Posts Tagged ‘fiberglass’

Artist of the moment……..Tom Holland




Tom Holland is an American abstract artist.  Tom Holland was born in Seattle, Washington in the year 1936. Holland’s work touches many movements of art including Modernism, Abstraction, and Constructivism.

Holland attended Willamette College located in Salem, Oregon. The artist also attended the University of California at Berkeley.

The artist was given a Fulbright scholarship to study art abroad in Santiago, Chile.

Holland was also the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and the National Endowment for the Arts.

In this clip a brief interview with Tom Holland. Many work of the artist are shown:

Holland has also taught at the collegiate level at the San Francisco Art Institute.

The artist is now based out of Berkeley, California.

Holland is part of many prominent collections including the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of New York City.

Price range information: Works in oils, watercolor, acrylics, and sculpture with prices ranging from $2,000 to $20,000.


Artist of the moment………Charles Ray



Charles Ray is an American sculptor and photographer renown for his work with the figure. Charles Ray was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1953. Ray attended the University of Iowa where he earned a BFA. The artist went on to earn a MFA from Rutgers University.

One artist that Ray drew inspiration from was the Constructivist Anthony Caro.

Ray has also spent much of his career as head of the sculpture department at the University of California at Los Angeles. Ray began this post in 1981.

The artist has a wide range of styles he likes to work in from realism to minimalism. For realism he has created many works that include multiple figures and even an automobile just after it was in an accident.

Below we visit a show featuring Charles Ray that took place in 2014:

Ray has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In this clip we view an exhibition for the Charles Ray that took place at the Art Institute of Chicago:

Ray is now based out of Los Angeles, California.

Price range information: Ray’s works range from $50,000 to $750,000. He is a highly collected sculptor and photographer.



Artist of the moment………….Dewain Valentine



Dewain Valentine is an American artist renown for his minimalist style. Dewain Valentine was born in Fort Collins, Colorado in the year 1936.

The artist was inspired by modern painters including Larry Bell and Ken Price.

Many sculptures are made of fiberglass and/or resin. For subject matter Valentine often refers to skies. Valentine is sometimes associated with the Light and Space movement.

Valentine helped to develop a special resin that for the first time allowed artists to work with sculptures larger than 50 pounds. Valentine also prefers a very smooth finish, to give the appearance of being new and machine built.

Below the surface of Valentine’s work is discussed in further detail with more examples shown:

The artist is based out of Gardena, California.

Valentine is part of the collections of the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City,  and the Denver Museum of Art.

The artist is a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Price range information: Large disks by Valentine can reach the $1 million dollar mark. Smaller table top size works range from a few thousand to $35,000.

Valentine gives the viewer a wonderful combination of basic geometric shapes with cutting edge materials that he helped to invent! A wonderful example of modern art.



Artist of the moment……….Joel Morrison


Joel Morrison is an American contemporary sculptor and installation artist. Joel Morrison was born in Seattle, Washington in the year 1976. Morrison attended Central Washington University where he earned a bachelors degree in English literature.

The artist attended Central Washington University where he earned a bachelors degree in English literature.

Morrison went on to study sculpture and earn a M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University located in California. . The artist also studied abroad in France before he began his college studies in the United States.

Morrison usually casts his sculptures in steel or fiberglass. He is famous for using modern found objects in his art including bubble wrap, shopping carts, and plastic bottles.

In this clip we view a show from Hong Kong featuring Joel Morrison that took place in 2012:

The artist is now based out of Los Angeles, California.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of artist Joel Morrison:

I enjoy the high level of abstraction and also modern materials such as plastic bottles and bubble wrap used in the work of Joel Morrison. A great example of contemporary sculpture.



Artist of the moment……….Ron Davis


Ron Davis is an American painter renown for his abstract geometric shaped works. Ron Davis was born in the year 1934.

Davis attended the University of Wyoming before turning to art. He then attended the San Francisco Art Institute where he found abstract art.

The artist used mixed media in his works with many works consisting of acrylic paint, resin, and wood. Davis has a unique approach to his fiberglass works. He uses many thin layers of color that can be layered on top of each other without becoming muddy.

The way the artist builds up his layers of color is similar to that of a painter, the only exception being that when painting the artist layers color on top of color. When building his resin forms Davis adds his layers of color behind the previous layer.

The artist taught at the University of California at Irvine.

Davis is now based very close to Taos, New Mexico.

Below a short piece about Ron Davis by the Laguna Art Museum:

I find the artist reminds me most of glass master Dale Chihuly for the way he sees three dimensional forms and color.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $70,000 for sculpture works. Prints can be found between $3,000 and $9,000.

Davis is included in many prestigious collections including the Tate London and the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Ron Davis has such a wonderful style of painting. I enjoy his work for his great use of making three dimensional work on flat surface. His application of color seems loosely controlled but with a great sense of design and awesome results.

An example of his great sense of design is the fifth picture down from the top. In reality its a hand rolled zig zag cigarette.


