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Artist of the moment….Josep Cisquella

Josep Cisquella was a fantastic mixed media artist born in Barcelona, Spain in the year 1955. His art out to me immediately not only for his work, but for prompting the public to touch his artwork. For most of his working life he was based out of Barcelona, Spain.

Cisquella loved to pay homage to other artists and movements.

I love the way the artist was able to capture the simplicity and beauty of everyday life. The idea of his paintings also are great as they inspire the viewer to think about what is creating the shadows. He is that one artist out of 10 that would paint the shadow and wall BEHIND a vase of flowers, rather than the actual flowers. He was able to create great designs with so much surface texture.

In this clip we visit a show titled “Touching the Reality.”

In this clip we visit a gallery show for Josep Cisquella. Its awesome to see how vast the canvas size is. Also very close up images are shown and you can see the detail and the textured ground pumice stone medium used by the artist.

Sadly the artist passed away in 2010 at the age of 55 years old.

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Its awesome to see the mixture of abstraction with different surface texture, but also excellent painting skills in making the surface look old and weathered. Its too bad the artist passed away while in the prime of his developing his skill set. He was still growing at a remarkable pace as an artist.



Artist of the moment…..Jules Olitski….


Jules Olitski was an American painter and sculptor that was born in Snovsk which was located in the old U.S.S.R. in the year 1922. His birth name was Jevel Demikovski and his father was a high ranking Communist Party member. His father was executed by government officials months before the birth of the artist. In 1923 Olitski took off for the United States with his grandmother and mother. The family chose to settle down in Brooklyn and his mother got a new husband in 1926.

As the artist was a teenager he showed an interest and a great skill for drawing.  His parents enrolled the artist in drawing classes and after graduating from high school the artist enrolled in Pratt Institute which is located in Brooklyn. Olitski also studied at the National Academy of Design and the Beaux Arts Institute which are both located in New York city.

Olitski was off to the Army for World War II in the early 1940s. After he got out Olitski got married. He continued to study art and moved to Paris. In Paris the artist found much to inspire him. He even made some paintings while he was blindfolded just to concentrate on the process of painting.

Due to the war Olitski never finished his degree. He went to New York Univeristy earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree.

First one person show in 1951 in Paris, France.

First one person show in New York is in 1958.

1950s bring Olitski and divorce and he remarries. At this time period he experimented with various surface textures.

Was part of teaching faculty at Bennington College located in Bennington, Vermont in the 1960s.

After his experiments with surface texture Olitski started to emphasize color in his works. By the mid 1960s he had evolved to using spray paint on metallic surfaces for his art. He was the first living American artist to have a one person show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. These works have very subtle color changes with no visable edges.

The 1970s he returns to emphasizing texture over color. New technologies brought him more vivid color choices to use with acrylic paints.

His latter works, lets say those made in the last decade of his life, remind me of dreams. You can remember the feeling, but not necessarily the shapes that appear in your dreams. In this regard I consider his landscapes similar to Robert Kipniss. Kipniss is a master printmaker who does a great job in setting mood in his art. Below is an example of Kipniss’ landscape style.


Technologies have brought many changes in the art world. For an artist that does a great job taking advantage of the Golden line of art supplies please check out Josep Cisquella. He uses a medium that is ground pumice stone. It has a texture similar to an old stone wall. He then paints a picture as if you are looking at a wall behind the main subject. Incredible texture and he wants people to TOUCH HIS CANVAS. Below is an example of Cisquella’s style of painting.


Try an abstract painting today to loosen up!

Jules Olitski passed away in 2007 from cancer at the age of eighty four years old.