Posts Tagged ‘buildings’

Artist of the moment…………Photographer Xing Danwen


Xing Danwen is a Japanese photographer renown for her work using modern building maquettes. She takes the buildings and then adds her own touch by portraying characters that live in the buildings. She takes photographs of herself as a model living in the building and sometimes alters these images digitally.

Xing Danwen was born in Xi’an, China in the year 1967. The artist attended the Chinese Central Academy of Art located in Beijing earning a B.F.A. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts located in New York City.

In this clip a brief interview with Xing Danwen talking about her work:

Danwen is now based out of Beijing, China.

Price range information: Most photographs anc C-prints range between $10,000 to $50,000.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

I enjoy the contemporary feel and thought process of this artist. Since she uses models that will someday in the future be actual buildings, her work has a futuristic appeal to it. The fact that she takes this a step further to develop characters based on what she sees and feels makers her work very unique.



Artist of the moment………Street Artist Evol



Evol is a fantastic street artist renown for his buildings. If Evol involves graffiti in his work, it is on his fantastic miniature buildings. Evol is based out of Germany and was born in the year 1972. The artist earned a college degree and studied product design.

Price range information: Sorry none available. The artist cells C-prints of his art.


The buildings of the artist are sometimes painted on cardboard. The artist has a great palette for capturing the greys of the urban city. The artist uses the color of the cardboard as a base and to it adds many shades of grey, black, white.

In this clip we view the artist at work doing some art in Europe. I love this clip because we get to listen to how noisy it is. Sometimes we forget how easy we have it in the studio where we as artists control most of the noise that takes place in our home studio:

In this clip a longer version of the artist at work on a piece. His buildings are simple installations of his completed cardboard paintings:

What a great artist! Any artist that can make the ordinary into something extraordinary earns my respect. This artist is a paint painter, installation artist, and photographer all in one! Awesome!




Awesome Acrylic Artist series…….Andrew Haines….

mediums used: acrylics, graphite, watercolor, oil

surfaces used: paper, panel, linen

On line and land based gallery: Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA.

The artist was born in 1961 in Woodbury, New Jersey.

Today’s artist, Andrew Haines, is known for painting city scenes mainly of the northeast U.S.A. such as Boston and New York.

Attended college at the University of Fine Art School in Tyler, Pennsylvania.

Has sold works to public collections including the Boston Museum of the Art and Yosemite Art Collection.

I enjoy the artist for his ability to make the mundane and boring a true work of art. If you like his art you might enjoy Rackstraw Downes, another painter of ordinary and boring objects. A shopping cart, a run down grocery store, a smog sunlit afternoon, a rusty but still functioning train, the artist truly captures the smells and colors found in large cities, especially on the east coast. The vastness he portrays is another fantastic quality of his work.  He can make a small panel seem large and full of spatial depth.

Another lesson we can learn from the artist is to vary straight lines. Houses are full of straight lines but do some studies of Sargent, Ed Hopper, and this artist and see how a straight line often has very thick and thin lines giving added motion and variety to the building.

Started working in the early 2000s from photographs as opposed to working from life. He loved the aspect of being able to work regardless of the weather conditions outside.

Try a painting of your favorite house in the neighborhood!

In April we will start looking at the many great painters of food, the delicious painters if you will!

Happy painting!