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Artist of the moment……..Dorothea Rockburne



Dorothea Rockburne is a Canadian painter renown for her abstract style. Dorothea Rockburne was born in Monteal, Quebec, Canada in the year 1932.

In 1950 Rockburne relocated to the United States where she studied art at Black Mountain College located in North Carolina. In the United States she also would go on to meet a mathematician who greatly influenced her ideas of design, Max Dehn. Rockburne also studied under artists Philip Guston and Franz Kline.

Below we check out a great clip from the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City to view a work of art that draws itself!:

In addition to mathematics Rockburne finds inspiration for her work in the field of astronomy.

The artist relocated to New York City in 1955.

Rockburne is member of the National Academy of Design.

Below we catch up with our fellow art enthusiast James Kalm and view a show featuring Dorothea Rockburne. Rockburne’s work is featured at the one minute mark in the clip:

The artist is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Price range information: The artist works as a printmaker and painter with prices ranging from $5,000 to $30,000.

Two other artist’s who have done works influenced by space and astronomy are Fred Tomaselli and Vija Clemins. All three artists do a great job at using smaller geometric shapes to create larger abstract works.




Artist of the moment…….John Chamberlain

Continuing our discussion about artists who renowned for their work with the automobile we have the great John Chamberlain. John Chamberlain was born in Rochester, Indiana in the year 1927.  Chamberlain was an abstract artist. The artist was a printmaker and sculptor. His sculpture works are what he is known most for. These involve pieces of automobiles crushed and then made into a new shape.

I like to think of the works as time capsule. I would love to see what a 2 by 3 foot piece of different cars next to each other looks like. For instance a Prius, a Cadillac, a Suburban, and a retro 1960s bug. It would be awesome to see what the different materials and coloring or rust perhaps on the vintage bug looked like. A very original concept and idea.

For his artistic education Chamberlain attended the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois. In addition Chamberlain attended Black Mountain College located in North Carolina.

The artist was a recipient  of Guggenheim Fellowship.

Chamberlain was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The artist passed away in 2011 at the age of 84 years of age.

In this clip a great interview with John Chamberlain.I found it interesting that he says all art is abstract. Andrew Wyeth used to argue that people said he was a photorealist, but he saw himself as a abstract painter. He loved to break things down and paint the abstracted forms. For instance wood or grass can be instantly recognizable, but also very abstract.

Price range information: Lithographs and silkscreens start at $4,000. At high end large sculptures have sold for $5 million at auction.

In this clip from Sotheby’s we view many steel sculpture works:

What a unique way to use the automobile in art!


Artist of the moment…..Kenneth Noland….

Kenneth Noland is wonderful artist known for his use of circles in his artwork.  Kenneth Noland was born in 1924 in Asheville, North Carolina. Noland is associated with two artistic movements, color field painting and abstract expressionism. Noland’s father was a doctor. The artist enrolled in the Air Force as soon as he finished high school. It was 1942 and the United States was in the thick of World War 2.

The main emphasis of Noland’s work is simple design with a great use of color.

After finishing his tours of duty Noland used the G.I. bill to enroll as a student at Black Mountain College. Whilst at this college he studied under the great Ilya Bolotowsky. Bolotowsky has been featured on this blog recently. A goodwill shopper was able to find an original that she bought for less than one hundred dollars and sold for more than $30,000 at auction.

Noland loved to paint with basic geometric shapes.  Most works are targets, circles, stripes, and irregular shaped canvases.

price range information: Noland worked with oils and acrylics and both range from $10,000 to more than $600,000.

Kenneth Noland passed away in 2010 at the age of 85 years old.

Below is a wonderful montage of the artists work.

Keep exposing yourself to as much art as possible!