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Artist of the moment……..Zalez



Zalez is a wonderful street artist based out of France renown for his works with the female figure. Zalez is a photographer and painter. The artist was born in 1985.

Zalez attended graphic design school in Montpellier, France. He also attended fine arts in Toulouse, France.

A goal of the artist is to show how the female figure and form is seen in our current culture.

Below a link to the website of the artist. The site is in French and English:

In this clip we visit the studio of artist Zalez:

Price range information: Prints can be found for most works at $50. Originals can reach as high as $10,000.

What I appreciate most about Zalez is his references to art movements of the past. He has done his own interpretations of Warhol’s Soup cans, Renaissance works, and even contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons. This is the first image in the gallery.




Artist of the moment…..Paul Beliveau

The artist was born in Quebec City, Canada in 1954.

A brief clip from a gallery show.

This is a great clip!  A time lapse of the artist creating one of his paintings of book covers. Its great to see the process. The paintings start with a compilation of a variety of shapes of rectangles. He works generally on one book at a time using masking tape to help acheive very sharp edges between the books.

Since I spend so much time reading in the summer, lets also take a look at artist who paint book covers. This is my favorite type of pop art. Games that many people played as children that required no batteries like Monopoly, Yahtzee, and Scrabble. The artist is able to make up their own book or board game  ideas and book and board game cover design. They can take an idea and fully experiment with it.  For board game artists my check out the work of Tim Liddy. He makes up many of the games he paints, but they are very lifelike and convince the viewer that they really did exist. He even paints the tape that we use to keep the old board games and boxes together.

Beliveau paints mainly with acrylics on canvas. For some portraits, like those of other artists, he uses oils on board.

Attended college at Laval University in Quebec finishing school in 1977.
Mediums used:  Beliveau uses many mediums and is an accomplished draughtsman, painter, and an engrave.

Member of the Royal Academy of Art in London, England.

Has had more than fifty one man shows.

In addition to his books he has also done paintings in oils of famous artists such as Basquiat and Roy Lichtenstein.

On line and land based galleries:   Gallerie de Bellefeuille in Monteal, Canada.

Arden Gallery of Boston, Masssachusetts.

Try a painting in this genre. Think of your favorite artist(s) and design your own bookcover. An idea might be to take a landscape painting book that has helped you to improve your skill. Perhaps the book by artist Frank Serrano. Paint the book on the bottom of the page, in the background go ahead and paint the landscape. Its a great way to combine art history and contemporary art.

A link to the artist’s own personal website:

If you have a moment take some time to peruse the drawings done by the artist. I couldn’t find them on gallery pages but a wonderful collections exists on his website.

I enjoy this artist for his high level of skill, but also his wonderful composition skills. I have never been so intrigued to go to the library and see if I can find a future painting on the shelves!

The artist is also great at typography. He knows how to use a variety of curves in his letters to make them appeal to the viewer.
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Artists painting food…..Ben Steele…

low priced range: $1,500

high priced range: $7,500

mediums used: oils

surfaces used: canvas

A link to the artist’s website: The home page has a wonderful painting of some surrealistic dogs painted in a “Dali” style.

On line and land based galleries: CODA Galleries in both Park City, Utah and Palm Desert, California.

Park City, Utah :

Palm Desert, California:

Sante Fe, New Mexico:  Giacobbe Fritz Gallery.

This artist is similar to Robert Jackson in that both take a very humorous approach to painting.  The works of this artist not only have the tools of great painting such as color and composition, but in most of his works he makes references to artists of the past.

One picture to look at is the first one in the gallery. A non chain movie theater with one of Andy’s most famous works, Marilyn Monroe. The marquee even makes a mention of Andy’s old study in the 1960s, the silver factory. A similar idea is made when the artist uses Marilyn on what seems to be a very old and weather worn farm building.

In the second painting from the top we have Munch’s famous painting the Scream. If you remember the television series Roseanne, one of the kids had it hanging in their bedroom. Here it is used as a logo for a fictitious beverage company.

Although the artist is realist I love the fact he paid homage to Abstract painters of well. The work which I remember about the artist the most was this fantastic work with a spray painted image ( the artist painted it so it looked spray painted) of Jackson Pollack and it is titled Jack the Ripper. This man loves art history. For those of us who love art history each work might be considered a “rebus.” A rebus is a puzzle made of signs or symbols. Its great fun to see if you can recall names of the artists who he refers to.

The artist was born in 1977 in Kennewick, Washington. He attended college at the University of Utah studying painting and drawing. He now lives and works in Halper, Utah.

Another favorite series of paintings by the artist are those that mix children’s drawings books with famous figures of the art world.  In one artwork the makes reference to the Ma and Pop farm couple done by Grant Wood. In another made up children’s book he makes reference to Andy Warhol. Yet another wonderful piece was done with Chuck Close as the subject with cigarettes lying on top. By leaving the coloring semi finished the piece has a super fresh feel to it.

He has appeared in national art magazines American Art Collector and Southwest Art. Southwest Art named him one of the 21 artists under 31 years of age to watch.

No art homework today, relax and do some drawing. Just a pen or pencil and white sheet of paper!

Happy painting!