Posts Tagged ‘architecture’

Artist of the moment……….Tom Fruin


Tom Fruin is a recycled materials artist renown for his work with found plexiglass. Tom Fruin was born and raised in Los Angeles, California in the year 1974.

In some earlier works the artist composed his found art with discarded drug bags.

Fruin attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where he earned a B.F.A.

The artist is now based out of New York City.

Fruin finds inspiration in the art of Piet Mondrian.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

In this clip the artist tells us about a piece based on map:

The artist has been part of exhibitions in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

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In this clip we take a closer look at a water tower made by Tom Fruin:

What a unique and interesting style. I can easily see the comparison to Piet Mondrian. Like Mondrian, only more contemporary!




Artist of the moment……..Daniel Arsham




Daniel Arsham is a contemporary American sculptor. Daniel Arsham was born in Cleveland, Ohio in the year 1980. The artist attended Cooper College located in New York City.

The artist even captured the singer Pharrell Williams in a large body cast.

In this clip an interview; and sample of work by Daniel Arsham:

Arsham finds inspiration from architecture. Arsham makes inanimate architecture come to life by making in appear to be blowing in the wind.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

Arsham has worked as a theater stage designer where he found great success.

The artist is based out of New York City. He works can be seen in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.

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Artist of the moment…….Arthur Jackson Hepworth

Arthur Jackson was a British abstract painter and the cousin of famed painter Barbara Hepworth.

Arthur Jackson Hepworth was born in 1911. Jackson attended St. Martin’s School of Art located in London, England.

Jackson was the artist’s middle name and he used it to separate himself from his famous artist relative, Barbara Hepworth.

In addition to painting Jackson enjoyed the art of photography.

In the late 1930s Jackson gave up painting to focus on architecture.

Arthur Jackson passed away in 2003.

What a wonderful style the artist developed. Its too bad he chose to focus so much on architecture rather than painting in his later years.

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $150,000. The artist worked mainly in oils, but also produced watercolors.






Artist of the moment………Carlo Stanga



Carlo Stango is a contemporary artist renown for his illustrations of famous cities of the world.

Stango studied architecture in Milan at the Polytechnic Institute. Later he would also attend the Art and Design in Milan called the Scuola del Fumetto.

Stango is based out of Berlin, Germany and Milan, Italy. Two great cities that offer unlimited wonderful panoramic views of the city.

The artist has won many awards for his illustration skills.


In this clip two fans of the artist share some works with us:

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Stango reminds me a great deal of British artist Stephen Wiltshire. Both artists specialize in bird’s eye views of cities. Wiltshire in fact often rides in a helicopter to get ideas for his art.



Artist of the moment………George Ault



George Ault was an American painter associated with the precisionist movement. George Ault was born in Cleveland, Ohio in the year 1950. His family was of the upper class.

The artist spent some of his upbringing abroad living in London, England and attending the famed Slade School of Art and also the St. John’s Wood School of Art.

The artist lived a life full of emotional ups and downs. Three brothers each took their own lives.

The family of George Ault had much of their fortune invested in the United States Stock Market.

Ault worked in a variety of mediums including watercolor, oils, and gouache.

The Precisionist movement included painters that used basic geometric shapes in their compositions. Many times these works have a common theme of architecture.

George Ault passed away in 1948. He went for a walk and a bridge that was normally there was gone and Ault drowned. His death was ruled a suicide.

Below a retrospective of George Ault with many works shown:

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Other artists working with similar subject matter include Charles Ralston and Ed Mell.



Artist of the moment………Warren Isensee



Warren Isensee is an American painter working in an Op Art style. Warren Isensee was born in Asheville, North Carolina in the year 1956. Isensee attended the University of Oklahoma where he studied architecture and graphics design.


Below we visit a show from 2010 featuring the art of Warren Isensee:

What I enjoy most about the work of Isensee is that he creates his own shapes. When looking at a Frank Stella painting or a work of Op Art with Bridget Riley the viewer sees many straight hard edges lines. By creating his edges freehand it gives his work a more artistic and free feeling.

Also his use of color is extraordinary. If I were to compare him to another artist it would be the collage master Rex Ray.

