Posts Tagged ‘California’

Artist of the moment…….Franz Bischoff



Franz Bischoff was an American Impressionist painter renown for his landscape paintings of California. Franz Bischoff was born in Steinchönau, Austria in the year 1864. Bischoff emigrated to the United States when he was a teenager.

As a youngster Bishoff learned about design and how to paint with watercolor.

In this clip a great montage of works by the artist:

Bischoff had an excellent sense of design and built a great reputation for porcelain painting. He even taught the technique to other artists.

The artist relocated to Los Angeles, California in 1906. It was in California that he produced the best paintings of his career. He spent much time living in Los Angeles and Pasadena.

Franz Bischoff passed away in 1929.

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $850,000. The artist worked mainly in oils and ceramics.


Artist of the moment……Christina Angelina



Christina Angelina is an internationally renown American street artist. Angelina often works with the female face and figure. She reminds me of artist Swoon, both use female forms and often create wheat paste ups.

Angelina attended New York University. She went on to earn an B.F.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Below a great interview with more great murals painted by the artist:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

Angelina has completed several commissions for companies including Neiman Marcus. She also was hired to paint live whilst the musician Kaskade was painting on stage.

The artist often works with street artist Fin Dac to create incredible street art murals. Below we view a collaboration between the two artists:

The artist is now based out of Venice, California.


Artist of the moment……..Lenny Kravitz



Lenny Kravitz is a American rock and roll legend who also enjoys the medium of photography. Kravitz recently had a book of his photography published. He also showed his works in a gallery setting for the first time.

In this clip we head to Los Angeles, California to view a show dealing with the photographs of Lenny Kravitz:

The artist also worked with Leica camera helping to develop “the Correspondent” camera. Its a very limited camera edition with only 125 of the cameras available for sale.

Kravitz has a very unique view point on photography since he is constantly photographed by fans and celebrity photographers. The title of his book of photography is called flash.

Price range: The book can be found for around $40 on Amazon.

Always great to see a star in one medium try their chance on a new and entirely different medium.



Artist of the moment…….Chris Burden


Chris Burden was an American sculptor, conceptual, and performance artist who got shot and nailed to a car all for art! Chris Burden was born in Boston, Massachusetts in the year 1946.

In one of his best acclaimed series of performance art Chris Burden takes over television. Back in the beginning days of television it didn’t seem a regular person could appear on tube and its 3 channels.

Burden actually bought air time and challenged the idea of local programming. Here are his commercials from the 1970s that actually appeared on tv!:

The artist attended Pomona College located in Claremont, California earning a B.F.A. Burden also attended the University of California at Irvine where he earned a M.F.A. and studied with abstract artist Robert Irwin.

Burden often included architecture and bridges in his artwork.

Burden also enjoyed creating large metropolis cities that were similar to Los Angeles out of model toys and cars.

In this clip we see Chris Burden get shot. The artist grew up during the violent periods of the 1960s and Vietnam war. Here we witness Chris Burden get shot in the left arm by his assistant.:

Chris Burden passed away in May of 2015 at the age of 69.

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Below we catch up with artistic amigo James Kalm. We visit a show featuring Chris Burden and his famous piece titled the Big Wheel from a show that took place in 2013:

Burden was a fascinating artist capable of working in any medium. I enjoy his film works from the 1960s and 1970s the most. With the use of 8mm and 16mm film these works have wonderful home movie feel to them.



Artist of the moment………James Haunt


James Haunt is an American street artist based out of Los Angeles, California. The artist is renown for his paintings of the female face and figure.

James Haunt’s government name is James Gillette. Haunt is his alter ego.

In this clip we watch Haunt produce some artwork for a skate board shop:

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Below a short interview with the artist:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

The artist has been very success in his commercial ventures. He has helped to design apparel and watches.

Its interesting to see the different portrayals of the mouth and lips in art. Some other artists who came up with some great designs include Andy Warhol and the photographer Marilyn Minter.


Artist of the moment………..Charles Partridge Adams




Charles Partridge Adams was an American landscape painter renown for his images of Colorado. Charles Adams was born in Franklin, Massachusetts in the year 1858. His family moved west to Denver in 1876 and within a year he found employment at a bookstore.

Adams is considered by many historians to be the best Colorado landscape painter in history. One of Adams favorite subjects were the wonderful snow covered peaks of Colorado. Other popular locations he painted include Massachusetts and Colorado.

One of his first teachers was named Helen Chain, she was a student of the famed painter George Inness. The artist studied with various teachers for brief periods of time, but he didn’t attend a formal artistic academy and remained largely self taught. He honed his skills by going on camping trips, for as long as  three months, where he just sketched and painted the local landscapes.

Charles Partridge Adams passed away in 1942.

In this clip we view an appraisal of a painting by Adams seen on my favorite television show, the Antiques Roadshow!:

Price range information: Adams painted in watercolors, gouache, and oils. Prices range from $10,000 to $100,000.



Artist of the moment…..Street Artist Risk


Risk is a veteran American street artist renown for his work with the alphabet. Risk(y) is based out of Los Angeles, California.

Risk’s government name is Kelly Graval.

Risk attended the Pasadena Art Institute and also the University of Southern California.

As a veteran Risk was among the first graffiti artists to have very successful gallery shows. He took this experience and started his own clothing line with his artwork as the focus.

In this clip the artist Risk talks about his development as an artist:

The artist also has worked in Hollywood in various movie and music video sets.

In this clip we view a great work painted by Risk on a wall that provides optimism and hope for inmates:

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Its great to look back at the artist who were taggers and to see where we have come as far as the street art movement. One of my favorite street artists who works with letter form is the French artist Tilt. Tilt has been profiled here already, and uses his name or other words to make wonderful items including shoes, donuts, and flags.

Some call the artist Risk the godfather of graffiti, but I prefer to think of him as the great character from Harry Potter, Dumbledore! A distinguished gentleman at the height of his powers!


Artist of the moment……..Street artist Cryptik



Cryptik is an American street artist who works often with the face and figure. The artist has worked with art his entire life, but began to create his own street art in 2008.

In this clip we view the artist at work on a new public piece:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

Cryptik is based out of Los Angeles, California.

Price range: Prints can be found starting at $20. Via his website you may buy apparel featuring his work for $30.

One of Cryptik’s goals is to help people and communities be more spiritual. Art is his way of inspiring people.



Artist of the moment……Photographer Matthew Brandt



Matthew Brandt is an American photographer renown for his landscape imagery. Matthew Brandt was born in 1982.

Brandt attended Cooper Union College in New York City earning B.F.A. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from U.C.L.A.

A link to the website of Matthew Brandt:

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Matthew Brandt is now based in Los Angeles, California.

Below we view a gallery show featuring Matthew Brandt that took place in 2012:

In this clip Matthew Brandt talks about some of his new and innovative techniques that he applies to his photographs. For some effects he even uses acid:

If you enjoy some abstraction in your photography make sure and check out my post on Marco Breuer. Breuer uses some of the same methods of destroying the image as Brandt including burning.



Artist of the moment……..Laura Owens


Laura Owens is an American painter who works as an abstract and representational painter. Laura Owens was born in Euclid, Ohio in the year 1970. The artist also produces collages and is an active printmaker.

Owens attended the Skowhegan School of Art located in Maine. She also earned a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. The artist also went on to earn a M.F.A. from the California Institute for the Arts located in Valencia.

The artist is now based out of Los Angeles, California.

For inspiration the artist looks to embroidery patterns and landscape painters of the East including Japan and China.

In this clip we view a show featuring Laura Owens that took place in 2013:

The artist works in many mediums including oils, watercolors, acrylics, and pastels.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $350,000.

Below a link to the website of Laura Owens:

Laura Owens has mastered the art of design and its apparent in both her abstract and more representational works. Her landscapes remind me of contemporary artist Julian Opie. Opie has a similar design in his landscape works and often will add a digital element such as moving water or flowers in his work.

Below we  explore printmaking with Laura Owens:

Her work also reminds me of artist James Havard. Havard was one of the first artists to explore abstract illusionism. This is where an objects floats in space above other abstract elements, but with one object casting a reflection. We can always expect a unique design idea and wonderful execution by Laura Owens.



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