Posts Tagged ‘black and white’

Artist of the moment………Street Artist ECB a.k.a. Hendrik Beikirch


Hendrik Beikirch is a German street artist renown for his very large black and white murals. Hendrik Beikirch was born in Kassel, Germany in the year 1974.

Beikirch attended college in Koblenz, Germany at the University of Koblenz-Landau.

In this clip we view one of ECB’s largest murals that he made in India of Ghandi:



In this clip we view an exhibition from ECB that featured people that he saw whilst walking in the streets or on subways:

The artist is based out of Koblenz, Germany.

ECB began working with spray paint in 1989.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

ECB reminds me most of another artist known for his portrait photography black and white images, JR. Its great that both artists capture people that you may see whilst traveling about town.

Below a link for the blog of ECB. Very informative with many pictures:


Artist of the moment………photographer Duane Michals



Duane Michals is an American photographer renown for his black and white images which involve sequences of action. Duane Michals was born in the year 1932.

Duane Michals attended the University of Denver.

Here is a great example of why his style is unique. This sequence of images has an unexpected twist at the end:

Though he studied art in college he didn’t become interested in photography until 1958 whilst visiting the Soviet Union.

The artist has worked as a commercial photographer working for international fashion magazines for multiple decades. Michals also worked for the Mexican government as an official photographer of the 1968 Summer Olympic Games.

Michals is the recipient of the grants from the National Endowment of the Arts.

With the Carnegie Museum of Art we visit the studio of Duane Michals:

The artist is based out of New York City.

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $40,000.

My favorite works by this artist are his images of fellow artists. I am sure you recognize Warhol, but did you recognize Rene Magritte wearing his famous hat?



Artist of the moment………..photographer Dorothea Lange


Dorothea Lange was an American photographer was renown for his images of the Great Depression era. Dorothea Lange was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in the year 1895. Her most famous works deal with migrant workers and

Lange had a difficult childhood as her father abandoned the family. She also was a victim of the disease polio. This caused her to have weak legs and she walked with permanent limp.

The artist attended Columbia University located in New York City where she studied photography. After college was able to work in the studios of many famous photographers.

Lange worked for the government program (F.S.A.) at the Farm Security Administration.

Talk about an artistic husband and wife duo, Dorothea Lange was married to American western painter Maynard Dixon. The couple had two children. After the couple divorced Lange married an economics professor. Lange and the professor travelled about the country and Lange took photographs of people whilst the professor would interview them and add them to the his economic studies.

Her most famous photograph dealt with a migrant worker who lived in camp that was nearly dying trying to put food on the table for her and her two kids. Lange also photographed Americans that were of Japanese decent who were sent to American Internment Camps. The photographs of the Internment camps angered the army.

In this clip we take a closer look at the most renown work of Lange, that of the migrant mother who is starving:


Dorothea Lange passed away in 1965 at the age of 70s years old.

Price range information: Photographs and prints range from $5,000 to $500,000.

In this clip some works of the Depression area are shown:

Lange was wonderful at capturing the mood of people. Her use of black and white photography also plays a key role in this aspect of her work.



Artist of the moment……..Photographer Brassai


Brassai was born Gyula Halasz was born in Brasso, Transylvania in the year 1899. The artist took the name as a tribute to his hometown which was originally in Transylvania, but later became part of Hungary.

Halasz studied art in Germany and Transylvania.

Brassai was renown for his photography, mainly of Paris, that took place at night. These photographs are grainy in texture, and some might not even think they are professional. The artist made these dreamy works as part of his style. He thought these works left a certain mystery to the viewer.

A wonderful example of works by Brassai is shown below:


He made a book out of his first photographs of the Parisian night life which was titled Paris At Night. The book contained images of the murky people found in the streets of Paris at this time including prostitutes. The book put the images of Brassai on the international art scene.

Brassai passed away in 1984.

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $50,000.

Paris at night, with little light and black and white imagery! What a wonderful combination!




Artist of the moment……..Christopher Wool


Christopher Wool is a contemporary American artist born in Chicago, Illinois in the year  1955. Wool started out as an abstract and expressionist painter but his signature style involves using black and white paint and text. Wool is a prolific screen printer. He will often use mixed media such as enamel on aluminum.

