Posts Tagged ‘figurative’

Artist of the moment………Clare Rojas

 

 

Clare Rojas is a painter of the figure and also abstract works. Clare Rojas was born in Columbus, Ohio in the year 1976. Rojas is also an avid printmaker.

For her collegiate education Rojas attended the Rhode Island School of Design located in Providence, Rhode Island earning a B.F.A. Rojas went on to earn an M.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago.

The artist is based out of San Francisco, California.

Her figurative works remind me of artist Alex Katz. My favorite works are her abstract paintings. Rojas creates shapes and uses vivid color that reminds the viewer of the majesty of hand sewn quilts.

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A great interview with the artist talking about how quilts and feminism inspire some of her work:

Rojas often works with gouache and latex on board.

In this clip we view more of the artist’s figure work:

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Artist of the moment…….Hopare

Hopare is the street artist name for Alexandre Monteiro. Monteiro was born in France in the year 1990.

Hopare is renown for his paintings of the figure which also include a great deal of abstraction.

In this clip we view a montage of works by Hopare:

The artist has had very successful exhibitions in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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For all artists who think the color black deadens a painting, the work of the artist Hopare shows how great black can be in a painting. What a great blend of fantastic colour and draftsmanship.

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Artist of the moment…….David D. Stern

David D. Stern was born in Essen, Germany in the year 1956. Stern paints the figure with a very thick impasto technique. The end result  is a figure lost in a sea of abstracted shapes.

For his artistic education Stern attended the Dusseldorf Art Academy. In addition Stern attended the F.H. Dortmund Art School located in Dortmund, Germany.

Stern moved to the United States in 1994 settling in New York City in 1995.

The artist was affected by the events of September 11, 2001 and his artistic output slowed. In recent years however Stern has been active again as a painter.

David Stern is based out of New York City.

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In this clip a brief biography on David Stern:

What a great paint surface the artist achieves. The work is both figurative and very abstract at the same time.

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Artist of the moment….Ruth Weisberg….

Ruth Weisberg  is known for work with the human figure. Weisberg was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1942. She works in many mediums including drawing, printmaking, and installation.

Weisberg has studied art overseas in Italy at the Academia di Belle Arte in Perugia, Italy. Weisberg also earned a masters degree from the University of Michigan located in Ann Arbor.

In this clip from Otis College we see an interview with the artist and her ideas of feminism and art.

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Weisberg is part of the teaching faculty at University Southern California Roski from 1995 until 2010. Also taught at Eastern Michigan University.
The artist is part of several musuem including the Getty Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York city, the Whitney Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Weisberg enjoys painting two subjects in particular and says so in her artistic statement. One is the power and beauty of the female figure and the other is the struggle and history of the Jewish culture she was born into. She enjoys painting  “answers” to questions that people have in life.  Weisberg thinks art can be transformative and enjoys using her painting prowess to push this theme.

Whilst in Italy the artist honed her printmaking skills. She even has her ideas as to which medium can be used to best express her thoughts and ideas.  Drawing has been her favorite medium to develop and she has always enjoyed drawing throughout her career.

The artist has two children and works out of Santa Monica, California.

Weisberg has been part of more than sixty solo shows and more than 150 group exhibitions.

Her prints reminds me of the fantastic street artist named Swoon and her wheatpaste images. Below is an example of Swoon and her strong emphasis on drawing. The artist is always looking to make the world a better place via art and was involved in the rebuilding of Haiti after the terrible natural events over the past few years. Her given name is Caledonia Curry. She started out years ago as a street artist making wheatpastes all over New York city.

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Here is a link to Swoon and her project in Haiti:  http://blog.konbitshelter.org/#me

Weisberg also reminds me of Delia Brown, the artist and actress who often portrays herself and her friends enjoying themselves in mansions and at pool parties around California. Brown does a wonderful job at exploring high powered and fun seeking women. Below is an examle of Brown’s style of art.

 

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