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Artist of the moment…..Photographer Horst P. Horst

Horst P. Horst was born in what is now Saxony- Anhelt, Germany in the year 1906. Horst was renown for capturing the figure in black and white film. With both males and females he used the body more as a landscape. Horst had a great eye for dynamic shapes and this is most evident in his works with the male body called triangles. He has the model contort his body to create various triangular shapes in the body.

He studied art in Hamburg, Germany and left for Paris to study with Le Corbusier, the famous architect.

Whilst in Paris he met a rich photographer that worked for Vogue magazine. Horst became his assistant.  In less than 2 years time he would publish his first photographs in Vogue magazine.

Also had a solo exhibition in 1932 that made him a household name.

A short slide show featuring photographs by Horst P. Horst.

In the mid 1940s applied for United States citizenship and served in the Army, as an Army photographer. He was able to photograph many celebrities and even American Presidents and their first ladies.

Rarely used filters. For the most part used four spotlights or less.

Last published work in Vogue was in 1991. He passed away in 1999 at the age of 93 years old.

price range information: Most prints and originals priced between $2,000 and $80,000.

A montage of photographs by Horst P. Horst.

When I look at the photographs of female dancers I am reminded of the artist Cathy Daley. Below is a great example of her signature style.



Try drawing or painting a figure with concentration on the positive and negative shapes created by arms and legs!


Artist of the moment…..Cathy Daley

The artist stands out for using sometimes only one color, black, in her works. She also sometimes works only with oil pastel, giving her works a unique layered quality. She mainly paints women.

The artist talks about her work and appears briefly starting at 2:08 into the clip. Always a great idea to hear from the artist when they talk about their work.

Cathy Daley was born in Toronto, Canada in 1955. She attended the University of Toronto for her collegiate education.

Part of the teaching faculty at the Ontario Univerisity of College and Design.

Daley works with oil pastels and sometimes uses a pastel wash in making her artwork . For her surfaces she uses vellum .

Has works in many collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Council Art Bank, The Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Tom Thompson Art Gallery.

Recently appeared in the national art magazine Art in America.

Online and land based gallery:   Newzones Art Gallery in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

No price range available.

Not much biographical information on the artist so why do I like her work?  In the interview she says she paints what it FEELS like to be a woman. I think she is dead on in this assesment. No background noise or color, just a sole figure full of spectacular curves and legs that seem to be in motion.

Many artists out there are removing color from their works. Be sure and check out Gordon McConnell who paints black and white images of western themes such as a stage coach heist at sundown. Very action packed and his works remind me of the westerns I watched growing up such as the Rifleman or Daniel Boone. Kara Walker who paints ideas having to do with slavery and freedom. Richard Hambleton, another Candadien artist best known for his silhouttes of the Marlboro Man. Annysa Ng, a great artist that makes me think of royalty, a queen perhaps. Of all the artists mentioned Ng goes into the most detail in the dress and clothing of her characters.

The term silhouette comes from the French. In the 1700s during a bad economic crisis the finance minister’s last name was silhouette. It became attached to anything done cheaply. Before a camera, having this type of art was the cheapest way to capture someone’s likeness.

My favorite paper cut artist, Hina Aoyama. She loves to do figure work, but I find her butterflies AMAZING.

Try a silhouette painting or paper cut today!