Posts Tagged ‘insects’

Artist of the moment………….Belgium Street Artist Dzia



Dzia is a wonderful street artist from Belgium. Dzia Krank is the fictional name for this artist renown for intricate line drawings and paintings of animals and insects. Dzia earned a M.F.A. from the Royal Academy of Art located in Antwerp, Belgium.

The artist is based out of Antwerp, Belgium.

Below a link to the website of Dzia:

In addition to painting Dzia has also worked as a sculptor and even studied the art of taxidermy.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip a great selection of animals and insects painted by Dzia:

The artist is very creative and says his work is spontaneous. The end result might be something John Singer Sargent would have produced if he were a street artsist. I say this because Dzia’s works looks very loose and lively, but a tremendous amount of work and thought went into it.

What a fantastic draftsman!

If you enjoy street art dealing with animals and other creatures, be sure and check out the work of another Belgian street artist named ROA, already profiled here.


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……Ken Kalman

Ken Kalman is a wonderful sculptor who uses animals,insects, and maps as his subject matter. Ken Kalman was born in Detroit, Michigan in the year 1955. For his artistic education Kalman attended Boston University , the University of New Mexico located in Albuquerque, New Mexico earning a bachelors degree in painting. The artist also earned a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Kalman creates his artwork  out of cast aluminum and found materials.

The artist works in varied sizes from table sized works to public sized commissioned works made out of cast aluminum.

In this clip we view a show featuring the sculptures of Ken Kalman:

Kalman was also a teacher at many colleges and universities in California including the San Francisco Art Institute and Modesto Junior College.

Kalman is part of many prestigious collections including the United States Department of State located in Washington D.C. and the NBAs Milwaukee Bucks.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Its great to see insects portrayed in sculpture. Kalman has a great sense of design. Some of his sculpture animals works remind of the graphic artist Charley Harper.


Artist of the moment…..Maria Sibylla Merian

Maria Sibylla Merian was born in Frankfurt, Germany in the year 1647. Merian would go on to be a fantastic botanical illustrator and also was among the worlds first entomologists (the study of bugs.) Bugs were seen as beasts of the devil plain simple, Merian broke the mold by collecting and studying how they changed over time.  She loved to draw caterpillars as they progressed through their life span.

The artist has been included on a monetary note, the first image in the gallery.

price range information: She worked mainly in watercolour and gouache ranging fromm $4,000 to $300,000.

Born in 1647 her family was involved in the publishing industry. Her father passed away when she was only three years old. Her mother would remarry a renown artist named Jacob Marrel who would become the artist’s main mentor and teacher. Below a wonderful example of Marrel’s work:


When she was eighteen years old she married Marrel’s studio apprentice Johann Graff. He was from Nuremberg, Germany and the couple would move to this city and she continued to draw and paint and also gave lessons to the unmarried ladies of the wealthy social elite. These connections gave her access to the best gardens in the territory.

In this clip a montage of works by the artist including many of her engravings in additions to her paintings:

In 1669 the city of Amsterdam paid for her to travel abroad to South America and the country of Suriname to study the plants and insects. It was very unusual for a city to sponsor such a trip for a female artist. Merian would become famous from the books she published showing the world the wonderful botanical life that existed in these far off lands.

Maria Sibylla Merian passed away in 1717 at the age of 69 years old.

In this clip we view more works by the artist but this clip features nearly entirely paintings and no engravings:

Merian loved to study entomology and made a prolific body of work covering the illustrations of spiders, frogs, snakes, and beetles. If you enjoy bugs and butterflies be sure and check out my favorite bug artist Marc Dennis. This is an artist who even eats these exotic bugs that he paints. Very interesting!  Below work by Marc Dennis:


A link to the website of Marc Dennis:

And in this clip from Marc Dennis we watch him relax with Al Roker and cook up some bugs to eat!