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Artist of the moment……Elizabeth Peyton….


Price range information: Peyton is very prolific as an artist and has conquered many mediums. Oils range up to $615,000.  Watercolors range from $30,000  to $130,000. Lithographs range from $2,000 to $8,000.

A great clip of the artist’s work is below.

Elizabeth Peyton was born in 1965 in the city of Danbury, Connecticut.

For her collegiate education Peyton attended the School of Visual Arts located in New York city.

Peyton’s work has a modern Pop feel to it. Similar to Warhol and other pop artists Peyton uses images that we are all familiar with at some level. A beautiful man or women in a pose from a fashion magazine. Sometimes the artist paints celebrities as well.

Her big breakthrough in the art world came with a show given in 1993. It was held at the Chelsea Hotel in New York city and featured figurative works from the 1800s. In 1995 she did some very impressive works featuring the ex-Coldplay band leader Kurt Cobain.

Currently lives and works out of New York and also Berlin, Germany.

For a period of time she was married to a fellow artist named Rirkrit Tiravanija. This artist is very modern and his recurring theme has to do with getting people together. For some gallery shows he didn’t actually have works, but rather cooked Thai foods for the gallery visitors.


In some works he makes large maps of his travels and then includes pages from his passport. I found him to be similar to Andy Warhol in his manner of gathering large groups of people, this was the idea behind Warhol’s Silver Factory, and then documenting them.

Here is an example of Tiravanija’s style of art using his passport and his travels. The couple divorced in 2004.




I try to profile many different styles of art here but its tough to get the total feel of an installation work via computer. In this clip we Tiravanija bringing people together at a wonderful art event I hope to attend someday, Art Basel.



Peyton’s work reminds me of fashion illustration layouts. She was chosen to produce prints for Parkett art magazine, and then took up printmaking as a full time artistic endeavor. I enjoy the freshness and sometimes dripping effect she has on her portraits. The fact that she uses many small glazes of oil paint gives her work a plein air quality that reminds me of master Richard Schmid.

Here is a great example of the Peyton’s  use of photographs with this painting of J.F.K. and his mother.





And we have this very unique painting of a very young Prince William.




In this clip we visit a gallery show with our beloved artistic friend James Kalm checking out the art of Elizabeth Peyton.




If I had to compare her work to another contemporary artist it would be the artist and actress Delia Brown. Brown has appeared on nationally syndicated soap operas and has built a name in the art world for her paintings which portray her and her friends living the good life in mansions and other well to do hangouts. Below is a wonderful example of Delia Brown’s style of art. You can her use of glamour and celebrity is very similar to the way Peyton uses it.


Artist of the moment….Ruth Weisberg….

Ruth Weisberg  is known for work with the human figure. Weisberg was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1942. She works in many mediums including drawing, printmaking, and installation.

Weisberg has studied art overseas in Italy at the Academia di Belle Arte in Perugia, Italy. Weisberg also earned a masters degree from the University of Michigan located in Ann Arbor.

In this clip from Otis College we see an interview with the artist and her ideas of feminism and art.

Price range information: None available.

Weisberg is part of the teaching faculty at University Southern California Roski from 1995 until 2010. Also taught at Eastern Michigan University.
The artist is part of several musuem including the Getty Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York city, the Whitney Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Weisberg enjoys painting two subjects in particular and says so in her artistic statement. One is the power and beauty of the female figure and the other is the struggle and history of the Jewish culture she was born into. She enjoys painting  “answers” to questions that people have in life.  Weisberg thinks art can be transformative and enjoys using her painting prowess to push this theme.

Whilst in Italy the artist honed her printmaking skills. She even has her ideas as to which medium can be used to best express her thoughts and ideas.  Drawing has been her favorite medium to develop and she has always enjoyed drawing throughout her career.

The artist has two children and works out of Santa Monica, California.

Weisberg has been part of more than sixty solo shows and more than 150 group exhibitions.

Her prints reminds me of the fantastic street artist named Swoon and her wheatpaste images. Below is an example of Swoon and her strong emphasis on drawing. The artist is always looking to make the world a better place via art and was involved in the rebuilding of Haiti after the terrible natural events over the past few years. Her given name is Caledonia Curry. She started out years ago as a street artist making wheatpastes all over New York city.


Here is a link to Swoon and her project in Haiti:

Weisberg also reminds me of Delia Brown, the artist and actress who often portrays herself and her friends enjoying themselves in mansions and at pool parties around California. Brown does a wonderful job at exploring high powered and fun seeking women. Below is an examle of Brown’s style of art.



Artist of the moment……Actress and artist Delia Brown…

The artist isn’t a full time actress, but played herself attending a gallery opening on the television day time drama Young and the Restless.

Hear in the artist’s own words about how she goes about creating her artwork.

Delia Brown was born in 1969 Berkeley, California. The artist now lives and works out of New York City.

High price range:  Oil painting went for $78,000. Watercolor for $10,800.

Other prices:  Graphite works from $1,000 to $5,000. Acrylics between $1,000 to $6,000. Most watercolors are around $10,000.

She has attended a few colleges in her art education. She studied at the University London, Goldsmith’s College.  Bachelors of art degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Masters from UCLA. Stepped into the national spotlight when the art world paid homage to the graduating class of UCLA in 2000.

Delia Brown is a very versatile artist working with watercolor, gouache, acrylics, and oils.

This artist certainly maximizes her skills and creativity. She got to play herself on a soap opera ( Young and Restless the clip is above!) And her character was going to an gallery opening. And her paintings, she is similar to Rembrandt in that she has painted numerous amounts of self portraits over the years. She enjoys painting herself and her friends hanging out and partying in well known places such as Beverly Hills, California.

She tries to portray an upper class lifestyle, perhaps similar to all of the reality television shows such as Housewives of Orange County or Housewives of Beverly Hills. This artist had the idea to portray this lifestyle long before it came to television. She should collect a royalty perhaps!

She is very creative and for quite sometime pursued a singing and entertainment career in the hip hop music world.

She also studied a type of acting called the  “Stanislavsky Method” of acting. It involves pouring your emotions into acting. This helps her to create her scenes and paintings with her friends. She has also done performance art, both live and thru video.

Another example of her creativity, she collaborated with actress Hollis Witherspoon and invented a fictional woman named Chelsey Green. Delia Brown makes the paintings and than Hollis acts them out.  Here is a short clip producted by Delia Brown with Hollis playing Chelsey Green.  This was  made in 2006.

This artist is so creative, I hope it inspires someone out there to try a different form of a creativity such as ceramics or better yet performance art. Other painters who also have made great performance and video works would be Kara Walker and of course Robert Kushner.

Try a different creative outlet today!