Posts Tagged ‘glass’

Artist of the moment……..Eric H. Olson



Eric H. Olson was a Swedish visual artist renown for his modernistic style. Eric Olson was born in Sweden in the year 1909. Olson was a painter and printmaker.

Olson began his art career as a landscape painter before switching to a more abstract style in the late 1930s.

Olson was among the first artists to work with light. From painting the artist went on to create works out of glass and later plexiglass.

The artist was based out of Stockholm, Sweden.

Olson worked in many mediums including painting, printmaking, sculpture, and glass. After switching to a more abstract style the artist received many commissions and many works for public places.

Eric Olson passed away in 1996.

Price range information: The artist created prints which can start at $2,000. Original sculpture works and paintings can reach as high as $20,000.




Artist of the moment……..Glass Artist Lino Tagliapietra



Lino Tagliapietra is an Italian master glass artist. Lino Tagliapietra was born in Murano, Italy in the year 1934. This area of the country is famous for producing glass since the year 1300.

When the artist was twelve years old he became an apprentice to another master glass artist named Archimede Seguso. Tagliapietra was allowed to work with glass himself at the age of fourteen.

This is my favorite clip of the day! We see the two most famous glass artists in the world, Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra. The two came together to share the knowledge of their favorite medium:

After many years of the learning the craft through his master and also by visiting the Venice Biennials and the Murano Museum of Glass, the Tagliapietra was given the title of glass master when he was 25 years old.

The artist enjoys mixing his own colors.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view Lino Tagliapietra at work at the Corning Museum of Glass:


Artist of the moment……….Dustin Yellin



Dustin Yellin is a fantastic artist who makes 3 dimensional paintings in glass using acrylic paint. Dustin Yellin was born in Los Angeles, California in the year 1975. Yellin is a painter, collage artist, and draftsman who uses combines all of these skills when making one of his 3 dimensional works.

The artist moved to New York in 1995. He supported himself by performing street art.

Yellin uses a lot of glass in each work, even the smaller ones. In his studio we visit with James Kalm the artist tells us he had 15 tons of glass in his studio at the time of Kalm’s visit. Each layer is made individually and then layered upon each other to give the work tremendous depth.

The depth is best scene in his works with trees and forests. Many of these works are made just with one color of paint.

Yellin is now based out of Brooklyn, New York.

Below a link to the website of the artist:


In this clip we visit the studio of Dustin Yellin with our art amigo James Kalm (from 2011) This clip is awesome because Mr. Kalm shoots images from the side and in front of the works so the realism and abstraction of each work is seen. :

Price range information: Sorry none available.

I enjoy the creativity of this artist. His acrylic trees are amazing! All the works in glass are so unique because they both explore the fields  of abstraction, color, and realism. A visual feast for our eyes!


Artist of the moment…..Preston Singletary


Preston Singletary was born in San Francisco, California in the year 1963. Singletary attended the Pilchuck Glass School located in Stanwood, Washington.

The artist is also part of the teaching staff at the Pilchuck School of Glass.

Preston Singletary represents the Tlingit Nation.

In this clip a short interview with Preston Singletary talking about the Tlingit culture found in his work:

The artist is included in many prominent collections including the American Institute of the National Museum of the American Indian.

Price range information: His favorite subject is a large barrel shaped basket work of blown glass with most ranging from $3,000 to $5,000. Larger masks can reach as high as $20,000.

What I enjoy most about Singletary’s masks is the fact they are made out of glass. Like a spirit appearing in the night, Preston Singletary’s work really looks its best when it is hit by light that makes the transparency and the interesting shapes come to life.

This clip was just released a few days ago, a newer updated interview with the artist. We get to see him at work on some pieces:









Artist of the moment…….Almaric Walter


Almaric Walter was a French artist renowned for his work with glass. Almaric Walter was born in Sevres, France in the year 1870. Walter is associated with both the Art Deco and Art Nouveau movements.

In this some works by Almaric Walter are shown. His works start at 30 seconds into the clip:

His first commercial art job was as a decorator of jewelry.

Walter won a prize at the World’s Fair in 1900. This was a huge step in his career. From 1919 until 1935 he operated his own glass studio where he collaborated with many artists.

He quit the company in 1935 and would eventually go blind before passing away in 1959.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

I enjoy his wide variety of subject matter in his works. Very creative!



