Posts Tagged ‘paintings’

Artist of the moment…..Gladys Cook


Gladys Cook is a wonderful American artist renown for her portraits of domestic dogs and cats. Gladys Cook was born in the year 1899. For her artistic education Cook attended the Art Student’s League of New York City.

Cook enjoyed a lengthy career as an illustrator and commercial artist. Some companies she worked for including companies that sold cat products such as Puss N Boots.

Later in her career she became an avid marine painter.

Much of her animal work is in charcoal and pastel.

Gladys Cook passed away in 1976.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Some other great artists who paint dogs and cats include Edmund  Osthaus and John Weiss.




Artist of the moment…….Dhananjay Singh

Dhananjay Singh was born in Hajipur, Bihar, India in the year 1977. This region is located in the north of India. For his artistic education Singh attended the Faculty of Visual Arts of Banaras Hindu University. The artist also earned a master’s degree from the University Baroda.

Dhananjay Singh’s favorite subject is the tree.

The artist works with sculpture and also painting. Many paintings are executed with watercolor on paper.

Many sculptures are made of bronze and either stainless steel wire or copper wire.

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $50,000.

I love the way the artist has merged the figure and the tree into one style uniquely his own! It makes sense as the way a branch tapers it reminds me of the same taper you see on the human arm or leg.


Artist of the moment….Jim Isermann…

Jim Isermann was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin in the year 1955.  His style of  artwork bring to mind  the Op Art Movement and artists like Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. He also has added to the Op Art movemet in a way that Bridget Riley and Vasarely did not, by moving into 3 dimensions. Isermann has completed many large scale public commissioned installations and sculptures.

Below is a clip showing some works from the Mary Boone Gallery.

In this clip an interview with the Princeton University of Art Musuem.

A link to the artist’s website:

(If you visit the website a great slide show of the artist’s work can be see by just remaining on the artist’s website homepage.)

Price range information: The artist has sold works in pencil that cost around $1,000.

For his artistic education Isermann earned his bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 1977. He went on to earn a master’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts.

Recepient of the National Endowment for Arts Fellowship in both painting and sculpting.

The idea I enjoy most about this artist is his ability to use his art skills in the designing of household furniture items such as rugs and furniture.  As a business major myself I am so enthused by the movement of fine art into the commercial art from artists like Isermann and Rex Ray. Both artists not only sell original works of art, but also giclees and prints of their works. Both also earn a great deal of money from royalty contracts from their furniture sales.

Below is a great example of the artist Rex Ray, a modern artist who recently went to collaboration with Samad carpets to make wonderful carpets. Below is a Rex Ray carpet design. Its just great to see artists that are successful in both home decor and fine art.



Iserman currently lives and resides in Palm Springs, California.

For artists that would like to broaden their sales with some commercial endeavors please read about artists like Rex Ray, Amelia Caruso, and Jim Isermann. Besides rugs and carpet these artists have licensed their art to be used on blankets, sheets, cell phone covers wall paper and various other home furnishings. Isermann has also produced works using stained glass.

Isermann is part of the teaching faculty at the University of California, Riverside.

Some commission projects include UCLA Hammer Museum, Princeton University, and Stanford.

For some art homework think about seeing your favorite work of art available as a carpet or mosaic tile.