Posts Tagged ‘modernist’

Artist of the moment……….Ron Davis

 

Ron Davis is an American painter renown for his abstract geometric shaped works. Ron Davis was born in the year 1934.

Davis attended the University of Wyoming before turning to art. He then attended the San Francisco Art Institute where he found abstract art.

The artist used mixed media in his works with many works consisting of acrylic paint, resin, and wood. Davis has a unique approach to his fiberglass works. He uses many thin layers of color that can be layered on top of each other without becoming muddy.

The way the artist builds up his layers of color is similar to that of a painter, the only exception being that when painting the artist layers color on top of color. When building his resin forms Davis adds his layers of color behind the previous layer.

The artist taught at the University of California at Irvine.

Davis is now based very close to Taos, New Mexico.

Below a short piece about Ron Davis by the Laguna Art Museum:

I find the artist reminds me most of glass master Dale Chihuly for the way he sees three dimensional forms and color.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $70,000 for sculpture works. Prints can be found between $3,000 and $9,000.

Davis is included in many prestigious collections including the Tate London and the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Ron Davis has such a wonderful style of painting. I enjoy his work for his great use of making three dimensional work on flat surface. His application of color seems loosely controlled but with a great sense of design and awesome results.

An example of his great sense of design is the fifth picture down from the top. In reality its a hand rolled zig zag cigarette.

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Artist of the moment………Alastair Morton

 

 

Alastair Morton was a British artist renown for his abstract paintings. Alastair Morton was born in the year 1910.

Morton attended Edinburgh University in Scotland. Morton also studied at Balliol College located in Oxford, England.

Morton’s family owned a textile company called Edinburgh Weavers. Morton moved into a position of product design at this company in the early 1930s. Morton worked with other notable artists including Barbara Hepworth. Morton began to paint himself in the middle of the 1930s.

Alastair Morton passed away in 1963.

Morton is part of the collection of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Price range information: Morton worked in oils, watercolors, gouache, and ink. Prices range from $5,000 to $60,000.

Alastair Morton reminds me of contemporary artist Rex Ray for his innovative design of shapes and his combinations of color. Very modern!

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Artist of the moment…….Arthur Jackson Hepworth

Arthur Jackson was a British abstract painter and the cousin of famed painter Barbara Hepworth.

Arthur Jackson Hepworth was born in 1911. Jackson attended St. Martin’s School of Art located in London, England.

Jackson was the artist’s middle name and he used it to separate himself from his famous artist relative, Barbara Hepworth.

In addition to painting Jackson enjoyed the art of photography.

In the late 1930s Jackson gave up painting to focus on architecture.

Arthur Jackson passed away in 2003.

What a wonderful style the artist developed. Its too bad he chose to focus so much on architecture rather than painting in his later years.

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $150,000. The artist worked mainly in oils, but also produced watercolors.

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Artist of the moment……….Anne Truitt

 

 

Anne Truitt was an American artist renown for her minimalist sculptures. Anne Truitt was born in Easton, Maryland in the year 1921. Truitt attended college at Bryn Mawr where she earned a degree in psychology. She served as a nurse in World War 2.

After the war was finished she left the field of nursing and began sculpting figures.

Shortly after she began to work more abstractly producing the wood box sculptures with bright flat color we associate with Truitt. After applying the paint she sanded the surface, trying to remove any brush strokes.

Below we view a show featuring Anne Truitt from 2013 that features some monumental works from the 1970s. :

The artist also created pedestals and stands for her sculptures to sit on so that they appear to float in air and have a slight cast shadow.

Truitt also wrote three books over her lifetime that were journals that covered her life as an artist. Below an excerpt from one of her books:

Anne Truitt passed away in 2004 at the age of 83 years of age.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $150,000. Truitt worked mainly with acrylics.

Its great that Truitt had the idea to write journals of a daily life as an artist. I hope more artists follow in her footsteps. Her minimalist sculptures remind me of the changing weather of the different seasons.

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Artist of the moment………Guy Yanai

 

 

Guy Yanai is a wonderful contemporary artist who paints landscapes and floral works in a modern style. Guy Yanai was born in Haifi, Israel in the year 1977. The artist enjoys flattening shapes and working bold an bright colors.

Guy Yanai is based out of Tel-Aviv, Israel.

The artist is well schooled having attended Parsons School of Design, the New York Studio School, and earned a B.F.A. from Hampshire College located in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Below a short interview with Guy Yanai and a trip to the artist’s studio in Tel-Aviv, Israel:

Price range information: Originals range from $5,000 to $25,000.

