Posts Tagged ‘realist’

Artist of the moment………Street Artist CBLOXX

 

 

CBLOXX is a British female street artist working in a Surrealist style, often with the face and figure. The government name of Cbloxx is Joy Gilleard.

Below we view CBLOXX at work on a mural:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.cbloxx.com/

The artist is based out of Manchester, England.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist enjoys works in many layers of many different mediums including drawing, painting, spraypaint, and markers.

In this clip we view the artist at work on one of her largest ever murals:

Cbloxx shows a wonderful compassion for her subject matter. Cbloxx has worked with troubled youth in her past. This helps her in the portrayal of emotions of her characters.

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Artist of the moment……Alison Watt

 

Alison Watt is a British painter from Scotland renown for her works with the figure and fabric. Alison Watt was born in Greenock, Scotland in the year 1965.

Watt attended college at the Glasgow School of Art.

The artist concentrated on painting the figure until a show in 1997 when she exhibited her fabric paintings for the first time.

In this clip a brief interview and retrospective of works by Alison Watt:

Watt is now based out of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Price range information: Watt paints mainly in oils and works range from $25,000 to $150,000. Watt also produces prints, but no pricing schedule available for prints.

Below we take a look at Watt when she was preparing for show at London’s famous National Gallery of Art:

Watt’s paintings of fabric are amazing. My favorite works in this series are paintings of fabric that represent real life subjects, such as flowers. My favorite painting of Watt is titled “rosebud.” A painting that shows a piece of white cloth with folds similar to what one sees when looking at a real rose.

If you enjoy looking at many abstract shapes of cloth, be sure and check out my post on Daniel Adel. Adel has also created a series of paintings of white cloths on dark backgrounds.

 

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Artist of the moment………Carlo Carrà

 

Carlo Carrà was an Italian painter associated with the Futurist movement. Carlo Carrà was born in Quargnento, Italy in the year 1881. In addition to Futurist work, the artist was an accomplished realist painter.

The artist worked in a Futurist manner until the outbreak of World War One.

Below a great montage of works by Carlo Carrà:

Carlo Carrà passed away in 1966.

The artist was a prolific author publishing several books on art over his lifetime.

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In this clip another great selection of works by Carrà:

Carrà was very innovative in his compositions and use of color.

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We remember………..Steve Hanks

 

Steve Hanks was an awesome artist renown for his exquisite renderings of the female figure painted in watercolor.

I had the opportunity to view his work in person and was blown away by his use of color. Hanks was also one of the first artists I knew that painted on aquabord.

Hanks was based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico and passed away on April 21 of 2015.

Unfortunately the artist didn’t get to paint until the end. He died from cancer located in his neck. He had to quit painting due to the difficulty of his treatment.

Below a great interview with the great Steve Hanks in conjunction with the Greenwich Workshop.  We will miss you Steve, but thanks for inspiring us to paint the female figure:

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Artist of the moment……..Susan Headley Van Campen

 

Susan Headley Van Campen is an American artist renown for her art of floral imagery. The artist was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in the year 1951.

The artist attended the Moore College of Art for one year before finishing college at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. Both colleges are located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Van Campen has a remarkable sense of design. Often the artist leaves much of the composition blank, thus drawing even more attention to her flowers and leaves. Her leaves have a fantastic sense of life and movement.

Below a link to the website of their artist:

http://www.vancampen.net/

The artist also paints landscapes.

She is married to another artist, Tim Van Campen, who is a graphic designer, painter, and textile artist.

If you enjoy the way this artist paints flowers be sure and check out my post on another watercolor master often working with floral imagery, Gary Bukovnik.

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Artist of the moment…..Carroll Dunham

 

Carroll Dunham is an American artist renown for his paintings featuring human body parts painted in bold acrylic paint.  Carroll Dunhan was born in New Haven, Connecticut in the year 1949. Dunham’s work explores many different genres including realism, surrealism, and Pop.

The artist is a prolific printmaker.

