Posts Tagged ‘celebrities’

Artist of the moment…….Billi Kid

 

Billi Kid is an American street artist and illustrator renown for his work of famous people and celebrities. Some past works include the President of the United States, civil rights leaders in Sri Lanka, and Che Guevara. The artist often includes politics in his work.

 

In this clip Billi Kid produces an stencil of a sexy woman:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://billikid.com

The artist has worked with many nationally known brands as a product designer including the soft drink Sprite. Kid has worked with the N.B.A. on multiple occasions over the years. In this clip we view some works from an exhibition curated by Billi Kid about fine art and basketball:

Billi Kid’s artwork has graced the pages of Time magazine.

The artist has a huge appreciation for stickers and sometimes he uses ideas from sticker design in his own artwork.

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Artist of the moment……….Poteet Victory

 

Poteet Victory was born in Idabel, Oklahoma in the year 1947. Victory is renown for his very large sized paintings which are abstract but often represent real ideas and images.

His grandmother pushed him towards developing his artistic talents. When he was nearly a teenager he worked as a model for local artist Harold Stevenson. Stevenson needed a model that could handle a horse indoors. Poteet Victory grew up on a working ranch and was excellent and riding horses from a very young age.

Victory even participated in rodeos when he was a teenager. The artist rode bulls and horses.

In this clip an awesome interview with Poteet Victory. The artist talks about inspiration and how he came up with his own abstract versions of celebrities including John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and Willie Nelson:

Victory attended Oklahoma State University and after college moved to Hawaii where he started a t shirt company. He would eventually move back to the mainland United States and run a silk screen business out of Dallas, Texas. He would sell the business and move to New York City and enroll in the famed Art Student’s League. He even met Andy Warhol and the two shared their ideas on silk screen printing.

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What a wonderful style! Its also a great idea to have abstract symbols represent people. Very unique!

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Artists of the moment…….photographer Slim Aarons

Photographer Slim Aarons was born in New York City in the year 1916. Aaron was renowned for his images of the jet setting and celebrity lifestyle. Many images concentrate on having fun at the pool.

His birth name was George Allen Aarons.

After high school he joined the army as it was the time of World War 2. This was the beginning of his lifelong journey with photography.

In this clip we view his most famous work, Kings of Hollywood. You might recognize Clark Gable and Jimmy Stewart:

Slim Aarons was renowned for his images of the good life and poolside parties. In this clip we view the artist at his best with his subject of leisure activities!:

Aarons loved to make spontaneous decisions such and never used a make up artist and preferred to shoot with natural light.

Slim Aarons passed away in 2006.

price range information: Works range from $500 to $8,000.

I love the pool side compositions of this artist. Another photographer who captures the beach scene with great skill is the photographer Massimo Vitali.

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Artist of the momemt….Street Artist Bambi

Bambi is a great female street artist sometimes called the Female “Banksy!” Bambi, whose identity is kept a secret, was born in 1972. Bambi does most of her street work around London. Some of her subject are well known celebrities including Dita Von Tease, Rihanna, Liz Taylor, and Daniel Craig.

The artist works in mixed mediums including stencils, spray paint, gold leaf, and diamond dust.

Bambi was commissioned for one her signature “Warhol” like portraits by the British model Kate Moss. Reportedly she earned 50,000 euros for her efforts! Her work is high demand from international collectors.

For her artistic education the artist attended Saint Martin’s School of Art located in London, England.

In this clip we view a show featuring the works of Bambi:

In this clip Bambi appears on a hit English show titled “Four Rooms.”

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What a great artist! Its great to see more and more women on the street artist front!

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Artist of the moment…..Ronnie Woods

I am sure you associate the name Ronnie Woods with the legendary rock group the Rolling Stones, but he also a very talented painter and excellent draftsman. Ronnie Woods was born in the year 1947 in Middlesex, England. Upon looking at his work with the untainted eye of him being a celebrity, I was very impressed with his sense of design. With so much abundance of advertising and the advent of I-tunes, the artist and the public don’t pay attention to album covers as much as in years past. I love the Sargent Pepper album for the Beatles hit LP, but couldn’t tell you a cover that has blown my artistic mind since 2000.

Back in the 1960s an album was a key component to increasing album sales. Wood has a great eye for cropping the face of an artist but also for using his artistic eye to make a celebrity portrait that one can recognize easily. Wood is a great draftsman and draws the nude figure as well as he paints and draws the face.

For his artistic education Ronnie Wood attended the Ealing College of Art located in London.

One fan and collector of Ronnie Wood is former United States President Bill Clinton.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Ronnie Wood in the spring of 2013:

A link to the website showing the art of Ronnie Wood:

http://www.ronniewoodexhibition.com/ronnie-wood-exhibition-1.php

In this clip a fantastic selection of works by Ronnie Wood:

Price range information: Most works priced between $2,000 and $12,000.

What a talented artist! Other musicians who paint and have been profiled here include Tony Bennett and Bob Dylan.

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Artist of the moment……..Photographer Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz is a world famous photographer renown for her images of celebrities. Annie Leibovitz was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in the year 1949. Her father was part of the United States Air Force. Growing up Leibovitz lived in many exciting locales and began to take photographs of these locations. The first foreign country that Leibovitz shot was the Phillipines.

For her artistic education Leibotvitz attended the San Francisco Art Institute but studied painting rather than photography.

After finishing college and seeing more of the world the artist found employment with Rolling Stone magazine. Leibovitz also served as an official photographer for the band the Rolling Stones.

