Posts Tagged ‘California Institute for the Arts’

Artist of the moment……….Mara De Luca



Mara De Luca is a contemporary American abstract artist. The artist has developed a unique working process that combines painting with collage.

De Luca attended Columbia University located in New York City where she earned a B.F.A. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts located in Valencia, California.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

The artist has been included in exhibitions in the United States and Europe.

Price range information: Sorry none available

De Luca first pours a thin  layer of acrylic paint onto raw unprimed canvas. She then puts a layer of fabric on top of this. Depending upon the mood she wishes to create, the artist uses either transparent or opaque fabric. The artist credits Duchamp for inspiring her unique approach.

In this clip a brief interview with the De Luca as artist in residence in Irvine, California. De Luca was the first official artist in residence at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. Her printmaking process is quite detailed.:

De Luca also gives credit for inspiration to the daily life she lives in Los Angeles, California. A wonderful mix of digital technology and natural beauty.







Artist of the moment…..Gary Simmons

Gary Simmons is an American artist working in a variety of mediums including oils, chalk, and acrylics. For his artistic education Simmons attended the School of Visual Arts located in New York City. He also attended the California Institute for the Arts located in Valencia, California for his masters studies. Simmons works in small sizes up to mural and installation size. Simmons is a painter, printmaker, and sculptor.

Simmons uses many symbols from current pop culture. In addition some recurring themes are race and class. In some works some racially significant items are used including nooses and the symbol of the Ku Klux Klan.

Simmons has regular shows in Europe and New York City.

The artist was included in the Whitney Biennial that took place in 1993.

In this clip Simmons talks about a very large mural and how he went about getting the motion and energy of his smaller drawings into the large sized mural.

Here we view the artist at an exhibition that took place in 2013:

Price range information: Non sculpture works range from $5,000 to $60,000.

The “ghostly drawings” of this artist impress the most of his repertoire. What a unique effect and even something as still as a chandelier seems to have a wonderful movement.