Posts Tagged ‘female figure’

Artist of the moment……..Lady Aiko



Lady Aiko is an internationally renown street artist from Japan. Lady Aiko was born in Tokyo, Japan. The artist attended college at Tokyo Zokei University where she studied filmmaking and graphics design. Lady Aiko went on to earn an M.F.A. from the New School located in New York City.

After college the artist worked with Japan’s version of Andy Warhol, Takashi Murikami.

The artist has also worked with the street legend Banksy, taking pictures of the artist whilst Banksy made unauthorized installations at the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City. She has also worked with the group F.A.I.LE.

Below we check out a show by Aiko that took place at the Standard Hotel located in Los Angeles, California:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a great interview with Lady Aiko plus a studio visit!:

Although the artist Banksy calls street art a movement featuring few females some other great female street artists include Faith 47, Swoon, Maya Hayuk, and Miss Van.


We remember………..Steve Hanks


Steve Hanks was an awesome artist renown for his exquisite renderings of the female figure painted in watercolor.

I had the opportunity to view his work in person and was blown away by his use of color. Hanks was also one of the first artists I knew that painted on aquabord.

Hanks was based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico and passed away on April 21 of 2015.

Unfortunately the artist didn’t get to paint until the end. He died from cancer located in his neck. He had to quit painting due to the difficulty of his treatment.

Below a great interview with the great Steve Hanks in conjunction with the Greenwich Workshop.  We will miss you Steve, but thanks for inspiring us to paint the female figure:


Artist of the moment……..George Condo



George Condo is an contemporary American artist renown for his own style of art. George Condo was born in Concord, New Hampshire in the year 1957.

Condo attended the University of Massachusetts at Lowell where he studied art and music.

Condo refers to his style as “artificial realism.” He enjoys portraying things that don’t really exist. Condo works as a painter, printmaker, and sculptor.

The artist is a part participant of the famed Whitney Biennial.

George Condo is currently based out of New York City.

In this clip we visit Condo in his studio and he shares some of his views on painting:

Price range information: Prices range from prints starting at $10,000 to originals in oils or acrylics reaching $1.3 million.

The artist is part of many prestigious collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum,  and the Museum of Modern Art of New York City.

Below we catch up with the great James Kalm to view a show featuring works over George Condo’s lengthy career:

Condo is an amazing artist with a unique style. I enjoy the high level of abstraction he brings to his work with the figure.




Artist of the moment…..Carroll Dunham


Carroll Dunham is an American artist renown for his paintings featuring human body parts painted in bold acrylic paint.  Carroll Dunhan was born in New Haven, Connecticut in the year 1949. Dunham’s work explores many different genres including realism, surrealism, and Pop.

The artist is a prolific printmaker.

Dunham attended Trinity College located in Hartford, Connecticut.

The artist is married to famed photographer Laurie Simmons. The couple are based out of New York City, and Cornwall, Connecticut.

Dunham is the past recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Art and Guggenheim Foundations.

Price range information: Drawings can be found for $5,000. Prints start at $10,000 up to original oils which can bring $500,000.

In this clip we catch up with our friend James Kalm, and visit a show featuring the work of Carroll Dunham:

What a unique style and easily recognized brand Dunham has created for himself.



Artist of the moment………Gaston LaChaise



Gaston LaChaise was a wonderful sculptor renown for his innovative sculpture work with the female figure. Gaston LaChaise was born in Paris, France in the year 1882. His father was a furniture maker.

The artist attended the Ecole des-Beaux Arts located in Paris.

In this clip we check out a fantastic sculptor by LaChaise that he made in 1932:

The artist came to the United States in 1906. He found employment in his field of sculpting working for a company that produced military monuments.

After coming to the United States he further developed his own style of working with the female figure. The artist worked with the figure, but was also an excellent sculptor of animals due to his work with the monument company.

LaChaise passed away in 1935.

Below a clip showing many works Gaston LaChaise. The introduction of this piece is rather long and works begin at the 20 second mark:

LaChaise is part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 for a drawing and up to $300,000 for a bronze piece.

LaChaise was a master at producing the female form with all of its dramatic and lovely curves.


Artist of the moment……..Guido Argentini




Guido Argentini is a Italian photographer renown for his images of the figure. Guido Argentini was born in Florence, Italy in the year 1966.

He began college with the idea of studying medicine. He left college after three years to pursue his goal of being a professional photography.

Argentinini is now based out of Los Angeles, California.

Price range information: Works range from $8,000 to $23,000.

Below a link to the website of Guido Argentini:

In this clip we view a wonderful series of images by Guido Argentini from his “Silvereye” series.

In addition to the previous works of Silvereye Argentini has also made a book titled Shades of a Woman. A closer look at this book here:

Argentini reminds me of photographer Ruth Bernhard. Both artist’s produce very interesting images concentrating not on face and color of the female form, but rather the curves  of the figure and sometimes even the more interesting cast shadows of the female form. Argentini has brought new life to the classic ideas of how to shoot the female form.



Artist of the moment………….Harold Frank


Harold Frank was an American painter renown for his paintings of the female face and figure. Harold Frank was born in South Hampton, England in the year 1917. Frank and his family immigrated to the United States when he was four years old in 1921. The artist was considered an abstract expressionist painter.

Frank served in the United States Army.

The artist was raised in New York City. Harold Frank attended the National Academy of Design and the Pratt Institute located in New York City. Frank also attended college in Los Angeles studying at U.C.L.A. and the Chouinard Art Institute.

The artist worked in oils, acrylics, and mixed media.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Harold Frank passed away in 1995.

Artist of the moment……….Alice Pasquini


Alice Pasquini is a street artist renown for her work with the female face and figure. Alice is based out of Rome, Italy. The artist attended the Academy of Fine Art located in Rome.

Alice Pasquini was born in the year 1980.


I find the work of Alice to be similar to Swoon. Pasquini is very successful as a commercial artist and some clients include Microsoft, Nike, and Toyota.

Below we follow the artist as she works on a piece in Rome, Italy:

price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view Alice Pasquini work on a piece in Norway:

Below a link to the website of Alice Pasquini:

In her work Alice strives to capture quiet moments of our daily lives. When she portrays the female figure its seen as a strong independent figure, not as a sex symbol.


Artist of the moment……..Zalez



Zalez is a wonderful street artist based out of France renown for his works with the female figure. Zalez is a photographer and painter. The artist was born in 1985.

Zalez attended graphic design school in Montpellier, France. He also attended fine arts in Toulouse, France.

A goal of the artist is to show how the female figure and form is seen in our current culture.

Below a link to the website of the artist. The site is in French and English:

In this clip we visit the studio of artist Zalez:

Price range information: Prints can be found for most works at $50. Originals can reach as high as $10,000.

What I appreciate most about Zalez is his references to art movements of the past. He has done his own interpretations of Warhol’s Soup cans, Renaissance works, and even contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons. This is the first image in the gallery.




Artist of the moment…….Robert Nelson Markle



Robert Nelson Markle was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in the year 1936. Markle started out working with the figure in a realist manner but he is renown for his images featuring the female form painted in an abstract manner.

Whilst attending the Ontario College of Art, Markle would meet his wife. His wife became his model.

Some of the artists works in the 1960s were seized by the government for being obscene.

The artist was also a jazz musician.

Markle was also an professional writer working as a free lancer for many magazine

Robert Markle passed away in 1990 in a car accident.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist worked in many mediums including ink, tempura, acrylics, and charcoal. Robert Nelson Markle is also part of the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.




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