Posts Tagged ‘florence’

Artist of the moment………Clet Abraham

 

Clet Abraham is a fantastic street artist renown for his contemporary interpretation of everyday street signs. His father is a famous French writer named Jean-Pierre Abraham.

The artist was born in France in the year 1966. For his collegiate studies the artist attended the Academy of Fine Arts located in Rennes, France which is in the northwest area of the country. Clet relocated to Florence, Italy in 2005 where he still resides.

In this clip a brief documentary on Clet Abraham:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a great clip showing the hilarious imagery that the artist can create out of boring everyday street signs:

Clet is an amazing artist who is not only very creative, but funny! His style blends everyday imagery with figures that remind me of modern artist Julian Opie. Very clean and simple line work but very expressive with his characters he creates. His finished works also remind of the First Nations group of artists as many times his colors in these works are red, black, and white.

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Artist of the moment……Amedeo Modigliani

 

Amedeo Modgiliani was an Italian artist renown for his Modernist style of portraying human faces. Amedeo Modigliani was born in Livorno, Tuscany, Italy in the year 1884. He worked as a painter and sculptor having modest success whilst he was alive. Modigliani’s work became highly sought after upon his death.

His family was Jewish and his great grandmother had moved to Italy as a refugee. The artist family owned many businesses over the years including lending money, education centers of learning, and mining.

The artist’s mother predicted he would become an artist when Modigliani was 11 years of age. During his childhood and teenage years he was often sick with diseases including pleurisy (the inflammation of the lining of the lungs) , typhoid fever, and tuberculosis(which would take his life before the age of 40.)

Modigliani attended the Academia de Belle Arts located in Florence, Italy. He also attended the Instituto di Belle Arti also located in Florence.

A few years after finishing college Modigliani relocated in Paris, France.

In this clip a great montage of works that show Modigliani’s style of elongating the face and figure:

Amedeo Modigliani passed away in 1920 at the age of 35 years of age from tuberculosis meningitis. The artist enjoyed drinking as well as recreational narcotics.

The artist was renown for his work with the nude female figure. Here one of his most famous nude works is discussed:

Price range information: Works range from pencil works at $40,000 to original oils such as Reclining Nude on a Blue Cushion which sold for $112 million dollars in 2012.

Modigliani’s style was often imitated but never duplicated. He was a fantastic style of painting and sculpting the female figure.

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Artist of the moment….Sandro Chia

 

Sandro Chia was born in Florence, Italy in  the year 1946. For his artistic education Chia attended the Bella Academy of Art  located in Florence. Chia’s work can be described as a social realist with a modern twist. I love his style as it reminds me of the great mural and Works Progress  Administration painters such as Diego Rivera.

Price range information: Works range from $4,0oo to $150,000. The artist creates many prints and works in watercolors, gouache, and oils.

Less than one month ago our dear art loving friend James Kalm went to a great show featuring Sandro Chia and we tag along!:

What a unique style! I enjoy the level of abstraction he uses in his figure work.

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Artist of the moment……Piero Dorazio

Piero Dorazio was born in Rome, Italy in the year 1927. Dorazio started out studying architecture but went on to become a founder of the abstract movement in Italy. He began school in 1945, at this time he also experimented with abstract painting for the first time. A main subject for the artist were ink ribbons.

Dorazio was given a scholarship to study at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. Dorazio was able to connect with the leading modern painters and bring his knowledge back to Italy where he founded galleries called “Age d’Or” representing the modernist painters of his region in Rome and Florence.

Dorazio also visited the United States for one year and met artists Rothko and Motherwell.

In this clip we see a wonderful work of fabric art made by Dorazio:

Piero Dorazio passed away in 2005.

Price range information: Dorazio worked in many mediums including oils, watercolor, plexiglass, and prints. Many works range from $5,000 to $500,000. At auction Dorazio’s work has sold for more than $4 million.

Dorazio is seen as a wonderful abstract artist, but my favorite images of his are those of the ink ribbons. The repeating pattern displayed in this work reminds of the great British Op Art master, Bridget Riley. Below an example of Bridget Riley’s art.

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