Posts Tagged ‘printmaker’

Artist of the moment………Street Artist JM Rizzi also known as JMR

 

 

JM Rizzi is a contemporary American artist whose work is a blend of modernism and Pop art. JM Rizzi was born in Brooklyn, New York in the year 1975. The artist attended college at the School of Visual Arts located in New York City.

Over his artistic career he has painted murals for several hotels and restaurants located around the Manhattan and New York City areas. Below we view JM Rizzi at the the Pod Hotel located in Manhattan:

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In this clip we view a show featuring JMR from 2011.:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://jmrizzi.com/

What I enjoy most about this artist is his sense of loose abstraction similar to what I feel when looking at water or wood.

There is also an artist named James Rizzi, who is sometimes confused with JMR.

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Artist of the moment…..Hideo Hagiwara

 

 

Hideo Hagiwara was a Japanese printmaker born in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan in the year 1913.

His father was a government official and the artist grew up in Machuria and Korea.

The artist attended college at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts.

Hagiwara’s favorite subject matter included the figure, landscapes, and abstract works. Hagiwara also liked to experiment with new processes of the printmaking technique.

Hagiwara became interested in the printmaking process after going to a class held by print master Hiratsuka Unichi.

One of the many successful print series made by the artist was based on Greek mythology.

Hideo Hagiwara passed away in 2007.

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The artist had wonderful results in abstract and landscape works. His works are fun to look at because the artist was always experimenting with changing his process. The viewer always seems to see something new, different, and exciting in each work.

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Artist of the moment…….Ryan Callahan also known as Ryca

 

 

Ryan Callanan is a London, England based Pop artist renown for his work with characters from the film franchise Star Wars and for making art using smiling happy faces.

In this clip we view many works by the artist:

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Ryca works a painter, print maker, and sculptor. As a sculptor he often works with cast resin. The artist has also worked as a graphics designer and his more recent work explores the fun that can be had with text and letters. He often uses the shapes of pub bar signs as background for his text.

In this clip we view an exhibition by Ryan Callanan that took place in 2014:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.ryca.net/

With his newer works that feature text Ryca’s work reminds me of another well known text artist, Stephen Powers.

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Artist of the moment……….George Morrison

 

 

George Morrison was a Native American landscape painter and printmaker. George Morrison was born on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation near Chippewa City, Minnesota in the year 1919. The artist was of Chippewa decent.

Morrison had a well rounded education having studied at the Art Student’s League of New York City. He then went on to earn a degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The artist also studied abroad in France on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Morrison also spent time as a collegiate professor. He was part of the faculty at the University of Minnesota and the Rhode Island School of Design.

In addition to painting landscapes the artist also painted in the style of Abstract Expressionism.

In this brief clip a few works of the artist are shown:

George Morrison passed away in the year 2000 at the age of 81 years old.

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What I enjoy most about the artist George Morrison is his diversity in his choice of mediums. The artist was a painter and printmaker, but he also was renown for making intricate wood collages. His landscapes have great emotional content due to his tremendous use of color.

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Artist of the moment……….Koomwartok Ashoona

 

 

Koomwartok Ashoona is one of the sons of famed Inuit artist Pitseolak Ashoona. Koomwartok Ashoona was born in the year 1930.

The artist had a wife and son who also became professional sculptors. He was based out of Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada for his career.

Koomwartok Ashoona passed away in 1984.

His favorite subject matter included birds, the Goddess of the Sea named Sedna, and spirits.

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Its easy to see that the artist loved to draw and observe animals. His works in stone have a wonderful sense of life due to the flowing and curvy lines.

What a great example of an Inuit family that has had multiple generations of professional working artists!

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Artist of the moment………David Blackwood

 

David Blackwood is a Canadian artist renown his paintings and etchings of the Canadian landscape. David Blackwood was born in Wesleyville, Newfoundland, Canada in the year 1941. The artist calls himself a visual story teller.

Blackwood attended the Ontario College of Art and Design.

The artist began his own studio in the year 1956.

