobacco and art!

After a comment regarding this genre, I recently found a new piece by Julian Opie featuring a woman and a cigarette,  that is just wonderful!

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