Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Artist of the moment……..Crystal Liu



Crystal Liu is a Canadian born painter renown for her images of flowers and nature.  Crystal Liu was born in Toronto, Ontario in the year 1980.

Liu attended the Ontario College of Art and Design located in Toronto. Liu went on to earn a M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

Liu often works with watecolors and ink.

The artist also works with the medium of photographer. The first example in the picture gallery is an example of Liu’s photography style.

Liu has shown her work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Crystal Liu’s art reminds of painter Robert Kushner. Both artist’s capture the wonderful organic lines of flowers and also incorporate a variety of mediums to give their paintings a wonderful variety of texture and movement of light across the painting surface. When I first saw Kushner’s work in person I was amazed at how the picture changed slightly as moved, this made it seem very life like.

Kushner often covers his work with resin and also uses glitter, which doesn’t show up well on a digital image. But in person as the viewer slightly moves different light is bounced on a variety of colors of glitter and the effect is a shimmering light.




Artist of the moment…………Photographer Xing Danwen


Xing Danwen is a Japanese photographer renown for her work using modern building maquettes. She takes the buildings and then adds her own touch by portraying characters that live in the buildings. She takes photographs of herself as a model living in the building and sometimes alters these images digitally.

Xing Danwen was born in Xi’an, China in the year 1967. The artist attended the Chinese Central Academy of Art located in Beijing earning a B.F.A. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts located in New York City.

In this clip a brief interview with Xing Danwen talking about her work:

Danwen is now based out of Beijing, China.

Price range information: Most photographs anc C-prints range between $10,000 to $50,000.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

I enjoy the contemporary feel and thought process of this artist. Since she uses models that will someday in the future be actual buildings, her work has a futuristic appeal to it. The fact that she takes this a step further to develop characters based on what she sees and feels makers her work very unique.



Artist of the moment………Arthur Mole


Arthur Mole was a photographer renown for his “living” pictures to help encourage soldiers at war. Arthur Mole was born in Lexton, Essex, England in the year 1889. Mole’s work is just so clever, the work of the battleship shows soldiers spelling out “Nice to Meet You” in Japanese.

Mole had the idea to take many soldiers and arrange them into patriotic shapes. When seen from the ground the soldiers looked like a random image of people, but when shot from high above the images would come into place. Some subject matter included flags, a liberty bell, and an eagle.

Unofficially Mole used as many as 20,000 people in one picture. In order to make the perspective work correctly many more people had to be placed in the distance rather than closer.

The artist and his family moved to the United States in 1902, just after he became a teenager. Mole worked as a commercial photographer.

It took a great deal of patience and time to organize the soldiers into place. Mole’s viewing point was an 80 foot tower. He would shout instructions on where to stand via a megaphone.

Mole is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Arthur More passed away in 1983.

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Below a brief clip on Arthur Mole and his helper in this activity, John Thomas:

No need for photoshop with such a creative mind! Arthur Mole was far ahead of his time in the field of photography!



Artist of the moment…….Farrah Karapetian



Farrah Karapetian is a wonderful American photographer born in California in the year 1978. Karapetian attended the Yale School of Art earning a B.F.A. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Karapetian had her first solo exhibition in 2008.

Her work often deals with people caught up in historical moments such as war or sometimes just doing everyday tasks. Some of her latest work includes images of ice that were taken and glued to a mirror.

If you enjoy this style of photography be sure and check out Man Ray. Karapetian also reminds of Andy Warhol for the fact she uses items we see in everyday life, but breaks them down to simple geometric shapes.

The way the images are cropped the viewer isn’t exactly one hundred percent sure of the image they are looking at. Is the shape a drum or a ferris wheel? A simple form when reduced in shape and color can become very interesting when composed creatively.

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In this clip we view a short interview with the artist talking about her photography. Two other artists are shown in the discussion. The segment featuring Farrah Karapetian begins at 18:30 minute part of the clip:

Below a link to the website of Farrah Karapetian:


Artist of the moment………Marco Breuer



Marco Breuer is a German artist renown for his abstract work with photography. Marco Breuer was born in Landshut, Bavaria in the south-east part of Germany. The artist attended  school in Germany eventually earning a degree in photography from the University of Applied Sciences. The artist tries to damage the paper as much as possible in some cases he burns it!

