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Artist of the moment……Photographer David Maisel



David Maisel is an American photographer renown for his aerial shots of the American landscape taken from an airplane. David Maisel was born in New York City in the year 1961.

In this brief clip we view some wonderful aerial shots of mines taken by Maisel. I enjoy the abstract quality of these works.:

Maisel received a great collegiate education first earning a B.F.A.  from Princeton University. He went on to graduate studies first at Harvard before earning a M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts.

In this clip David Maisel talks about shooting imagery that dealt with death.:

Below a link to the website of the artist.:

The artist is based out of Sausalito, California.

Maisel is a wonderful photographer who seeks out very abstract images that visual delights in color and texture.


Artist of the moment………….Walter Darby Bannard


Walter Darby Bannard is an American painter and print maker renown for his minimalist style. Walter Darby Bannard was born in New Haven, Connecticut in the year 1934.

Bannard attended Princeton University located in Princeton, New Jersey.

The artist has taught at the collegiate level at many institutions including the School of Visual Arts located in New York City, and the University of Miami in Florida.

In this clip a brief interview with Darby Bannard from the University of Miami:

His career began using basic geometric shapes, especially the circle. As he grew as an artist he became looser and freer in his application of paint producing work with organic shapes.

Bannard was an innovator as far as using new mediums on the market. His monumental works of the 1960s and 1970s were often made with acrylic paint mixed with gels and resin. He has also worked with watercolors.

Over his career the artist has had more than 100 solo exhibitions of his work.

Bannard is included in museum collections at the Georges Pompidou Centre located in Paris, France and the Whitney Museum of American Art located in New York City.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

From a design standpoint I enjoy the artist’s use of a mixture of shapes and his bright acrylic palette.



Artist of the moment…….Toshiko Takaezu

Toshiko Takaezu was a very successful artist who  specialized in ceramics and earthenware.  Toshiko Takaezu was born in the year 1922 in Pepeekeo, Hawaii her parents of Japanese decent. For her collegiate education Takaezu attended the University of Hawaii located in Honolulu. Takaezu also attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Some themes in her ceramic work were tree forms and the moon.

A large influence on Toshiko Takaezu was the artist Toyo Kaneshige, himself a world renown potter. Toyo Kaneshige was deemed a living national treasure for his work with ceramics. Kaneshige acted as a mentor to Takaezu during the 1950s.

The artist was part of the teaching faculty at Princeton University and also the Cleveland Art Institute.

A book has been published featuring the life and career of Toshiko Takaezu. A link to this website promoting it is below:

In this clip a long documentary on the life and work of Toshiko Takaezu:

In this clip a poet laureate tells us what she admires about the work of Toshiko Takaezu. Its interesting how marks remind the poet of text and calligraphy.

Toshiko Takaezu is part of many prominent museum collections including the Smithsonian American Art Institute, the Butler Institute of American Art, and the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Toshiko Takaezu passed away in 2011 at the age of 88 years old.

Price range information:  Most vessels range between $2,000 and $10,000.