Posts Tagged ‘faces’

Artist of the moment……Phil Frost




Phil Frost is a contemporary American artist. The artist works with subjects and designs representing the urban culture of America. The artist enjoys working with the face and paints it in a way that incorporates tribalism and masks.

Frost is a self taught artist who began writing on walls and making graffiti.

In many works Frost includes a totem pole.

Below we visit a show that features Barry McGee, already covered on my other website, and Phil Frost. Frost’s work is shown at the 1:10 part of the clip:

His creative process includes beginning with a black and white image, and then layering colorful found images on top.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $125,000. Frost works in oils, acrylics, collage, pen and ink, and enamel with many works containing a mixture of these mediums.

We close by visiting another show featuring the work of Phil Frost:





Artist of the moment…….Street Artist Alaniz


Alaniz is a fantastic street artist from Argentina. Alaniz works with the face and figure. Alaniz was born in the Andes mountains of Argentina.

The artist is now based out of Berlin, Germany.

He began by making small paste ups but now makes very large murals using a mix of rollers and brushes.

In this clip we view Alaniz at work on a piece for the Street Art Museum located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Price range information: Sorry none available.



Artist of the moment………Robert Proch


Robert Proch is a contemporary artist renown for his Futurist depictions of the human figure. Robert Proch was born in Bydgoszcz, Poland in the year 1986. Proch works as a painter, printmaker, animator, and muralist.

Proch studied animation at the Academy of Arts located in Poznan, Poland (The nations fifth largest city). The artist is still based out of Poznan, Poland.

The artist began writing graffiti in the streets whilst he was a teenager.

A few artists that inspire Robert Proch include street artist Sat One, Francis Bacon, and Monet.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a time lapse video of a mural painted by Robert Proch:

Proch works mainly with acrylic paint.

Here we visit the OpenSpace Gallery located in Paris, France for a show featuring Robert Proch that took place in 2013:


Proch has incredible design and draftsmanship skills. His style is a blend of wonderfully drawn faces and figures from unique viewpoints that give them a Japanese animation feel.


Artist of the moment………Okudart


Okudart ,also known as Okuda, is an amazing street artist renown for his unique style of mixing the human face with geometric shapes.

Okudart’s government name is Oscar San Miguel Erice.

The artist attended school in Madrid, Spain at the Complutense University of Madrid.

In this clip we view a piece made for Movember. This is actually November, but has been renamed Movember as men are encouraged to grow facial hair to help bring aware to prostate cancer and other health issues:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view a collaborative work of Rosh333 and Okudart:

Below a link to the website:

What a great style the artist has developed. His work has so many facets of different art movements including realism, abstract, the pattern and decorations movement, and Op- Art.



Artist of the moment……..Aaron Douglas


Aaron Douglas was an African- American artist associated with the Harlem Renaissance who painted in a Modernist style. Aaron Douglas was born in Topeka, Kansas in the year 1899.

Douglas attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln earning a B.F.A. A year later he added a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Kansas.

A few years after earning his second degree the artist relocated to Harlem, New York.

Douglas was one of the most sought after illustrators of the leading African- American magazines. He even tried to start his own magazine that was to showcase the up and coming younger artists.

He spent part of 1931 in Paris, France studying art as a grant award recipient.

In this clip we find Aaron Douglas at the Nebraska Museum of Art:

Douglas started the art department at Fisk University located in Nashville, Tennessee.

In this clip we get a peak at Aaron Douglas at the easel. Some jazz music is played and I must pass on the sad news that American Jazz legend B.B. King passed away at the age of 89:

Aaron Douglas passed away in 1979 at the age of  79.

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $500,000. Douglas worked in oils, watercolors, and gouache.

Douglas was of the first African American artists to earn a degree, and surely one of the first to earn two degrees. Yet, I feel as he is under appreciated for his contributions to the art world.




Artist of the moment……..Nicholas Galanin



Nicholas Galanin is an American multiple medium artist from Alaska. Nicholas Galanin was born in Sitka, Alaska in the year 1979. The artist works as a sculptor, with video and other digital mediums, and photographer. Galanin also is a musician.

Galanin studied at the collegiate level abroad earning a B.F.A. from London Guildenhall University. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from Massey University located in New Zealand.

