Posts Tagged ‘nudes’

Artist of the moment……..Theophile Steinlen

 

 

Theophile Steinlen was a Swiss artist renown for his paintings of cats. Theophile Steinlen was born in Lausanne, Switzerland in the year 1859. This is the French speaking part of the country.

Steinlen was also an avid printmaker.

Below a great selection of works by Steinlen. This includes not only his famous cats, but wonderful landscapes and female nudes:

The artist attended college at the University of Lausanne.

Steinlen was a successful commercial artist painting not only cats, but chickens and other animals. The artist also painted the figure. He was in demand by leading cultural magazines of the time.

Steinlen was also a sculptor with cats being his favorite subject.

Theophile Steinlen passed away in 1923.

In this clip we view a work by Steinlen that appeared on my favorite television show, the Antiques Roadshow!:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/season/14/raleigh-nc/appraisals/1909-steinlen-summer-cat-lithograph–200902A20

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $150,000.

Steinlen is included in the National Gallery of Art located in Washington D.C.

What a great subject matter! I love cats, what awesome models they make since they don’t talk and they move so very little. Steinlen does a wonderful job of capturing the emotional spirit of cats!

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Artist of the moment………….Bonnie MacLean

 

Bonnie MacLean was an American poster renown for her work with the Fillmore Auditorium located in San Francisco, California. MacLean was also a promoter and was also once married to concert promoter Bill Graham.

Bonnie MacLean was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1961.

She attended Pennsylvania State University where she received a B.F.A. After college she headed to California and took a job where Bill Graham would serve as her boss. When living in California she attended the San Francisco Academy of Art, the California College of Arts and Crafts, and San Francisco Art Institute.

MacLean took over for artist Wes Wilson after the two had a falling out. She was then in charge of all promotional works that took place at the Fillmore. She went from overseeing the projects, to being the one that had to produce them. She handled the task wonderfully.

MacLean quit doing the posters in 1968. She divorced Graham in 1975. The artist went on to paint landscapes and the nudes.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a montage of works by Bonnie McClean. Images began at the 1:50 mark in the clip:

She became famous for her posters during the late 60s. Her posters gave the appropriate look of psychedelic imagery quite popular at that time. She lived an exciting lifestyle in the 1960s. She expanded on what prior artist Wes Wilson did for his posters by cultural items from the Native American culture. Other poster artists profiled here include David Klein, Stanley Mouse, and Alton Kelley.

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Artist of the moment……Ovilu Tunnillie

 

Ovilu Tunnnillie is an Inuit artist from the Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1949. Ovilu is renowned for sculptures of the figure which are made from traditional stone and sometimes marble. Tunnillie’s work has a vibe to it that reminds me of the “Art Deco” period. The lines are very fluid and flowing in her figure work. The opposite of much the Inuit art covered here so far.

Her parents were both accomplished artists, Sheojuk and Toonoo Tunnillie.

The artist sold her first work at the age of sixteen. With the death of Kenojuak Ashevak, Ovilu Tunnillie is one of few Inuit female artists that could possible be the most famous and most collected of her peer group.

In this clip a great work showing the Grand Mother In Law of the artist. Another artist is featured named Shuvinai Ashoona in the clip. The work of Ovilu Tunnillie is shown at 2:15 into the clip:

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $10,000.

Ovilu Tunnillie was made a member of the Canadian Royal Academy of Art.

What I enjoy most about this artist is her figure work. Most Inuit art isn’t nearly as anatomically correct as the work of Ovilu Tunnillie. Also her figure works that just deal with the curves of the female body such as the legs or the torso.  Very few Inuit artists work with the nude in the first place, but her finished product could easily pass for a modern work of art, rather than the typical Inuit art we might see at a gallery.

Ovilu Tunnillie is one of the most prolific Inuit artists when it comes to creative output. She has a large body of work.

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Artist of the moment……Sue Williams

Sue Williams is an American artist renowned for abstract and figurative works. Sue Williams was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois in the year 1954. For her artistic education Sue Williams attended the California Institute of the Arts located in Valencia, California. The artist briefly attended the Cooper Union School of Art located in New York City.

The artist came to fame in the 1980s when she painted many works that showed nude figures engaged in sex. Since then her work has become more abstract and with her great sense of color  Williams is one of my favorite artists. Great color and sublime shapes makes for exciting artwork that you can look at all day because you can always find something different to look at in the painting. What I like most about her work is her variety of line weight. As an artist who grew up idolizing the great Al Hirschfeld, I find that Williams has the same fluid line as the great caricature master.

In this clip we view a show from 2008 featuring Sue Williams:

Another unique idea employed by Williams is to paint certain body areas. Hands or feet but rarely the whole figure. Sometimes even bones or blood vessels are painted.

Sue Williams is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Williams is included in many prestigious collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of Art both located in New York City.

The artist is a proud feminist painter that enjoys working with sexism and gender bias as well as politics in her work. If you enjoy this genre be sure and check out the already profiled Judy Chicago for some similar ideas!

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $100,000. Williams is a well established printmaker.

And to close we visit a show from 2010:

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Artist of the moment……..Bruno Bobak

Bruno Bobak was a Canadian painter of landscapes and also the figure. Bruno Bobak was born in Wawelowska, Poland in the year 1923. The artist came with his family to the country of Canada in 1925.

The artist attended art school in high school and after he graduated joined the Army as it was during the time of World War 2. The artist won a contest for the army to see which soldiers might become an official war artist of the Canadian government. Bobak served as the youngest war artist in the army.

In this clip we view some of Bruno Bobak’s nude figure works:

The artist also married a fellow war artist named Molly Bobak. Whilst Bruno was the youngest ever his wife Molly became famous as Canadian’s first female official war artist.

