Posts Tagged ‘commercial artist’

Artist of the moment…..Charles Fazzino

Charles Fazzino is a world renown artist that is known for drawing a kind of 3 dimensional pop up ad. Fazzino was born in Finland in the year 1955.  His mother was a sculptor and father a shoe designer. Fazzino had his  first solo show for the public was in 1971.

price range information: Prints available from $500 to $5,000.

For his collegiate education Fazzino attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, New York.

Among the hardest working illustrators in the world his art has been sought after by many corporations and public events such as the Super Bowl, the Grammy Awards, and the Major League Baseball All Star Game.

He considers it part of his job to insert some pop culture in his art, giving a very accurate portrayal of current culture.

Fazzoni most collected works are his three dimensional silkscreen prints. He first showed this work in New York in 1980. He first started to work in this method by taking a class at a local art store.

In this clip we visit the studio of Charles Fazzino.

Here is a link to the Youtube channel of Charles Fazzino:

This artist is reminds me of my childhood in the 1980s! Driving across the country on Route 66 and other parts of the midwest and stopping at new cities to me that I had only seen on a map. With the advent of google.maps and such its possible that the average person might not truly appreciate the skill involved in mixing pop culture and the local identity of an area with a map.


Artist of the moment…….David Klein

In this clip see some works dealing with the jet age and TWA. Klein and other TWA artists are shown.

A small gallery featuring Klein’s TWA works.

David Klein was a highly successful artist known in particular for his commercial advertising works with the old TWA or Trans-World Airline. David Klein was born in El Paso,  Texas in the year 1918. In addition to the work with TWA Klein worked an illustrator for Hollywood set designs, Broadway musicals, and even the United States Army.

In addition to serving and producing illustrations in the armed forces, Klein also did paintings for a series about the United States Air Force. The series is named the Air Force Art Collection.

For his collegiate studies Klein attended the Art Center College of Design.

Klein’s medium of choice was watercolour. He was an active member in the California Watercolor Society.

For most of his working career was based out of Los Angeles, where he worked with Hollywood movies. The artist also resided in New York for a long period of time where he worked on Broadway producing many posters for the various Broadway shows.

Klein’s most renown work was with the beginning of the Jet Age. The viewer, through David Klein’s work, was able be transported to various locales such as San Francisco, California and even the great state of Hawaii. Its hard to imagine that not everyone had a camera at their fingertips. Also many photographs were in black and white whereas Klein had remarkable sense of color, helping to create vivid images of faraway destinations.

David Klein is included in the Museum of Modern Art in New York’s poster collection for a piece he did on times square.

In 2006 Orbitz reintroduced some of Klein’s jet age work, giving him more national recognition.

I first became aware of the artist via some auctions of the artist’s famed posters. The TWA Times Square piece sold for $6,000 in 2009. Many works are priced 1,000 to 7,000, these are posters! The highest price ever recorded for a poster/ print by David Klein  was on April 18 of 2013, at Christie’s for $9,944.

David Klein passed away in 2005 at the age of 87 years old.

Artist of the moment……..Josh Agle also known as Shag….

I am quite sure most readers of this blog pay attention to art everywhere and have seen works by Josh Agle, who signs his work Shag. Josh Agle was born in Los Angeles, California in the year  1962.  I love the modern looking design of his interior paintings. Another subject the artist likes to work with is cats. Similar to women painted by the artist, both the cats and ladies have very large emotional eyes with slender curving lines making the shape of their bodies.

First solo exhibition in 1997.

The artist is highly successful as a commercial artists working not only with prints and painting but also designing sculptures like the one below.


He has designed a large amount of record and CD covers, another place you might have seen Shag’s work before.

A link for the artist’s own personal website:

In this clip we visit a show for the artist.

In this clip we visit the artist at his home and studio which are one in the same, in Orange County California.

A great interview with Shag  from Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York city.

Here is a link to the very latest works by Shag. One impressive scene looks to be a party given at Andy Warhol’s silver factory. The party goers are having a great time and Andy is standing in the background taking it all in!  Andy is standing in front of the second pole from the right. Everyone else is partying like its 1999!  How about the 2 Marilyns on the wall also by Warhol.


More great pictures like the one above here!

Price range information: Sorry none available for individual works.

I enjoy this artist more and more with each new series. As a huge Warhol fan I am looking to exploring his new paintings. Its very interesting to see how the artist Shag has interpreted 1960’s and 1970’s groups like the Velvet Underground and the famous screen tests that included such great personalities as Bob Dylan and Salvadore Dali.


Artist of the moment…..Frank Serrano Plein Air Master….

The artist was born in 1967 and is known for his coastal plein aire works. He paints mainly oils on board.

Serrano has produced a dvd taking the viewer on a journey as he creates a live master piece. This is a short preview from the dvd.

Attending the Richard Schmid Art auction yesterday this piece and the work by Mary Garrish impressed me the most as far as landscapes. Great colour and brushwork in both. Both used great combinations of warm and cool greys to give a wonderful atmospheric sense.

If you are looking to start an art collection or find a very well priced piece of art, look no further than this artist or other plein air painters such as Camille Przewodek, William Wray, or Michael Lynch. Many times you can find smaller gems for right around one thousand dollars.

Serrano grew up in Los Angeles, California. He enjoyed to draw the wildlife he saw on tv shows like National Geographic with Lorne Greene.

In 1990 he decided to pursue fine art painting and give up his highly successful commercial career.

He now has many commercial and private art clients who line up to purchase his paintings and illustrations.

The artist has worked with the Walt Disney Company. He has trained artist to hone their plein air skills and become better at painting background and wildlife images.
Serrano also has taught at the Disney Academy in Burbank, California.

In 2003 he had a book printed by the well known company Walter Foster. I imagine if you are reading this blog you must have some of these great books that are great for both intermediate and beginner skill levels who want to improve at painting landscapes from life.

He is known for painting the hazy air quality that is sometimes prevalent in the Northwest or the coast.

This guy loves to paint out of doors and says it enriches his life. His paintings don’t capture every individual tree, rock, or blade of grass but they sure do capture the emotion of the moment. Serrano is a master at capturing the movement of water. As it moves along the ground and as the waves crash against each other waves as well as rocks  to create a foggy dense air type  of feeling.

This artist has done it all from writing a book, to teaching workshops, and making a DVD.

Low price range: 8 by 8 or 7 by 9 for $1500

High range price: 16 by 20 from $3800 to $4500

Serrano is a member of the California Art Club.

Online and landbased gallery: Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara, California.

Link to the artist’s website:
Get out there and paint something in plein air in only one session. Take a hint from this artist and don’t let the painting surface be larger than say 9 by 12 so that you can work quickly and finish it entirely on location!

Happy painting!