Posts Tagged ‘Irish’

Artist of the moment……Street Artist Maser

 

Maser is an internationally acclaimed street artist who works in a modernist style. Maser hails from the country of Ireland. He began experimenting and painting graffiti in 1995.

Maser is also adept at typography. Some other artists renown for their work with typography include Robert Cottingham, Robert Indiana, glass artist Denis Brown, and Stephen Powers.

The artist has done many collaborative works with other artists including a large work with the street artist who works with photography named JR. This work is the first image in the gallery.

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A link to the website of artist Maser:

http://maserart.com/

Maser created the work that was a three dimensional work with a nod to the famous work of Ed Ruscha’s work of the gas station. Here is the original version by Ed Ruscha.

And here we view the newer modern version of the gas station by Maser:

In this clip we view some works of Maser that showcase the Irish Republican of the 1800s named Anne Devlin:

In this clip we view a collaborative work with Maser and automobile company Volkswagen:

What a great artist and commercially successful as well. I have so much respect for those artists who study typography. The letter as art can be  quite exciting!

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Artist of the moment……..Harry Clarke

 

Harry Clarke was one of the foremost illustrators of England’s Golden Age. Harry Clarke was born in Dublin, Ireland in the year 1889 his father was an artist and enjoyed working with crafts. In addition to painting and drawing, Clarke was one of the best artists working with stained glass. He and his brother ran his father’s studio after his dad passed away.

Clarke attended Belvedere College and the Dublin School of Art where he mastered the art of working with stained glass.

One important commission that brought much fame to Clarke, were the illustrations of Edgar Allen Poe’s book “The Tales of Mystery and Imagination.”

The artist also produced great work for Jamison’s Irish Whiskey.

Here we view some of the great prints and illustrations  of Harry Clarke:

A short bio featuring stained glass works by Harry Clarke. The intro shows a few works, but most works are shown at 2:30 into the clip. You may want to skip ahead to that point!:

Sadly both brothers suffered from health problems most of their lives. Their problems could have been caused by the many chemicals they worked with whilst producing their stained glass works. Both brothers would pass away within one year of each other.

Clarke is associated with the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements.

Harry Clarke passed away in 1931.

price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $250,00o. Clarke worked in oils, watercolors, pen and ink, and gouache.

Another great artist who was not only a stained glass master artist but a master painter and draftsman was the artist John Lafarge. Lafarge and Clarke are my favorite stained glass artists(so far!)

 

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Artist of the moment……John Butler Yeates

John Butler Yeats was the father of the artist Jack Butler Yeats. John Yeats was fantastic painter and draftsman who enjoyed working with the face and figure. Yeats was in high demand for his portrait work. Its tough to grasp a true inventory of his output, but his work is found in many private collections of the upper class in the region. The last picture in the gallery was a self portrait done by Yeats.

John Yeats was born in Lawrencetown, Ireland in the northern part of the country in the year 1839. He went to college at the Trinity College located in Dublin, Ireland. He worked in the field of law for brief period of time before he decided to give it up and become an artist. This decision would eventually cause his wife to go insane.

For his artistic education Yeats attended Heatherley Art School.

I recognized this picture as I have spent thousands of hours looking at John Singer Sargent’s wonderful charcoal portrait drawings. This work is of one of the six children of John Butler Yeats, W.B. Yeats. W.B. Yeats was a great writer and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature work in 1923.

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What a wonderfully artistic family! From painters to nobel prize winner authors what wonderful creativity!

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Artist of the moment….Jack Butler Yeats

Jack Butler Yeats comes from a family of artists and was born in London, England in the year 1871. He would go on to win a medal the Olympics for his paintings and have a lengthy and successful painter in a realist manner. His father was renown portrait painter John Butler Yeats. His brother was WB Yeats who won a Nobel Prize for his literature work.

The artist was raised mainly with his grandparents.

The artist began his career as an illustrator of comics.

Some favorite subjects include the landscapes and animals.

What I enjoy most about Jack Butler Yeats is his many layers of paint he uses. Like Sorolla, Yeats used a lot of paint and bold brushwork to make wonderful visual images packed with emotion, great design, and great use of color.