In the gallery above I hope you recognize some clever visual artists Andy Warhol and Christo, of the husband and wife team. The artist is wrapped as so much of their subject was wrapped in some sort of clothing. Leibovitz will photograph some item that the public might recognize as part of the celebrity, for instance Elvis Presley’s Harley Davidson motorcycle or the dark room of one of America’s most celebrated photographers, Ansel Adams. For her portraiture works Leibovitz tries to capture what the person does rather than who they appear to be on the outside.

In this clip many photographs taken by Annie Leibovitz over her career:

As a tennis fan I enjoyed this! A brief clip showing Leibovitz working with husband and wife team Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi. The viewer can see how meticulous Leibovitz is about he work.

One famous celebrity couple shot included Yoko Ono and John Lennon. The image shows Yoko Ono wrapped in clothes with John Lennon on top of her nude and kissing her. This image has been re-shot with various celebrities playing the male/ female roles.

Leibovitz worked with the Queen of England.

price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $85,000.

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Artist of the moment…..Enzo Fiore

Enzo Fiore is a contemporary realist born in Cernusco sul Naviglio, Milan, Italy in the year 1968.

For his artistic education Fiore attended the Artistic Lyceum also located in Milan, Italy.

Received a degree from the Academy of Fine Arts located in Brera, Milan.

After college he worked restoring paintings to their previous glory.

Also worked in the theater as a set designer.

In this clip we view a montage of works by Enzo Fiore. This is a great way to see his works and some close ups are shown. Important because he works with items such as twigs, leafs, and roots to build up his surfaces:

This clip is in Italian so I am unaware of what the artist said, but some more great closeups and you can see great surface texture created by the artist:

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Enzo Fiore will be a participant in Art Miami coming up in December of 2013.

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Artist of the moment……Photographer David LaChapelle

David LaChapelle is a world renown photographer born in Fairfield, Connecticut, United States in the year 1963. LaChapelle is famous for his images of international celebrities. In addition to his photography work, he also directs music videos and short films. He experienced a difficult childhood growing up in North Carolina for being homosexual. He ran away as a teenager to New York City.

LaChapelle took classes at the Art Students League of New York School of Visual Arts New York City.

In this clip we visit the Museum of Contemporary Art located in Taipai, China for a show featuring David LaChapelle.

LaChapelle returned home with his father but would return to New York City in the 1980s  where he would meet such artists as Andy Warhol. His first job in the entertainment industry was with Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. Andy told him he could do whatever he would like, just make sure the people looked good. What great direction from Andy! The celebrity shoots he did for Interview magazine would make the artist famous on an international basis.

A short interview from CBS and their Sunday morning programming with David Lachapelle:

Started exhibiting his photographic work in galleries beginning in the 1980s.

Many fine art books have been that showcase his photographic work. His work has also been featured in many national magazines including Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Vanity Fair.

One movement that influenced LaChapelle was the Baroque movement.

Made a film titled Krumped that documented the style of dance known as “krumping”  that won awards at the Sundance Film in 2004.

A link to the website of David LaChapelle:    http://www.lachapellestudio.com/

price range information: Many works priced between $10,000 and $50,000 with the high end reaching $150,000.

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Artist of the moment….Photographer Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon was an American photographer born in New York City in 1923. Avedon was renown for his photography with celebrities and also people that you wouldn’t normally associate with Fine Art photography such as mental patients. His father came from Russia and after a rough beginning in the States opened a successful retail clothing store. His mother came from a family that owned a dress manufacturing business. From a young age the artist was exposed to fashion and art.

price range information: Many works are priced between $2,000 and $6,000 to a high of $723,000 for an edition of the Beatles.

Avedon was great at capturing movement, he did this by cropping pictures.

Below a brief clip from the B.B.C.

Some other individuals the artist found interesting to capture on film were his father and his battle with cancer, mental patients, and even farmers.

Avedon was also a great writer and poet.

In the World War 2 Avedon joined the Merchant Marines. After his departure Avedon became a department store photographer. This led to employment in the fashion photography industry working with Harpers Bazaar. He would continue to mentor under Alexey Brodovitch at the New School for Social Research. The art director at Harper’s from 1944 to 1950 before eventually opening up his own studio.

In addition to Harper’s Avedon worked for Vogue and the New Yorker magazines.

In 1985 Richard Avedon was named photographer of the year by the American Society of Magazine Publishers.

Below a montage of images by Richard Avedon. Many celebrity images in this clip.

Another great montage of works.

Avedon passed away in 2004 at the age of 81 years old.

Artist of the moment….Ormand Gigli

Ormand Gigli is a world renown American photographer born in New York city in the year 1925.

price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Gigli became famous on the national scene after his celebrity images of stars from the 1950s like Sophia Loren.

He work was in magazines Life, Time, Paris Match, and Saturday Evening Post.

A link to the website of Ormond Gigli.

http://www.ormondgigli.com/

The artist also shot images of Broadway stars.

His famous image Girls in the Windows won several international photography awards. Its by far the most recognized image taken by the artist. The story behind the image is that the building was located behind the artist’s studio and was going to be demolished. Gigli then had a vision of what he wanted from the photograph. The next day he shot the image and the day after that the building was demolished. The piece involved directing 43 women how to pose!

Most of his works are taken around New York City.

Gigli is perhaps best known for one image, ” Girls in Windows.” In this clip we revisit this image. Ormond himself appears at 48 seconds into the clip.

During the 1970s and 1980s Gigli focused on using his photography for commercial advertising. He found great success in this endeavor.

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