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Artists of the moment………..Hadieh Shafie



Hadieh Shafie is an Iranian artist renown her mixed media works that involve small circles of Farsi text and are rolled and put together to form some incredible works of art.

Hadieh Shafie was born in Tehran, Iran in the year 1969. The artist earned a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Shafie went on to post graduate studies earning a M.F.A. from the Pratt Institute located in New York City. In 2004 Shafie earned a M.F.A. in digital art from University of Maryland located in Baltimore.

The artist is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the British Museum of London, England.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $70,000.

Below a great short documentary on Hadieh Shafie:

The artist has certain themes in her work that she likes to focus on which are time, repetition, and process.

What I enjoy most about this artist is how she brings about her own personal experiences to the art world. Some certain texts were prohibited in her country so that now in her work she enjoys using the text, often writing it herself, and rolling it up and making a great work out of art out of her political thoughts. What a unique idea!

The end result of her work reminds me of American artist Amelia Caruso, whose basis of art is also the shape of the circle.




Artist of the moment….Gary Lang……

Gary Lang was born in New York city in the year 1950. He is known for his abstract works. He often works in a grid method taking months to finish a piece. Lang grew up in California and studied at many schools known for producing great artists such as the Chouinard School of Art. The Whitney School of Art and he finally earned a bachelors degree from the California Art Institute in Valencia, California. Lang also went on to earn a masters degree from Yale University.


Below is a great interview with Gary Lang at Edward Cellar Art and Architecture.

With his circles the artist reminds me of the great artist Amelia Caruso. I have done an entry on Caruso for her smart business sense. She has done public art, decorating public utility boxes. She recently moved into commercial art design using her keen artistic designs on various fabrics. Below is a clip of Caruso painting. She mainly paints circles, all freehand, with vibrant colors and patterns.

Caruso has done put her work in public places in Fort Collins. Below is a utility box by Caruso. She paints all of her circles freehand by the way! I love her use of color and the movement of shapes in her work.


Gary Lang is also married to an artist specializing in minimalist paintings using acrylics. Her name is Ruth Pastine. Below is an example of her work. Pastine was born in 1964 in New York city.  Her work is very minimalist in color, but these works have thousands of brush strokes.



Here we see an interview with Ruth Pastine from a public installation done in Los Angeles, California.

Price range information:  Lang works in oils and acrylics. Acrylics range from $1,000 to $8,000.  Oils range from $500 to $1,000.

Lang became enthusiastic about art whilst a very  young age. He loved to draw bugs and flowers. To this day he enjoys the process of creating art. Art keeps him young. Lang talks about feeling most alive when he is painting art.

Lang is part of many museum collections including the Detroit Institute of the Arts, the  Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Portland Museum of art to name a few.

I enjoy art families and love to look and compare the works of this husband and wife artist duo. Both use vivid color in their works and hopefully we can see the couple work on a canvas together similar to the realist painters the Ivanovs.




Try an abstract work today!


Julio Le Parc number 2…

in the Awesome Acrylic Artist series I wrote about Julio Le Parc, in the photographs I mistakenly included another artist’s work and wanted to mention her work as well. So this will be a quick post on art and home decorating.

The artist who I mistook for Julio Le Parc is Anita Muise . See her blog at this address.         This artist brings to mind some of the Op Art movement artists such as Bridgette Riley and Victor Vasarely. Bold color and fun repeating shapes that keep the viewers eye moving.  She sells many mediums dealing with art such as collages, jewelry, quilts, and beads . Below are samples of some work by Anita and her gallery is located in Wakefield, New Hampshire.

Rex Ray is an artist who uses very keen shapes and color to make outstanding collages as well as abstract paintings. If you are in Denver please visit the Vance Kirkland Museum where you can see some of his work just before entering the lower level.  I first became aware of the artist by his appearances in several art magazines, but one day I was looking thru a home decorating magazine and here was this artist’s work and I recognized it immediately. His work is the foundation of carpets and rugs.

Below is the address to see some of Rex Ray’s art that has been made into wearable art such as scarves and carpets.

Short clip showing some of the artist’s carpets and rugs.

Rex Ray sells originals of his works as well. His work appears far better in person than in any magazine.

Another fantastic artist who has impressed me with her wide variety of mediums is Amelia Caruso. I first became aware of her art by a neat program in Colorado that gives jobs to artists to design industrial utility covers with fun designs.  She uses many circles combined with fun color combinations.  The artist just recently negotiated a deal for the use of her art on fabrics.

Think about all the objects you use in daily life that have some form of art. The possibilities are endless. Bath towels, beach towels, sweaters(its cold today!), collector plates, oven mitts, coffee mugs the list never stops. Find a genre or something you love to paint and could paint relentlessly for months at a time and go for it.

The artist loves working with circles and colors.  A short clip showing the artist at work in the out of doors.

Here is a link to a page showing her recently released fabric patterns. Her circles are all hand painted with only a paintbrush. She also sells her original paintings.     

Hope these three artists give you some inspiration to think about your design skills and using them on something besides canvas or panel.