Posts Tagged ‘prints’

Artist of the moment……Janet Taylor Pickett

Janet Taylor Pickett is a mixed media artist born in 1948 in Michigan. Pickett is renown for working with dresses which she uses to convey identity. For her collegiate studies the artist attended many art institutions. She attended the Michigan School of Art and Design for her BFA. Her post graduate work was done at the University of Michigan. In addition she attended Parsons School of Design.

I love the way she includes renown painters in her work. An appropriation done with her favorite subject of dresses.

I find her work very similar to the artist Christina Chalmers, who also has built a reputation for working with the dress as a main subject. Below a great example of Chalmer’s work with the dress. She also creates sculptures of dresses.


Taught much of her career at Essex County College. Also taught at Bloomfield College.

Pickett is a multi media artist that enjoys working with canvas, fabric, collage, and paint.

Price range information: Sorry, none available.

In this clip Pickett talks about her work.

Another great interview with the artist.

I love the patterns and colors used by both Christina Chalmers and Janet Taylor Pickett works!


Artist of the moment….Pitseolak Ashoona

Pitseolak Ashoona was another artist coming from the Native Inuit tribe of Canada. She was the last of her generation to live the traditional nomadic lifestyle enjoyed by the Inuit since before 1000 B.C.  The tribe lived the basic hunting and gathering life with few material possessions and awful healthcare. She had 17 children and only 5 survived infancy. Ashoona was born around 1904 to 1907 and passed away in 1983.

price range info: Etchings,lithographs, and felt tip markers  range $500 to $2500. Works in stone range $500 to $5000.

Again it was the conduit of the Inuit people and the fine art world James Houston who convinced her to give print making a try.

She specialized in much of the same themes, hunting, riding in the canoe, and fables and legends rather than use stones or antlers to carve her story, the artist enjoyed drawing more than anything else and expressed herself in this method although she had done sculptures in the past it wasn’t a main genre for the artist.

The artist had a great use of color and many works were executed with felt tip pens giving them vivid color.

Pitseolak Ashoona appeared on a Canadian postage stamp for International Women’s Day.

Made a Member of the Order of Canada. The highest civilian honor available in Canada.

The artist married a hunter who passed away due to illness when he was only forty years old.

Included in the National Gallery of Art of Canada.

Artist of the moment….Jim Isermann…

Jim Isermann was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin in the year 1955.  His style of  artwork bring to mind  the Op Art Movement and artists like Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. He also has added to the Op Art movemet in a way that Bridget Riley and Vasarely did not, by moving into 3 dimensions. Isermann has completed many large scale public commissioned installations and sculptures.

Below is a clip showing some works from the Mary Boone Gallery.

In this clip an interview with the Princeton University of Art Musuem.

A link to the artist’s website:

(If you visit the website a great slide show of the artist’s work can be see by just remaining on the artist’s website homepage.)

Price range information: The artist has sold works in pencil that cost around $1,000.

For his artistic education Isermann earned his bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 1977. He went on to earn a master’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts.

Recepient of the National Endowment for Arts Fellowship in both painting and sculpting.

The idea I enjoy most about this artist is his ability to use his art skills in the designing of household furniture items such as rugs and furniture.  As a business major myself I am so enthused by the movement of fine art into the commercial art from artists like Isermann and Rex Ray. Both artists not only sell original works of art, but also giclees and prints of their works. Both also earn a great deal of money from royalty contracts from their furniture sales.

Below is a great example of the artist Rex Ray, a modern artist who recently went to collaboration with Samad carpets to make wonderful carpets. Below is a Rex Ray carpet design. Its just great to see artists that are successful in both home decor and fine art.



Iserman currently lives and resides in Palm Springs, California.

For artists that would like to broaden their sales with some commercial endeavors please read about artists like Rex Ray, Amelia Caruso, and Jim Isermann. Besides rugs and carpet these artists have licensed their art to be used on blankets, sheets, cell phone covers wall paper and various other home furnishings. Isermann has also produced works using stained glass.

Isermann is part of the teaching faculty at the University of California, Riverside.

Some commission projects include UCLA Hammer Museum, Princeton University, and Stanford.

For some art homework think about seeing your favorite work of art available as a carpet or mosaic tile.