Posts Tagged ‘lithography’

Artist of the moment……Jean Paul Riopelle

Jean Paul Riopelle was a Canadian painter, printmaker, and sculptor born in Montreal, Canada in the year 1923. The artist began to take drawing instruction from the age of ten years old. Riopelle worked in many mediums including oils, watercolors, lithography,

For his artistic education Riopelle studied modern and traditional paintings styles at the National School of Art  and also studied architecture at the Polytechnic Institute both located in Montreal, Canada.

The artist joined the Canadian group of painters the Automastistes.

In 1947 the artist relocated to Paris, France and exhibited with the Surrealist painters. In the late 1940s the artist would switch to a more Abstract Expression style of painting.

You may see some Jackson Pollack like similarities with Riopelle. Riopelle enjoyed laying paint on very thick in an impasto manner.

Riopelle was in a long relationship with the painter Joan Mitchell. The both had houses and studios close to Givery, France. You may recognize Giverny as the gardens where Monet produced his magic.

Riopelle was made a member of the Canadian Academy of Art.

From Christie’s Auction House we view a painting getting ready for auction by Jean Paul Riopelle with a pre-sale estimate of more than $1 million dollars:

He is estimated to have completed nearly two thousand paintings.

Jean Paul Riopelle passed away in 2002.

Price range information: Works range from $25,000 to more than $1 million dollars for a work at auction. The artist made collages and worked in oils, watercolor, and mixed media.


Artist of the moment…..Hassel Smith

Hassel Smith was a wonderful American abstract artist born in Sturgis, Michigan in the year 1915. For his artistic education Smith studied at Northwestern University and the California School of Fine Arts located in San Francisco.

In the beginning of his career Smith focused on portraits and landscapes. In the gallery the portrait is a self portrait to give you an idea of his realistic painting style.

A brief biography and some works by Hassel Smith:

A link to the website of Hassel Smith:

Hassel Smith began to paint in an abstract starting in 1947.

Price range: Works range between $5,000 to $60,000.

Smith also was part of the teaching faculty at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Whilst there a fellow teacher named Clyfford Still was a heavy influence as was another Expressionist painter, Mark Rothko.

Also taught at the University of California at Berkeley, U.C.L.A., and also in Bristol England at the British Polytechnic.

Hassel Smith passed away in 2007.

Though the artist is renown for his abstract work, Smith also created some abstract works based on basic geometric shapes. These works began in the 1970s. Below some examples of this type of abstract art:

We close with a look at a show that took place in 2011:


Artist of the moment……Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Yasuo Kuniyoshi was born in Okayama, Japan in the year 1893. Kuniyoshi would eventually move to the United States and became renown for his lithographic work depicting the life and times of the 1920s in New York City. Some common themes were showgirls and vaudeville acts.

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $210,000. Many lithographs in the $3,000 to $6,000 range.

The artist came to the United States when he was thirteen years old. For his collegiate studies Kuniyoshi attended Los Angeles School of Art and Design.He stayed in school for three years and then decided to relocate to New York City and become a professional working artist.

Yasuo Kuniyoshi was a student and also became part of the teaching faculty at the Art Students League of New York. Whilst a student at the Art Student’s League of New York City he was able to learn a great deal from painter and printmaker Kenneth Hayes Miller. Below an example of Kenneth Miller’s style.


In this clip a gallery of works by Kuniyoshi. Many wonderful works of the female figure are included. This clip lasts almost 2 minutes and 20 seconds.

Another selection of works by Kuniyoshi:

Yasuo Kuniyoshi was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

The artist passed away in 1953.