Posts Tagged ‘mixed media’

Artist of the moment……Michael Kessler



Michael Kessler is an American mixed media artist renown for his abstract and landscape paintings. Michael Kessler was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania in the year 1954.

Kessler studied at Kutztown University located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Whilst in college he also studied at the Whitney Museum of Art located in New York City.

After college he took a job as a bus driver to pay the bills while he toned up his art muscles by painting as much as he could.

In this clip from 2011 we visit the studio of Michael Kessler in Sante Fe, New Mexico:

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Below we visit a wonderful exhibition and brief interview with the artist:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

It has been great to watch the evolution of this artist from the earlier part of his career where he painted landscapes, to his wonderful mixed media abstract pieces he creates now.

Although he seldom paints landscapes the artist has retained his landscape color palette. In this style of abstraction and realism I compare him to the painter Richard Diebenkorn.


Artists of the moment…….Lily Balasanova and Sergei Kolevatykh



Lily Balasanova and Serge Klevtikh are an artist duo from Moscow, Russia renown for their mixed media works of heavily populated urban areas.

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Both of the artists studied together in college at the Moscow Academy of Textiles. Balasanova and Kolevatykh both earned M.F.A.s in 1984.

The duo also served as artists in residence in the Netherlands.

The duo have had works placed in private and corporate collections in Russian and United States.

Though the duo creates wonderful abstract works the designs and finished products of the this pair are remarkable. They touch several styles of art including Op Art, Pop Art, and Surrealism. Their urban landscapes even have a sculptural feel to them.




Artist of the moment……..David Cooley




David Cooley is an American artist renown for his unique blend of geometric abstraction and realism. David Cooley was born in Hollywood, California in the year 1978.

Cooley is a very skilled artist whose artwork is a patchwork of mediums. The artist uses a dental tool to make his unique shapes on his canvas. Most works are made of acrylic paint, resin, fabric, and spray paint.

In this clip we view a show featuring many gallery artists including David Cooley:

The artist is now based out of Santa Barbara, California.

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Below a link to the website of the artist:

I enjoy the levels of realism and abstraction found in the work of this artist. If you enjoy this time of organized abstraction be sure and check out the work of Fred Tomasseli, another artist who enjoys blending many mediums in his art.


Artist of the moment…….Jason Stopa


Jason Stopa is an American artist who works in a style that fuses Pop and Abstract styles of painting. Jason Stopa was born in the year 1983.

Stopa earned a B.F.A. from Indiana University. He went on to earn a M.F.A. from the Pratt Institute.

In many works the artist is trying to recreate a childhood feeling or imagery. One series the artist completed dealt with visual patterns of old school video games.

The artist is based out of New York City.

In this clip we catch up with the great James Kalm to view an exhibition of works by Jason Stopa:

The artist has also curated some exhibitions.

Below a link to the website of Jason Stopa:

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What I enjoy most about Stopa’s work is that you can see by the results he has fun when he creates art! Which is one of the main reasons for making art.


Artist of the moment……….Mary Joan also known as Jay DeFeo


Mary Joan (Jay) DeFeo was an American artist renown for her large scale abstract style of painting. Jay DeFeo was born in Hanover, New Hampshire in the year 1929.

DeFeo attended the University of California at Berkeley earning a B.F.A. and M.F.A. After college the artist traveled overseas to Europe and upon return to the United States supported herself by making jewelry.

The artist enjoyed working with many mediums. DeFeo worked with photo collage, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and installations.

Her largest and heaviest piece was called the Rose. It took eight years to finish and the weight of the artwork surpassed one ton (2,000 pounds) in weight. When finished it was taken from her living quarters by a forklift. Here the Whitney Museum which has the largest collection of her work, takes a closer look at the Rose:

DeFeo was a professor at Mills University located at Benicia, California.

In this clip we view a retrospective of Jay DeFeo with our dear friend James Kalm:

Jay DeFeo passed away in 1989 at the age of 60.

The artist is part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, and the  Art Institute of Chicago among others.

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What an amazing artist whose career is a great example of California artist who enjoyed experimenting with many mediums.


Artist of the moment……….Ryan Sullivan


Ryan Sullivan is an American painter renown for his abstract paintings which are similar in style to satellite images of the earth. Ryan Sullivan was born in the year 1983. Sullivan’s process of creating involves lying his surface flat on the ground and pouring paint and other mediums on top of the surface. In addition he then tilts the canvas in various directions.

