Posts Tagged ‘florals’

Artist of the moment………..Street Artist Curiot


Curiot is a street artist from Mexico renown for his work with imaginary creatures. Curiot’s government name is Favio Martinez. Curiot blends his creatures with symbols from his culture including the Day of the Dead.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist is based out of Mexico City, Mexico.

In this clip we view the artist at work on many pieces:

I really enjoy the many subjects the artist puts into his work. A flower, a beast or creature, and the human figure are represented in many images. His work reminds of the Italian master Guiseppe Arcimboldo. Its amazing the diverse strokes the artist is able to paint with spray paint.

We close by taking a view the artist at work on a wonderful mural:


Artist of the moment………Mark Eberhard


Mark Eberhard is an outstanding painter of floral and bird imagery. Mark Eberhard was born in the year 1949.

Eberhard attended the University of Cincinnati earning a B.F.A. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from Yale University.

What I enjoy most about this artist is his sense of design and vivid color. Though his birds are sometimes painted as floating on water, the water doesn’t show any ripples or circles. Its just a flat shape of color. Simple but  beautiful.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the artist’s own website:

Some other great bird artists already covered include ROA the street artist from Belgium, the wonderful Charley Harper, and also Isabelle duToit.

Below Mark Eberhard talks about the National Wildlife Museum and a work bought from the artist for the museums own collection are shown:




Artist of the moment…….Morris Cole Graves

Morris Cole Graves was a wonderful painter of abstract and floral imagery. The artist dropped out of high school and worked on the seas. Graves went back to school and graduated at the age of 22 years old.

Price range information: The artist worked in many mediums including bronzes, gouache,  charcoal, tempera, oils, acrylics, and printmaking. Prices range from $5,000 to $150,000.

Graves worked on the Federal Arts Project.

The artist also painted insects and animals but is more known for his abstract and botanical works.

One repeated image the artist liked to repeat was that of a bird singing or in pain. These are realist works but I can also see some Cubist sense of design in these works as well.

Graves was drafted to serve in World War 2. He called himself a pacifist and spent 11 months in a guardhouse.

Morris Cole Graves passed away in 2001 at the age of 90 years old.


Artist of the moment……..Paul Wonner

Paul Wonner was another painter associated with the California Bay Area Figurative Movement. Paul Wonner was born in the year 1920 in Tucscon, Arizona. The artist is also associated with the abstract expressionist movement.

His partner was also a renown painter named Theophilius Brown.

Favorite themes included the male figure and floral works.

As he got older he added more definition and finished his works in a more realistic manner. I love these floral works best for their unique view points.

Paul Wonner passed away in 2008.

Price range information: The artist worked in many mediums including acrylics, casein, watercolors, gouache, oils, and lithography. Prices range from $3,000 to $300,000.

The artist is part of many prestigious collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian American Art Institute.

In this clip a great selection of works by Paul Wonner set to music:


Artist of the moment…..Inagaki Tomoo

Inagaki Tomoo was a Japanese printmaker born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1902. Like many other sosaku- hanga artists he was inspired and mentored by Koshiro Onchi and Un-ichi Hiratsuka. Tomoo was a renown printmaker working with many subjects from landscapes, animals, and florals.

For his working process Tomoo would make preliminary drawings using grid lines to make sure items were located with a great sense of design.

Inagaki Tomoo studied with print master Hamada Masuji. He also went to an art high school. After this he opened his own design studio, but this dream was interrupted by the demands of World War Two.

The artist began to have his work published in 1924 appearing in a leading arts magazine titled shi to hanga that featured sosaku- hanga artists and focused on visual arts  (printmaking in particular) and poetry.

Very few print artists during this era were able to make a living entirely from their prints. Inagaki Tomoo worked in a steel factory and also taught art at the high school art.

Tomoo is renown for his prints of animals. Tomoo was  legendary for his portrayal of cats. The artist worked with other animals, but his cats are the most renown. He began to print them in the 1950s.

Tomoo flourished the most in his career in the 1950s.

Inagaki Tomoo passed away in 1980.

Price range information: Works range from $500 to $5,000.

Love those cats!