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To close we view a show from 2012:

Isensee works mainly in oils but has made some fantastic works using colored pencils.

The artist is based out of New York City.


Artist of the moment………Mark Farand


Mark Farand is wonderful artist who paints in a very unique style, he twists and contorts architectural forms in his landscape paintings. Farand is renown for his fantastic use of colour and perspective.

Farand hails from Canada. Farand was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. The artist remains based out of Calgary.

For his collegiate education Farand studied graphic design at the Art Academy of Cincinati, Ohio and also the Alberta College of Art and Design.

The artist paints in oils and watercolour.

Farand is found in many public and private collections. Also look for his work at the annual Calgary Stampede.

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A link to the website of Mark Farand:


Artist of the moment………Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is a British artist born in Llandundo, North Wales in the year 1946. Llandundo is in this day still a small city of slightly more than 20,000 people. Ben Johnson paints landscapes in a photorealistic style. In fact Ben Johnson is the only artist to be made an honorary member of the Royal British Society of Architects.

price range information: Sorry none available. The artist is also an avid printmaker.

At the National Gallery fans were allowed to watch the artist at work, here is a clip of the artist painting:

With his photorealist style, Johnson uses as many as eleven assistants to help him finish his large commissioned works. One example of this is a painting that shows the city of Liverpool and hangs in the Liverpool Art Museum. Eleven assistants took nearly 24,000 to complete this painting. His normal year round staff consists of three assistants.

In this clip we have an interview with Ben Johnson explaining his art:

For most of his work Ben Johnson uses acrylic paints.

A link to the website of Ben Johnson. One reason he uses assistants is his use of technology. The website asks you to set your pixel resolution rather high in order to take in all the detail:

Johnson attended the Royal College of Art located in London, England.

Ben Johnson is included in many European collections including the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

I enjoy the black and white works the most of the artist. Other artists that have painted many cities in a photorealistic style profiled here included Raphaella Spence and Stephen Wiltshire, a wonderful artist from the U.K. who is also autistic.


Artist of the moment……Jan Vormann



Jan Vormann is a wonderful street artist who incorporates lego’s into decaying houses or buildings giving the works a humorous and artistic vibe. Vormann was born in Bamberg, Germany in the year 1983. Vormann attended Otto Friedrich University and also in Russia where he studied how to preserve and restore public monuments.

Vormann is based out of Berlin, Germany, but has worked in St. Petersburg,  Zurich, Amsterdam, and Tel Aviv among many other locations.

Vormann had his first solo exhibition in 2009.

In this clip we view Vormann in action.

With the success of the Lego movie this year I thought it was important to use how various artists use Legos as their medium of choice. Other artists working with the medium already profiled here include Nathan Sawaya and Matteo Negri.

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What a creative way to use Legos and what an artist!




Artist of the moment……Jean Paul Riopelle

Jean Paul Riopelle was a Canadian painter, printmaker, and sculptor born in Montreal, Canada in the year 1923. The artist began to take drawing instruction from the age of ten years old. Riopelle worked in many mediums including oils, watercolors, lithography,

For his artistic education Riopelle studied modern and traditional paintings styles at the National School of Art  and also studied architecture at the Polytechnic Institute both located in Montreal, Canada.

The artist joined the Canadian group of painters the Automastistes.

In 1947 the artist relocated to Paris, France and exhibited with the Surrealist painters. In the late 1940s the artist would switch to a more Abstract Expression style of painting.

You may see some Jackson Pollack like similarities with Riopelle. Riopelle enjoyed laying paint on very thick in an impasto manner.

Riopelle was in a long relationship with the painter Joan Mitchell. The both had houses and studios close to Givery, France. You may recognize Giverny as the gardens where Monet produced his magic.

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

From Christie’s Auction House we view a painting getting ready for auction by Jean Paul Riopelle with a pre-sale estimate of more than $1 million dollars:

He is estimated to have completed nearly two thousand paintings.

Jean Paul Riopelle passed away in 2002.

Price range information: Works range from $25,000 to more than $1 million dollars for a work at auction. The artist made collages and worked in oils, watercolor, and mixed media.


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