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Artist of the moment…..Giacomo Balla….

A brief montage of works by Giacomo Balla.

As the title suggest more than 40 works to see in less than one minutes time!

Giacomo Balla was born in Turin, Italy in 1871. He was known for his use of abstract and organic shapes as well as dynamic realism. He was very well schooled in drawing, but could make exciting drawings and paintings as he had a very unique way of capturing the movement and pattern of light. For instance the streetlight. He takes time to record every color that the possible spectator might see whilst looking up. Greens, reds, and yellows are all  represented.

He came from a well to do family whose father was a chemist. As a child Balla studied music. Until the age of nine when his father died. He gave up music and began to express himself via music. For his collegiate studies the artist attended the University of  Turin.

When he was in his twenties the artist was given exhibitions and shown in museums. The artist having the most influence on him was Filippo Marinetti. Marinetti is seen as the father of Futurism.  An art movement that dealt with explaining what would happen in the future. Below is great example of Marinetti’s work which reminds this viewer of the master collage artist Kurt Schwitters.


Price range information: The artist worked in many mediums. Pencils range from $2,500 to $250,000. Serigraph prints range from $500 to $2000. Oils are the highest priced works ranging from $5,000 to $4.0  million dollars! Pastels can range as high $60,000. Many small sculptures and jewelry works are found for less than $500.

My favorite piece of artwork produced by the art is titled Dog on a leash. What movement not only by the dog, but also by the person’s feet and even the dog’s leash.  The artist is usually listed as a futurist style artist, but he is just such a master at creating movement. I feel as if the dog is going to scurry right off the page. The dog is taking the owner for a walk, not vice-a-versa!

Another artist that did a great job capturing movement was Al Hirschfeld was my favorite caricature artist. He drew great simple caricatures of celebrities and actors using ink on rice paper. Working in lithography for the most part the artist had a great life as an artist living nearly to nearly one hundred years. This picture below is of the 1940s thru 1960s star Danny Kaye. Kaye was always moving and dancing in the movies that made him famous and Hirschfeld did a great job capturing this.


One artist making wonderful works capturing movement in oils would be Robert Liberace. Liberace makes wonderful Renaissance looking type art usually featuring one lone figure moving across the picture plane. I love his style for his end compositions and movement of objects across the picture plane. He is able to establish a great amount of depth which is tough to achieve on such small sized works. Here is a great example of Robert Liberace’s style of art. He has some great dvds out on drawing using classical methods and techniques.




Balla passed away in 1958 at the age of 86 years old! I enjoy this artist for his awesome and wonderful moving images of the human figure.




Artists working with the face and figure……..Robert Liberace…


Clip from the Artist’s Alla Prima painting DVD.

Excerpt from a drawing in 3 chalks DVD made by the artist.

Short gallery of the artists paintings and sculptures.

I have seen this artist’s paintings in person and they are a joy to behold. He mixes in just the right amount of anatomic detail and soft edges. Also the compositions are very unique in that many times it shows one figure making multiple movements.

The artist works in a variety of mediums including drawing with graphite, making studies using ink washes which are very similar to old master works done by the great artists of the past, and also sculpture. He produces these wonderful animated creatures that look so lifelike its hard to imagine they were imagined.

He is included in New York’s Arnot Museum.

Has been in many national art magazines including American Art Collector and American Artist magazines.

Impressed many judges and won the Portrait of the Year by the Portrait Society of America in 2003.

For his sculpture he was elected to the National Society of Sculpture.

The artist attended George Washington University earning both a bachelors and masters degree in the fine arts. He started college on a baseball scholarship.

online and land based galleries:   John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, California.

Arcadia Fine Arts in New York City. ( Great site to see his smaller works, wonderful figures as small as 8 by 6 inches)                                      

Make sure and see some of the artist’s three chalk drawings. Simplistic in design but wonderful variety of line work and different edges.

The artist and his wife Lina now make Virginia their home. The couple have spent fourteen years there already!

The artist loves to teach and teaches in Virginia’s Art Student’s League and gives many workshops and classes around the world throughout the year. He has been included in the American Artist top workshops magazine.

The artist has also started to make some fantastic DVDs that help the artist improve their painting and drawing skills. The DVDs cover many different aspects of creating including drawing, drawing with three tones of chalk, anatomy, and even drawing the human torso. Its great fun to see the artist capture the figure and movement with the end result very moving and lifelike. You will learn new things each time you watch the DVDs!

Next time you think about doing some figure work how about taking your subject and doing a composition showing the same figure in two or three different poses like this master artist! If you feel up to it do two figure works and a smaller hand or foot study.

Keep on learning!