Posts Tagged ‘Art Center College of Design’

Artist of the moment………..Brendan Monroe


Brendan Monroe is a contemporary American artist renown for his unique paintings of the figure. Brendan Monroe was born in California. Monroe attended the Art Center College of Design located in Pasadena, California.

The artist also works as a sculptor. Monroe also takes on illustration commissions. The artist enjoys challenging himself by learning a new medium.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

Monroe has also participated in many street art festivals. Here we check out a wonderful work he painted in San Francisco, California in 2014:

The artist is based out of Oakland, California.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

I enjoy the work of this artist for his ability to create a great sense of movement and flow through the canvas.


Artist of the moment…….John Altoon


John Altoon was born in Los Angeles, California in the year 1925. Altoon attended many art institutions located in Los Angeles including the Otis Art Institute, the Chouinard Art Institute, and the Art Center For Design located in Los Angeles.

Altoon was renown for his art which is similar to Richard Diebenkorn, in that Altoon painted very abstract works. Some are pure abstract works whilst some are abstracted views of nature and the figure.

Altoon, like Diebenkorn, did a well received series of the coastline that could be compared to the Ocean Park series of Diebenkorn. Atloon also liked to work plant shapes.

The artist was renowned for being the life of the party, pushing the limits, and had many friends.

Altoon suffered from emotional distress and was diagnosed as a schizophrenic. Eventually after seeing a good doctor Altoon was able to overcome his problems before passing away from a heart attack in 1969.

Altoon was married two times in his life.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $40,000.


Artist of the moment…….Tim Bavington

Tim Bavington was born in England in the year 1966. As we continue are discussion on the automobile in art Bavington uses an automotive spray gun instead of a brush in making vertical strokes his art. For his artistic education Bavington attended the Art Center College of art and Design earning a B.F.A. Bavington went on to earn an M.F.A. from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. In addition to painting and printmaking Bavington also creating installations.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

For his mediums Bavington uses acrylics and synthetic polymer.

Part of Bavington’s artistic process is to use blend music and art. The artist uses the computer to develop his own system where certain colors are attached to certain sounds and instruments. A painting of rock music would be drastically different than a painting of an opera. Bavington is very unique in his approach to creating. Sometimes the artist even makes reference the song in question in the title.

In this clip we  make a visit to the artist’s studio:

In this clip we take a behind the scenes look to watch a work completed with curved lines:

And lastly we check out the artist working in his more familiar vertical stripe pattern:

Tim Bavington is now based out of Las Vegas, Nevada.


Artist of the moment……photographer Lee Friedlander

Lee Friedlander is an internationally collected photographer born in Aberdeen, Washington in the year 1934. Friedlander is best known for his images of the American landscape and in particular New York City from the 1950s and 1960s.  The artist works in a black and white format giving his work a sense of timelessness so that even a picture like the one in the gallery of Las Vegas, is from 2007.

The artist has worked mainly with a 35 mm camera in the past and uses a medium format camera.

price range information: Most works priced between $5,000 and $85,000.

Over his career the artist has also shot a fair amount of celebrities. One of his first celeb shoots involved Madonna and appeared in Playboy magazine. Madonna appeared nude and this was in the 1970s. Madonna was able to rake in $25 for her work. A photograph from this series sold for more than $37,000 at auction!

For his artistic education Lee Friedlander attended the Art Center College of Design located in Pasadena, California.

After college moved to New York City. He would start to shoot celebrities in addition to his landscapes. A major source of income was to shoot jazz musicians for record album covers. Before I-tunes design of an albums cover was key in albums success, a sort of marketing device. Think of such album covers the Beatle’s Sgt. Pepper.

A great montage of works by Friedlander:

Some well acclaimed series has dealt with factory workers and public monuments across the United States. In this clip we view a book that covers his work with monuments:

Has had exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of Art.

On an artistic note, I love the way Friedlander makes use reflections in his art. The technique reminds of master painter Richard Estes’ many views of the Big Apple done in a similar manner. To close we view  a work of Richard Estes.