Posts Tagged ‘boats’

Artist of the moment…………Kcho

 

 

Kcho is a contemporary sculptor, print maker, and mixed media artist from Cuba. Kcho was born in the year 1970. The artist attended the National School of Fine Arts located in Havana, Cuba.

Kcho’s government name is Alexis Machado. The artist has shown his work in Asia and North America.

As a youngster he was inspired by the art of Bruce Nauman.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.kchoestudio.com/

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip a montage of works by KCHO:

Kcho tries to use items from the current culture of Cuba. Boats and boat parts such as a propeller have been a favorite subject matter over the years for the artist.

The artist is based out of Cuba.

Below a great story on how Kcho helped to bring free WiFi to the people of Cuba!:

Kcho is one of my favorite artists when it comes to portraying the boat. My favorite work by the artist is his boat made out of books. We can take it for symbol that reading and acquiring knowledge is the key to getting to where we would like to be.

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Artist of the moment………Thomas Buttersworth Junior

 

Thomas Buttersworth Junior was the son of the aforementioned Thomas Buttersworth Senior. Thomas Buttersworth Jr. was born in 1797 or 1807, an exact birthdate could not be found. Not much is known about the Buttersworth Jr. The artist studied with his father to learn how to paint.

He studied with his father and also was renown for his maritime paintings.

The artist married and had one child.

Thomas Buttersworth Junior passed away in 1842.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Another interesting characteristic to see in the paintings of all the families is movement of water. Everyone in the family can paint a wonderful stormy maritime work of art including a boat. Its interesting that each painter has a similar style in painting the choppiness of the ocean waters and also the light and dark shapes of the water.

A dark shape is used by each artist at the bottom of their work. As the painting recedes we view different planes of light giving the work a tremendous sense of depth.  Just amazing!

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Artist of the moment……James Edward Buttersworth

 

 

The next couple of posts lets take a look at a wonderful family of painters who are renown for their maritime paintings, the Buttersworth family of artists. James Buttersworth was born in London, England in the year 1817. His father was renowned maritime painter Thomas Buttersworth, who mentored the his son.

James Buttersworth relocated to the United States in the early 1840s.

The artist is best known for his paintings of boats racing in the America’s Cup boating competition. His work is very important as this was a time period before photography captured the races.

What I enjoy most about the work of this artist is his great sense of atmosphere. The first thing I review when taking in a maritime painting, the painting of the water and skies. James Buttersworth painted great storms and choppy waters. Even in smaller works the artist is able to capture the dramatic stormy skies and wonderful lighting the sea provides.

James Buttersworth passed away in 1894.

In this clip a great montage of paintings by James Buttersworth that show his great ability to capture storms and atmospheric conditions of the sea:

The artist is included in the America’s Cup Hall of Fame for his wonderful maritime paintings.

Price range information: Works range from $25,000 to $800,000. The artist painted mainly in oils but also worked in watercolor.

The Buttersworth family as a whole reminds me a great deal of the Gruppe family of artists also renown for their maritime paintings.

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Artist of the moment…..Hilary Harkness….

The artist is best known for painting the female figure set among submarines or other large vessels. Most of her paintings make a social commentary on the current and past women of the world and where they are headed into the next century.

The artist was born in the year 1971 in Detroit, Michigan. The artist attended the University of California at Berkeley for her bachelors of art degree. For her M.F.A.  Harkness attended Yale University.

Lives and works out of New York City.

On line and land based gallery:  Mary Boone Gallery in New York City.  http://www.maryboonegallery.com/artist_info/harkness_info.html

Short interview with Hilary Harkness and another artist, Andra Ursata.

Artist and art critic James Kalm visits the Mary Boone Gallery in New York city to view a show given about Hilary Harkness.

For a short period in her life the artist lived in San Francisco. Here she talks about her experiences of living on both coasts, and how each helped to develop her as an artist and as a person. She loved San Francisco but had to move back to the east coast as she couldn’t find a gallery that would take her. She definitely had the last laugh!

The thing I like about this artist is her ability to overcome obstacles in order to achieve her artistic goals. After leaving the east coast and moving west she thought she would stop painting, but living in the Bay area she continued to paint.  Although she tried without success to find gallery representation in San Francisco, she was able to achieve her style. No more mimicking other artists or themes she wasn’t that interested in.

She is now my definition for a modern day Surrealist painter. She has created her own universe void of men and their destructive ways. Her paintings of submarines showing the entire crew to be women are full of detail and bring a new definition to Rosie the riveter!  The new century has seen women move into the workplace faster than ever, in her universe women can be called upon to do anything a man can, only successfully. The more I look at her art, the more it makes me smile. Her vision is somewhat true, as men are shrinking from the workforce at an alarming rate, but this is due to the fact more women are attending college and the industrial jobs that men used to have exclusively go to machines or have disappeared altogether.

The artist seems to make a point of women being seen as sex objects but the paintings are funny in that the women in each painting are trying to be sexy and controlling over each other rather than any man. Is the artist trying to state that even if you remove men from the picture entirely, the women might try to be more controlling or act sexier towards each other?  As I look through her well painted ships its seems I can always find myself another question to ask about a particular painting.

A link to the artist’s website:  http://www.hilaryharkness.com/

Low price range: Graphite drawings starting around $3,000. Original oils at $20,000. The artist paints very slowly and with a great amount of detail only finishing around five paintings per year.

High price range:  Oil painting for $66,000.

I hope this artist inspires you to never give up no matter how many people don’t have confidence in your abilities. Always believe in YOU!
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