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Artist of the moment……David Simpson

 

 

David Simpson is an American abstract painter. David Simpson was born in Pasadena, California in the year 1928. Simpson attended the California School of Fine Art. (The school is now called the San Francisco Art Institute.) Simpson went on to earn a M.F.A. from San Francisco State College.

The artist taught at the collegiate level at the University of California Berkeley.

Simpson is now based out of Berkley, California.

Below an interview with David Simpson talking about a solo exhibition given at the University of Wyoming Art Museum:

The artist has exhibited his work at the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Simpson sometimes uses acrylics and metallic based paints which gives a wonderful shimmering effect of light in his work.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

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Artist of the moment…….John Dubrow

 

 

 

John Dubrow is an American Impressionist painter renown for his work with the figure. John Dubrow was born in Salem, Massachusetts in the year 1958.

Dubrow attended Syracuse University located in New York City. He also studied in London, England at the Camberwell College of Arts for one year. Dubrow went on to earn a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Dubrow was influenced by the Bay Area Figure painters. The artist that influenced him the most was Richard Diebenkorn.

When Dubrow paints a portrait he first sketches it on his Ipad.

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Below we catch up with our art admiring friend, James Kalm, to view a show by John Dubrow:

Dubrow was made a member of the National Academy of Design in 1999.

In this great clip we visit the studio of John Dubrow and watch him paint!:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://johndubrow.com/

Dubrow does a great job at using a variety of basic geometric shapes in his landscapes.

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Artist of the moment……..Crystal Liu

 

 

Crystal Liu is a Canadian born painter renown for her images of flowers and nature.  Crystal Liu was born in Toronto, Ontario in the year 1980.

Liu attended the Ontario College of Art and Design located in Toronto. Liu went on to earn a M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.cliuart.com/

Liu often works with watecolors and ink.

The artist also works with the medium of photographer. The first example in the picture gallery is an example of Liu’s photography style.

Liu has shown her work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Crystal Liu’s art reminds of painter Robert Kushner. Both artist’s capture the wonderful organic lines of flowers and also incorporate a variety of mediums to give their paintings a wonderful variety of texture and movement of light across the painting surface. When I first saw Kushner’s work in person I was amazed at how the picture changed slightly as moved, this made it seem very life like.

Kushner often covers his work with resin and also uses glitter, which doesn’t show up well on a digital image. But in person as the viewer slightly moves different light is bounced on a variety of colors of glitter and the effect is a shimmering light.

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Artist of the moment…….Photographer Ralph Gibson

 

 

Ralph Gibson is an American photographer. Gibson is renown for his work with the figure and use of shadows. Ralph Gibson was born in Los Angeles, California in the year 1939.

Gibson served in the United States military. Gibson would go on to study photography at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Below a brief interview with Ralph Gibson:

Gibson uses the Leica brand camera.

Below a link to the artist’s website:

http://www.ralphgibson.com/

The artist is part of the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum and Museum of Modern Art.

Gibson has won many awards for his work including fellowships from the Guggenheim and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Gibson also created his own publishing company and has published many books of his photography work.

In this clip a brief montage of works by Ralph Gibson:

Price range information: Most works priced between $1,000 and $10,000.

Gibson has a remarkable sense of design when it comes to seeing the abstract shapes and cast shadows of the female form. Another photographer who has uses the female form for subject matter is Ruth Bernhard.

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Artist of the moment………..Roberto Juarez

 

 

Roberto Juarez is an American painter renown for his abstract paintings which sometimes include botanical and floral imagery. Robert Juarez was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1952.

Juarez attended the San Francisco Art Institute earning a B.F.A. The artist went on to the M.F.A. program at the University of California at Los Angeles.

The artist enjoys having a solo exhibition of his work every two years.

Juarez reminds of the great Andy Warhol for his ability to take images we see daily in our culture, and mix them with items that he has drawn or painted himself.

In this clip we watch the artist at work on a very large piece:

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $24,000. The artist works in acrylics and mixed media.

The artist reminds me of painter Robert Kushner for his usage of botanical and floral imagery in mural sized works.

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Artist of the moment……… Damon Soule

 

Damon Soule is an American artist renown his work which features color and shapes. Damon Soule was born in Atlanta, Georgia in the year 1974. Much of the artist’s childhood was spent growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Soule attended the San Francisco Institute of Art.

Below we visit a show featuring Damon Soule that took place in 2008:

The artist helped to start a skateboard and clothing line. He quit this business to concentrate full time on being a great artist.

Soule often works on collaborations with other street artists.

Price range information: Sorry none available

In this clip we view a show featuring Damon Soule from 2012:

I enjoy the wide range of styles found in the work of Damon Soule. We have a great deal of abstraction, wonderful colors, organic and basic geometric shapes. There is a wonderful flow of styles, shapes, and colors in the work of this artist.