Below a great interview with Nicholas Galanin:

Galanin represents the Tinglit and Aleut nations.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

One series done by Galanin featured sculptures of faces made from books, sometimes using as many as 2,000 pages. In this works the end sculpture might be a mask made from a book on Tinglit history. He even created a mask using a bible.

Galanin lists photographer Ed Curtis as a major influence. Curtis was known for his black and white images of Native Americans.

Below a link  to the website of the artist:

What I enjoy most about this artist is the way he mixes cultures such as French design with First Nations masks.



Artist of the moment…………Damon Ginandes


Damon Ginandes is a remarkable mixed media artist renown for his work with the face and figure. In his mixed media works he often uses a wide ranging mix of materials including acrylics, wood, plastic, wire, and concrete.


Ginandes works as a painter, sculptor, and draftsman. He has done several installations in and around New York City featuring his ageless and anonymous faces.


Below a link to the website of the artist:

Below a great feature on the work of Damon Ginandes:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist is based out of New York City.

The artist reminds me a great deal of American artist Barry McGee. McGee also enjoys working with caricatures of very emotional and expressive human faces.


Artist of the moment………..Hans Josephsohn



Hans Josephson was a Swiss painter and sculptor renown for his work with the human face and figure. Hans Josephsohn was born in Kaliningrad, East Prussia in the year 1920.

After completing his high school education Josephsohn moved to Italy to study art on a scholarship. He left Italy due to its anti Jewish stance and relocated to Switzerland.

In Switzerland Josephson studied under renown sculptor Otto Müller.

The artist also produced wall reliefs in addition to his sculptures of the face and figure. These reliefs are very abstract in their appearance.

The artist was based out of Zurich, Switzerland for much of his career.

Hans Josephsohn passed away in 2012.

In this clip we view many works of Hans Josephsohn at the Yorkshire Sculpture Garden:

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When I view the figures of Josephson I am reminded of British sculptor Henry Moore. Though Moore’s work was more abstract, the figures that both artists produced have a wonderful presence of space, as if they have been standing or sitting in their locations for eternity.

Josephson’s sculptures of the face also remind of the Inuit artists. Like the Inuit people, Josephsohn tried to focus on the overall  emotion shown through the human figure rather than a specific part of the body such as an eye or smile.

His abstract reliefs are my favorite for their mix of innovative shapes and designs with traditional materials.







Artist of the moment……Street Artist La Mesa

Mesa or La Mesa is a Spanish street artist based out of Barcelona, Spain. Mesa works with portraits and much of his work is in black and white. With his way of capturing the face his art reminds of the street artist renown for his work with photography in black and white, J.R. He works with faces mainly, but also works with birds as a favorite subject.

In this clip many works of Mesa are shown. Here you get a selection of works other than the portraits he is renown for:

No more information on this artist but more street artists coming soon!

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Artist of the moment…….Bernard Stern

Bernard Stern was a  painter who was also a  printmaker, and sculptor who enjoyed working with the face and figure. The artist also created a large body of rather abstract works.

His lineage is more difficult to remember than most artists! Stern was British and born in Brussels, Belgium.Stern was married first to a Vietnamese princess and later to an American woman.

He lived in all of the major artistic cities at some point. London, England and Paris, France and New York City.

Bernard Stern came from a short family and he also was very short but had a great work ethic and tremendous  determination.

The artist lived an incredible life as he was born to  wealthy Jewish family in Brussels, Belgium in the year 1920. He was the only son. As his family was Jewish one day all of their possessions weren’t theirs anymore and the artist didn’t panic. He had belief in himself and turned out to be a great businessman with his lampshade painting business!

Bernard Stern was also a great businessman. He created a company that specialized in painting lampshades.

The artist did marry a princess from Vietnam. The couple had three children. The marriage ended and Stern took up painting avidly once again.

Stern was known as the man who lived life at 100,000 volts!

What a great businessman and artist! The artist also had a great collection of art. What an amazing life this artist had. It seems he had the best of everything and still wanted to create art!

Bernard Stern was killed in a car accident in France in 2002 and was killed at the age of 82 years of age.

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Stern is part of museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, France and the Museum of Modern Art located in Chicago, Illinois.

What a talented artist with a very unique lifestyle !


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