Posts Tagged ‘oils’

Artist of the moment……..Susan Headley Van Campen


Susan Headley Van Campen is an American artist renown for her art of floral imagery. The artist was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in the year 1951.

The artist attended the Moore College of Art for one year before finishing college at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. Both colleges are located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Van Campen has a remarkable sense of design. Often the artist leaves much of the composition blank, thus drawing even more attention to her flowers and leaves. Her leaves have a fantastic sense of life and movement.

Below a link to the website of their artist:

The artist also paints landscapes.

She is married to another artist, Tim Van Campen, who is a graphic designer, painter, and textile artist.

If you enjoy the way this artist paints flowers be sure and check out my post on another watercolor master often working with floral imagery, Gary Bukovnik.





Artist of the moment………Kawase Hasui

Kawase Hasui was a fantastic Japanese woodblock artist renown for his images of the landscape. Hasui also painted the figure.

Hasui studied privately with master artist Kiyokata Kaburagi at his studio.

Kawase Hasui was born in 1883 and was part of Shin Hanga movement. He spent some time as an illustrator.

In 1923 a very large earthquake ruined much of his artwork.

In this clip we view a montage of works by Kawase Hasui:

Kawase Hasui passed away in 1953.

Price range information: Prints range from $1,000 to $10,000. The artist worked in watercolor and also painted originals in oils.

What I enjoy most about the work of this master printmaker is the locations of his work. For instance its great to see the imagery by French/ American artist Antoine Blanchard and the work of his daughters. Many times they painted the same location. Its true also of the American Hudson River artists.

Hasui painted a few famous locales, but for the most part he stuck to painting the more rural and quieter scenes of Japan that might be surpassed by the average tourist. Hasui offers us a great idea of day to day life in Japan.



Artist of the moment……..Susan Shatter


Susan Shatter was an American painter of landscapes and renown for her magnificent watercolors of the sea. Shatter was a painter and printmaker born in the year 1943.

Shatter attended the Skowhegan School  of Art located in Skowhegan, Maine. She then switched colleges to the Pratt Institute and earned a B.F.A. from this school. Shatter went on to earn an M.F.A. from Boston University.

The artist was able to take advanced classes as a high school student and her school and also with additional classes paid for her by her parents. Shatter had always shown a desire to create art since she was a youngster.

Some artists that gave Shatter the inspiration to paint are Jackson Pollack, Alex Katz, and Philip Pearstein.

Susan Shatter passed away in 2011 from cancer.

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Shatter was an amazing painter of waves and ocean. She also painted wonderful deserts, canyons, and plants. Shatter had a great sense for using lights and darks to keep viewers eye moving in the painting. If you enjoy this artist be sure and check out Woody Gwynn.


Artist of the moment………Warren Isensee



Warren Isensee is an American painter working in an Op Art style. Warren Isensee was born in Asheville, North Carolina in the year 1956. Isensee attended the University of Oklahoma where he studied architecture and graphics design.


Below we visit a show from 2010 featuring the art of Warren Isensee:

What I enjoy most about the work of Isensee is that he creates his own shapes. When looking at a Frank Stella painting or a work of Op Art with Bridget Riley the viewer sees many straight hard edges lines. By creating his edges freehand it gives his work a more artistic and free feeling.

Also his use of color is extraordinary. If I were to compare him to another artist it would be the collage master Rex Ray.

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To close we view a show from 2012:

Isensee works mainly in oils but has made some fantastic works using colored pencils.

The artist is based out of New York City.


Artist of the moment……..Lindsay Goodwin



Lindsay Goodwin is an American painter renown for her paintings of interiors and landscapes. Lindsay Goodwin attended the Academy of Art located in San Francisco, California. She was selected among the top 15 artists in her class.

Her move into the international art world came years later whilst living in France. It was here she learned the skill necessary to depict her fancy and dramatically light filled interior scenes.

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A link to the artist’s homepage:

The artist has been included in many prestigious shows including the California Art Club. In addition she has appeared in numerous international art publications including American Art Collector.

I enjoy her paintings of the interior because she puts so much detail and information into her work. Many works are small, but with a wonderful sense of design and light and dark.

To close we catch a glimpse of the wonderful California Art Club Gold Medal Ceremony. Many nationally renown artists are featured including Alexey Steele and Karl Dempwolf. Goodwin is shown at the 38 second mark:





Artist of the moment……Robert Bechtle

Robert Bechtle is an American artist renowned for his realistic depictions of the California landscape. Robert Bechtle was born in San Francisco, California in the year 1932. For his artistic education Bechtle attended the California College of Art and Design earning both a B.F.A.and an M.F.A. His collegiate studies were interuppted by a stint in the Army.