The artist also participated in the underground movie and music scene that took place in New York City at that time.

Christopher Wool worked as a studio assistant to Modern artist Joel Shapiro. Shapiro made sculptures using the basic rectangle shape.

Wool attended New York University, New York City Studio School of Art, and

The artist is quite bold in using his text with messages like “sell the house, sell the car, sell the kids.”

In this clip we view a show featuring the abstract paintings of Christopher Wool:

Wool is based out of New York City and Texas.

From the Art Institute of Chicago we see a brief montage of works including his signature text based paintings alongside his abstract works and photography which was based on the city of New York:

The artist has worked with photography in the past. In order to develop a good visual pattern Wool uses Xerox copy machine to help achieve his desired results.

I found the artist quite similar to recently featured artist Mel Bochner.

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 for a photograph to more than $24 million dollars for an original painting using enamel.



Artist of the moment……James Chronister


James Chronister was born in Helena, Montana in the year 1978. Chronister is renown or his black and white paintings that recall the pointillist artists of yesterday.

Chronister moved to California for college  and attended San Francisco’s California College for the Arts. He still remains based out of this area.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist works in oils.

One reason I started this website was to focus on the different process artist’s use to create. This artist paints in the dark! In this clip we view the artist at work via a time lapse. What an interesting process. One wonders if he worked in color if he could get such impressive results!:

In this clip a brief news clip about James Chronister with some of his artwork:


A link to the website of James Chronister:

Its great to see such fascinating work in black and white. I wonder if Ansel Adams might paint in the dark  since he did such great work in the dark with his photography!


Artist of the moment…..Eugene Atget

Eugene Atget was a ground breaking photographer and great businessman born in Libourne, Gironde, France in the year 1857. His father built carriages and both parents died when Eugene Atget was very young. He was raised by his mother’s grandparents. Atget took more than 10,000 photographs of Paris!

In this clip we view a montage of images and short documentary of Eugene Atget:

Atget joined the merchant marines after finishing high school. During this time he also enrolled in acting class, Atget had to quit due to his marine service. He continued to work on his acting by joining an acting club and being a street art performer. He quit acting as his vocal chords went bad.

In 1890 Atget began to earn a living as a professional photographer. He would shoot items that he knew would be sought after by painters. Museums would pay the artist to go shoot his renown Paris street scenes before they would vanish.

In 1898 he started shooting his famous street scenes of Paris. The artist would see the landscapes to any artist that wished to paint Paris. He was the first to offer this service. Before Flickr or Pinterest, the world had Eugene Atget. Much like the painters of Paris from Galien-Laloue to Antoine Blanchard, Atget had a goal of capturing the  older and romantic look of Paris during 1800s and early 1900s.

The artist stopped shooting for the most part during the first world war and had a son die during the conflict.

Atget was able to make a large amount of wealth from his photographs and even did a series on prostitutes.

Eugene Atget passed away in 1927.

Price range information: Most works priced between $2,000 and $10,000.

Below another montage of images by Eugene Atget:

What a great businessman and artist. I love to compare the photography of Eugene Atget with the painters of Paris like Cortes, Dabo, or Antoine Blanchard. Many photographs were made using albumen, which gives them a tremendous sense of atmosphere.


Artist of the moment……Patrick Demarchelier

Patrick  Demarchelier is a photographer born in Le Havre France in the year 1943. Demarchelier is renown for his images dealing with the nude female figure. Sometimes he has them hanging from trees or posing next to a window.  He works in a black and white format. The artist has worked with Vogue magazine in the United States, France, England, and China.

Here we see the artist at work for Vogue magazine in China:

He left Le Havre to chase his dream of professional photography in Paris. Demarchelier worked as an assistant to the well established Parisian photographers.

Eventually he would be an assistant to Hans Feurer, a Swiss photographer that would introduce him to the art of fashion photography.

Moved to New York City from Paris and was able to work with such luminaries as Henri- Cartier- Bresson.

Served as official photographer for Princess Diana of England.

Currently based out of New York City.

And a brief interview with Demarchelier talking about his work featuring the worlds top fashion models:

price range information : Most works priced between $3,000 and $50,000.