Posts Tagged ‘contemporary art’

Artist of the moment……….Seema Kohli



Seema Kohli is a contemporary Indian painter renown for her work with the face and figure. Seema Kohli was born in the year 1960.

The artist attended college in New Delhi, India at South Delhi Polytech and Delhi University.

Kohli’s work deals with the thoughts and dreams of women.

Below a brief clip about the life of Seema Kohli:

Kohli enjoys working with mixed mediums and many works include gold and silver leaf.

The artist is based out of New Delhi, India.

In this clip we visit the artist’s studio and watch her in action:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Kohli has a wonderful sense of design and use of color. What is most impressive about her work is what she leaves out. Without spending time on details like the face, the viewer is left to imagine what the character looks like. I find her work very spiritual.



Artist of the moment…….Damian Ortegá



Damian Ortegá is a contemporary artist renown for his large installations, photography, and video art. Damian Ortegá was born in Mexico City, Mexico in the year 1967.

Ortegá spent time as a political cartoonist. This shows up in his skill for finding unique patterns and shapes in his designs.

The artist studied in the atelier of famed Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco.

In this clip we view a work by Damian Ortega with the title ,” Controller of the Universe” The show began in late 2014:

Ortegá is based out of Mexico City, Mexico and also Berlin, Germany.

Price range information: Photographs can be found between $10,000 and $25,000. No pricing available for sculpture works.

Below we visit a show featuring Damian Ortegá that took place in 2009:

His large works that show items that are dissected take me back to the days of my childhood. Before “You tube” and the Do It Yourself network a person was to assemble something complex from a drawing/ painting that looked exactly like one of these installations. Very creative!



Artist of the moment………..Brendan Monroe


Brendan Monroe is a contemporary American artist renown for his unique paintings of the figure. Brendan Monroe was born in California. Monroe attended the Art Center College of Design located in Pasadena, California.

The artist also works as a sculptor. Monroe also takes on illustration commissions. The artist enjoys challenging himself by learning a new medium.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

Monroe has also participated in many street art festivals. Here we check out a wonderful work he painted in San Francisco, California in 2014:

The artist is based out of Oakland, California.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

I enjoy the work of this artist for his ability to create a great sense of movement and flow through the canvas.


Post number 2,300! ……….Artist Linda Herritt



Linda Herritt is a contemporary artist renown for her mixed media works, drawings, paintings, and installations. Herritt attended college at Ohio State University at Columbus earning a B.F.A. The artist went to earn an M.F.A.  from the University of Montana located in Missoula.

The artist is a professor at Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences located in New York City.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view a show featuring the work of Linda Herritt and another artist Elana Herzog with our friend James Kalm:

Below a link to the website of Linda Herritt:

Herritt has won many prestigious fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Pollack- Krasner Foundation.

I enjoy the artist’s creativity in designing an exiting shape for overall design of her text. Some other artists working with text include Denis Brown, Robert Cottingham, and Stephen Powers. I find Herritt’s work reminds me of French street artist Tilt. Tilt will use a graffiti type lettering to build up three dimensional images.



Artist of the moment…..Qiu Zhijie

Qiu Zhijie was born in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, China in the year 1969 and is a photographer, painter, printmaker, calligraphy writer, and installation artist.

A major theme of the artist’s photography work has to do with the overwhelming age of consumerism that now exists in China. In the gallery above you can view two images of this successful series, they are self portraits of the artist. Some times covered with writings or codes to symbolize that the individuality of human desire has been exchanged for a culture in which everyone wants the same few things. This series was titled “Tattoos.”

The artist has written several books dealing with art theory.

An interview with Qiu Zhijie from 2011. The interview is in Chinese with English subtitles:

The artist is currently a professor at the School of Inter-media Art of the Chinese Art Academy.

For his artistic education the artist earned a degree in printmaking from the National Academy of Fine Arts located in Zhejiang, Hangzhou.

Based out of Beijing, China.

In this clip we see a multi media work that incorporates text and a message about the virus that causes A.I.D.S.

Started exhibiting his work in 1992 with a very successful show in Hong Kong.

First solo show in the United States was in 2007.


Artist of the moment….Luc Tuymans

Luc Tuymans is a wonderful contemporary artist born in Mortsel, Belgium  in the year 1958. Tuymans makes references to international events that have been on the news and in the papers. He works with oils on canvas with references to photographs.