Artist of the moment……John McCracken


John McCracken was an American minimalist artist. John McCracken was born in Berkeley, California the year 1934. The artist was a painter and sculptor.

The artist served in the United States Navy before attending the California College of Arts and Crafts located in Oakland, California.

John McCracken’s art is the first one shown in this clip of famous artists of the 1960s:

McCracken also taught at the University of California at Irvine, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas in addition to other colleges.

The artist is a past recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In this clip we visit a show from 2008 featuring the work of John McCracken:

The artist was always experimenting with new materials and was among the first artist to work with fiberglass and resin.

In this clip we view some of the artist’s signature works from the 1960s to the 2000s:

John McCracken passed away in 2011, at the age of 76.


The artist is part of many prestigious collections including the Smithsonian.

Price range information: Works range from $100,000 to $500,000 for sculpture works. Prints start at $5,000. Original watercolors and oils range from $5,000 to $20,000.

What a great example of modernist art. From his materials to his use of bright colors and simple clean shapes.



Artist of the moment……Fan Yu

Fan Yu is an awesome artist working in the medium of sculpture. Fan Yu was born in Qingdao, China in the year 1966.  The artist portrays the figure but his most renowned subject is the horse. For his sculptures he works in bronze, painted bronze, and fiberglass.

For his artistic education the artist attended the Shandong Art Institute of Art located in Jinana, Shandong, China. In addition Fan Yu studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Art located in Beijing, China.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $50,000.

I love it when artists make reference to other artists they might admire or respect. Below my favorite work from Fan Yu, it depicts the artists Marcel Duchamp playing with many birds.


In this clip we view recent works by Fan Yu:

What a wonderful style of sculpture!


Artist of the moment…..Anders Krisar…


Anders Krisar is a gifted sculptor that was born in Sweden in the year 1973. He is known for working with the torso but more for his unique mediums he uses. My favorite works in the gallery include the cast of a face, that when you look closer is made up of many drug pills. Another interesting technique is when the artist uses silicon and constructs the bodypart and ends up with a result that resembles lattice. These are done using oil paints on top of silicone and fiberglass.

A link to the artist’s own website:

Price range information: Sculptures range from $10,000 to $50,000 for sculptures. Also a renown photographer but not enough information for pricing schedule on photographs.

For his collegiate studies Krisar attended the University College of Art and Design located in Stockholm, Sweden.

Based out of Stockholm.

I love artists who have the same genre of the figure that has been painted for hundreds of years really well, or even with sculpture, some spectacular results. Krisar is great because he uses such elements that are prevalent in our society. The lattice type torsos are just wonderfully sculpted and then painted. Other sculptors that do great works with the figure would David Mach, John DeAndrea, Duane Hanson, and Maurizio Savini. Savini hails from Italy and is renown for using pink chewing in his works.  For example the work might be cast in iron, then the artist would cover it using pink chewing gum. Below an example of his art.



Artists of the moment…..The Luo Brothers…..Chinese Contemporary….


These brothers are a fantastic duo that integrate politics, social commentary, and Chinese culture into their works. The pair try to make a comment on the surge of western products and ideas into their culture.

Many times they work with idea of three young  Chinese boys growing up. The boys play with all sorts of toys that are from the highly commercialized United States and the western world.

The two were born in 1951.

A clip showing some works of the artists with a brief commentary.

The pair have worked in many mediums inlcuding fiberglass, resin, lacquer collage, hand carved wood reliefs, sculpture, ink,  oils, and acrylics.

As with other Chinese artists its very interesting to see how they portray the western world. The babies in these works are very happy and seem to be enjoying their Coca Cola products. As long as they can enjoy the products properity will rule the day.  The babies are more than happy to think about eating or drinking something as large as their bodies.

The artists were born in 1963 and 1964. Lou Wei Dong was born in 1963 in Guangxi, China. Lou Wei Gou also born in Guangxi, China. I could not find a birth date for Luo Weibing, the youngest brother. He went the Art Academy in Beijing, China.

Wei Dong attended the Guangxi Art College. Wei Gou attended the Ghanzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Both finished college in 1987.

High price range:  $366,000 for a work titled Welcome the WorldFamous Brands. Its in the gallery, the one with many chinese faces embracing western items such as Juicy Fruit, Coca- Cola, and another famous world famous American brand McDonalds.  Oil painting record is $68,000. Watercolor is $20,000. Enamel is $50,000.

Low price range: Oils for $5,000.

The brothers began to work together on artworks beginnig in 1986.

I enjoy their works as they represent what I believe many Chinese people are thinking, look at all of the products from the United States. Its interesting to think that the Chinese might see their fat babies as living the life having any material items they could want. In the new China EVERYONE will prosper rather than just the social elite.

The artists love to make shiny and glossy surfaces on their wood carvings, lacquer works, and resin sculptures. I enjoy their mix of new and old ideas representing what China could become in the current century. From a design standpoint I love the piece that sold for a record amount, Welcome World Famous Brands. The imperial red color mixed with prosperous golden color made for a strong and dynamic painting.