Posts Tagged ‘silkscreen’

Artist of the moment…………R.H. Quaytman



R.H. Quaytman is an American artist renown for her abstract style and mixed media works. R.H. Quaytman was born Boston, Massachusetts in the year 1961. The artist attended the Skowhegen School of Art in Maine and Bard College located in New York state. After earning a B.A. at Bard the artist studied abroad in Ireland.

Her mother was a poet named Susan Howe. Her father was an artist named Harvey Quaytman. Harvey was an abstract painter who employed geometric shapes and vivid color in his work. Harvey will be the next post.

Her work includes many mediums and many works use a silkscreened photgraphic image or on some occasions just text.

The artist uses very large pieces of wood for her works.

Quaytman is married to a film maker.

The artist is a past participant in the Whitney Biennial. She is also part of many modern art museum collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Price range information: Works start in the low six figures around $150,000. Works can reach as high as one half million dollars.

In this clip a brief interview with R.H. Quaytman:

What a unique voice. I enjoy the fact that her chapter’s series includes history about the sites installation location.


Artist of the moment……..Street Artist Plastic Jesus

Plastic  Jesus is a street artist based out of Los Angeles, California. The artist enjoys pushing political and social commentary in his art. For example in the gallery you may recognize former champion Lance Armstrong. Armstrong is shown attached to an IV drip. Remember Armstrong admitted to doping and would have blood transfusions in order to appear clean.

In this clip we view Plastic Jesus via time lapse photography:

He is very clever with words and one of my favorite works of his states “Stop making stupid people famous.”

For his charity work, Plastic Jesus is associated with Los Angeles Youth Network which helps runaway and homeless teens.

Price range information: From time to time you can buy T-shirts with funny slogans including STOP MAKING STUPID PEOPLE FAMOUS! for $25. Silkscreen prints of images like Lance Armstrong can be found between $100 and $300.

A link to the website of Plastic Jesus:

In this clip a brief interview with the artist:


New Andy Warhol original coming up for auction….Happy Birthday Andy!!!


First off  HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my favorite artist of all time Andy Warhol who would have been 85 years old on August 6th were he still alive. Sadly unlike Elvis, there appear to be no more Warhol sitings!

In this clip showing the grave of Andy Warhol watch as fans of the artist bring a perfect tribute to the artist. A can of soup!

A new found original work by Andy Warhol will be up for sale at the end of this month. The one of a kind Silkscreen is titled “Of Thee I Sing.”  The title is in reference to one of the artist’s celebrity friends fashion model and singer Nico also known as Christa Paffgen. The auction will be held on September 2 of 2013.

The work is a silkscreen printed on paper that was made specifically for Warhol. The work was bought in the 1960s and 1970s and kept in a private collection.

Below is one of Andy Warhol’s screen tests of Nico. Nico was the first IT girl of the Warhol bunch, to be followed by Edie Sedgwick, covered here previously.

Thanks again Andy for all your contributions to the art world and of course for the Andy Warhol Foundation, a helpful part of so many working artists!


Artists working with the face and figure……Khosrow Hassanzedah

This artist hails from Iran. He was born 1963 in Tehran, Iran.

He has gained worldwide fame for his silkscreens that feature terrorists. In this sense his works remind me of the riot scenes that Warhol made when the nation was going thru extreme racial difficulties.

I enjoy his work and it strikes me as something Warhol might produce if he were still with us.

A clip from New York City’s Leila Heller Gallery and a show featuring the artist that took place in March of this year.

The artist and some multi media box art works he made a few years ago.

The artist still lives in Tehran and works as a visual artist and also an actor. In Iran he is labeled as a political artist. He has used his own experiences during a war as  a basis for some of his paintings.  He even used prostitutes that were murdered in a city called Mashad as a basis for some artworks.

The artist makes a wide variety of prints and uses mediums such as silkscreen, gold and silver leaf, as well as making images on unique surfaces such as ceramic. He also paints with acrylics.

Attended college in Tehran from 1989 to 1991 and from 1995 to 1999. He studied Persian literature at Azad University. Also took private art lessons from Aydeen Aghdashlou.

low price range: $5,000

high price range: $ 70,000

surfaces used:  canvas, board, ceramic

Due to uprisings against governments I would imagine it very difficult to be an artist dealing with negative thoughts or ideas about a government. In some countries you might be jailed or beaten for expressing any dissents you have about the government. This was the case with China’s most famous artist Ai Weiwei. He was beaten and had to pay a large fine for tax evasion. To be a political artist in countries like China, Iran, or North Korea can be life threatening. One can only hope that eventually the artists are able to live in an environment that allows them to produce their art without having any restrictions or fear of reproach.

Online and land based galleries:  New York City    Leila Heller Gallery     

Fought in the Iran and Iraq wars in the early 1980s and 1990s.

Has works in the British Museum, the World Bank in Washington D.C., and Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.

From this artist we can learn how to use mixed media to make wonderful designs. Knowing nothing about the meaning of the calligraphic words and marks I see in the artist’s work, their curves and designs are great accents to the figure he uses.  His gold leaf patterns are magnificent.

Happy painting!