Posts Tagged ‘billboards’

Artist of the moment………Hanson Puthuff


Hanson Puthuff was an American landscape painter born in Waverly, Missouri in the year 1875. Puthuff attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Denver, Colorado. The artist enjoyed painting the desert landscapes of California.

The artist began his art career painting billboards and sign painter. His working process made it easy for the artist become a great landscape painter. To paint a sign he and his associates would be taken to the location of the sign and billboard via horse wagon and dropped off. When the sign or billboard was done the group would paint landscapes of the area whilst waiting for the wagon to return and pick them up.

Puthuff was a founding member of the California Art Club.


In this clip we view a great montage of works by Hanson Puthuff. What a great painter of trees and mountains. The artist also had a gift for using aerial perspective to give his works a great sense of depth:

Hanson Puthuff passed away in 1972.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

What a great painter of the landscape and in particular trees and mountains.



Artist of the moment…..James Rosenquist

James Rosenquist first came to fameĀ  during the American Pop Art movement of the 1960s. James Rosenquist was born in the year 1933 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Rosenquist worked as a painter and printmaker focusing on taking ordinary subjects like a nail, and making it a true work of art by adding Pop art style colors. In this manner its the same way Warhol might take a well known photograph such as the image of the hibiscus flower, and make it scream POP ART! by adding certain colors. The artist was an only child.

A link to the website of James Rosenquist:

Below we view F-111, a painting by Rosenquist that sold at auction for more than $2 million at auction in 1985.

As a child Rosenquist grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When he was only fifteen years of age Rosenquist won a scholarship to study at the Minnesota School of Art. Got his first start working in the art field whilst in college painting billboards and advertising signs. Rosenquist would go onto join a sign painters union and paint in Times Square located in New York City. Rosenquist won a scholarship to study at the Art Student’s League of New York.

A montage of works by James Rosenquist:

In 1961 Rosenquist made his first work of studio created art that used some techniques he used when producing commercial artwork.

The artist was nominated to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Price range information: Most works range from $3,000 to $400,000. The artist has broken the $2 million dollar barrier at auction.

In this clip from 2012 we view James Rosenquist receiving an award :

In 2009 a fire ravage the house and studio of the artist. This event destroyed many works including a show the artist was prepping for.

Artist of the moment…..Street legend Revok

Revok is an internationally renown street artist from Los Angeles, California born in the year 1977. His government name is Jason Williams. Started tagging at the age of 14 years old. Became famous for a series depicting the city of Los Angeles, California as Los Awesome. The idea was to make the art form more celebratory and uplifting rather than just identifying whose turf you were on.

Has been arrested on and off since 2008 for his graffiti.

In this post we see some actual graffiti and an interview with the legend. Very interesting as he talks about the “sport” of graffiti. Its always a battle. You could be running from the police, trying to avoid your work from being painted over, and trying to paint sometimes far off the ground say if you are working close to or on a bridge. I never realized how productive a street artist has to be just in order to get their name out.

Revok was arrested for his failure to compensate victims for the property damage he caused. The artist was arrested at the Los Angeles Airport as he was heading Ireland. He had already been convicted of a felony in 2009 and was on probation.

A link to a great website hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. In this show you can see many artists including a documentary on Washington D.C.s Cool Disco Dan:

and here we have a quick visit to the M.O.C.A. show featuring some renown street artisans.

Below is a wonderful print that was produced by street artist Bask, to raise funds to help free Revok.


And in this clip we visit Revok at a party where he tagging shirts live as people wear them. I hope someday to attend a party like this.

Revok is out of jail of course as the incident occurred in 2009 and is now and practicing his art for us to enjoy!