Artist of the moment…..Marcel Dyf

Marcel Dyf was a French artist born in the year 1899 in Paris, France.  Dyf didn’t take art seriously until moving to Arles, France in 1922.  The city is renown for the many works Van Gogh painted over his career. The artist opened up his own studio.  In 1935 Dyf moved again this time to Paris, France. He started off his education with the idea of being an engineer, but gave this up to chase his dream of being a professional artist.

Marcel Dyf was a superb painter of the female figure. Dyf also enjoyed painting floral still lifes and seascapes.

Dyf also enjoyed painting and keeping flowers. He and his wife lived in a house built in the 16th century. In this clip we get some color about a floral work up for auction. The artist kept a large garden so he would always have fresh flowers to paint.

Part of the French Resistance and fought for his country in World War 2.

Dyf attended Carnegie Institute located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Obviously Marcel Dyf loved painting the female from in a very expressive and impressionistic manner. In this clip we view a montage of the artist’s work:

Marcel Dyf passed away in 1985.

price range information:  Sorry none available.


Artist of the moment……Robert Zakanitch….

Robert Zakanitch was one of two men included in the original Pattern and Decoration Movement that had its inaugural show in 1976. Robert Zakanitch was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in the year 1935.

Zakanitch is now based out of New York city. In this great clip we visit our dear friend James Kalm. For those new to this blog James Kalm is our favorite artist to attend shows with via youtube. He has great insights into art in general and on this occasion briefly interviews Robert Zakanitch starting 6 minutes into the clip.

Here see Zakanitch alongside his Pattern and Decorative movement peers. Zakanitch’s work is shown about 2 minutes in. Right after him are photographs of the floral master Robert Kushner when he used to do live performance art. Kushner is now a painter of wonderful lush floral works, but used to be known in the 1970s and 1980s for making fantastic costumes and these photographs are from those days.

price range information:  Zakanitch has worked with screenprints which can be found for less than one thousand dollars. Acrylics range $2,000 to $10,000.

Zakantich is included in many prominent museum collections such as the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art.

The artist has mainly been concerned with color over the years. He started out working with the Color Field movement than a few years later would meet artist Mary Schapiro. The two would go onto found the Pattern and Decoration movement in 1976.

A link to the artist’s own website:

In this clip we visit an author whose book was illustrated by Robert Zakanitch. Its for a program having to do with taking care of farm animals.

Its been great to see the evolution of this Pattern and Decorative painter. His works now are about so much more than repeating patterns and shapes. As James Kalm said, a more folk art look but the artist still enjoys playing with florals and other repeating shapes.


Artist of the moment….Guy Diehl

Guy Diehl is an American artist  that works with a variety of mediums and producing wonderful still life works. Not only does he sell originals, but his artwork has been featured on many tapestries and fabrics. Diehl was born in 1949 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

For his collegiate studies Diehl earned a bachelors degree at California State University Hayward. Diehl went on to earn a masters degree at San Francisco State College in California. For a short time Diehl attended Diablo Valley College, also in California.

A link to Guy Diehl’s own personal website:

In this clip we hear directly from Guy Diehl and mural project done in Davis, California. As he states, are should be part of everyone’s daily life!

Mediums used: Has worked in many mediums from cloth to painting and for painting sticks to acrylics.

Other artists that have spent a fair amount of time doing murals include Diego Rivera, Michelle Torrez. Torrez is a great painter of the figure and works in oils now. Here is an example of her contemporary artwork.

One last figure in the mural world to check out would be John Pugh. Pugh paints in a very realistic style that is meant to trick the viewers eye!

Another clip from Davis, California featuring the Davis Mural team at work giving their neighborhood a facelift featuring Guy Diehl working with his fellow neighbors! Very inspirational to see the community come together for art. He calls his work interactive storytelling.

One last clip featuring the Davis Mural Team. Just very cool!



Its great to see artists working with community members on ideas for the public. Lets hope that we can see collaboration with children and schools. A way to make them feel part of their community and also to make art part of the daily activities.



Artist of the moment….Lyuba Titovets…


What a great clip here! Watch Lyuba Titovets painting!

A show given with the artist and her husband when they had been together 20 years.


