Posts Tagged ‘cleveland institute of art’

Artist of the moment……….Joe Bluhm


As a huge fan of caricature artists lets check out one of the best in Joe Bluhm. Having done caricature in front of large crowds Joe Bluhm always got the nod from fellow artists for being the most creative and boldest artist in the chair.

Joe Bluhm was born in the year. Bluhm attended the Cleveland Institute of the Arts.

Below a short bio on Joe Bluhm:

In some cases you may see an artist can stretch or pull a feature from the comfort of their studio, but Joe Bluhm would push features to the maximum in his live caricature work. Bluhm is also a highly talented painter.

What I enjoy most about his technique is his ability to capture hair, especially short hair which can be tricky. Bluhm does a wonderful job at creating various small shapes rather than just leave a flat shape and tone for the hair. He also creates wonderful eyes.

Bluhm now works as a storyboard artist but he got his start drawing caricatures. In this clip we see him at work and some customers who don’t appreciate his skill at nailing their likeness!:

Adding my two cents as a caricature artist. The best way you can get experience is to go to a destination city and work their for a season. Bluhm was able to master his caricature by working in such destinations as Orlando, Florida. Las Vegas is another great destination for this opportunity. Its great because of the different types of people to be drawn.

One company that provides opportunities to caricature artists is

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Below a link to the great website of Joe Bluhm. Many great nuggets of information here!:

Bluhm now works as a storyboard illustrator and concept artist for Moonbot Studios based out of Louisiana.



Artist of the moment………..Ann Toebbe




Ann Toebbe is a wonderful mixed media artist working with interiors in a flat style. Anne Toebbe was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1974. Toebbe is both a painter and collage artist.

Ann Toebbe attended many of the best art colleges in the country including Parson’s School of Design and earned a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Toebbe went on to earn a MFA from Yale University.

What I enjoy most about the work of Ann Toebbe is her ability to change perspective viewpoints. Toebbe does a wonderful job at exercising her artistic license to make a wonderful work of art that is reminds me of the whimsical realism of  great Disney master artists of yesteryear.

The artist is based out of Chicago, Illinois.

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A link to the website of Anne Toebbe:



Artist of the moment……….John Opper

John Opper was an American painter associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement. John Opper was born in the year 1908.

For his artistic education Opper attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Chicago Academy of Art. Whilst in school and at the beginning years of his career Opper worked in a realist style. Opper began working in an abstract style after studying with famed painter Hans Hoffmann.

The artist was the recipient of many fellowships and grants including the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim fellowship.

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Opper was a long tenured professor at New York University.

John Opper passed away in 1964.

I enjoy Opper’s work with the vertical stripes the best! Opper thought that the 1930s was a great time for American art. With programs like the Works Progress Administration it made other artists get together and the whole artistic community was buzzing.


Artist of the moment… floral artist Gary Bukovnik…

Gary Bukovnik is an American realist painter renown his watercolor paintings of flowers done an a large scale. Gary Bukovnik was born in Cleveland, Ohio in the year 1947. Bukovnik attended the Cleveland Institute of Art.

The artist is also an avid printmaker.

Bukovnik has published books of his artwork. To see some of his monotypes and lithographs I recommend his book titled Flowers.

The artist recently has applied his technique to sculpting. Maybe he was inspired by the floral sculptures of Jeff Koons!

Bukovnik is based out of San Francisco, California.

Below is a short documentary on the artist:

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Below a link to the website of the artist:

What a great use of color and composition. His flowers don’t seem rigid, but rather slightly moving in a breeze. The artist often works from life, as opposed to someone who works with a projected image such as Joseph Raffael or Mickalane Thomas. Bukovnik is an excellent draftsman.