Posts Tagged ‘piet mondrian’

Artist of the moment……….Tom Fruin


Tom Fruin is a recycled materials artist renown for his work with found plexiglass. Tom Fruin was born and raised in Los Angeles, California in the year 1974.

In some earlier works the artist composed his found art with discarded drug bags.

Fruin attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where he earned a B.F.A.

The artist is now based out of New York City.

Fruin finds inspiration in the art of Piet Mondrian.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

In this clip the artist tells us about a piece based on map:

The artist has been part of exhibitions in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we take a closer look at a water tower made by Tom Fruin:

What a unique and interesting style. I can easily see the comparison to Piet Mondrian. Like Mondrian, only more contemporary!




Artist of the moment………..Vilmos Huszár



Vilmos Huszár was a Hungarian painter and designer who was part of the De Stijl movement. Vilmos Huszár was born in Budapest, Hungary in the year 1884.

Huszár also painted in a Cubist style for a period of time. The artist was also a furniture designer and an avid printmaker.

The artist moved to the Netherlands in 1905. He would be based out of the Netherlands for the majority of his career.

As a graphics designer one of his most renown works were advertising campaigns for Miss Blance Virginia cigarettes.

Below a great montage of works by Vilmos Huszár:


Vilmos Huszár passed away in 1960 at the age of 76 years old.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $250,000.

I enjoy Huszár’s mix of shapes and color. His compositions with individual shapes show a great sense of movement.




Artist of the moment……Theo Van Doesburg

Theo Van Doesburg was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands in the year 1883. His father was a photographer  He was a founder of the De Stijl movement. Another noted leader of this movement was Piet Mondrian.

The artist began as a realist painter. He produced quite a large body of realistic paintings. Many examples of these types of works are in the clip.

The artist was born Christian Emil Marie Kupper. He was proud of his stepfather and so he began to use his name and even signed his paintings with his father’s name, Theo Doesburg. He would later add “van” to the signing of his works.

With Piet Mondiran and artists founded the De Stijl magazine in the year 1917. Van Doesburg was a published author and critic.

Van Doesburg was different than Mondrian in that Van Doesburg emplyed diagonal lines.

His first exhibition was in 1908.

Price range information: His works seldom appear on the market. Prices can range from $75,000 to more than $4 million dollars.

In this clip a variety of works by Theo Van Doesburg. Realist paintings are shown at the start and works from his De Stijl era are shown at the 1:53 or so part of the clip:


Artist of the moment……Burgoyne Diller

Burgoyne Diller was one of the premiere abstract American artists. Burgoyne Diller was born in the Bronx, New York City in the year 1906. As you can probably figure out by his style, a heavy influence on Diller was the Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian.

Diller studied with Hans Hofmann at the Art Student’s League New York City.

Burgoyne Diller also worked as a realist. The artist worked for the WPA painting murals with the subject being the figure.

Burgoyne Diller passed away in 1965.

Diller is part of many prestigious collections including the Whitney Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art.

Price range information: Diller worked in many mediums including crayon and graphite which can be found starting at $3,000 up to larger paintings in oils and collages which can reach $75,000.


Artist of the moment…..Ilya Bolotowsky….

The artist was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in the year 1901.

The artist attended college at the University of St. Joseph in Istanbul, Turkey from 1921 to 1923. He then emigrated to the United States. He became a naturualized United States citizen in 1929.

Whilst in the United States studied at the National Academy of Art and Design in New York city. He also became associated with a group that came to be known in the art world as the group of ten. They rebelled against the Academy and held exhibitions on their own. The most famous of these artists was Mark Rothko. It was during this period of his life he became aware of Piet Mondrian and his use of the grid and primary colors.

Bolotowsky worked in several mediums such as oil, acrylics, serigraphs, silkcreens, gouache, and wood.

Here is the best compilation of works by Bolotowsky I could find. Paintings start at nine seconds into the video.


Low price range: Acrylics start at $1,000.  Oil paintings start at $5,000. Prints can be found for a few hundred dollars.

High price range: Oil painting record is $35,000. Acrylics record is $26,070.

The artist with the most influence on Bolotowsky was Piet Mondrian. Mondrain was a Dutch artist who specialized in abstract works with geometric shapes. Mondrian used a plain white background. He then painted a grid using black and the three primary colors. Bolotowsky used some ideas of Mondrian and also inlcuded ideas from other movements including Cubism.


Bolotowsky taught at several universities over his lifetime including the University of New Mexico, Long Island University, and Black Mountain College.


In the 1930s New York mayor Fierrello LaGuardia was the chief component behind housing projects in Brooklyn. Some abstract artists received commissions from the federal government. This included Bolotowsky, Balcomb Green, Paul Kelpe, and Al Swinden. These houses were designated a national landmark in 2003. Awesome!


In the 1960s he turned to working with wood and tried various forms of sculpture.


Bolotowksy passed away in 1981 at the age of 74.

This artist caught my eye, and you might have seen the story on the news as well. A lady purchased a work by the artist for less than $10. Where did this thrifty buyer find the painting? At a Goodwill store! What a fantastic story!!!

The artist who bought the painting at Goodwill sometimes buses slightly used canvases to begin her paintings of kitties. Her name is Beth Feeback and a link to her website is here:

After seeing the quality of the painting a friend told her not to paint over it. She did some research about the signature and found out she had a true abstract masterpiece. The piece was sold recently at auction for $34,375 including the buyers premium. Feeback collected over $27,000 for her efforts. I hope she at least purchases some linen or birch panels to experiment on!


What a great story!

Make some time every day for art. Read about it, create it! Get involved!