Posts Tagged ‘graphics design’

Artist of the moment………Warren Isensee



Warren Isensee is an American painter working in an Op Art style. Warren Isensee was born in Asheville, North Carolina in the year 1956. Isensee attended the University of Oklahoma where he studied architecture and graphics design.


Below we visit a show from 2010 featuring the art of Warren Isensee:

What I enjoy most about the work of Isensee is that he creates his own shapes. When looking at a Frank Stella painting or a work of Op Art with Bridget Riley the viewer sees many straight hard edges lines. By creating his edges freehand it gives his work a more artistic and free feeling.

Also his use of color is extraordinary. If I were to compare him to another artist it would be the collage master Rex Ray.

Price range information: Sorry none available.


To close we view a show from 2012:

Isensee works mainly in oils but has made some fantastic works using colored pencils.

The artist is based out of New York City.


Artist of the moment……..Acee Blue Eagle

Acee Blue Eagle was a very talented Native American artist born in 1909 in the area of Anadarko, Oklahoman.Acee Blue Eagle was associated with the Muscogee-Creek-Pawnee-Indian. For his artistic education Blue Eagle attended Bacone College located in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

The artist was a participant in the Federal Arts Program working as a mural painter. In addition he went to Europe and to the famed Oxford College of England to give guest lectures on Native American Art.

In this clip a short documentary on Acee Blue Eagle on what would have been his 104th birthday!:

Acee Blue Eagle served in the United States Army Air Corp during World War 2.

Acee Blue Eagle passed away in 1959. at the age of 51 years of age.

Price range information: Sorry none available. Blue Eagle worked with gouache and casein.

What I enjoy most about this artist is his use of line. R.C. Gorman’s work’s are similar to this artist, but for me Blue Eagle had superior drafting skills. What I enjoy is that he gives life to everything, especially the plants. Plants are made with wonderful repeating patters of circles and leaves that appear to be blowing in the wind.


Artist of the moment……..Sandor Bortnyik

Sandor Bortnyik was born in Hungary in the year 1893.

For nearly one decade Bortnyik was in charge of the Academy of Fine Arts located in Hungary. Bortnyik was well known for his graphics design. The artist was known for his work with cigarette brand marketing designs.

In this clip a wonderful montage of works by Sandor Bortnyik:

Bortnyik passed away in 1976.

price range information: Works range from $5,000 for a print to $250,000 for an original oil.


Artist of the moment…….Avinoam Noma Bar


Avinoam Noma Bar is one of my favorite artists of all time as he concentrates his art on “negative space.” You might not see the image immediately, but his work is tremendously appealing because the viewer if engaged and trying to solve the puzzle. Noma Bar was born in Israel in the year 1973. Bar is avid printmaker.

For his artistic education Bar attended the Jerusalem Academy of Art.

The artist is based out of London, England and has produced over 500 commercial illustrations in addition to multiple books about his artwork.

Price range information: Sorry none available.


If you enjoy this artist another great artist who enjoys depicting pictures in pictures is the artist Bev Doolittle. I have posted about her and is a highly sought after printmaker.


In this clip Noma Bar talks about creating artwork dealing with negative space:


Artist of the moment……Philip and Kelvin Laverne



Philip and Kelvin Laverne were a father and son team in America that produced a large amount of cabinets and tables in the 1950s until the 1970s.

Philip Laverne studied with American painter John Sloan, learning to paint in a realistic manner. Philip lived from 1908 to 1988. Philip took the lead in materials and graphics design. Kelvin the son took the lead in deciding on basic form and how a piece was finished.

Their preferred method of working was to work using acid to etch into bronze. Each work looks as if a wonderful piece of art. I know I could never sit in one, or yet alone touch it.Many of these works have a far east or Egyptian feel to them. I immediately thought of the great English painter Sir  Lawerence Alma Tadema. Both have a great sense of design for eastern culture in paintings.

Kelvin Laverne studied at the Parson’s Institute located in New York City.