As for paint quality and color, his work is very dull and greyed out, it reminds me of the way watercolor sometimes looks brilliant when fresh, then the paint dries and sometimes the color goes away.

For his collegiate education Tuymans attended the National School for the Visual Arts in Brussels and the Koninkliijke Academy in Antwerp. He was studying the fine arts at these colleges that switched his major to art history finishing up at Vriije University in Brussels.

price range information: The artist has broken the one million dollar mark at auction with a the sale of Mwana Kitoka for $1.4 million. Below is this painting:


His wife is an artist from Venezuela named Carla Arocha. Below an example of her work, she works mainly in acrylics as in this example:


In this clip from the Tate Shots series we visit the artist in his hometown of Antwerp, Belgium:

In this clip we visit a gallery show from 2008 with the great James Kalm:

Here with the great James Kalm we visit a show featuring Luc Tuymans that took place in 2013:

Tuymans has also acted as a curator.


Artist of the moment…..Andrew Myers…

Andrew Myers is a wonderful contemporary artist known more for the medium he works in, screws! Many works by Andrew Myers have thousands of screws involved in the work. Many large portraits that involve only the head and neck can involve 8,000 to 10,000 screws!

Andrew Myers was born in Braunshweig, Germany. He grew in Spain. Andrew Myers currently resides Laguna Beach, California. For his collegiate education Myers attended the what used to be called the Art Institute of Southern California ( now called the Laguna College of Art and Design.)

A brief clip showing some images of the artist and himself at inserting his screws.

Myers spends  2 to 3 hours per day working with his screws.

The base for his work is plywood.

In this clip we see a great interview with Andrew Myers.

price range information: Sorry none available.

A link to the website of Andrew Myers:

Myers also enjoys doing fast and quick sketch work.

The artist now lives and works out of Laguna, California.

What a creative idea to create a unique work of art! Way to go Andrew Myers!


Artist of the moment……..Cai Zhisong….

This artist hails from China and is reknown for his work with the figure. He was born in Shenyang, China in 1972.

For his education the artist attended the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts earning a bachelors and masters degree.  After graduating from the university he was employed  for a decade.

Some sculptures of the artist here.


Although the artist has made a few prints, he enjoys working with sculpture materials such as glass, bronze, lead, and fiberglass.

high price range: A work done in glass was sold for $116,000.

low price range: Works done in lead can be found starting around $6,000. Prints can be found in the $2,000 to $4,000 range.


A link to the artist’s own website:

The artist is part of museum collections in China, the United States, Indonesia, Germany, Greece, and Singapore.


I enjoy this artist as his figures have a strong structural appeal. The viewer gets the feeling each work was done from life. Zhisong is a fan of the terra cotta warriors sculptred in the Qin and Han Dynasties. Its great to see the connection to the past that the artist brings to the table. Connections from the past with the sculpture, but he uses very modern materials such as fiberglass. Awesome!

The artist also has done a sculpture series working with clouds. This was the name of the piece that won acclaim at the Venice Biennale in 2011. The clouds actually rise and fall according to the surrounding weather and temperature conditions. The artist is very innovative and the viewers can walk in between the clouds as they moving up and down. A sculpture with made with much movement and life.


Zhisong has also done a series titled “Motherland,” which deals with the artist’s home country of China. He enjoys showing the world that by embracing the new technologies and with the globalization of the world, one loses a sense and pride of the things of the past of a certain culture.  For this series the artist used models that represented warriors and fighters. Instead of using terra cotta, something from the past, the artist uses glass and sometimes very thin metal. An object that has been made for thousands of years, the terra cotta soldier( these were used and placed with royalty so they would be protected in the afterlife), has been remade and given new life.  And you would think such a piece would be very heavy, but due to the fact he uses modern materials, they are indeed very light.


I enjoy this artist for his reference to the past in his artwork. And the theme of the Chinese Warrior is a classic, nice to see in something different than a work done in terra cotta or marble. The artist is very innovative and look for bright things to come from this artist who will only turn forty this year.



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Artist of the moment…….Burmese artist Min Wae Aung…..

This artist was born in Danubyu, Myanmar. Myanmar used to be known as Burma.

In 1982 he attended the State School of Fine Art located in Rangoon, Myanmar.

