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Artist of the moment……..Gary Komarin



Gary Komarin is an American abstract artist. Gary Komarin was born in New York City in the year 1951. The artist attended Albany State University located in Albany, New York. Komarin went on to earn a M.F.A. in painting from Boston University.

One major influence on the artist was Philip Guston, whom he studied with whilst in college. Komarin enjoys using a very colorful palette, which he somewhat adopted from this key mentor.

Komarin doesn’t paint on traditional canvas or art materials. Instead he prefers non art industrial canvas. He will also paint on drop cloths. For paint he creates his own “paint” using latex, spackle, and water.

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In this clip many works by Gary Komarin:

Komarin is based out of Roxbury, Connecticut.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

What I enjoy most about this artist is his palette! I look at his paintings and feel happy!



Artist of the moment……….Joel Christian Gill


Joel Christian Gill is an African- American artist who works with comics to tell true stories about remarkable people of color over the course of history. Gill earned B.A. degree from Roanoke College located in Salem, Virginia. Gill went on to earn a M.F.A.  from Boston University.

The artist founded his own company called Strange Fruit Comics. You can find titles by this company on

Below Joel Christian Gill is interviewed a comic book festival in 2011. The artist is asked why he chooses to do stories about Black American history:

Gill is also associate dean of student affairs for the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Price range information: Books and titles available on and from Fulcrum Publishing House located in Golden, Colorado.

I enjoy Gill because as a youngster and person of color myself all I really had to watch was Fat Albert and the Cosby kids, which I watched as much as possible!  I would have loved to read about a true life hero like Bass the U.S. Marshall.

Below a link to the website of Joel Christian Gill:



Artist of the moment……..Susan Shatter


Susan Shatter was an American painter of landscapes and renown for her magnificent watercolors of the sea. Shatter was a painter and printmaker born in the year 1943.

Shatter attended the Skowhegan School  of Art located in Skowhegan, Maine. She then switched colleges to the Pratt Institute and earned a B.F.A. from this school. Shatter went on to earn an M.F.A. from Boston University.

The artist was able to take advanced classes as a high school student and her school and also with additional classes paid for her by her parents. Shatter had always shown a desire to create art since she was a youngster.

Some artists that gave Shatter the inspiration to paint are Jackson Pollack, Alex Katz, and Philip Pearstein.

Susan Shatter passed away in 2011 from cancer.

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Shatter was an amazing painter of waves and ocean. She also painted wonderful deserts, canyons, and plants. Shatter had a great sense for using lights and darks to keep viewers eye moving in the painting. If you enjoy this artist be sure and check out Woody Gwynn.


Artist of the moment…….Brice Marden

Brice Marden is an American artist renown for his abstract and non objective style of painting. Brice Marden was born in Bronxville, New York in the year 1938. For his artistic education Marden attended  Boston University School of Fine Arts earning a bachelor degree. Marden would go on to earn a masters degree from Yale in art and architecture.

Many works are done using a grey scaled or minimalist approach. Marden was seen as the best in the field of monochrome painting when it was the favorite style of the contemporary art market.

Brice Marden worked as a guard at the Jewish Museum before being a professional full time artist.

Its tough to realize the vastness of his work but many works have sides as long as 8 feet.

In this clip we go to a show featuring Brice Marden with our art loving friend James Kalm:

Marden came to New York City in the early 1960s, the artist had  developed an international reputation by the early 1970s.

First wife was named Paula Daez, the sister of famed singer Joan Baez.

Marden also enjoys using mixed mediums in his art. In the 1960s and 1970s the artist would use beeswax along with his oils. Beginning in the 1980s  the artist has been painting with oils on marble.

Also has a  house in Greece.

Marden is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

price range information: At auction some works have sold for nearly 10 million dolllars. Prints and etchings range from $5,000 to $70,000. Even works in pencil command prices from $50,000 to the low six figures.

Currently based out of New York City.

In this clip we take a visit to the artist’s studio:


Artist of the moment……Richard Yarde

Richard Yarde is an African American artist born in the year 1939  in Boston, Massachusetts. He was renown for his work depicting mainly African- American people dancing. A great draughtsman who enjoyed painting the figure. In addition to the figure Yarde was renown for his work with the medium of watercolor. He occasionally worked in oils.

Yarde was an outstanding painter of fabrics and clothes.

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For his artistic education Yarde attended Boston University earning both a bachelors and masters of fine arts degree.

Yarde is part of the teaching faculty at the University of Massachusetts located in Amherst, Massachusetts.

The artist lives and works out of Northampton, Massachusetts.

Recipient of an award from the National Academy of Art and Letters.

Richard Yarde passed away in 2011. In the clip below we view a tribute to his legacy of art:

Included in many prominent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Boston Museum of Art.


Artist of the moment…..Howardena Pindell

Price range information: Most works priced between $2,000 and $12,000.

Howardena Pindell specializes in abstract works, though in the past she has painted the figure. Howardena Pindell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1943. For her collegiate studies the artist attended the Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts. For her postgraduate work she earned an MFA from Yale.

Pindell learned more about the business side of art by working at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Here she worked as a curator and assistant curator dealing with prints.

Pindell has been part of the teaching faculty at Yale and also Stony Brook University.

Her work began to sell in the late 1960s. In the 1970s she began to flourish with more abstract works that dealt with the build up of the paper surface. At this point she was a mixture of abstraction and minimalism.

Pindell has also done a fair amount of research on being an African- American artist.

Winner of Guggenheim Fellowship.

Held in prominent collections at the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

In this clip Howardena Pindell talks about printmaking and developing her style.