Posts Tagged ‘motion’

Artist of the moment……..Gino Severini



Gino Severini was an Italian painter associated with the Cubist and Futurist movements. Gino Severini was born in Cortona, Italy in the year 1883. His father worked in the courts and his mother was a dress maker.

Below a montage of works by Gino Severini:

Severini studied in Rome at the Rome Fine Art Institute. After relocating to Paris, France in 1906 the artist fell in the love with the city and considered with Cortona (his birthplace) the artist’s two favorite cities.

Severini enjoyed painting the figure whilst in motion. Some favorite subjects of the artist included dancers and musicians.

One of his biggest influences was the artist Giocoma Balla, already profiled here.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $750,000. The artist was a prolific printmaker.

Gino Severini passed away in 1966.

Severini had a great eye for composition. His Cubist and Futurist works showing the movement of human figure are fascinating for how many shapes they contain, whilst still showing a great sense of movement through out the picture.





Artist of the moment…..Augustus Goertz…


This artist is known for creating texture on his canvases using a variety of mixed media.

A clip with the artist showing us his New York studio.

Section two of the interview, the artist shows us some of his portfolio.

The last section of the interview. The artist talks about another work comparing it to the Op-Art movement with artists like Vasserely and Bridget Riley. Movement, but also with a great deal of texture.

Augustus Goertz was born in 1958.

The artist is very creative when it comes to using unusual materials in his artwork. His main theme is to exaggerate the textures that he sees. On the work above that is painted green and titled “putting green” the artist used G.I. figures in the background. Using various methods he not only creates different textures, but uses creates a lot of depth. In addition to the great texture created for the viewer, the viewer also gets the sense of motion from the many objects on the surface that change the reflection of light as the viewer dances about the painting.

Goertz is very in tune with nature. Recreating everyday items for the viewer such as dirt, mud, rocks, grass, and sometimes even the beach.

Goertz also uses photography in his work from time to time. He became interested in the medium whilst living in San Francisco. He develops these type of works by including layer upon layer of special dark chemicals. These works don’t include much if any color and give a real sense of moodiness to the viewer. To compare it to another artist his Goertz photography paintings remind of the paintings two to three years ago produced by Geoffrey Johnson. With the lack of color and the striking contrast between dark and light shapes, these photograph based images turn out to be something you might imagine from the Victorian era.  Goertz uses many applications of paint from spattering, dripping, and pouring the paint. He attacks the surface somewhat like Jackson Pollack, but Goertz is looking to make more of a sculptural type of painting that a flat surface.

The artist works mainly on canvas but from time to time uses paper.

On line and land based galleriers: Kim Foster gallery in New York city.

If you like this artist be sure and check out Josep Cisquillop. He is based in Europe and uses texture mediums to recreate items such as a cement sidewalk or path and then he paints shadows on them.


For his art education Goertz went to Carnegie Mellon Univeristy in Pennsylvania as wel as the San Francisco Art Institute.

A link to the artist’s own website:

I hope sometime this artist can inspire all of us to try experiment and use some texture mediums.


Keep on creating !



Artist of the moment…..Christopher Brown….

A great clip with the artist explaining his technique of NOT finishing paintings. He is very creative and loves seems to love to add ideas to his paintings. Some works can lean toward the surreal side when he begins to get excited and add shapes and color. Its very apparent at the part 7:50 or so into the clip.

This artist was born in 1951 on a marine corps base where his father was a doctor. He was born in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. When he was three years old the family moved to Ohio. He talked his parents into enrolling him in art classes that took place on Saturday morning.

The way the artist uses the same shape repeatedly in some of his works reminds me of Andy Warhol.  Andy Warhol seemed  to use nearly the same identical shape in many of his works, the shape would be slightly altered but had a very strong impact on the viewer. Brown is very cleaver in that he uses people and groups of people when he uses repetitive shapes.

He also uses a bird’s eye view. From this angle it seems that in many occassions the people are all moving in the same direction, leading to a greater feeling of chaos when looking at the artist’s paintings.

From his paintings I enjoy his paintings of figures sledding down a snow packed hill. The snow is cleverly painted and figure is loosely painted which gives it a sense of motion. The artist’s use of blue and yellow give the illusion of a strong sense of light.

When Christopher Brown was thirteen years old the family moved again. This time they relocated to Illionois. His father went on to work for student health services at the University of Illinois, in Champaigne- Urbana. Brown went on to attend college at the same university his father taught, earning a bachelors degree in art. The artist then went on to University of California at Davis for his masters degree. In college he studied with the likes of Wayne Theibaud and Manuel Neri.

Whilst the artist was in college he received a grant to study in Europe. He visited France, Spain, and Germany.

He paints mainly oils on linen but has worked with pastels on paper as well. He loves to draw and has made linocuts, etchings, woodcuts, acrylics,  and lithographs.

High price range: $31,000 for acrylics. $131,000 for oils.

Low price range: $6,000 for a work in crayons. $1,000 for etchings. Lithographs for a few hundred dollars.

The artist even was a critic for ArtWeek magazine.

Currently lives and works in Berkeley, California.

Try painting a birds eye of a group of people. An amusement park or waterpark might be a good start.