Posts Tagged ‘draftsman’

Artist of the moment…….Laurence Lowry

Laurence Lowry was born in Stretford, Lancashire in the year 1887. Lowry is renowned for his “cityscape” paintings of London and Pendlebury. Lowry’s father passed away in 1932 and then he took care of his mother. He would care for her in the day and paint after she went to sleep. ¬†For his artistic education Lowry attended the Manchester School of Art.

Lowry was also an official war artist.

After he died many nude figure works were found by the artist.

The artist had all clocks set at different times in his house. Lowry would tell visitors it was so they would not all chime at one time. But a visitor wouldn’t know the real time without wearing a watch themselves!

Lowry was an extremely private man and avoided people to a fault. Lowry kept a suitcase by his door so he could rightfully claim he was just on his way “out the door.”

 

Some critics call his work naive, but I find his figure works to be similar to the  mural painters of Mexico. Remember the wonderful workers painted by Diego Rivera and others with huge hands and feet. It showed the strength but also the duress of working in the fields and what it does to hands and feet over the years.

For instance “John” might be a size 10 shoe, but because his feet are swollen all the time he has to wear a size 12. I got the sense that the labourers of this time period worked very hard and it showed in their bodies, similar to the workers of Mexico.

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In this clip the great John Lennon sings as view Lowry’s famous works of the Industrial Parts of North- West London:

In this clip we watch as a piece showing the Picadilly Circus is being prepared for auction:

Laurence Lowry passed away in 1976.

Lowry is a great artist and sounds like he enjoyed being a hermit. The Tate Museum has held a retrospective on the artist’s career. Its also interesting the Lowry turned down two times the chance at becoming knighted. This is supposedly another record that he holds.

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Artist of the moment……..Idris Moss-Davies

Idris Moss-Davies is a remarkable Inuit artist with a great sense of design in his work. Idris Moss-Davies was born in the year 1974 on Broughton Isand. His mother is Inuit and his father is Welch. When he was young his family moved to Toronto and this is where he found his love of art. One artist he was able to learn the art of carving from was David Ruben Piqtoukun. His mother is an artist working in sculpture and fabric.

Looking at the sculptures by Moss-Davies one might think you are looking at maquettes for an animated Disney movie. The artist has a great sense of design which can be seen in the great hair drawn on the musk ox or even his women. Another tip he is a graft draftsman is that he draws many of characters from three quarter view, rather than straight on. This gives the character more depth but is harder to pull off from a technical standpoint.

The artist is now based out of Ottawa, Canada.

Price range information: Works range from $1,200 to $4,000.

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Artist of the moment….Harry Roseman..

Harry Roseman is a multi talented artist working in many mediums including drawing, painting, and sculpture. Harry Roseman was born in the year 1945 in Brooklyn, New York. For his artistic education Roseman attended Pratt Institute located in New York City. The artist work in many sizes from small works to public sized commissioned works.

His main subject is lines and some subjects include folded and bent wood and curtains.

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One work for the Met Transit system of New York City measured 71 feet in length.

Part of teaching faculty at Vassar College located in upstate New York.

I am a huge fan of the cast bronze neighborhood pictures. I had never seen a work like this. The work reminded me of the artist Matthew Cornell or Robert Kipniss, but in three dimensions.

Roseman also has a fun kind of a fun idea he started in the mid 1970s of visually and verbally keeping track of all visitors to his house. From neighbors, to religious fanatics, to the mailman he has kept track of it all for more than four decades. In this link you can see more about this idea which he started in 1971.

http://faculty2.vassar.edu/haroseman/?category_name=visitors

In this clip a brief interview with the artist:

In this clip Harry Roseman talks about a very large wall drawing/ painting:

Whilst at Pratt he met his wife, a fellow artist named Catherine Murphy. She painted the urban landscape in a very realistic manner. Below a great example of her style. She will be an entry later today.

catmurphy

 

What a productive and artistic husband and wife team!

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