Artist of the moment……Yutaka Sone

Yutaka Sone is a perfect artist to take a deeper look at right now, there are billions and billions of snowflakes totaling at least 8 inches of snow on ground! Yutaka Sone was born in Shizouka, Japan in the year 1965. Yutaka Sone is an accomplished painter and sculptor. The artist is best known for carving snowflakes out of crystal. The series is titled “Every snowflake has a different shape.

For his collegiate education Sone attended the Tokyo Geijusu University where he studied art and architecture.

Sone works in both graphic media and sculpture. In 2011 he carved a replica of Manhattan out of marble! This very impressive work is below!

In this clip we visit the show featuring Yukata Sone’s marble carving of Manhattan. The Manhattan work is shown towards the end of the clip.

What a multi media master! I enjoy his botanical works as much as his tremendous carving of Manhattan.

Price range information: Paintings range from $4,000 to $15,000. No prices  for works in glass such as the snowflakes. The artist can work in very large sizes similar to a totem pole. One carving of a banana tree was 25 feet long.


Artist of the moment….Nicolas Africano…

The American  artist Nicholas Africano was among the biggest names in the art world in the 1980s. Africano was born in 1948.  He came to fame by his three dimensional sculptures that were done in plaster and later in glass.

For his sculpture work he often uses his wife for his muse.

Included in prominent art collections including the Met, the Whitney,and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

As you can see in this clip, assistants cast his work in glass. Africano first sculpts the works in wax, then assistants do the work in glass. He does enjoy varying the colors of the glass to invoke certain feelings in the viewer.


Price range information: The artist’s sculptures in glass and plaster range $5,000 to $25,000.

Was first a poet, then did works of art to accompany his poetry.

This artist is very unique in that he has been forgotten by the art world and its trendy style. He has stayed true to his own vision and as a result is a reasonably priced museum quality artist.

If you read more about this artist you will find he seems to have very negative views on the world and life in general, so I will ignore those and lets just celebrate his creativity!


Artist of the moment…Emile Galle …



In this clip a gallery owner that deals in glass works by Galle gives us three examples of vases by the artist.

The same gallery owner tells us about a working table made by the artist. Its is very unique.

Emile Galle was an important icon in the art deco and home design movements in the early 1900s. Galle was also extremely well known for his medium of art expression, GLASS.  Emile Galle was born in France in the year 1848. The movement he is most associated with is the Art Nouveau movement.

Galle’s father was a producer of a fine furniture and ceramics. As a child Emile  loved to learn about plants and botany, philosophy, and drawing.

Galle moved to Meisenthal, France a region of the country well known for producing artists who were outstanding at working with glass. Glass works have been made in Meisenthal since the 1700s.

In the year 1873 he opened his own glass workshop in Nancy, France.  In 1874 the artist took control of his father’s furniture company.

1878 the artist won four gold medals at the Exposition Universelle.

In 1900 the artist won the Grand Prix prize at the Exposition Universelle.

In 1901 Emile Galle helped to start a state run school specializing in teaching artists the world of industrial  and commercial art.

Emile Galle died in 1904 at the age of  fifty eight years old.

From an artistic standpoint, the artist reminds me of John LaFarge. Both artists were highly successful in using their artistic eye to further enhancements in home furniture and ornament designs. LaFarge worked in many mediums but the one that suprised me most was that of stained glass. Here  an accurate use of color and design is absolutely necessary. An example of LaFarge’s work below. The work is titled, ” Peonies Blowing in the Wind.”


Price range info: The artist has done oils which range from $10,000 down to $500. He also has designed lamps and tables of which I couldn’t find a pricing schedule.

Early on in his career he developed two styles of glass that he worked with. Both were very high quality. One type of style was called “poems in glass.” These works took many hours to complete. His other style was still high quality enough that he was okay to attach his signature to it. This more commercial style of glass art was eventually called “industrial Galle.”  Great business is the best art as Andy Warhol used to say! Galle was certainly very clever in designing many home furnishings.

Emile passed away in 1904 and his widow took over the business. She put a star after all works made after the Galle’s death. One of his sons took over the business and ran it until it went out of business in 1936.

If you like this artist make sure and check out Art Deco artists like Romain de Tirtoff.