Elected to the Royal Hibernian Academy.

The artist won the first prize for his country after they became independent. In 1924 in the Summer Olympics Yeats was able to win a silver medal for a work titled “Swimming.”

The artist passed away in 1957.

In this clip a montage of works by Jack Butler Yeats:

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 for watercolors, inks, drawings, and prints. Yeats has broken the one million dollar barrier at auction.

Another great family of artists!

In this clip a work up for auction by Jack Yeats is explained:

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Artist of the moment…..Street artist Will St. Leger

Will St. Leger is a well known stencil artist from Ireland. He also has done some very unique installations including a show that was titled “Landmark Trail.” It was to show what the world would look like if everyone’s normal path was covered with landmines.

Here we catch up with the artist at an activist event.

This has got to be one of the funnest artist I have covered. In this clip watch as he gives a short presentation on his work. One example is this statement, ” Never meet your heroes, you will only disappoint them. ”

Will St. Leger is sometimes called the “Irish Banksy.”

Here is a link to the artist’s facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/WillStLegerartist

And last we check out a work done in 2011 to raise awareness of homelessness.

Price range information: Sorry no information available.

Like world renown street artist Swoon, Will St. Leger is a great example for everyone to follow of how to use art to make changes in the world.

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Artist of the moment…..Sean Scully

Sean Scully is a contemporary American artist born in Dublin, Ireland in the year 1945.  When he was four years of age Scully and his family moved to London, England. For his collegiate studies Scully attended the Croyden College of Art located in London. The artist also attended Newcasle University located in Newcastle Upon Tyme. Scully also studied at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

price range information: Sean Scully has broken the one million dollar mark at auction. For woodcuts and various prints prices are $5,000 to $15,000. Originals done in acrylics, pastels, and oils start in the low six figure range.

Scully is best known for abstract work featuring basic geometric shapes, often times a square shape. He also takes photographs looking for similar shapes.

Moved to the United States in 1975 and applied for citzenship.

For his work he uses watercolour and most often oils. Many times he paints his squares to resemble a checkerboard. If not using the checkerboard design Scully uses the shape of a stripe. Scully is also a wonderful printmaker working with woodcuts.

Scully is most associated with the Minimalist movement.

In this clip we see some great examples of Scully’s work with the stripe and with his checkerboard design from a museum show that took place in Ireland.

Nominated twice for the Turner Award,  a leading prize in Great Britain.

Was a teaching professor at the Chelsea School of Art in London and Princeton University in the United States.

Received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in the United States in 1983.

In this clip we hear why Sean Scully chose to take up abstract painting.

And to close we visit a museum located in Bern, Switzerland to further study the checkerboard design theme.

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Artist of the moment……Brendan Jamison…the sugar cube artist

Brendan Jamison is an internationally acclaimed sculptor that doesn’t use bronze or even patinas for that matter, he uses sugar cubes to build his wonderfully impressive sculptures. Jamison was born in 1980 and hails from Belfast, Ireland. He began working with sugar cubes in 2004. In addition to sugar cubes that he has become famous for, he also has worked with bronze,wood, and wool. Jamison now lists sugar as his favorite medium!

I hope you watch the video clips to get a better impression for his unique style, but some examples of the number of sugar cubes used is amazing for some works. The Tate Modern used slightly more than 71,000 cubes and a giant sugar tower created for the Arts Council of North Ireland used more than 250,000 sugar cubes! Its the largest sugar sculpture in the world!

In this clip we see the artist standing in front of 10 Downing Street with his own interpretation of the famous landmark. The White House would be an ideal candidate for a similar project!

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In this clip we see a fantastic sculpture by Jamison depicting the Tate Modern Museum! Very unique!

In this clip we view the bodies resting place as art. The location where sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate was made into his signature sugar cube art using over 27,000 sugar cubes!

In this clip we visit the artist studio in Belfast, Ireland and listen to a brief interview.

A link to the artist’s own personal website.

http://www.brendanjamison.com/

Price range information: Sorry none available.

What a great idea for his medium! As a type one diabetic I know I couldn’t work sugar, but his results with his chosen medium are fantastic!

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