In this wonderful video we catch some behind the scenes action at the process of drawing and then creating a print:

Blackwood was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1993.

The artist was a lead professor at Trinity College School.

Price range information: Blackwood is a prolific printmaker and prices can start as low as $4,000. Original works in oils can reach the $100,000 t0 $150,000 range.

What a great printmaker! He reminds me of artist Richard Kipness. Both make wonderful prints of the landscape. The black and white images help to tell the story.

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Artist of the moment……….Mara De Luca

 

 

Mara De Luca is a contemporary American abstract artist. The artist has developed a unique working process that combines painting with collage.

De Luca attended Columbia University located in New York City where she earned a B.F.A. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts located in Valencia, California.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.maradeluca.com/

The artist has been included in exhibitions in the United States and Europe.

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De Luca first pours a thin  layer of acrylic paint onto raw unprimed canvas. She then puts a layer of fabric on top of this. Depending upon the mood she wishes to create, the artist uses either transparent or opaque fabric. The artist credits Duchamp for inspiring her unique approach.

In this clip a brief interview with the De Luca as artist in residence in Irvine, California. De Luca was the first official artist in residence at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. Her printmaking process is quite detailed.:

De Luca also gives credit for inspiration to the daily life she lives in Los Angeles, California. A wonderful mix of digital technology and natural beauty.

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Artist of the moment……..Leon Golub

 

Leon Golub was an American painter renown for his paintings which show the figure or figures in situations that explore power and sex. Some locations the artist depicted were brothels and torture chambers. The artist also painted well known political figures including Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixo, and Chairman Mao.

Leon Golub was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1922. Golub attended the University of Chicago where he earned a B.F.A. Golub went on earn a M.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago.

The artist married painter Nancy Spero. The couple had 3 children. The couple were married for nearly 50 years.

When beginning their art careers, the couple decided to move to Europe. Since the couple both enjoyed painting themes of power and sex, the duo thought their work would be more acceptable in Europe versus the United States.

Leon Golub passed away in 2004 at the age of 82.

In this clip we catch up with the great James Kalm to view a show featuring Leon Golub’s work:

Over his career the artist worked in many mediums including oils, lacquer, and acrylics.

Golub is part of the permanent collection at the Art Institute of Chicago and Metropolitan Museum of Art located in New York City.

Price range information:  Prints can be found starting around $4,000. Original works range from $20,000 to $200,000.

What a great style of realism and expressionism. One only wonders what Leon Golub would paint today with all of the violent images we see from mass media that include I.S.I.S. or even church shootings.

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Artist of the moment………Gerry Marks

 

 

Gerry Marks is a Northwest Coast artist representing the Haida nation. Gerry Marks was born in 1949 and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. Marks works a printmaker and jewelry artist.

Marks attended the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art. The school is located in the historical village of Ksan at Hazelton.

The artist began to explore his heritage after seeing some works by his grandfather whose name was John Marks. John Marks was a  highly respected metal smith and maker of fine jewelry.

Price range information: No pricing on prints. Jewelry ranges between $1,000 and $35,000 Canadian dollars.

Marks is part of many permanent museum collections across Canada including the Royal British Columbia Museum located in Victoria, British Columbia.

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Artist of the moment………Robert Proch

 

Robert Proch is a contemporary artist renown for his Futurist depictions of the human figure. Robert Proch was born in Bydgoszcz, Poland in the year 1986. Proch works as a painter, printmaker, animator, and muralist.

Proch studied animation at the Academy of Arts located in Poznan, Poland (The nations fifth largest city). The artist is still based out of Poznan, Poland.

The artist began writing graffiti in the streets whilst he was a teenager.

A few artists that inspire Robert Proch include street artist Sat One, Francis Bacon, and Monet.

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Below a time lapse video of a mural painted by Robert Proch:

Proch works mainly with acrylic paint.

Here we visit the OpenSpace Gallery located in Paris, France for a show featuring Robert Proch that took place in 2013:

 

Proch has incredible design and draftsmanship skills. His style is a blend of wonderfully drawn faces and figures from unique viewpoints that give them a Japanese animation feel.

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