Posts Tagged ‘print maker’

Artist of the moment……Jack Youngerman



Jack Youngerman is an American abstract/ minimalist artist. Jack Youngerman was born in St. Louis, Missouri in the year 1926. Youngerman is a painter, jewelry designer, sculptor, and print maker.

Youngerman attended college at the University of North Carolina before graduating from the University of Missouri. He also served in the United States Navy.

The artist also studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts located in Paris.

In this clip we view a group show that features Jack Youngerman’s work. His is the first piece of art:

Youngerman married a well known french actress.

The artist is part of many prominent collections including the Denver Art Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Youngerman has won a Guggenheim Fellowship and also awards from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $60,000. The artist worked in oils, gouache, prints, and bronzes.

What I enjoy most about Youngerman’s style is his sense of graphic design. Many pieces seem to be very similar to First Nations art, especially those works featuring black, red, and white. His style is very similar to the First Nations style of art work, but with more modern line work.


Artist of the moment…….Jay Rosenblum




Jay Rosenblum was an American Abstract painter. Jay Rosenblum was born in New York City in the year 1933.

Rosenblum attended the Pratt Institute for two years before finishing college and earning a B.A. from Bard College located in Annandale-On-Hudson, New York. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

The artist taught in New York City at the School of Visual Arts.

Jay Rosenblum was killed in 1989. He was riding a bicycle and was hit by a bus. The artist was 55 years of age.

The artist worked in acrylics, oils, and was also a print maker.

In addition to painting Rosenblum enjoyed playing the violin.

Price range information: Sorry none available.



Artist of the moment…..Michelle Grabner



Michelle Grabner is an American painter and print maker renown for her abstract style based on basic geometric shapes. Michelle Grabner was born in the year 1962.

Grabner received an excellent collegiate education earning M.A. and a B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin located at Milwaukee. Grabner also earned a M.F.A. from Northwestern University.

Here we visit a show featuring Grabner from 2013:

Grabner has held solo exhibitions of her work in the United States and Europe.

Price range information: Sorry none available. The artist works in oils or enamels.

Below a link to the website of Michelle Grabner:

Grabner has also taught at the collegiate level serving as chair of the painting and drawing department at the Art Institute of the School of Chicago.



Artist of the moment…..Avigdor Arikha

A tribute to the artist done in 2010 covering his life’s work in the art world.

A great collection of the artist’s work set to music.

This artist passed away in 2010, but I still enjoy her line quality and painting of folds in fabric.

Arikha was born in Bukovina, Romania in 1929 to Jewish parents that spoke German. He was born in Romania. He nearly escaped death at a young age as many people were killed, such as the artist’s father, at concentration camps run by Romanians.

He moved to Palestine in 1944 and was injured in the Israeli War of Independence. Studied art in Jerusalem and even Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France.  In France he learned how to use fresco in his design. This involves the art of painting watercolor on wet plaster or ceiling.

In 1954 the artist decided to relocated to Paris, France.In 1961 the artist married the poet from America, Anne Atik.  He spent the remainder of his life living in Paris. He passed away in 2010 from complications due to cancer.

In the art world during the 1950s he became mainly an abstract painter. In later years the artist took up drawing and painting from life and eventually made a style for himself doing only subjects which he could finish painting or printing in one season. He loved to draw and paint directly from life using only natural light. An alla prima painter who didn’t like to spend more than one sitting working on a painting.

Arikia illustrated some books for the theater writer and producer Samuel Beckett.

The artist was commissioned for many portraits. Some famous public commissions include Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth and the former prime minister of the United Kingdom.

The artist was also well schooled in the history of art and curated a show that dealt with French artist Ingres. He has given lectures on art history at Yale University, Princeton University, and the Prado Musuem in Madrid, Spain.

Like so many artists from his time period she worked in many mediums including graphite, gouache, engraving,  charcoal, watercolor, pastel, oils, lithographs, ink, etching, and aquatint.

Low price range: Charcoal originals start close to $5,000. Etchings for $1,000. Drawings can be found in the couple hundred dollar range. Pastels from $1,000 to $5,000 range.

High price range: $134, 500 for an oil painting done the subject matter being books.

I enjoy this artist for being able to paint wonderful impressions of subjects. Without going into much detail about the subject the viewer still captures the fun shapes and color combinations found by the aritst. Like Wayne Theibaud the arist could take something boring like an umbrella lying on the floor, and make a wonderful still life from it.

Try painting something that might be boring to most people. In it see something that excites your artistic part of the brain. Be it color or some fun triangular shapes in the shadows.

On line and land based gallery: Marlborough Gallery in New York City handles art dealing with the artist’s estate.



Artist of the moment…..Doctor Samella Sanders Lewis….

An interview with Cynthia Pope and Samella Lewis. She talks about other African American Artists such as Richard Mayhew whom I wrote about not long ago. The event was held in order to celebrate the many contributions made by Samella Sanders Lewis to the world of art.

This clip is from the awards ceremony for Lewis’ lifetime achievement award talked about in the previous clip. Lewis talks about growing up as a black female in the south. Seeing this clip made me feel a closer connection to Kara Walker.

The artist is featured here for black history month.

The artist is part of the collection of the Metropolitan Musuem of Art in New York City.   A link to her works in the collection:

The artist is a master of  mediums and “does it all” when it comes to making art. Sculptures, prints, watercolors, oils, and even woodcuts have been made by the artist.

Samella Sanders Lewis was born February 27th of 1924 in New Orleans. She is an artist herself, but is just as famous in the art world for being an art and cultural historian. She did her elementary and high school education in Louisiana. She earned a bachelors degree from the Hampton Institute in Virginia. Lewis went on to earn advanced degrees in art history and fine arts from Ohio State University.

She lived and studied art in South America, Africa, and Europe. When she began to study anthropology and learn about other cultures Lewis decided that she wanted to help shine some light on those cultures that were ignored for the most part.

The artist has been part of several books documenting the experience of being an African- American Female Artist. She came out with a book in 2012 which I was able to find on for less than eight dollars with shipping. I will give a short essay as soon as I read it.

Another great aspect about the artist is her talent for learning new ideas. She has not only mastered many mediums from printmaking to sculpture, she has completed four degrees at the collegiate level! Very inspiring!  No matter how much she learns she wants to learn more.

Samella Sanders Lewis inspires me not only to improve portraying emotion in my paintings and drawings. But also to improve my knowledge of art history.  My favorite print artists such as Kathe Kollwitz, Catlett, and Lewis all capture the emotions both happy and sorrowful in the characters they draw, paint, and sculpt. Earning many degrees and experiencing so many different cultures the artist is still hungry to learn more about the world and its inhabitants.  FANTASTIC!

After designing a greeting card for the NAACP the rear windows of her home were shot out by the Klu Klux Klan. Her work shows the humanity of people as well as their desire to be free.

high price: $16,800 in 2007.   Many prints are available starting around $2,500

Happy painting!