Posts Tagged ‘encaustic’

Artist of the moment……Alicia Tormey

Alicia Tormey is a wonderful mixed media artist that works with encaustics. Encaustic involves blending paint with bees wax. To develop her work she uses a blowtorch  and carving tools and puts much work and detail into each layer of work. Tormey was born the midwest United States in the mid 1960s.

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She enjoys painting the feeling of landscape, but leaves much information out of the picture and starts building other patterns and forms on top of her original shapes.

For her artistic education Tormey attended the Art Institute of Seatte, Washington.

Below some  great examples  of a mixed media work by Alicia Tormey. We get to see the blowtorch in action!

What a unique way to use the blowtorch to create art!

A mainstay at the Saatchi Galleries.


Artist of the moment…..Logan Grider

Logan Grider is a fantastic contemporary artist who blends a great sense of design with geometric and organic shapes alongside a great use of color. Logan Grider was born in 1981 in Salem, Oregon.

For his collegiate studies the artist earned a bachelors of fine art from the Chicago Institute of Art. Grider went on to earn a masters of fine arts from Yale Univeristy.

Grider is now an associate professor at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania where he teaches drawing a painting courses.

Here we visit a show at Swarthmore College. We listen to the lead curator at Swarthmore College. These works blend abstraction with modernism. Grider talks about design and color. He also talks about now making his own paintbrushes!

In this clip we visit a genre show featuring Logan Grider with our dear friend and fellow art enthusiast Logan Grider.  Logan Grider’s work is shown at 4:20 into the clip.

His work is like looking at a painting of a collage with so many varied textures and designs. His work has a great paint quality to a it as he uses wax in addition to his paints.

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Artists working with the face and figure……French crayon artist Christian Faur….

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Some works of the artist use as many as 20,000 crayons that the artist made himself.

on line and land based galleries: Kim Foster Gallery in New York City.

Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery in New York City.

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This artist was born in New York in 1968.   He is known for his work which represent three dimensional pointillism.  He first casts his own crayons, then cuts and glues them to a board. The artist now lives and works out of Ohio.

This clip from 2011 shows the artist giving a talk at the Sherrie  Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio.

Another clip this time from a Kim Foster Gallery in a New York City Gallery.

The artist in a time lapse video working on a crayon piece that took many days to finish, finished here in less than one minute’s time.

Another interesting note by the artist and part of his style is to include text in his works. He first wrote out the alphabet. He then assigned colors to each letter. As a result he cleverly inserts funny thoughts or observations on top of the work. The letters are made to stand out as they are bathing in color where as the background is more colorless and sepia toned. Similar to a photo from the mid 1800s.

In talking about what inspires the artist to work with crayons he gets excited to work just to use the sharp crayon and have fun with colors such as periwinkle or carnation pink. Colors you most likely wouldn’t be able to find in oils.  His style reminds me of when I was a kid and a great electronic artist toy was out to rival the etch-a-sketch called the light bright. I can’t recall having any sepia colors, but it came with pre planned drawings to add lights to and make the art really stand out.

He developed his own technique for casting crayons. I look forward to the day when I can view one Faur’s paintings in person. Up close very random and abstract. Maybe similar to a Chuck Close piece. The artist is gaining a world wife reputation from his artistic talents.



Artist of the moment…. Matthew Day Jackson….


I enjoy this artist’s work as he can express his feelings in many mediums. Many times using found objects and turning them into fantastic portraits.

The artist now lives in Brooklyn.  Received a BFA from University of Washington in Seattle. Masters degree from Rutgers University.

Loves to use symbols that remind the viewer of history and important times in the world.

Its refreshing to see a new outlook on the portrait and figure and the added twist of something historical in the pieces makes them even more fun to look at and ponder.

He paints, sculpts, draws, uses photography, and makes videos. What a creative genius! Much of his work is dedicated to the American Dream and the lengths people will go to accomplish this goal.

Much of the work is based on iconic imagery from the 60s and 70s.

An interview with the artist from earlier in 2011 with two commentators.

Some of the artist’s works. This clip lasts 7 minutes or so.

A one minute clip showing some art from a  piece made to look like a flyover from a war zone in 1945. What creativity!

I encourage you to try adding some encaustic or trying a new medium. This new medium may even help you to express yourself better!

Be inspired to create!

Happy Painting!