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Artist of the moment………Victor Moscoso

 

 

Victor Moscoso is an Spanish/American artist associated with the San Francisco Poster movement that took place in the 1960s and 1970s. He blazed a path in the commercial industry designing concert posters, advertisements, and comics.

 

Victor Moscoso was born in Olerios, Galicia, Spain in the year 1936. The artist is well educated having studied at the Yale University, Cooper Union College, and the San Francisco Art Institute.

He learned color in college and art school, yet most of his posters were based on the opposite of what he learned. For his use of color he counts the artist Josef Albers as a major influence.

In this clip we catch with our beloved fellow artist and art enthusiast James Kalm to visit a show featuring drawings from the 1960s to the 1980s of Victor Moscoso:

Price range information: Drawings and posters range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Victor Moscoso remains based out of San Francisco.

What I enjoy most about the poster artists, is their modernist ideas when it comes to design. Sure the posters look great and I think sometimes are taken for granted with the use of the computer and so much digital art. But this artist used color by applying to a surface, not by working it on photoshop.

Another key aspect in his design was his use of using his hand drawn letters. He didn’t use a computer or certain font, he developed his own styles of lettering.

What a great artist that was far ahead of his time!

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Artist of the moment……….Ron Davis

 

Ron Davis is an American painter renown for his abstract geometric shaped works. Ron Davis was born in the year 1934.

Davis attended the University of Wyoming before turning to art. He then attended the San Francisco Art Institute where he found abstract art.

The artist used mixed media in his works with many works consisting of acrylic paint, resin, and wood. Davis has a unique approach to his fiberglass works. He uses many thin layers of color that can be layered on top of each other without becoming muddy.

The way the artist builds up his layers of color is similar to that of a painter, the only exception being that when painting the artist layers color on top of color. When building his resin forms Davis adds his layers of color behind the previous layer.

The artist taught at the University of California at Irvine.

Davis is now based very close to Taos, New Mexico.

Below a short piece about Ron Davis by the Laguna Art Museum:

I find the artist reminds me most of glass master Dale Chihuly for the way he sees three dimensional forms and color.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $70,000 for sculpture works. Prints can be found between $3,000 and $9,000.

Davis is included in many prestigious collections including the Tate London and the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Ron Davis has such a wonderful style of painting. I enjoy his work for his great use of making three dimensional work on flat surface. His application of color seems loosely controlled but with a great sense of design and awesome results.

An example of his great sense of design is the fifth picture down from the top. In reality its a hand rolled zig zag cigarette.

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Artist of the moment…………Jason Middlebrook

 

 

Jason Middlebrook was born in Jackson, Michigan in the year 1966. Middlebrook attended the University of California at Santa Cruz where he earned a B.F.A. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute. He also studied at the Whitney Museum and abroad in Sweden. Middlebrook is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker.

One of the artist’s goals with his work is to help to preserve nature and to make the viewer aware of the impact they have on planet earth.

Below a link to the website of Jason Middlebrook. This home page has a wonderful piece of art by Middlebrook that mixes the organic shape of a slice of a tree with the straight lines of a rectangle:

http://jasonmiddlebrook.com/

In this clip we view works exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art located in Chicago, Illinois:

Many of his works with trees include spray paint and acrylics. The artist also used colored pencil.

Below we see a time lapse of a very large wall painting by Middlebrook at the Museum of Fine Arts located in Boston, MA:

The artist is based out of Hudson, New York.

Price range information: A wonderfully designed candle can be had for $120 from the artist. A sculpture can reach as much as $30,000.

What a wonderful sense of design employed the artist. Middlebrook’s work has a great deal of movement without overwhelming the viewers senses. The interaction of organic lines of the wood grain and geometric shapes make for a wonderful piece of abstract work.

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Artist of the moment……Ken Kalman

Ken Kalman is a wonderful sculptor who uses animals,insects, and maps as his subject matter. Ken Kalman was born in Detroit, Michigan in the year 1955. For his artistic education Kalman attended Boston University , the University of New Mexico located in Albuquerque, New Mexico earning a bachelors degree in painting. The artist also earned a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Kalman creates his artwork  out of cast aluminum and found materials.

The artist works in varied sizes from table sized works to public sized commissioned works made out of cast aluminum.

In this clip we view a show featuring the sculptures of Ken Kalman:

Kalman was also a teacher at many colleges and universities in California including the San Francisco Art Institute and Modesto Junior College.

Kalman is part of many prestigious collections including the United States Department of State located in Washington D.C. and the NBAs Milwaukee Bucks.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Its great to see insects portrayed in sculpture. Kalman has a great sense of design. Some of his sculpture animals works remind of the graphic artist Charley Harper.

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