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Artist of the moment……David Reed


David Reed is an American artist renown for his large mixed media works. David Reed was born in San Diego, California in the year 1946. Reed is a painter, installation artist, and also works with video.

David Reed studied in New York City, Maine, before earning a degree from Reed College located in Portland, Oregon.

price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $100,000. Reed works in oils and acrylics.

Here we view a show featuring the work of David Reed with our friend James Kalm:

The artist has won grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and also the Guggenheim Foundation.

Reed is best known for the narrow shape of his works and his use of color.

Reed was named artist in residence at the Minnesota Institute of the Arts. In this clip a great interview with David Reed discussing this opportunity:

Reed has a son who is an internationally acclaimed author named John Reed.

What a wonderful combination of shapes. Though his work is abstract, the swirls in his work give it wonderful sense of life.





Artist of the moment…….Morris Cole Graves

Morris Cole Graves was a wonderful painter of abstract and floral imagery. The artist dropped out of high school and worked on the seas. Graves went back to school and graduated at the age of 22 years old.

Price range information: The artist worked in many mediums including bronzes, gouache,  charcoal, tempera, oils, acrylics, and printmaking. Prices range from $5,000 to $150,000.

Graves worked on the Federal Arts Project.

The artist also painted insects and animals but is more known for his abstract and botanical works.

One repeated image the artist liked to repeat was that of a bird singing or in pain. These are realist works but I can also see some Cubist sense of design in these works as well.

Graves was drafted to serve in World War 2. He called himself a pacifist and spent 11 months in a guardhouse.

Morris Cole Graves passed away in 2001 at the age of 90 years old.


Artist of the moment…..Street Artist Chris Johanson

Chris Johanson was born in the year 1968 in San Jose, California.  Johanson is renown for his cityscapes and also works with cartoons. He has worked with many subjects over his career and more recently has blended a great sense of color with rather abstract flat shapes painted in acrylics. He began drawing at a young age inspired by comic books. Johanson didn’t attend college or have any formal art training.

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $45,000.

Johanson gained recognition as an artist by designing skateboards.

The artist also plays in a band called Tina Age 13.

The artist moved to San Francisco and became involved in the San Francisco Mission School. This was a group of graffiti artists who were looking to make social and political commentary in their work.

Chris Johanson was involved in Whitney Biennale that took place in 2002. An installation by Johanson received great reviews from the critics.

In this clip we visit a show with the great James Kalm featuring the work of Chris Jensen and some other artists. Chris Jensen’s art is the first to appear in the segment:

He is now based out of Portland, Oregon.

When he was living San Francisco he won an award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for his artistic talents. A brief interview with Chris Johanson talking about an installation work:

What a fun and humorous street artist that has found great commercial and gallery success!


Artist of the moment…..Logan Grider

Logan Grider is a fantastic contemporary artist who blends a great sense of design with geometric and organic shapes alongside a great use of color. Logan Grider was born in 1981 in Salem, Oregon.

For his collegiate studies the artist earned a bachelors of fine art from the Chicago Institute of Art. Grider went on to earn a masters of fine arts from Yale Univeristy.

Grider is now an associate professor at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania where he teaches drawing a painting courses.

Here we visit a show at Swarthmore College. We listen to the lead curator at Swarthmore College. These works blend abstraction with modernism. Grider talks about design and color. He also talks about now making his own paintbrushes!

In this clip we visit a genre show featuring Logan Grider with our dear friend and fellow art enthusiast Logan Grider.  Logan Grider’s work is shown at 4:20 into the clip.

His work is like looking at a painting of a collage with so many varied textures and designs. His work has a great paint quality to a it as he uses wax in addition to his paints.

Price range information: Sorry none available.