Posts Tagged ‘botanical’

Artist of the moment……….Street Artist Pastel

 

 

Pastel is a street artist and architect from the country of Argentina.

Pastel often works with flowers and landscapes as his subject matter. Arrowheads are another subject often painted by the artist.

Pastel’s government name is Francisco Diaz.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://pastelfd.com.ar/

If you like Pastel’s work be sure and check out floral painter Robert Kushner. Both artists plants and especially leaves have a fantastic sense of life.

Pastel’s wonderful flowers might be better than real flowers because they last so much longer!

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Artist of the moment………..Street Artist Curiot

 

Curiot is a street artist from Mexico renown for his work with imaginary creatures. Curiot’s government name is Favio Martinez. Curiot blends his creatures with symbols from his culture including the Day of the Dead.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist is based out of Mexico City, Mexico.

In this clip we view the artist at work on many pieces:

I really enjoy the many subjects the artist puts into his work. A flower, a beast or creature, and the human figure are represented in many images. His work reminds of the Italian master Guiseppe Arcimboldo. Its amazing the diverse strokes the artist is able to paint with spray paint.

We close by taking a view the artist at work on a wonderful mural:

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Artist of the moment………..Cecil Kennedy

Cecil Kennedy was a fantastic painter of floral and botanical works. Cecil Kennedy was born in Leyton, England in the year 1905. The artist also painted portraits in addition to his floral works.

Kennedy came from a large family, he was the last born of thirteen children. He served in the Second World War. At this time he became friendly with a group with Flemish painters who inspired him to begin to paint floral images.

The artist’s wife helped to arrange the flowers. The couple had a vast collection of Waterford vases which the artist incorporated in his work.

In this clip we view a great montage of works by Cecil Kennedy:

Cecil Kennedy passed away in 1997.

The artist was in high demand for his floral images. Kennedy’s work was bought by Queen Mary and even the Duke of Windsor.

One time the Queen even commented on a ladybug the artist included in a floral work. After this experience he usually painted a ladybug in every piece.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Flowers are one of my favorite genres. Another great realist painter of the flower was Martin Johnson Heade. His white flowers are amazing to look at for their subtlety in color.

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Artist of the moment………….Mona Caron

 

 

 

Mona Caron is a contemporary artist renown for her murals which feature a birds eye view of the location. In addition to the view from above the artist often paints how the current location used to look, how it looks now, and how it may look in the future.

Mona Caron was born in Ticino, Switzerland. This is an Italian speaking part of the country. Her father was a theater and opera set designer.

Here we see many images of Mona Caron’s signature botanical works:

Mona Caron was born in Switzerland and briefly attended the University of Swizerland located in Zurich before moving to San Francisco, California where she attended the San Francisco Academy of Art. Caron received a B.F.A. after studying illustration.

In addition to landscapes Caron enjoys painting floral and botanical images.

An interview with Mona Caron talking about her life and art:

Below a link to the website of Mona Caron:

http://monacaron.com/

Price range information: Sorry none available.

If you enjoy looking at street art featuring flowers check out my post on Guy Diehl. Dyanna Hesson is another artist who paints large flowers, large but not mural size!

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Artist of the moment……..Street Artist Xenz

 

 

Xenz is fantastic artist renown for his street art of birds and flowers. Xenz was born in the year 1973.

Below a link to the website of artist Xenz:

http://xenz.org/

The artist is now based out of London, England. He works as a studio based artist and also a muralist.

Xenz is inspired by Asian art and the calligraphic strokes seen in Chinese painting. Xenz is my favorite street artist working with flowers and fauna simply for the fact he creates an extraordinary amount of depth in his works. My favorite images are of what seem to be a very dense and very humid rainforest with some exotic trees.

Xenz began his street art career in Hull, England back in 1987.

These works have it all from wonderful organic and geometric shapes, outstanding color, and movement through the picture. Xenz is also a great artist to study where he chooses to paint limbs and trees in order to make a flat surface have a great deal of depth.

price range information: Most spray paint works are between $3,000 and $10,000. Pricing schedule for oils.

To close we see the artist in action on a large mural of his favorite subject matter, flowers, fauna, and birds:

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Artist of the moment………Shaw-Hwei Dong

 

Shaw-Hwei Dong is a fantastic painter of plants. Shaw-Hwei Dong was born in China in the year 1962. For her artistic education Dong attended the National Taiwan Normal University where she studied fine art.

