Posts Tagged ‘floral’

Artist of the moment………..Cecil Kennedy

Cecil Kennedy was a fantastic painter of floral and botanical works. Cecil Kennedy was born in Leyton, England in the year 1905. The artist also painted portraits in addition to his floral works.

Kennedy came from a large family, he was the last born of thirteen children. He served in the Second World War. At this time he became friendly with a group with Flemish painters who inspired him to begin to paint floral images.

The artist’s wife helped to arrange the flowers. The couple had a vast collection of Waterford vases which the artist incorporated in his work.

In this clip we view a great montage of works by Cecil Kennedy:

Cecil Kennedy passed away in 1997.

The artist was in high demand for his floral images. Kennedy’s work was bought by Queen Mary and even the Duke of Windsor.

One time the Queen even commented on a ladybug the artist included in a floral work. After this experience he usually painted a ladybug in every piece.

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Flowers are one of my favorite genres. Another great realist painter of the flower was Martin Johnson Heade. His white flowers are amazing to look at for their subtlety in color.



Artist of the moment…….William Gear




William Gear was a Scottish painter renown for his abstract paintings. William Gear was born in Methil, Fife, Scotland in the year 1915. His father was a coal miner.

The artist attended the Edinburgh College of Art.

Gear was called to serve for his country and joined the        . When Gear traveled he often helped to contribute to funds which helped struggling artists during the tough economic times of war.

After serving his country the artist moved to Paris and began having solo exhibitions.

The artist and was among the first in his region to employ the medium of silk screening to produce prints.

Gear also served a head of the art department at the Birmingham College of Art.

William Gear passed away in 1997.

price range information: The artist worked in watercolor, oils, inks, gouache, and mixed media with prices ranging from $5,000 to $60,000. Gear also worked as a designer of textiles.



Artist of the moment………….Mona Caron




Mona Caron is a contemporary artist renown for her murals which feature a birds eye view of the location. In addition to the view from above the artist often paints how the current location used to look, how it looks now, and how it may look in the future.

Mona Caron was born in Ticino, Switzerland. This is an Italian speaking part of the country. Her father was a theater and opera set designer.

Here we see many images of Mona Caron’s signature botanical works:

Mona Caron was born in Switzerland and briefly attended the University of Swizerland located in Zurich before moving to San Francisco, California where she attended the San Francisco Academy of Art. Caron received a B.F.A. after studying illustration.

In addition to landscapes Caron enjoys painting floral and botanical images.

An interview with Mona Caron talking about her life and art:

Below a link to the website of Mona Caron:

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If you enjoy looking at street art featuring flowers check out my post on Guy Diehl. Dyanna Hesson is another artist who paints large flowers, large but not mural size!





Artist of the moment…….Chang Yu Sanyu



Chang Yu Sanyu was a Chinese painter and printmaker born in Nanchong, Sichuan Province, China in the year 1901. His family was well respected and wealthy, the family owned and ran a silk weaving mills. The artist was home schooled by the best teachers and his father spared no expense in art lessons. His father was a respected artist who enjoyed painting animals.

Sanyu was renown for his modernist depictions of the nude and for his floral works.

China was in the midst of a government revolution in 1911 and Sanyu decided to relocate to France. Some of his classmates found Paris very expensive so his classmates moved to Berlin, Germany. Sanyu also would relocate to Berlin to be with his friends, but would return to Paris in a few short years. Whilst in Paris Sanyu attended the Academy de la Grand Chaumiere.

Sanyu spent most of his life in Europe and enjoyed moderate success as a painter and printmaker.

Chang Yu Sanyu passed away in 166.

Price range information: Works in pencil can be found starting at $10,000. Large works in oils or ink can reach 10 million dollars.




Artist of the moment…….Nancy Cawdrey


Nancy Cawdrey is a wonderful artist who works with the floral and American West genre. Nancy Cawdrey was born in 1948. Her father was a military officer and growing up she was able to experience many different cultures. For her artistic education Cawdrey studied abroad in Paris, France and also in London, England.

Cawdrey is based out of Bigfork, Montana.

