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Artist of the moment….Neal Tait

Neal Tait is a British artist who paints the figure and landscapes in a very modern style. Neal Tait was born in Edinburugh in the year 1965.
For his artistic education Neal Tait attended the Chelsea School of Art and finished his studies at the Royal College of Art located in London, England.

For his source material uses photographs and images from mass media.

Tait is based out of London, England.

In this clip a brief interview with Neal Tait:

In this clip the artist paints in watercolor:

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Artist of the moment…..Matsubara Naoko

Matsubara Naoko is a world renown printmaker born in Tokushima, Japan in the year 1937.

For her collegiate studies the artist studied all over the world. Matubara Naoko earned a bachelors degree from the Kyoto University of the Applied Arts. She then attended Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania earning a MFA. She also studied at the Royal College of Art located in London, England.

She has been part of the teaching faculty at the Pratt Institute.

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Her sister is a writer and the two have made collaborative efforts.

Matsubara Naoko was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Naoko is included in many prominent collections including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the British Museum located in London, England, and the Chicago Art Institute.

Artist of the moment…..Ronald Brooks Kitaj

Ronald Brooks Kitaj was an America artist whose work was associated with the Pop Art Movement. Ronald Kitaj was born in Cleveland, Ohio in the year 1932. For his artistic education Kitaj attended many school including Cooper Union for Advancement of Advancements of Science and Art. He also attended the Academy of Fine Art located in Vienna, Austria. He also attended the Ruskin School of Drawing at the University of Oxford. Kitaj also attended the Royal College of Art in London, England.

In this clip the artist talks about finding inspiration from Paul Ceazze:

And from the Jewish Museum in Berlin we view a show featuring the work of RB Kitaj:

To close with I wanted to take a look at a work that Ronald Brooks Kitaj painted named Self Portrait as a Mondrian. Mondrian refers to Piet Mondrian, the famous Dutch abstract painter. I enjoy when artists make reference to other artists that have inspired their own work.


Ronald Brooks Kitaj was elected a member of the Royal Academy in England in 1985.

Elected to American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Participated in the Venice Biennale winning the Golden Lion award.

Ronald Brooks Kitaj passed away in 2007.

price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $430,000.


Artist of the moment ….Derek Boshier

Derek Boshier is a British artist known for his Pop art style. Derek Boshier was born in Portsmouth, England in the year . Boshier is a very versatile artist working in many mediums including drawing, painting, collage, film, and photography.  Boshier has appeared on BBC television acting in some movies. Like many pop artists Boshier enjoys making social commentary on subjects including guns and the police.

For his artistic studies Boshier first went to the Yoevil School of Art. For his collegiate studies Boshier went on to the  Royal College of Art located in London. A fellow classmate was renown painter David Hockney.

Boshier is also a great educator and teacher with tenures at the Royal Academy of Art in London, the University of Houston, Texas, and the Royal College of Art in London.

price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $20,000.

A link to the website of Derek Boshier:

In 1963 was included in  the Paris Biennale.

In this clip Boshier talks about drawing the figure:

The artist now works out of Los Angeles, California.

Boshier teaches drawing at U.C. L. A. School of Arts.

In this clip we visit a show at  Flowers Gallery:


Artist of the moment……Kate MccGwire…

Kate MccGwire is a fantastic contemporary British sculptor born in Norwich, England in 1964. MccGwire is renown for using feathers in her works. In the gallery many varieties of bird feathers were used including crows, pigeons, magpies, and mallards.

For her collegiate studies the artist attended the University College for the Creative Arts in Farnham, England. She earned a bachelor of arts degree and then went on to the Royal College of Art located earning a masters in sculpture.

MccGwire is still based out of Norwich, England.

In this clip we visit a work made with pigeon feathers.

A visit to the artist’s own studio.

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Some themes are beauty and disgust. I love the organic shapes the artist creates and they remind me sculptor Ken Price, who made similar shapes in ceramics. Below is an example of Ken Price’s work. Price passed away only in 2012.


I guess we can class the artist as a found objects artist. What a creative use of feathers! Genius indeed!