Posts Tagged ‘monochrome’

Artist of the moment……..Florence Miller Pierce



Florence Miller Pierce was an American painter renown for her abstract style and use of innovative materials. Florence Melva Miller was born in the year 1918. She was one of few married women to keep her maiden name. She took the last name of Pierce only after her husband had passed away.

As a teenager Pierce studied with an artist who was very focused on Modernism, Mary Ashton. Later she would attended the Corcoran School of Art located in Washington, D.C.

The artist was one of the first to incorporate the use of resin in her art. She was always experimenting with new materials and produced works that included styrofoam, balsa wood, fiberglass, and cement.

Florence Miller was one of the two women artists (Agnes Pelton was the other) who were part of the Trancendentalist Painting Group based out of Taos, New Mexico.

Florence Miller Pierce passed away in 2007.

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Artist of the moment…..Ned Vena

Ned Vena is a contemporary American artist born in Boston, Massachusetts in the year 1982. Vena is  renown for his work with monochrome paintings. In many works the artist uses a variety of mediums including rubber, vinyl, and aluminum. When looking at his work the viewer catches glimpses of other past movements such as the minimalist works of Frank Stella and Op-Art look of artists Bridget Riley or Victor Vasarely.

For his artistic education Vena attended the Tufts University Boston School of Museum Fine Art.

Vena began exhibiting in 2006.

Another artist that comes to mind when seeing the work of Ned Vena is Gerhard Richter. Both artists enjoy the process of putting on paint, and scraping it or moving it aside.

price range information: Most works priced between $20,000 and $70,000.

Vena works with a variety of mediums including etching on mirrors, painting on aluminum, and even working with aluminum paints.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Ned Vena and other artists working in a monochrome fashion with our friend James Kalm. To see just the work of Ned Vena click ahead to 1:16 in the clip.

Ned Vena is now based out of Brooklyn, New York.


Artist of the moment…….Brice Marden

Brice Marden is an American artist renown for his abstract and non objective style of painting. Brice Marden was born in Bronxville, New York in the year 1938. For his artistic education Marden attended  Boston University School of Fine Arts earning a bachelor degree. Marden would go on to earn a masters degree from Yale in art and architecture.

Many works are done using a grey scaled or minimalist approach. Marden was seen as the best in the field of monochrome painting when it was the favorite style of the contemporary art market.

Brice Marden worked as a guard at the Jewish Museum before being a professional full time artist.

Its tough to realize the vastness of his work but many works have sides as long as 8 feet.

In this clip we go to a show featuring Brice Marden with our art loving friend James Kalm:

Marden came to New York City in the early 1960s, the artist had  developed an international reputation by the early 1970s.

First wife was named Paula Daez, the sister of famed singer Joan Baez.

Marden also enjoys using mixed mediums in his art. In the 1960s and 1970s the artist would use beeswax along with his oils. Beginning in the 1980s  the artist has been painting with oils on marble.

Also has a  house in Greece.

Marden is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

price range information: At auction some works have sold for nearly 10 million dolllars. Prints and etchings range from $5,000 to $70,000. Even works in pencil command prices from $50,000 to the low six figures.

Currently based out of New York City.

In this clip we take a visit to the artist’s studio: