Posts Tagged ‘pattern and decoration movement’

Artist of the moment……….Kim MacConnel


Kim MacConnel is a wonderful abstract artist born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the year 1946. MacConnel is renown for his abstract paintings. MacConnel attended the University of California at San Diego earning a B.F.A. and a M.F.A.

MacConnel was one of few men that are associate with the Pattern and Decoration movement that took place in the 1970s. Another male artist associated with this movement was the floral artist Robert Kushner.

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The artist works as a painter with gouache, enamel, and acrylics. He is also an avid printmaker.

The artist had wasn’t respected by the art community as a whole because he didn’t work on canvas, rather he painted on fabric and sometimes bed sheets.

In this clip we view an interview and several works by Kim MacConnel. The artist also makes sculptures out of found materials in addition to his paintings. These sculptures were made out of items that washed up on the beach that MacConnel collected.:

I enjoy the artist’s bright palette and unusual shapes.




Artist of the moment……Joyce Kozloff

Joyce Kozloff was born in Somerville, New Jersey in the year 1942. Kozloff  was a founding member of the Pattern and Decoration movement that flourished back in the 1970s in the United States. Her work since that time period has focused on cartography, the study of maps, to which she will include biographical or more local information about the culture. I found this type of work to remind of the Saar family of artists who include their own backgrounds as part of their finished work.

For her collegiate studies Kozloff attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She then went on to earn a masters degree from Columbia University.

The masks in the gallery are made of cast paper and then painted with acrylics.

Below a great example of Kozloff and her study and use of maps (cartography!)

In this clip we visit a series by the artist focusing on some of the Hawaiian Islands. She enjoyed working with the shapes of the islands themselves and also learning about the history of the islands.

In this clip from the Brooklyn Museum of Art we listen to Joyce Kozloff talk about the Feminist Movement.

Price range information: Many works priced between $2,000 and $6,000.

In addition to the Feminist cause Kozloff also likes to pursue activities promoting world peace.

Over her long career the Kozloff has created many public works over a two decade time period. Each commission was done to have a local feel and use of local materials and/ or ideas. An example would be Bay Area Victorian. Kozloff would use mixed media to complete these mosaics.

Started using the map as a main source for her creative outputs in the 1990s. Here is a unique idea to get people to see how destructive war can be. Kozloff made a large walk in map of the globe and on it were locations where the United States has bombed from 1945 until 2000. Its great to get people to understand the process only repeats itself over and over without fail.

Produced a series of watercolors in the 1980s. This book dealt with decoration and pornography.

What a creative artist!


Artist of the moment…..Valerie Jaudon…

Valerie Jaudon is an American painter born in Greenville,  Mississippi in the year 1945. For her collegiate studies she attended many schools. The Memphis Academy of Art, the University of the Americas, and St. Martin’s School of Art in London, England.

price range information: Etchings can be found around $500. Works in oils range $2,000 to $25,000.

Jaudon was a member of the Pattern and Decoration movement popular in 1970s. When looking at the artist’s work its abstract, yet very organized. For instance you have very loose abstraction such as this work by Jackson Pollack. Interesting for a variety of color combinations and surface texture, but very loose in design and use of color.


Then we have what I like to call organized abstraction. For this is an artist like Beatriz Milhazes from Brazil or even Kandinsky of Russia. Both have a fair amount of unused or a one color portion in their works. Jaudon and other members of the Pattern and Design movement concentrated on organized abstraction. When looking at many of these works and Jaudon’s in particular the viewer is reminded of a luxury gate or doorway with intricate patterns and also with basic geometric shapes which are repeated through out the artwork. Another pattern that comes to mind would be the pattern seen through a kaleidoscope.  Here is a work by Beatriz Milhazes who has had works break the one million dollar level. Very abstract but organized and with an emphasis on color combinations.


In this clip we visit a gallery show featuring the artist  at the Von Lintel gallery in 2012. Take the time to view the entire work but pay attention shortly after the one minute mark. The camera focuses close up on the image and then pans out. When looking at a close view its amazing the variety of textures and colors found in these works which seem from a distance rather flat.

Valerie Jaudon also has fulfilled many commission requests and check out this architecture project she completed. Its an awesome bird’s eye view. She has completed more than ten of these public commissions.

Von Lintel Gallery | New York - http://www.vonlintel.vom/

Jaudon lives and works out of  New York city.

Jaudon is included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.



Artist of the moment….Charles Arnoldi…

Charles Arnoldi hails from California and is a painter and sculptor best  known for his  abstract works. Charles Arnoldi was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1946. Arnoldi is now based out of Los Angeles, California.

Arnoldi came onto the national scene in the 1970s with his wooden sculptures.

Price range information: Works done in acrylics range $4,000 to $60,000. Prints range $1,500 to $7,500. No pricing available for sculpture works.

Below a brief interview with Arnoldi before at an exhibition. A great clip as the artist talks about why he painted the highly finished works and then his looser less finished works.

Arnoldi was inspired to paint by viewing some works by two abstract masters in Jackson Pollack and Willem de Kooning.

For his collegiate studies the artist enrolled briefly at a junior college in California and also the Chouinard Institute in Los Angeles. The artist disliked the strict and formal classroom setting and decided to learn via “on the job” training after less than 2 years of schooling.

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When looking at the works of Charles Arnoldi I am reminded of Rex Ray. I find both use some similar abstract shapes in their works alongside bold color. Also both use wood textures. Rex Ray is a contemporary artist from California that also has a huge stamp in the home furnishings arena designing things such as rugs and carpets along with his prints and original works of art. Ray enjoys including wood texture in many of his works. Below a signature example of his Rex Ray’s style. Notice the wooden textured background.


Another artist that jumps to mind would be any  of the painters of the Pattern and Decoration Movement that was very popular in the States from 1975 to 1985. The main artist I am reminded of in this group is Valerie Jaudon. The artist was born in 1945 and is a huge success in the art world best non for non objective style of painting. She has been awarded many prestigious public commissions. For me her work with the small shape motif is very similar to the design used by Charles Arnoldi when he makes his paintings or wall reliefs that include many twigs and small branches. Below are some examples of Valerie Jaudon’s geometric and abstract working style.