Posts Tagged ‘skowhegan school of art’

Artist of the moment……..John Bisbee



John Bisbee is an American sculptor renown for using nails in most of his artwork. John Bisbee was born in the year 1965.

The artist attended the Skowhegan School of Art and earned a B.F.A. from Alfred University.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we visit the studio of John Bisbee:

Bisbee is also an art professor working for Bowdoin College located in Brunswick, Maine.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

Below a brief interview with John Bisbee:

Artists who work with found materials often use make realistic items. Bisbee has his own unique style which is just looking for a creative shape.


Artist of the moment……..Laura Owens


Laura Owens is an American painter who works as an abstract and representational painter. Laura Owens was born in Euclid, Ohio in the year 1970. The artist also produces collages and is an active printmaker.

Owens attended the Skowhegan School of Art located in Maine. She also earned a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. The artist also went on to earn a M.F.A. from the California Institute for the Arts located in Valencia.

The artist is now based out of Los Angeles, California.

For inspiration the artist looks to embroidery patterns and landscape painters of the East including Japan and China.

In this clip we view a show featuring Laura Owens that took place in 2013:

The artist works in many mediums including oils, watercolors, acrylics, and pastels.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $350,000.

Below a link to the website of Laura Owens:

Laura Owens has mastered the art of design and its apparent in both her abstract and more representational works. Her landscapes remind me of contemporary artist Julian Opie. Opie has a similar design in his landscape works and often will add a digital element such as moving water or flowers in his work.

Below we  explore printmaking with Laura Owens:

Her work also reminds me of artist James Havard. Havard was one of the first artists to explore abstract illusionism. This is where an objects floats in space above other abstract elements, but with one object casting a reflection. We can always expect a unique design idea and wonderful execution by Laura Owens.



Artist of the moment……..John J. O’Connor


John J. O’Connor is a wonderful mixed media artist who combines a brilliant sense of color, design, and text in a modernist painting style.

John O’Connor was born in Westfield, Massachusetts in the year 1972. For his collegiate education he studied at the Westfield College, the Pratt Institute, and the Skowehegan School of Art.

A link to the website of artist John J. O’Connor:

In this clip we view a show featuring John J. O’Connor with a our art admiring friend James Kalm. O’Connor produces very large works.

The artist is always looking for patterns that exist in nature and replicating them in his artwork. Some patterns he has worked with include the temperature in his living area and even his own blood pressure results. The artist is always looking for new visual patterns to explore.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

O’Connor is based out of New York City.

What a great mix of text, color, and design. His work reminds me a great deal of wonderful James Kalm, also known as Loren Munk. Kalm is featured our favorite gallery host and has taken us to many of the wonderful New York City galleries.




Artist of the moment……William Thomas Williams

William T. Williams is an African -American painter working in an Abstract style. Williams was born in Bull Creek, North Carolina in the year 1942. For his artistic education he attended the Skowhegan School of Art, earned his bachelors degree from the Pratt Institute, and earned his MFA from the Yale School of Art and Architecture.

In 1956 Williams was able to meet the world renown Jacob Lawrence. This was key in his desire to know he could be a professional artist. His dream was not out of reach.

William T. Williams has been on the staff at Brooklyn College in the early 1970s.

Price range information: The artist has produced many series of prints. These start around $5,000. Originals in acrylics or watercolor can reach the low six figure mark.

In this clip we visit the studio of William T. Williams: