Posts Tagged ‘canadian’

Artist of the moment………Gerry Marks

 

 

Gerry Marks is a Northwest Coast artist representing the Haida nation. Gerry Marks was born in 1949 and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. Marks works a printmaker and jewelry artist.

Marks attended the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art. The school is located in the historical village of Ksan at Hazelton.

The artist began to explore his heritage after seeing some works by his grandfather whose name was John Marks. John Marks was a  highly respected metal smith and maker of fine jewelry.

Price range information: No pricing on prints. Jewelry ranges between $1,000 and $35,000 Canadian dollars.

Marks is part of many permanent museum collections across Canada including the Royal British Columbia Museum located in Victoria, British Columbia.

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Artist of the moment……..Gary Taxali

 

Gary Taxali is a contemporary artist and illustrator from Toronto, Canada renown for his cartoon style that brings to mind the commercial themed pop art masters of the 1960s such as Lichtenstein and Warhol.

Taxali has a reputation for great fashion sense. Here we check out pocket square art made by Gary Taxali:

Gary Taxali was born in Chandigarh, India in the year 1968. He was raised in Toronto, Canada. Taxali attended the Ontario College of Art.

Below a great interview with Gary Taxali:

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Taxali reminds of American painter Tim Liddy. Liddy paints imaginary game boards and boxes, and his faces and figures have the same retro comic book style.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.garytaxali.com/

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Artist of the moment………Qavavau Manumie

 

Qavavau Manumie is a contemporary Inuit artist renown for his drawings of animals and people. Qavavau Manumie was born in Brandon, Manitoba in the year 1958.

The artist is now based out of Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada.

His first solo exhibition took place in 2008. In this clip we view a show featuring Manumie that took place in 2012:

Manumie was one of the featured artist in the 2015 Cape Dorset print calendar.

Below a great interview with the artist:

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I enjoy the Pop art aspect of Manumie’s art. Though he works with traditional Inuit motifs, the artist also pays homage to modern items such as stiletto high heeled shoes. From a design aspect, his work is similar in composition to Kenjuak Ashevak.

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Artist of the moment……….Napachie Sharky

 

Napachie Sharky is an Inuit sculptor born in Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1971.

His father and grandfather both drowned to death in 1979. His mother is also an artist, Ragee Killiktee.

The artist has a brother already profiled here, Toonoo Sharky, who is also an accomplished artist.

Napachie Sharky carves a wide range of subjects including Inuit people on motorcycles and snowmobiles. Sharky is best known for his work featuring birds. Most of the works completed by the artist use serpentine stone.

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Napachie Sharky comes from another very artistic Inuit family. Its interesting that Napachie and his brother Toonoo Sharky both specialize in wildlife and birds, but Napachie’s birds are much more subtle in their captured behavior.

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Artist of the moment……….Street artist I-Heart

 

I-Heart is a street artist based out of Vancouver, British Columbia with a style similar to Banksy. The artist, like Banksy, prefers to remain anonymous.

I-Heart enjoys making statements about social media in art.

The artist has made famous works around Vancouver including a mural in Stanley Park, the second largest park in North America behind New York’s Central Park.

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The artist Banksy is also a fan of I-Heart. Bansky shared an image the mural in Stanley Park on his website and it went viral. With the work I-Heart wanted to show how connected but yet disconnected we are now thanks to the Internet and Smart Phones.

Below a brief interview with I-Heart:

I think Andy Warhol would be a huge fan of I-Heart for the way the artist incorporates mass social media in his work.

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Artist of the moment………..Rande Cook

 

Rande Cook is a contemporary First Nations artist whose style blends classic native design innovative color and shapes. Rande Cook was born in Alert Bay which is located on Vancouver Island, Canada in the year 1977.

In this clip a brief interview with Rande Cook:

Cook works as a printmaker, painter, sculptor. Cook is also an outstanding jewelry designer.

Rande Cook represents the Kwakwaka’wakw people of the First Nations people.

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The artist now lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Cook has been inspired by other First Nations artist including Beau Dick, Don Yeomans, Susan Point, and Richard Hunt. The artist served as an apprentice to First Nations artist John Livingston. Cook gives Livingston a great deal of credit for teaching him carving and giving him a basis in the design of First Nations art.

Cook is a great example of the more modernist style of First Nations art we find in younger artists. The traditional dominant colors of black and red are used by Cook his art, but with the addition of bright colors including fantastic blues and yellows the viewer eye moves around the picture space constantly seeing a new image and unique color combinations not found in more traditional First Nations art.

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Artist of the moment……….Wanda Koop

 

 

Wanda Koop is a Canadian painter of the landscape in a modernist style. Wanda Koop was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in the year 1951. The artist was raised and still resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The artist attended college at the University of Manitoba located in Winnipeg.

Koop works in other mediums including video art. For her paintings most works are made with acrylics.

Koop was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2005.

In this clip from Waddington’s Auction House of Canada, where so many of the Inuit auctions take place, we view a wonderful signature work from 2007 that sells for more than $26,000 at auction:

 

Koop has multiple works in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. Her works are also in museums in Iceland and China.

Below a link to the website of Wanda Koop:

http://www.wandakoop.com/studio/work.htm

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Koop is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Below a brief interview with the artist:

This artist is great because she does a great job in trying to give her local community as much art as possible. She opened a place called Art City where people of any age can go and receive free art instruction. Art City is located in Winnipeg.

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Artist of the moment………..Rupert Scow

 

Rupert Scow was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada in the year 1957. Scow comes from a family tree full of artists including Mungo Martin. Scow represents the Kwakwaka’wakw of the First Nations Tribes.

The artist attended the Native Education College located Vancouver, British Columbia.

Scow works mainly as a carver of masks and totem poles. He has studied with many artists profiled here including Wayne Alfred.

What I enjoy most about this artist is his great use of color. Where as many masks seem to use the traditional black and red, Scows works stands out in a gallery with his great use of color and the unique and very expressive masks he produces. His characters have very individual expressions, its as if he has captured the spirit of someone rather than a likeness.

From the Museum of Anthropology a brief segment on the artist:

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Artist of the moment……Carol Young Bagshaw

 

Carol Young Bagshaw is a Haida artist renown for her carving skills. Carol Young Bagshaw was born Carol Young in the year 1953.

The artist represents the Eagle Clan.

What I enjoy most about this artist is her statement ,” Art gives my life meaning and purpose.” What a great artistic statement!

The artist is attending the Freda Diesing School of NorthWest Coast Art located in Terrace, British Columbia. She has won awards for being a great mature artist. Someone older than the normal student who shows great promise in becoming a professional artist.

She is renown for her carvings of various sizes. In 2000 she began to carve small figures, bowls, and canoes. Now masks are her favorite subject matter. The artist has enjoyed a life long love of working with the figure.

She usually works on a few masks at a time.

An image of a traditional First Nations woman is being used by the country of Canada for use on a coin that can be purchased in silver or gold.

Carol Young Bagshaw is based out of Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of Carol Young Bagshaw:

http://carolyoung.ca/

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Artist of the moment……….Freda Diesing

 

I am sure the name Freda Diesing is familiar if you visit this site often. Many First Nations artists have attended this wonderful institution.

Freda Diesing was also a fantastic Haida artist in her right born in Price Rupert, British Columbia in the year 1925 . Diesing attended the Vancouver School of Art and also the Gitanmasx School of Northwest Coast Indian Art. Whilst at Gitanmaax Diesing was able to learn from First Nations Master artists Tony Hunt and Robert Davidson.

Diesing worked as a carver of masks, bowls, and totem poles. The artist also produced prints.

Though a great artist in the 1960s, she flourished in the 1980s by being included in a touring art exhibition sponsored by the Royal British Columbia Museum.

In the Haida culture, her name translates to “magical little woman.”

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In 2006 Northwest Community College created the School of Northwest Coast art that bears her name. It is located in Terrence, British Columbia.

She began carving at 42 years of age.

Freda Diesing passed away in 2002.

In this clip some works by student’s at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. These artists will soon be responsible for carrying on the First Nations style of art:

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