Sullivan attended the Rhode Island School of Design located in Providence, Rhode Island.

The artist uses the dates he creates his art as the titled of his works.

The artist has had exhibitions in Europe and the United States.

Sullivan uses many mediums in his work including oils, acrylics, enamels, wax, and latex.

Price range information: $80,000 to $200,000.

Other artist whose creative process include pouring paint include Damien Hirst and Ian Davenport.

Sullivan’s work reminds me of a Google maps image that is brought to life! What a wonderful example of modernist art. Modern themes in his work include the medium of latex and the pouring of paint.


Artist of the moment……..Alberto Biasi


Alberto Biasi is an Italian artist renown or his abstract mixed media works which include elements of Op-Art and also kinetic art.

Alberto Biasi was born in the province of Padua, Italy in the year 1937.

His works are famous for the fact that the surface of the image appears to shift as the viewer changes their position. You can even see this in the second video clip.

In this clip a montage of works over the artist’s lengthy career beginning in the 1950s:


To close we visit a show featuring Alberto Biasi that took place in 2012:


The artist is part of many prominent collections including the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $70,000.

I enjoy the mixture of kinetic and op art employed by Biasi. Whilst similar to such luminaries as Bridget Riley or Victor Vasarely, Biasi’s art has unique feel all to its own.


Artist of the moment…….Allan McCollum


Allan McCollum is a contemporary artist renown for his solid black paintings surrounded by white matte and a framed in wood. These works are titled “surrogates” by the artist. McCollum works in many mediums and is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, and collage artist.

The artist enjoys working with themes of mass consumption. In many works the artist will produce as many as one thousand or more objects that seem similar, but are in a little different.

McCollum found inspiration for his art by reading from the Fluxus group of artists. The Fluxus group was similar to the D.A.D.A. group in that both groups were anti art. The famed Yoko Ono even took part in some of the groups performance art.


McCollum’s parents both enjoyed acting and his father was a character in the 1930s movie “Reefer Madness.”

Allan McCollum was born in Los Angeles, California  in the year 1944. The artist attended a trade school and studied restaurant management. He found employment as a cook preparing meals for the airplane flights. After a few years he decided to try his luck in the art world.

The artist took a job as a driver and box builder for a an art company based out of Hollywood in California. Here he would go on to make many contacts in the art world.


In this clip we visit the artist in his studio from the wonderful PBS series Art21:



In this clip we visit a show featuring Allan McCollum from 2013:

The artist has participated in the Venice Biennale.

McCollum is now based out of New York City.

Below a link to the website of Allan McCollum:

Price range information: Photographs start at $5,000. Works in other mediums including graphite, acrylics, enamel, and sculpture range from $10,000 to $300,000.

With his focus on mass production its possible that Andy Warhol has a smile right now!  This idea of the mass consumer as a subject is just as popular today as it was when Andy first made his Brillo boxes.

Even the Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei has used the same principle in creating some of his works my favorite being the Ming Dynasty vessels with Coca Cola labels on the side.


Artist of the moment……..Ian Wright


Ian Wright is a wonderful mixed media artist from the U.K. Ian Wright is based out of the United Kingdom and has used various materials including buttons, torn paper, badges, tape, beads, and salt. I compare him to artist Vik Muniz, who even used chocolate and caviar in some of his artwork.

Wright used salt to produce a work of Rapper Grandmaster Flash. The salt was supposed to represent cocaine in reference to a song made by the artist.

Wright was born in England in the year 1953. The artist attended Goldsmith’s College located in London and received a printmaking degree from the London College of Printing.

Below an interview with Ian Wright talking about working with paper:

In this interview the artist shares more of his creative works that deal with music as a theme:

The artist began his art career creating album covers back in the year 1978.

His artwork has recently graced the cover of Foreign Policy magazine.

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What a very creative artist! I saw his work recently on the cover of Foreign Policy magazine and was blown away by his works done using paper.


Artist update Mickalane Thomas

Mickalane Thomas is my favorite artist working with collage and mixed media. Thomas is renown for her large figure works of African American women. She usually includes Swarovski rhinestones in each work. Below is an image of the artist beside one of her works. The artist attended Yale.



In this clip we visit a show in 2014 that features the work of Mickalane Thomas. The show takes place at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery:



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