In this clip we view on of the prints by Bechtle dealing with three houses. From Crown Point Press. I wish more Inuit artists would take us behind the scenes!:

I mentioned a few posts back with John Chamberlain, we will take some closer looks into artists that use the automobile as a focus in their works. In this clip Bechtle talks about his use of the auto in making his art:

Price range information: Bechtle worked with oils, watercolors, etchings, and lithographs. Prices range from $20,000 to $500,000.

Bechtle is based out of San Francisco, California.

I love the design of his landscapes. They are the essence of urban Americana of the 1960s and 1970s.


Artist of the moment….Alice Mason

Alice Trumbull Mason was born in Litchfield Connecticut in the year 1904. For her artistic education the artist traveled to Europe in the 1920s and studied art in Rome, Italy and then at British Academy. In 1927 she moved back to New York City to begin her professional art career.

A friend was Ilya Bolotowsky, an abstract painter who used basic geometric shapes, who has been featured here as one person bought work by the artist at Goodwill for less than $20 and sold for more than $9,000.

The artist was a distant relative of historical painter John Trumbull. Below an example of the art of John Trumbull. John Trumbull lived in the colonial era and was renowned for his portraits of political leaders. This portrait of George Washington. John Trumbull was called Colonel John as he served in the Revolutionary War and boasted about his service.


Alice Mason mixed her pigments and made her own paints. She also painted on unusual surfaces including rayon.

Her husband was the captain of a sea going ship, so she was left alone much of the time to raise two children. One child named Emily Mason, born in 1932 is a  practicing abstract artist and will be the next post.

Alice Trumbull Mason passed away in 1971.

I so enjoy it when families have multiple generations of artisans. From the colonial painter John Trumbull to her own daughter Emily and a granddaughter Cecily Kahn, this family has made an important generation to the artistic output of the United States since the founding fathers were alive. Amazing!

To close here is a work by the granddaughter of Alice Mason, Cecily Kahn:


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Artist of the moment…..Robert Genn

I have written about this artist before as I am a subscriber to his twice weekly newsletter. This artist has been on line since the 1990s and has had his notes made into books for us to enjoy!

I opened the latest newsletter and Mr. Genn tells us he has pancreatic cancer and around one year to live.

This artist is a national treasure of Canada and one of my favorite Impressionistic painters who works just as well with acrylics as with oils.

Robert Genn was born in 1936.

Please make sure and check out his website and his newsletter is free and comes twice a week.  Since has only one year left or so I am not for sure how long he will continue to write:

In this great video from Robert Genn he talks about the privilege of being an artist:

I wish Robert Genn all the best and hope some luck comes his way and he may paint his way to 100 years of age.


Artist of the moment……Richard Yarde

Richard Yarde is an African American artist born in the year 1939  in Boston, Massachusetts. He was renown for his work depicting mainly African- American people dancing. A great draughtsman who enjoyed painting the figure. In addition to the figure Yarde was renown for his work with the medium of watercolor. He occasionally worked in oils.

Yarde was an outstanding painter of fabrics and clothes.

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For his artistic education Yarde attended Boston University earning both a bachelors and masters of fine arts degree.

Yarde is part of the teaching faculty at the University of Massachusetts located in Amherst, Massachusetts.

The artist lives and works out of Northampton, Massachusetts.

Recipient of an award from the National Academy of Art and Letters.

Richard Yarde passed away in 2011. In the clip below we view a tribute to his legacy of art:

Included in many prominent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Boston Museum of Art.


Artist of the moment……Gao Brothers…..

A wonderfully talented duo that are actual brothers in real life born in Jinan, Shandong, China. This area is in the north east part of China. The older brother is Zhen born in 1956. The younger brother is named Qiang, who was born in 1962. The duo has been working on collaborative works since 1985. Employing a wide variety of mediums, they are renown for their depictions of Mao with breasts. Mao had an important and significant role in the Gao brothers life. Their father was a political dissident and was put in jail when they were young. At the ages of 12 and 6 years old, their father passed away whilst in a Chinese jail.

Most famous for their photography.

For their collegiate education Zhen attended the Shandong Academy of Fine Arts. Qiang graduated from Qufu Normal University.

First exhibition was a large work that was made to replicate the sexual organ of a hermaphrodite. Another early work dealt with Tiananmen Square, a large hand with a bloody hole in the center.

The hug is another major theme of the brothers. Some works have people hugging with clothes on and sometimes naked.

Another theme is cramming many naked bodies into a small box. This series of images is called Sense of Space and a work from this series is below.


An example of their hugging performance art here.

In this clip we see the artist duo’s famous Miss Mao dancing atop Lenin’s head, very carefully.


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