Posts Tagged ‘bronze’

Artist of the moment……….Wang Keping

 

Wang Keping is a contemporary Chinese artist renown for his modernist sculpture works often with the female form. Wang Keping was born in Beijing, China in the year 1949.

His figures usually have increases focus in the legs, breasts, and butt. I find his figures to be very abstract like the English artist Henry Moore.

Here we view a great interview from 2009. Wang Keping talks about the Chinese art market:

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $150,000.

In this clip we view a gallery show featuring his work:

The artist is now based out of Paris, France.

Keping works with bronze occasionally but uses wood for the most part.

The artist was inspired by an artist recently featured here, Constantin Brancusi.

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Artist of the moment……..Carole Feuerman

 

 

Carole Feuerman is an American artist renown for her figure sculptors. Carole Feuerman was born in Hartford, Connecticut in the year 1945.

Feuerman attended Hofstra and Temple Universities before earning her B.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts located in New York City. Whilst attending the latter school the artist designed album covers for Time Warner Records.

The artist is a past participant in the Venice Biennial.

In this clip a great sample of sculptures by Carole Feuerman:

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $1 million dollars. The artist sculpts in bronze and marble completing many public commissions.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.carolefeuerman.com/

Below we visit the studio of the artist:

The artist does a great job at communicating the inner emotions of people in her work. My favorite works are those models who appear to be meditating with their eyes closed. Also interesting her use of oil paints and resin, the layering of oil paint also gives her work a very lifelike and artsy feel.

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Artist of the moment……….Barbara Hepworth

 

Barbara Hepworth was a British painter renown for her abstract style. Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth was born in Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England in the year 1903. The artist attended the Leeds School of Art and also the Royal College of Art.

Hepworth worked a majority of her career as a sculptor. A collegiate classmate named Henry Moore would be crucial in her development in the modernist movement. Moore has been profiled here already for his modernist sculpture.

Hepworth was married to a fellow sculptor named John Skeaping. After divorcing she then remarried artist Ben Nicholson. Though this marriage also ended in divorce, the couple did have triplets.

For much of her professional life she was based out of St. Ives, Cornwall, England.

She worked often with wood or bronze. Late in life she took up printmaking.

From the Tate Museum a brief biography about Barbara Hepworth:

 

Below a link to the website of Barbara Hepworth:

http://barbarahepworth.org.uk/

Hepworth passed away in 1975 at the age of 72 years of age. She was killed by a fire started by accident in her studio.

Below a montage of sculptures by Hepworth that show her creativity in developing abstract shapes:

In 2011 a public work was stolen from a location in London. The police thought the thieves wanted to sell it for scrap metal.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 for a lithograph to $1 million for a sculpture.

It’s fun to check out the similarity of works with Hepworth and Henry Moore. Her sculpture work also reminds of the wonderful Inuit modernists.

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Artist of the moment……Fan Yu

Fan Yu is an awesome artist working in the medium of sculpture. Fan Yu was born in Qingdao, China in the year 1966.  The artist portrays the figure but his most renowned subject is the horse. For his sculptures he works in bronze, painted bronze, and fiberglass.

For his artistic education the artist attended the Shandong Art Institute of Art located in Jinana, Shandong, China. In addition Fan Yu studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Art located in Beijing, China.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $50,000.

I love it when artists make reference to other artists they might admire or respect. Below my favorite work from Fan Yu, it depicts the artists Marcel Duchamp playing with many birds.

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In this clip we view recent works by Fan Yu:

What a wonderful style of sculpture!

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Artist of the moment….Boaz Vaadia

Boaz Vaadia was born in Israel in the year 1951. For his artistic education Boaz Vaadia attended the Avni Institute of Art. Vaadia also attended Pratt Institute in New York City and the Brooklyn Museum School of Art. The artist moved to New York City in 1975. For his art he uses bronze, boulders, and bluestone.

In this clip we view a recreation of David using Vaadia’s style:

Part of many prominent collections including the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, California and the Metropolitan Museum of Art located in New York City.

