Posts Tagged ‘san francisco’

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………..Jessica Sabogal

 

Jessica Sabogal is a street artist renown for her plight for trying to help women of different cultures from around the globe. Jessica Sabogal was based out of San Francisco, California. Sabogal is a first generation American, her parents both came from Colombia.

Sabogal tries to portray the beauty, grace, and power that exist in women.

The artist was commissioned to paint some murals at the Facebook’s California headquarters in Menlo Park.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

A link to the website of Jessica Sabogal:

http://jessicasabogal.com/

Below a great interview with Sabogal:

The artist documented the people’s desire for change in Egypt with a peace celebrating the activity in Tahrir Square.

In this clip we check out Sabogal as she creates a very large mural:

What I find most interesting about Sabogal is that when she began painting the female figure and became obsessed with it, she switched from painting glamorous movie star women to heavier and fuller women and loved the results. The artist has a keen way of expressing herself via her art. No matter what the subject looks like, her works are always powerful.

The artist also has a great outlook on life. One of her goals is to help take care of every important woman in her life.

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Artist of the moment…….Jason Jagel

 

Jason Jagel is a wonderful artist who works with very animated characters and is a highly successful commercial artist.

Jason Jagel was born in Boston, Massachusetts  in the year 1971. For his artistic education Jagel attended the California College of Arts and Crafts located in Oakland, California where he earned a bachelors of fine arts degree. Jagel went on to earn a masters degree from Stanford University.

In this clip a few works of Jagel are shown, but we also hear from the artists himself about his thoughts on drawing and creating:

Jagel is part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and is also based out of San Francisco.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

A link to the website of Jason Jagel:

http://www.jasonjagel.com/

Jagel has worked with hip hop artist Madlib on an album cover. Jagel has also been featured in many national magazines including Juxtapose.

If you enjoy the work of Jason Jagel be sure and check out my post on Barry McGee, also known as the street artist Twist, who also works with similar highly animated characters.

 

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Artist of the moment……James Chronister

 

James Chronister was born in Helena, Montana in the year 1978. Chronister is renown or his black and white paintings that recall the pointillist artists of yesterday.

Chronister moved to California for college  and attended San Francisco’s California College for the Arts. He still remains based out of this area.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist works in oils.

One reason I started this website was to focus on the different process artist’s use to create. This artist paints in the dark! In this clip we view the artist at work via a time lapse. What an interesting process. One wonders if he worked in color if he could get such impressive results!:

In this clip a brief news clip about James Chronister with some of his artwork:

 

A link to the website of James Chronister:

http://jameschronister.com/

Its great to see such fascinating work in black and white. I wonder if Ansel Adams might paint in the dark  since he did such great work in the dark with his photography!

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Artist of the moment……Robert Bechtle

Robert Bechtle is an American artist renowned for his realistic depictions of the California landscape. Robert Bechtle was born in San Francisco, California in the year 1932. For his artistic education Bechtle attended the California College of Art and Design earning both a B.F.A.and an M.F.A. His collegiate studies were interuppted by a stint in the Army.

In this clip we view on of the prints by Bechtle dealing with three houses. From Crown Point Press. I wish more Inuit artists would take us behind the scenes!:

I mentioned a few posts back with John Chamberlain, we will take some closer looks into artists that use the automobile as a focus in their works. In this clip Bechtle talks about his use of the auto in making his art:

Price range information: Bechtle worked with oils, watercolors, etchings, and lithographs. Prices range from $20,000 to $500,000.

Bechtle is based out of San Francisco, California.

I love the design of his landscapes. They are the essence of urban Americana of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Artist of the moment……Barry McGee also known as Twist

Barry McGee is a wonderful street painter who uses the tag “Twist” was born in 1968 in the city of  San Francisco, California. For his collegiate studies McGee earned a bachelors of fine arts in painting and printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute.

This clip is from a show given for a mid career retrospective featuring Barry McGee.

Our friends from the public broadcasting system and their wonderful program Art21 made this clip in which “Twist” talks about tagging, its history in general and also with the artist. A great feature in this clip is around 3 minutes in where Twist recreates the street/ graffiti artists as they make their “crime.” I hadn’t given it enough thought, but just the positions these artists get in to make their pictures is amazing!

In this last clip we view a great montage of works by the artist. We get a chance to see how great McGee is at portraying emotions.

Has worked with his cartoon characters on items such as skateboards.

Price range information: McGee works in a variety of mediums including acrylics which range $4,000 to $65,000. The artist has also worked in oils which range $10,000 to $60,000. Mixed media works range $5,000 to $60,000. This would be his art done on liquor bottles and other found materials. Many times instead of painting with acrylics Twist will use enamel paints.

Has completed several murals and other large sized public commissions.

A main theme for McGee is a pessimistic view of the world that doesn’t really care about the individual, but rather just looks to exploit their addictions view a mass corporate advertising campaign.

Was included in the Venice Biennale in 2001. This brought the artist much fame and media attention. As a result many of his public works found on the streets of  the Bay area have been stolen or scavenged!  Even when not in galleries your art can be stolen!

Sadly the artist has lived through a traumatic event. He was married to an artist named Margaret Kilgallen. She was pregnant and was found to have breast cancer. She kept the baby and didn’t undergo chemotherapy during the pregnancy. Just 3 weeks after having the baby named Asha, Kilgallen and the wife of the artist passed away in 2001. The couple did some collaborations and both artists were vital parts of the San Francisco Street art movement. Below some examples of works by Margaret Kilgallen

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Artist of the moment… floral artist Gary Bukovnik…

Gary Bukovnik is an American realist painter renown his watercolor paintings of flowers done an a large scale. Gary Bukovnik was born in Cleveland, Ohio in the year 1947. Bukovnik attended the Cleveland Institute of Art.

The artist is also an avid printmaker.

Bukovnik has published books of his artwork. To see some of his monotypes and lithographs I recommend his book titled Flowers.

The artist recently has applied his technique to sculpting. Maybe he was inspired by the floral sculptures of Jeff Koons!

Bukovnik is based out of San Francisco, California.

Below is a short documentary on the artist:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://garybukovnik.com/

What a great use of color and composition. His flowers don’t seem rigid, but rather slightly moving in a breeze. The artist often works from life, as opposed to someone who works with a projected image such as Joseph Raffael or Mickalane Thomas. Bukovnik is an excellent draftsman.

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