In this clip we view a show featuring Marco Breuer’s fantastic art with C-print papers:

In this clip we visit a show at the Von Lintel Gallery located in New York City from 2012:

I enjoy looking at Breuer’s photography as much as a master Ansel Adams because his approach is the exact opposite. Breuer takes advantage of the improvements made in C-print paper over the years and over his process pushes it to its breaking point. The artist exposes an undeveloped paper to light, whereas Ansel Adams best work came in the dark room, part of Breuer’s process is to expose the paper to light and leave the darkroom.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $10,000.

Breuer is part of numerous public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art located in New York City and Art Institute of Chicago.

The most fascinating idea about this artist is that he makes great images that have nothing to do with photographs.


The Beatles and Abbey Road


An auction was held for the famous collection of photographs taken by Ian MacMillan. The folio of works sold for $227,000 U.S. dollars. The police actually closed the road for 10 minutes and whilst MacMillan took  the shots. One image of a stone wall was used for the back of the record album.

Here is the most famous Abbey Road image of the Beatles taken by Ian MacMillan.



Below a wonderful clip that takes us to the famous Abbey Road:


Lets now take a look at some artwork inspired by the Beatles and Abbey Road.

First we have an image by Al Hirschfeld.



Below a work by Andrew Timmons.



This work is by Leland Castro.


This creative work is by Sylvain Diez.


This work of art by Sara Gauthier.


It sure is fun to see all the amazing artwork inspired by one of the world’s greatest bands of all time.

Cheers and Peace!


Artist of the moment……..Photographer Brassai


Brassai was born Gyula Halasz was born in Brasso, Transylvania in the year 1899. The artist took the name as a tribute to his hometown which was originally in Transylvania, but later became part of Hungary.

Halasz studied art in Germany and Transylvania.

Brassai was renown for his photography, mainly of Paris, that took place at night. These photographs are grainy in texture, and some might not even think they are professional. The artist made these dreamy works as part of his style. He thought these works left a certain mystery to the viewer.

A wonderful example of works by Brassai is shown below:


He made a book out of his first photographs of the Parisian night life which was titled Paris At Night. The book contained images of the murky people found in the streets of Paris at this time including prostitutes. The book put the images of Brassai on the international art scene.

Brassai passed away in 1984.

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

Paris at night, with little light and black and white imagery! What a wonderful combination!




Artist of the moment…….Ernest Zacharevic



Ernest Zacharevic is a wonderful street artist born in Lithuania.

Zacharevic works with the figure in a very humorous manner. In some works he makes use of tree and plant branches to use for people’s hair.

The style of the artist is very interesting  that takes into account not only the surface, but the texture. His heads with hair remind me of Chia pets!

In this clip we view the artist at work at a street art fair in 2014. Zacharevic makes great use of the grey color of the walls in his portraits:

In this clip we view a show titled “Art is Rubbish” by Ernest Zacharevic:

The artist is now based out of Malaysia.

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A link to the website of Ernest Zacharevic:

What a unique style!


Artist of the moment………Street Artist Evol



Evol is a fantastic street artist renown for his buildings. If Evol involves graffiti in his work, it is on his fantastic miniature buildings. Evol is based out of Germany and was born in the year 1972. The artist earned a college degree and studied product design.

Price range information: Sorry none available. The artist cells C-prints of his art.


The buildings of the artist are sometimes painted on cardboard. The artist has a great palette for capturing the greys of the urban city. The artist uses the color of the cardboard as a base and to it adds many shades of grey, black, white.

In this clip we view the artist at work doing some art in Europe. I love this clip because we get to listen to how noisy it is. Sometimes we forget how easy we have it in the studio where we as artists control most of the noise that takes place in our home studio:

In this clip a longer version of the artist at work on a piece. His buildings are simple installations of his completed cardboard paintings:

What a great artist! Any artist that can make the ordinary into something extraordinary earns my respect. This artist is a paint painter, installation artist, and photographer all in one! Awesome!




Artist of the moment………Street Artist Slinkachu

Slinkachu is a wonderful street artists renown for his miniature size installations. Slinkachu uses characters found with model railroad train sets as his subject matter.

Slinkachu works with a very humorous twist in most of his works.

The artist is also a great photographer, a key aspect in his art.

A link to the website of Slinkachu:

In this clip a brief interview with Slinkachu. Many works are shown.

price range information: Slinkachu has three books of his work available on No pricing available for limited edition photographs of his art.

What a great concept! Make sure you don’t walk to fast through the streets of London, England or you may miss some art! Keep looking up and down. Think Banksy and Slinkachu! Slinkachu is one of the funniest artists ever profiled here!


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