Posts Tagged ‘portland’

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…..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!