Posts Tagged ‘neon’

Artist of the moment……….Alejandro Diaz


Alejandro Diaz is a contemporary artist renown for his work which features text, neon, and humorous sayings.

His basis for much of his art was based on cardboard signs that he made and sold in Mexico that he titled “Mexican wallpaper.”

Although the political and social ideas behind his signs are the same as always, he now uses neon to create more contemporary art. Many works make a racial or class statement cultural statement.

Diaz was raised in San Antonio, Texas. Diaz has also lived in Mexico City and now is based out of New York City.

The artist has also finished sculptures for public commissions.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Diaz is certainly one of the funniest artists out there! I found his take on Warhol’s 15 seconds of fame to be spot on!







Artist of the moment……Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman is an American painter and printmaker and sculptor who has worked with the figure but is more known for his very large abstract body of work. Bruce Nauman was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in the year 1951. Nauman also was among the first artists to work with neon signage and also video art.

For his artistic education Nauman attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he studied math first before switching to art. Nauman went on to graduate and earn a MFA from the University of California at Davis.

Price range information: Works range from lithographs at the low end starting for around $5,000. Nauman has had sculpture works, one recently made out of wax, break the two million dollar barrier at auction.

Bruce Nauman has done many works dealing with text. Here we see a recent show that displayed his play with words using neon. The show took place in London, England:

In this clip from the wonderful  PBS series Art21 we here about some people who influenced Bruce Nauman:

Nauman is also married to an artist who will be an upcoming post, Susan Rothenberg. She is a painter and printmaker portraying the figure and animals with quick and lively brushwork. Below an example of her style.


Yet another great artistic family!


Artist of the moment…..Chris Bracey….

In the picture gallery the first work was done by Jack Pierson. The last picture is by calligraphy master Denis Brown.  The rest of the art was made by Chris Bracey. The artist sometimes refers to his art as night sculptures.

Chris Bracey hails from the United Kingdom. He is known for his unique style of art. He uses letterform and neon in his works. His works are very modern and contemporary giving the viewer modern takes on old ideas such as the seven deadly sins.

Chris Bracey was born in 1954 in London, England . His work has even appeared in movies that you have surely seen. His art has appeared behind Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut, Jack Nicholson in Batman, and even Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

He got his start with art and neon from his father. His father created neon signs for circuses, various business signs, and arcade centers. So from a young age the Bracey associated smiling faces and his fathers use of neon signage.

If I was  to compare his art to another artist it would be Jack Pierson. Jack Pierson is known for making collage works from cut letters.  By the end of the week I will do an entry on Jack Pierson as he is a great artist to learn from when it comes to letters and art. He is a master collage artist, photographer, and sculptor? Whatever kind of word describes an artist who works with neon lettering!

Below is a signature work done by Jack Pierson.  He also has done many works celebrating the sins of man. Pierson works with neon, wood, and metals.

Below is a clip featuring a show given by the artist on the seven deadly sins.  Bracey surely reminds us of the bright flashing neon lit Las Vegas.

In this clip Bracey gives us a short biography of his start in making neon signs with his father. He gives us a brief summary on the history of  neon sign making. Neon signs are handcrafted and not machine made. Very interesting! Bracey uses five different kinds of gasses in making neon signs.

A link to a website and landbased store selling works by the artist:

Bracey began selling his neon art in the 1970s. He created signs for popular sexclubs in Britain such as the Pink Pussycat Club. This was in the Soho district of London. Soon the artist had his neon art lighting up the space like never before. A European style Las Vegas!

price range info: Most works go from $10,000 up to $40,000.

If you find letterform art  as exciting as I do be sure and check out artists Ed Ruscha, Mel Bochner, Robert Cottingham, Robert Indiana and Denis Brown. Of these artist’s Denis Brown is closest to Chris Bracey for his three dimensional use of the letterform. Many times he works in glass but also is a master at using ink calligraphy . Below is a signature example of his sytle of letterform art. Brown has a DVD out teaching us how to perform excellent calligraphic strokes. I found it very helpful for drawing line and slender lines and shapes that you might see in folds of clothing. It also helped to improve my signature as it appears on a painting.

Try making some art of letters today!