In this clip we visit some public works on display in Yonkers, New York:

Boaz Vaadia is based out of New York City.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

What a great and unique interpretation of the figure!

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Artist of the moment….Tor Archer….

Tor Archer is an American artist born in 1958 in Concord, Massachusetts renown for working with the figure in an abstract manner. For his materials he uses bronze, copper tubing, found glass, and bricks. Archer loves to sketch, and his sculptures are an extension of his sketching process.

For his collegiate studies Archer attended Boston University, University of California at Santa Cruz, and Evergreen State College.

A link to the artist’s own personal website: http://www.torarcher.com/

In this clip we visit a gallery show featuring Tor Archer and get a behind the scenes tour.

Price range information:  Sorry, none available.

If you enjoy looking at the figure in an abstracted manner be sure and check out artists Tony Cragg and David Mach. Both are British sculptors who employ different materials in their wonderful mixed media works dealing with the human figure.

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Artist of the moment……tony cragg

Tony Cragg was born in Liverpool, England in the year 1949. Cragg is renown for his sculpture works which can be very abstract and very real at the same time. A great example of this is the last picture in the gallery, what seems to be very abstract shapes are really faces!

Tony Cragg is a sculptor working with the figure in a modern manner. This clip  features an exhibition for Cragg given at the Scottish National Gallery of Art.

For his collegiate education the artist first was lab technician at the national rubber producers research association. He then studied arts at the Gloucestershire College of Art and the Wimbledon College of Art where he finished his bachelors of art degree. Cragg went on to earn a masters degree from the Royal College of Art.

First show in 1977.

In this clip we visit a show in Dallas of 2012.

Currently head of an art school in Dusseldorf, Germany. The school is famous for producing such artists like Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke. He was part of the teaching faculty at this school for ten years from 1978 to 1988.

Elected to the Royal Academy of London.

Price range information: The artist is very prolific and works in many mediums including gouache paintings which range $2,000 to $250,000. Etchings and aquatints can be found between $500 and $2,000. The artist once sold a work done in steel for $812,000.

A link to the artists own website:  http://www.tony-cragg.com/

Cragg considers himself to be highly materialistic and enjoys working not only in bronze, but also in wood, and marble and other found materials.

If you enjoy looking at a great mix of realism and abstraction in sculpture check out the work of Ju Ming whom I posted about with the past week. A wonderful artist hailing from Taiwan that enjoys carving fighting figures out of many different materials. Below an example of Ju Ming’s style.

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Artist of the moment…..Jeff Legg….

 

This is a great internationally known and collected artist best known for his work with the still life. He paints a variety of vases, glasses, teapots, bronze objects, alongside grapes, branches of eucalyptus, slices of cantalope, and fish. You get the idea. He paints much in the same manner as present day master David Leffel or his wife Sherry McGraw.

 

He gave a wonderful painting demo yesterday at the Oil Painters of America West Regional Exhibit in downtown Denver at http://www.gallery1261.com.  Legg paints on masonite which isn’t totally smooth, he likes some texture. Covered the panel with a raw umber and white grey. He then used umber and black to lay in the silhouettes of the objects. The interesting part here was that he took control of the leaves by splitting the canvas with very dark and very light leave shapes. It wasn’t at all how they appeared in person.

 

After laying in the basic shapes and shadows of his subjects Legg made a great mauve combo for some of the leaves of the eucalyptus. It looked great and even better next to the following color, a bright orange slice of cantalope. He then painted a vase in a few strokes with some quick dark strokes of blue. The canvas had awesome color at this state. As he states many times when he starts in a subject after blocking in the vignette, time to bring it to life.

 

Legg was quick to tell us he paints many times from memory that way he can accomplish a feel that wants rather than just a realistic recreation. By the way the set up was just on table with an ordinary lamp with a light bulb. I agree that its no sense to get a 5000 calvin or what have you light bulb to view something, you can use your artistic license to create the colors you want. He just used an ordinary light to light the subject from the left of the painting.

 

The coolest part of the painting was when he brought a wonderful large copper teapot to life. The used a palette knife to add some oranges and yellow sweeping lines of color which made the entire painting jump. He also used the knife to further work the dark underside of the table. One thing to make certain was to light the top of the table to give your painting more depth. More light on top, more shadow on the bottom.

 

He then put a few lights into some grapes and that was it! Just over 2 hours time. A great demonstration and the audience was totally quiet, engaged highly in following the path of the artist.

 

Another tip I learned was that Legg uses faster drying that oils alkyd colors and gamsol by gamblin for his medium of choice. He also uses the slow dry medium as a varnish, which due to the quick drying time of the paints a work can be varnished in a few days after painting whereas with oils you should weight up to six months time.

 

Legg has three painting DVDs out, I haven’t bought any yet but was so impressed with his demo I will order at least one next paycheck!

A short clip of the artist teaching at Whidbey Island Fine Arts.

A clip showing one of his Lilliedahl video productions with Jeff Legg. Mrs. Lilliedahl passed away recently but she was a great teacher and I have several of her dvds and look back upon them often. Great painter of roses was Mrs. Lilliedahl.

Jeff Legg was born in 1953 in Joplin, Missouri. He enjoyed art as a youngster and was ablet to study with a great regional artist named Darrell Dishman. Legg then went on to study art in college in Minnesota at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has been in many national art magazines such as American Art Collector and Southwest Art magazine.

 

Before starting an art career the artist ran a successful retailing business.

 

This demo was just great. I found this artist’s approach more interesting and quicker than David Leffel, who paints in a similar manner. Using alkyds seemed to work very well for the artist and I will give it  a shot this coming week. The most interesting thing I learned was that Legg thinks most of the still life painters out there are bad, and there are many bad still life paitntings out there to look at. But Legg enjoy them very much and his love for his subject shows thru in his paintings!

 

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Artist of the moment…..Sculptor Kevin Box….

This artist is always in American Art Collector it seems!   Lets take a closer look at the artist behind those sculptures of paper.

The artist was born in the year 1977 in Oklahoma.

Low price range: Small stone works available from $600.

High price range: Medium sized sculptures up to $15,000.

Very large works that would be similar to public works can be had as well.

On line and land based gallery:   Selby Fleetwood Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

A clip showing the artist at work with a new sculpture idea.

Kevin Box talking about a work of art that shows paper unfolding.

A link to the artist’s homepage. Great idea to look around at his early works and compare them to recent ideas :  http://www.outsidetheboxstudio.com/index.html

This artist is similar to the artist Daniel Adel in that both use paper as a subject matter. Adel is also a fantastic painter of water as well. Box really is unique and I love the idea of mixing the classic art of origami and sculpture methods. He ends up with some very creative and unique looking works including a sheet of paper that is folded into a paper airplane, the first work of art I saw by the artist.

His artist’s statement sums up his ideas about using paper as his subject matter. “I look at each piece of paper as a “table rosa” or clean slate of perfect potential. The potential is activated by light and shadow as each decision is creased into the paper.”

Although he has done works in stone, he now concentrates on creating bronzes representing paper. His method is similar to that of casting paper, but includes methods of casting objects in ceramic as well. In order to keep up with demand he has some works cast in limited editions. This allowed him to earn more money per work and concentrate on taking on new ideas and directions in his work. I encourage all artists to have some kind of print or cast edition available to let the price range for your work come down to attract new buyers.

Another great idea that Box had was to put signs on his art that tell the viewer TOUCH ME!  I have only posted one other artist that says okay go ahead and touch my work and that was the Spanish artist Josep Cisquellop who makes wonderful paintings using a stone medium. He paints the shadows as they appear on the stone. He says when people interact and touch the artwork their fondness of it grows.

Try folding some origami. If you are really brave try painting your bird, combining two forms of art at the same time.

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