In this clip we view a great acid etched coffee table that breaks the $3,000 mark at auction:

Kelvin Laverne was born in 1938.

Price range information: Most furniture works range from $3,000 to $20,000. Philip was also an oil painter and works range from $3,000 to $8,000.

Another great family of artists!




Artist of the moment…..Sonia Delaunay Terk

Sonia Delaunay Terk was renowned for helping to develop the Orphism movement. Sonia Delaunay was born in Gradizhsk, Ukraine in the year in 1885. The Orphism movement emphasized strong colour and basic geometric shapes. Her designs were used in textile industries and fabrics. The artist also worked as theater set designer.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view some oil paintings by Sonia Delaunay:

For her artistic education Sonia Delaunay attended the schools in Karlsruhe, Germany and Paris, France.

After college she worked as a designer of clothing, fabrics, and handbags.

In this clip a short montage of works by Sonia Delaunay:

The artist passed away in 1979.

Sonia Delaunay was the first living female artist to have a retrospective show at the Louvre in Paris, France.

Delaunay is part of many prominent museums including the Musee of Modern Art located in Paris, France.

Sonia Delaunay like many artists profiled here has also painted a car. Below an example of her work with the automobile in art.


If you enjoy this artist be sure and read the posts about her second husband Robert Delaunay Terk and contemporary artist Amelia Caruso, who also works geometric shapes and mainly the circle.


Artist of the moment……Rockwell Kent

Rockwell Kent was an American painter and illustrator born in 1882 in Tarrytown, New York. Kent was a highly prolific printmaker and reminds me of another American born artist named Elizabeth Catlett. Both artists enjoyed using art to promote causes they believe in. Catlett produced small pamphlets helping those with limited reading skills be able to read and communicate their ideas. Kent also painted a large body of work with landscapes as his subject. Kent painted works showing the landscapes of New York, Alaska, Vermont, and Minnesota.

The book he illustrated that garners the most attention were some limited editions of 1,000 that he made of the book Moby Dick.

He was commissioned by the United States government to paint murals on new buildings. Sometimes he would sneak in his own comments and ideas on their work in tiny letters or in Inuit syllables writing.

Kent illustrated several magazines and had many cover issues to his credit.

For his artistic education Kent studied at the Art Students League of New York City and also with private classes at ateliers. Some instructors include William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri.

Kent did work for many causes, but his feelings of sympathy for the Communist party of the Soviet Union were not always looked upon favorably. This illustration was done to raise funds for the Communist Party relief fund in 1943.


The artist also did illustrative works to promote the cause of the Spanish and their own civil war, below a great example of one of these  illustrations.


In this clip we view some reality television far better than the Kardashians or the Jersey Shore, the Antiques Roadshow. We view a guest who owns a painting by Rockwell Kent:

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to engravings and lithographs. The artist was very productive and liked to promote causes he believed in. Original oils can reach as high as $250,000.

Rockwell Kent was also elected to the National Academy of Design.

Below a short clip from a documentary made about the life of Rockwell Kent:

Rockwell Kent passed away in 1971 at the age of 88 years of age.


Artist of the moment……Bruno Munari

Bruno Munari was born in 1907 in Milan, Italy. Munari is associated with the abstract and futurist movements. The artist worked in many mediums including painting, sculpture, film, and even poetry. For design the Munari worked with many items designing espresso machines, ashtrays, and even televisions.

Another creative venture for Munari was creating children’s  books. The artist created and illustrated many children’s books over his lifetime. These books were “fun” for kids as  Munari used textures and sometimes kinectic art to get children to touch and interact with his books.

A large influence on Munari was theorist and writer  Filippo Marinetti.

At the beginning of his working career as a graphic designer.

The artist joined the second Futurist movement in Italy, but left this movement because of political dissent of the artist to the Facist movement.

Bruno Munari passed away in 1988 at the age of 90 years old.

In this clip we view a show featuring some kinetic works by Bruno Munari:

Price range information:  Works range from $3,000 to $50,000.

What fantastic geometric shapes and design by Bruno Munari in his creation of abstract works of art.