Lyuba Titovets much like her husband, enjoys painting landscapes. She also loves to paint flowers. I enjoy her bold use of color and her compositional style. In many of her floral works she goes to a great deal of effort to portray different textures. For instance the softness and delicate feel of a flower petal, the grainy feeling and texture of wooden tables, and the feeling of atmosphere that surrounds her still lifes. Very interesting and unique design with great execution.  Titovets has indeed learned to paint her “voice.”

Lyuba has been a lifelong student of art beginning when she was only five years old taking drawing classes. At the age of seven years old she was chosen to participate in an elite artist program in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Titovets continued to study art and went on to earn both a bachelors and masters degree in fine arts  from the State College located in St. Petersburg.

It was here that she met her husband Aleksander, Titovets.

Titovets has taken part in many group and solo shows in Europe, Russia, and the United States. In addition she has displayed her works of art in such locales as Westminsters Abbey in London, England. In the United States she exhibited with the Oil Painters of America.

Came to the United States with her husband in 1992.

Both artists are included in the collections of the King and Queen of Spain. Lyuba is also collected by well known actress Sophia Loren.

The artistic family is based out of El Paso, Texas. The couple has two daughters. Both artists split the daily household chores and its Lyuba who takes charge of the children on most occasions. Aleksander will take care of packing and crating of paintings.

If you do a web search you will see that both artists are incorporated out of Texas and both enjoy working on building the business.

The enjoy living the life as an artist and both support each other if some struggles come about.

If you enjoy this painting couple be sure and check out the Ivanov family whose work has appeared on the cove of American Art Collector. The husband goes by Aleksey and his wife goes by Olga, the Ivanovs. You may see them in Denver at Abend Gallery. They have even been featured on the cover of American Art Collector. Below is an example of their mixed media work.


Lyuba works in oils and also acrylics.

Price range information: Oils range from $2,500 to $8,000. No price range for oils.

Oddly enough the two even paint together on different canvases.  Enjoying the same taste in painting genres and music and the arts. Both are huge fans of classical music and the opera.

Artist of the moment…..Yasmine Esfandiary…..

The artist was born in 1955 in Tehran, Iran. She was born in Iran and now lives in France.  She attended college in Paris, France studying at the L’ecole Supierieur D’Art Graphique and Photographique. She also attended school in the United States at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Colorado Institute of Art.

First solo exhibition was in 1991 in Denver, Colorado.

The artist is very schooled in a variety of mediums.  Most of her works include acrylics, glitter, charcoal and are on both canvas and paper.

I enjoy this artist for her very unique blend of western and eastern cultures that appear in her paintings. She has been well schooled around the globe in art and her artwork shows this wonderful blend of cultures. I enjoy looking at floral scenes more than any other genre. From the highly detailed paintings that include vases and perhaps a table that Ben Schonzeit might produce. To the pictures that use the flower line as a fun inorganic shape and contrast them with other shapes. The artist has so much freedom in this more contemporary type of work because the goal isn’t to recreate an image, but rather to enjoy the shapes and colors that the flowers bring to the viewer.

Other artists celebrating the shape and colors of flowers with concentration on flat shapes and bright explosive colours would be Alicia LaChance. LaChance even uses fresco techniques in her paintings. My favorite artist working in this style of flat shapes and patterns is Robert Kushner. If you get the chance to see his works in person, DON’T PASS IT UP.  In many works he takes one flower and will paint the outline using acrylics over say a sheet of music. Then he takes his artistic liberty even further and adds glitter, gold leaf, silver leaf, mica, and many other materials finally enclosing them in muliptle layers of resin.  This resin makes the glitter appear to glow as the viewer moves about the picture.

I love flower paintings of all types, but when I look at those works that aren’t concerned with realism or depicting a certain still life arrangement, it makes me appreciate the many mediums used by the aforementioned artists and their ability to design what they think is a great pattern and design. They use the most their creativity can offer and I can imagine them painting their flowers with a smile and most importantly it seems they have a lot of fun when painting in this style and manner.


High price range: $10,000

Low price range: $5,000

Try a floral work in which you concentrate on line and color and not just painting what is right in front of you, EXPERIMENT and go FLAT!


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