Dong uses her own house and plants for her art. What I like most about her work is the fact its simple but she works with the shapes so often she can manipulate them so the work has a lot of motion to it. I also enjoy her perspective, many times she paints looking down on the plant so we just have the plant and a table or carpet.

She reminds of the master still life painter Giorgio Morandi, who made wonderful still life paintings using objects found around his house and studio.

One series well received by the artist dealt with the same plants and flowers, painted at different times of the day.

Price range information: Original works in oils range from $15,000 to $60,000.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Artist of the moment…….Richard Lytle

Richad Lytle is a wonderful artist that mixes botanical and floral shapes with abstracted images. Richard Lytle was born in Albany, New York in the year 1935.

For his artistic education Richard Lytle attended Cooper Union located in New York City earning a bachelors degree. For his postgraduate Lytle attended Yale University where he earned a MFA.

Lytle when on to join the faculty at Yale University as a professor of drawing and color.

The artist also taught at Silvermine University. I believe this is a now defunct college that used to be located in Fairfax, Connecticut.

Lytle went back to Yale where he currently is an associate professor of art specializing in painting.

Price range information: Sorry none available. The artist works in many mediums including graphite, watercolor, charcoal, and oils.

I love the mix of floral and botanical shapes with the abstracted backgrounds. If you enjoy this type of format be sure and check out two artists already profiled here Robert Kushner and Daniel Phill.

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Artist of the moment……Bill Scott

Bill Scott is an American artist renown for his vibrantly colored canvases which are abstract and botanical for his subject matter. Bill Scott was born in Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia in the year 1956. Scott is associated with the modernist and Philadelphia colorist school of painting. For his artistic education Bill Scott attended the Philadelphia School of Fine Arts. Scott works in pastels, oils, and acrylics.

Some painters who had an influence on the artist’s career were Jane Piper. Piper was also schooled in the Philadelphia colorist style and below an example of Piper’s work in this excellent still life.

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Another influence was the artist Joan Mitchell. Mitchell was a great painter associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement. Here is an example of Joan Mitchell’s style.

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In this clip a brief interview with Bill Scott:

Bill Scott is part of many prominent collections including the Butler Museum of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Delaware Art Museum.

price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $20,000.

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Artist of the moment…..Lucie Bennett

Lucie Bennett is a British artist born in the year 1972. Bennett enjoys working with the silhouette of the female figure. The artist works mainly with prints. For her artistic education she attended Manchester Metropolitan University studying the interactive arts. Bennett also studied in France.

In this series with the figure she tries to compare the female form to a botanical form. So what jumped into my mind was Ellsworth Kelly and this botanical work with a very simple line.

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price range information: Most prints priced between $2,500 and $4,000. No pricing info on originals.

Her artwork has been seen on British television shows and even in movies.

A link to the website of Lucie Bennett:  http://www.luciebennett.com/index.html

Solo exhibition in 2011 in London, England.

Being a British artist born in the early 1970s her work might have been influenced by Julian Opie, profiled here already. Opie also enjoys working with the silhouette of the female figure. A true modern artist, Opie sometimes uses computers in his art and this is a great example of his work. Instead of using paper a series will use 50 LED screens.

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Awesome Acrylic Artist series…..Sue Averell

Great interview with the artist  from 2007.

The artist from another interview in 2007.

Price ranges: Couldn’t find any price on originals but the artist has prints on http://www.art.com and http://www.allposters.com starting at $28. So the artist has a keen sense for business success! Takes commissions.

The artist’s own website here:  http://sueaverell.com/

The artist paints mainly landscapes and botanicals with her bold and colorful style.  The artist is highly collectible and has works in four different continents.  As part of her painting preparation she makes a full scale replica of her subject to help her plan her painting strategy.

mediums used: acrylic

surfaces used: canvas

The artist attended college in Pasadena at the Art Center College of Design.

This artist is known for her thickly painted canvases that are alive with color and fun shapes. In the drawing of her petals I am reminded of calligraphic strokes. If I had to have one word to describe her work it would be festive.  The drawing technique is representational and filled with expression. The flower doesn’t necessarily have to look like exactly like a flower to be a great painting, if it feels like a painting it can also be a strong piece. Some collectors include the author of the Twilight film and book series as  well as Cisco the computer company.

on line and land based gallery: Richard Danskin Gallery in Palm Desert, CA.   http://www.danskingalleries.com/Averell-Sue.htm

Today try to take an early spring flower like a daffodil and draw how it feels! Exaggerate the warm and cool colors!

Happy painting!

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