Dunham attended Trinity College located in Hartford, Connecticut.

The artist is married to famed photographer Laurie Simmons. The couple are based out of New York City, and Cornwall, Connecticut.

Dunham is the past recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Art and Guggenheim Foundations.

Price range information: Drawings can be found for $5,000. Prints start at $10,000 up to original oils which can bring $500,000.

In this clip we catch up with our friend James Kalm, and visit a show featuring the work of Carroll Dunham:

What a unique style and easily recognized brand Dunham has created for himself.

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Artist of the moment…….Kim Sears

 

 

Kim Sears is the wife of tennis star Andy Murray, and one of the best painters of dogs on the planet. Kim Sears was born in Barcombe, United Kingdom.

Sears has a degree in English literature.

Below a link to the website of Kim Sears featuring many examples of mans best friend:

http://kimsears.com/wp/portfolio/

Sears just recently married tennis superstar Andy Murray at a castle the couple own in Scotland. Murray purchased the castle a few years ago and it underwent extensive renovations before recently being opened again.

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Sears is a big enthusiast of American country music and especially the cowboy hats!

What a fascinating couple that also enjoy my two favorite activites, tennis and painting pets!

To close here is a clip featuring Kim Sears, Andy Murray, and their recent wedding:

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Artist of the moment…….Maruyama Okyo

 

 

Maruyama Okyo was a highly renown Japanese realist painter. Maruyama Okyo was born in 1733 in Kameoka, Kyoto, Japan. His birth name was Maruyama Masataka. The artist was born into a family of farmers.

As a teenager he moved to the big city of Kyoto and found work at a toy shop. This is where he became introduced to Western art as the toy shop sold what was then a leading edge piece of technology, the stereoscope. This machine allowed artists to produce great works in three dimensions with great perspective.

He pursued art as a profession and studied former master painters and prints. He also came under the tutelage of Ishidi Yutei.

The artist used his own mix of Western and Eastern painting philosophies and started his own school named the Maruyama School of Painting that was based in Kyoto, Japan.

Okyo was also among the first artist to paint the nude from life. This style of art was seen as pornographic by most of the population.

Maruyama Okyo passed away in 1795. Over his lengthy career the artist completed man commissions for members of government and the royal family.

Price range information: Works range from $100,000 to $1 million dollars.

In this clip we view many works by Okyo from a show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The part of the clip containing his artwork begins at 3:25 of the segment:

Many fellow artists were critical of Okyo’s style, they felt it was too dedicated to realism with no sense of artistic license.

I enjoy the artist highly detailed watercolors, especially the landscapes. Okyo had a great sense of design and made wonderful use of the negative space in his paintings.

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Artist of the moment…….Paul Sietsema

 

Paul Sietsema is an American artist renown for his black and white realist images based on photographic images. Paul Sietsema was born in the year 1968. The artist works as a painter, photographer, and film maker.

 

The artist attended the University of California at Berkeley. Sietsema went on to earn a M.F.A.from U.C.L.A.

As a film maker the artist finds a subject and then immerses himself in exploring that subject. These works usually show examples of art made by Sietsema in conjunction with his studies of the subject and can take multiple years to complete.

Below we visit a show featuring Sietsema from 2011:

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He is a Guggenheim Fellow.

In this clip we view a show featuring Sietsema from 2014:

Sietsema works out of Los Angeles, California and Berlin, Germany.

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Artist of the moment…….Chris Armstrong

 

Chris Armstrong is a contemporary artist renown for his paintings of the ocean and sea. His father is also a painter in the realist style, David Armstrong.

His father is a representational painter producing watercolors of the American landscape.

Armstrong attended Bucknell University located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from New York University. He was also able to study abroad in Florence, Italy.

 

Below a link to the website of Chris Armstrong:

http://www.armstrongartists.com/

Of the many painters of land and sea profiled here the artist reminds me most of Ran Ortner. Both artists do a great job at capturing the vastness and color of the sea and sky.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

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