Yanai has a great sense for simplifying shapes and producing fantastic compositions. His works also involve a great deal of abstraction, a great deal more than more traditional artists for the fact that he is trying to paint a real object using hard edges.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://guyyanai.tumblr.com/

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Artist of the moment……..Lin Emery

 

 

 

Lin Emery is a wonderful contemporary artist renown for her kinetic sculptures composed of aluminum. Lin Emery was born Larchmont, New York in the year 1926. Emery attended Columbia University and Syracuse University of New York. The artist also studied abroad in Paris.

She began her art career sculpting large size figures for religious organizations.

Below a link to the website of Lin Emery:

http://linemery.com/

 

Emery is based out of New Orleans, Louisiana. She used to have two studios, but one was ruined by Hurricane Katrina.

 

In this clip we see one of Lin Emery’s signature works:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Emery is part of prominent museum collections in the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Below another fantastic sculpture of Lin Emery:

Emery is great at seeing animals as simple shapes. A three dimensional version of the artwork of Charley Harper!

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Artist of the moment…….Agnes Weinrich

 

 

 

Agnes Weinrich was painter renown for her modernist and abstract style. Agnes Weinrich was born in Des Moines County, Iowa in the year 1873. Her parents were immigrants from Germany and were very successful as farmers in America.

Her father was able to retire from farming and move to the city. Her father also started to visit Germany and acquaint himself with his old relatives. Weinrich’s father passed away, and each of his children inherited enough money to live out the rest of their lives without taking a job. Her father must have been quite a farmer!

Weinrich graduated from Burlington Collegiate Institute. The artist also attended the Art Student’s League of Chicago in addition to studying with painter Charles Hawthorne.

The artist began her career as an Impressionistic painter. Later in her career as she became an active printmaker, Weinrich would focus on color and flat images that can remind one of Alex Katz.

Agnes Weinrich passed away at the age of 73 years of age in 1946.

Price range information: The artist worked in oils, pastels, crayons, and as a woodblock printmaker. Works range from $3,000 to $30,000.

The later works of Weinrich are wonderful examples of a mixture of painting schools including Cubism and Abstraction.

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Artist of the moment………Robert Natkin

 

 

Robert Natkin was an American painter renown for his Abstract Expressionist works. Robert Natkin was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1910. Natkin attended the Art Institute of Chicago.

His mother disapproved of his love of art. She encouraged his high school art teacher to flunk him in order to try and stop him from wanting to be an artist.

The artist liked to experiment with different ways of applying paint including using netting, stencils, and cloth.

Natkin married another American abstract artist named Judith Dolnick.

The artist is part of many prestigious collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of Art.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $40,000.

The artist worked oils, gouache, watercolor, pastels, acrylics, and was a prolific printmaker.

Robert Natkin passed away in 2010.

Below we visit a private chapel where one of Natkin’s paintings is installed:

The bright palette used by Natkin gives his works the feeling of happiness.

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Artist of the moment…….Grace Crowley

 

Grace Crowley was an Australian artist renown for her abstract style of paintings. Grace Crowley was born in Barbarra, New South Wales, Australia in the year 1890. Her family raised livestock such as cattle and sheep.

Crowley attended Methodist Ladies College located in Burwood, New South Wales, Australia . Later the artist studied with the famous Andre Lhoté in Paris, France. Lhoté was a key mentor and this helped to shape Crowley’s use of colour in her paintings.

The artist was part of the first abstract art exhibition in Australia.

In this clip we view a works by Grace Crowley:

Grace Crowley passed away in 1979.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

I enjoy the abstract qualities of Grace Crowley’s work found in her more realist paintings. They remind of the abstract qualities found in the work of the famed painter Nicolai Fechin. Both artists use a great deal of abstraction even in their more realist and impressionist paintings.  Crowley was gifted at painting in both impressionist and abstract styles.

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Artist of the moment……..Mauro Corda

 

 

Mauro Corda is a fantastic sculptor born in Lourdes, France the year 1960. Corda enjoys trying to capture human emotion in the figure when facing stressful and intense situations.

Corda attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts in both Reims and Paris.

Corda’s work is unique as a sculptor for what he adds to his work for a patina. The artist often uses chrome, gold and silver leaf, and silver in his sculptures. The artist will often recreate the same subject matter in different materials to try and express a different emotion.

In this clip a montage of works by Mauro Corda:

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 for works in graphite to $80,000 for a bronze or aluminum work.

Corda has been based out of Paris, France for nearly three decades.

Below we view an exhibition for the artist that took place in Monaco. At the end of the clip more of his surrealist work such as animal creatures are shown:

The artist in me would like to see what Corda would come up with for a modern design for the Rolls Royce female figure. Corda’s work is very reminiscent of the Art Deco period.

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