Min Wae Aung is perhaps the most famous living artist in Myanmar today.

A short collection of paintings by the artist set to music.

Great interview with the artist done by CNN’s Focus Asia spotlight.

Min Wae Aung was born and raised in Burma. As a child the monestary became his favorite hang out. In his paintings he creates the many monks and nuns he has seen over the years walking in groups off the page. Very contemporary composition. He paints brightly colored backgrounds that make the viewer concentrate even more so on the figures and their clothing moving through space.

Aung seldom paints the face from the front or profile positions, he concentrates on viewing the figure from behind and watching not only the shape of the individual, but the shape that the individuals make as a group. Aung enjoys the mystery these figures have since the viewer never sees the full face. Other artists who paint in a similar manner would be Willie Matthews. He paints the cowboy at angles not allowing the viewer to see the entire face clearly. Nelson Boren is another western artist who concentrates on painting the shoes and feet, leaving the rest of the image up to the viewer.

High price range:  $20,000 for a larger work, sized 40 by 50 painted in acrylics.

Low price range:  $5,000 for a small painting done in acrylics.

On line and land based gallery: Karin Weber Gallery located in Hong Kong.

The artists main output has been paintings of monks, followed by nuns. Only recently has the artist been captivated by painting the simple person from Myanmar just enjoying the simple and beauty of things around them hoping to get through another day of political turmoil.

In most paintings the figures are outlined in black. The background is made up of several hundred strokes and sometimes the background can look like an Impressionistic or Pointallist work of art.

After finding success on a world wide level the artist decided he loved and enjoyed collecting art as much as he did creating it. The majority of his collection is that of the Burmese artists that inpsired him. In my future entries we will take some time and learn about the Burmese/ Myanmar artworld.

I enjoy this artist and find his work to be very uplifting despite living in a place where most people have to curb their tongue and watch what they say about the government.



Artist of the moment…..Indian artist S.H. Raza….

The artist is perhaps the Picasso of India, having a very long and successful career as an artist. Raza was born in 1922.

A clip from a documentary on the artist.

Raza has worked in many mediums over his mulitple decade art career. He has used bronze, lithographs, gouache, oils, watercolor, and acrylics.

High price range: $3.4 million for “Saurashtra”  Acrylic painting record is $847,000.

Low price range: Lithographs start at less than one thousand dollars.

When creating his works the artist uses a variety of images taken from Indian culture, he adds dynamic color, and sometimes uses very geometric shapes that keep the viewers eye moving through out the painting.

Raza started taking drawing lessons at the age of twelve years old.  For college Raza attended the Nagpur School of Art for four years. He also attended the Sir J.J. School of Art in Bombay, India. Lastly he earned a scholarship to study at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris, France. This happened in 1950 and the artist has remained in Paris every since.

Was the first non French artist to win the Priz de la Critique. Its an award given to the best comic book produced in a certain era.

First solo show was at the age of twenty four years old. He won a silver medal from the Bombay Arts Society. This society was founded in 1888 and includes the art circle of Mumbai, India.

He first painted the landscape. Raza then moved on to painting more abstract items.
In 1947  Raza founded a group called the Bombay Progressive Art Group. This collection of artists wanted to reject the ideas of European art and its realism. The group was interested in painting more abstract works that provided feeling without realism.

By 1949 the artist had lost both parents and half of his family moved to Pakistan after the Indian partition took place.

The artist then decided to move to France and start anew. Whereas other modern artists were painting figures  Raza  explored his passion for painting landscapes surrounded by his new French environment. He even married a famous french artist named Janine Mangillot. Below is a work of hers, she was primarly an abstract painter.


Raza went to become a guest lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley.


After years of painting and selling landscapes, Raza felt a change was needed and he wanted to quit producing plastic art. He then did some more travelling and found his style. From this move he came to a Bindu statment in his works. Very expressive. In the Indian culture Bindu is both the point at which creation happens and also the point which all things become unified. This was his goal and he been very prolific in his type of painting.


I enjoy this artists work for his use of hard edges and straight lines. He uses curves and circles as well, but not as much as other contemporary artists. If I had to compare his work to an American painter it would be Frank Stella. I hope Raza can make it to one hundred years of age!


Try an abstract painting today! Loosen up and have fun with the color.




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