Bruno and his wife Molly Bobak were both officials members of the Order of Canada.

Bobak also taught at the Vancouver School of Art.

Bruno Babek passed away in 2012.

Price range information: The artist worked in watercolor and oils. In addition he was a printmaker. Prints start around $1,000 up to an original oil which can reach $10,000.

Molly Bobak produced large amount of works and has plenty to do her own entry so the wife of Bruno Bobak will be next up!

Love this artistic families! How interesting that both husband and wife served as official war artists.

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Artist of the moment…..Michael Dweck

Michael Dweck is a contemporary American photographer born in Brooklyn, New York in the year 1957. Dweck enjoys creating fantasy and sometimes exotic worlds in his photography work. He grew up in Long Island and attended the Pratt Institute for college where he studied architecture. He soon switched majors and graduated with Fine Arts and communications degree.

In this clip a wonderful montage of works by this artist:

In the 1990s Michael Dweck opened his own commercial photography studio. This studio won many international awards. Dweck closed this company in 2002 with the idea to devote himself fully to fine art photography.

Sotheby’s ran a show for the artist in 2006. The first time a show was given at the famed auction house that featured a living artist.

Dweck is based out of Montauk, New York and also New York City.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $30,000.

I found the photographs of Dweck remind me of British photographer Christopher Bucklow. Bucklow uses the silhouette shape of female figure and infuses with light giving it a “Goddess” type of feeling. Below an example of Bucklow’s style.

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A new way of seeing the traditional figurative work is always appreciated!

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Artist of the moment……John Rankin Waddell

John Rankin Waddell is a photographer born in Glasgow, Scotland in the year 1966. The artist grew up in St. Albans, England. Waddell is also known as “Rankin.” When he started college it was with the idea of being an accountant. Rankin decided he needed a new path and changed his life course a bit attending Barnfield College and the London College of Printing.

Whilst in college he and classmate got along well and decided to start a magazine after graduation. His friend and business partner’s name is Jefferson Hack and the two started a television production company  in 1999.

Some clients Rankin has photographed include the Spice Girls, Queen Elizabeth of England, Madonna, and Kate Moss.

In this clip a brief interview with Rankin regarding a show take took place in 2013:

Rankin is marred to a fashion model named Tuuli Shipster. Rankin was married before to an actress named Kate Hardie. As a photographer he often works with his wife as his muse. Below a great example of this husband and wife, photographer and muse team.

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For his photography the artist works with the fashion industry and has come up with brilliant ideas including models biting flowers.

In this clip we pay a visit to the studio of Rankin:

Rankin is based out of London, England.

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $50,000.

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Artist of the moment…..Neith Nevelson

Neith Nevelson is a painter renown for her work with the figure and horses in a modern and abstract manner. Neith Nevelson was born in the year 1946 in New York City. She comes from a very artistic family as her grandmother was a world renown sculptor named Louise Nevelson. Neith Nevelson was born in New York City but raised in Florence, Italy.

For her artistic education Nevelson attended school in Florence, Italy very briefly. She was expelled for not following their chosen curriculum.

The artist has illustrated some books over her career.

Louise Nevelson was a sculptor that worked with found wood for many projects. She made sculptures and assemblages most of the time painting the end result in black. She was most popular during her later years. Below an example of Nevelson’s artwork. Louise Nevelson is associated with the Cubist movement.

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Her father Mike was also a sculptor. He too works with the figure in a very modern way. Below an example of his style of art.

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In this clip a great montage of works by Neith Nevelson:

Neith Nevelson is based out of Coconut Grove, Florida.

price range information:  Works range from $10,000 to $400,000.

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Artist of the moment…..Nobuyoshi Araki

Noboyoshi Araki is a world famous photographer born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1940. Araki is renown for his work with the nude female form, many times the women involved appear in bondage. Two favorite subjects of the photographer are the nude and flowers. For his collegiate education Araki attended Chiba University where he would study engineering, film, making movies, and photography. Bondage and this type of shot is far more common in the Eastern society.

The artist is seen by many critics to be the most famous Japanese born photographer. The artist has published more than 300 different books featuring his photography.

Here we see a short collection of works:

Looking at  photographs taken by Nobuyoshi Araki I was reminded of the great American artist George Woodman, who works with black and white images and hand touches them with oil paints. Below an example of George Woodman’s art. He is the husband of Betty Woodman, a ceramicist I wrote about yesterday.

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In this clip we see many works of Nobuyoshi Araki. Many nudes and floral works are featured:

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $80,000. Araki has also published more than 300 books of his photographs.

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Artist of the moment…..Ruth Bernhard

Ruth Bernhard was a fantastic  photographer born in the year 1905 in the city of Berlin, Germany. For her artistic education she attended the Berlin Academy of Fine Art.

Her father was a designer and she came to the United States to live with him in New York City in 1927. Her father would help land her the important job of creating the the photography for the first catalog made for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

She would go on to buy her on photography equipment and to be inspired by photographer Ed Weston’s work. Below an example of Weston’s style. I have covered him previously. I found his nudes to strikingly similar in their poses to Bernhard’s work. Like photographer Chris Bucklow all of these artists enjoy playing with the shape of the female figure. Bernhard was a studio assistant to Weston for a period of time.

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Another theme of Bernhard was lesbian couples with the the two female bodies pressed up against each other.

Bernhard joined a group called the F/64 group. Some very famous artists were part of this group including Weston, Ansel Adams, and Dorothea Lange.

In this clip we view a great montage of photographs by Bernhard.

Here we see an interview from the 1990s with Ruth Bernhard.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $35,000.

Ruth Bernhard is part of many prominent museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Ruth Bernhard lived to be 101 years old and passed away in San Francisco, California in 2006.

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