Here we visit the artist at her home in Montana. The artist credits Montana for her inspiration and she often will paint in plein air in the Big Sky Country:

The artist’s work looks different than many of her peers working in the same genre, the artist works with the Asian technique painting with dye on silk and mixing colors on the painting surface. Though she is renown for her dye works, Cawdrey also paints in oils and watercolor.

Cawdrey emphasizes color and texture patterns in her work.

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In this clip we view Nancy Cawdrey at work on painting of bear:

A link to the website of Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey:

I enjoy the style of this artist. She brings new life to a centuries old genre. By mixing colors on her painting surface she is able to use color in areas such as the fur of animals or water reflections.




Artist of the moment…..James Surls


James Surls is a wonderful American artist renowned for his sculpture work with bronze and wood. His subject matter is often abstract or items from nature such as floral or botanical subjects. James Surls was born in the year 1943.

Surls attended Sam Houston State located in Houstonville, Texas earning a bachelor of fine arts degree. The artist went on to earn a masters of fine art degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

The artist is included in many public and private collections including the Guggenheim of New York City, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum located in Washington D.C.

Some works of the artist are as large as 9 feet tall.

In this clip we view a large sculpture work of a flower:

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I enjoy looking at the flowers that are so tall. A nine foot flower that is highly Surrealistic and whimsical.




Artist of the moment…….Mabuchi Toru


Mabuchi Toru was a wonderful Japanese printmaker born in Tokyo, Japan in they 1920. Toru is renowned for his work with floral imagery.

The artist’s father was an engraver and also one of the first artists to be recognized for his work with the airbrush. His father also wanted him to become an artist and Toru attended the Tokyo School of Fine Arts.

Toru was also a professor at Hiroshima University.

What I enjoy most about the artist is his technique of breaking down his wood block prints to many thin and small pieces that are made to resemble a mosaic work of art.

Mabuchi Toru passed away in 1994.

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Artist of the moment……Bruce Cohen


Bruce Cohen is a great artist who combines floral and landscapes and interior windows to make some great works of art that show a tremendous amount of depth and skill. Bruce Cohen was born in Santa Monica, California in the year 1953. Cohen produces originals and has produced prints.

For his artistic education Cohen attended U.C.L.A. and the University of California at Santa Barbara  and earned a degree from the University of California at Berkeley, California.

The artist is based out of Santa Monica.

Cohen is part of many prestigious collections including the Solomon Guggenheim Collection and the San Diego Museum of Art.

If you enjoy this artist be sure and check out the work of Daniel Sprick. I have seen many exhibitions of Sprick and he does a great job at painting flowers, my favorite the lily, mixed with wonderful interior settings. Sprick has also done many seascape paintings.

Here is a link to the website of Bruce Cohen. Its great as you can his progression as a painter and designer over the years:

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Artist of the moment…..Mary Elizabeth Price


Mary Elizabeth Price was an American Impressionist painter renown for her paintings of lush floral still life works often times working with silver and gold leaf.

Mary Elizabeth Price was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia in the year 1877. Her family were Quakers.

For her artistic education Price studied at the Pennsylvania Schoool of Industrial Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts.

For much of professional career Price was based out of New York City.

If you enjoy the work of price be sure and check out my favorite floral artist, Robert Kushner, who also paints on screens occasionally. Kushner also uses gold leaf, silver leaf, palladium leaf, and glitter in his art. Mary Price would use screens and mirrors actually made by her brother Rueben Price.

Price range information: Mary Price worked in oils and watercolors with prices ranging from $10,000 to $75,000.



Artist of the moment…….Anthony Autorino


Anthony Autorino was born in Montclair, New Jersey in the year 1937.  His parents had immigrated from Italy.  Autorino is from a group of American painters called the New Hope Impressionists. The artists has a great sense of design and color painting the still life, the figure, and landscapes with a master’s touch.

Autorino served for eight years in the United States Air Force. Whilst stationed in Paris, France Autorino decided he wanted art to be his chosen career path.

Autorino is inspired by artists of the Hudson River School. He is a big fan of George Innes.

Price range information:Sorry none available. The artist works mainly  in oils but has done works in pastel as well.

Its great to see such diversification in a painting portfolio. My favorite works of the artist are his landscapes. Autorino does a great job at capturing the atmosphere of a certain location.


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