Posts Tagged ‘Space’

Artist of the moment…………Al Qoyawayma

 

 

Al Qoyawayma is a contemporary Hopi artist renown for his pottery and bronze sculptures. Al Qoyawayma was born in Los Angeles, California in the year 1938. His work often includes maize, similar to corn, which is a staple of life for his people. Another cultural idea he uses is to fire his work at very high temperatures using coal.

Qoyawayma attended college at California Polytech State University earning a bachelors degree. The artist went on to earn a master’s degree in engineering from University of Southern California.

In this clip we view a wonderful piece of pottery by the artist:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.alqpottery.com/

In a very cool endeavor the artist talks about one of his pots going on a space voyage. The artist is also the co-founder of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society:

The artist won a scholarship to help the people of New Zealand, the Maori, rediscover their pottery making traditions.

Qoyawayma is part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of the American Indian.

Al Qoyawayma is an amazing artist who has found his own perfect mix of ancient traditions and new ideas in his process. This gives his work a wonderful mix of old and new. His works that portray ancient Hopi dwellings are simply stunning!

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Artist of the moment……Deih

 

Deih is an illustrator and street artist based out of Spain. The artist works in an illustrative/ comic book style. Many works have to do with space or other worlds besides earth. Deih sometimes depicts figures being torn or taken apart.

No birthdate or much information about this artist yet, but his skill level is amazing! In some works he even creates likenesses of rappers including Snoop Doggy Dogg.

Price range information: sorry none available.

 

 

Artist of the moment……..Bryan Hunt

Bryan Hunt was born in Terre Haute, Indiana in the year 1947. Hunt is a sculptor who works in modernist style. For his artistic education Hunt began college at University of South Florida. The artist also worked at Kennedy Space Center, its easy to see that the artist enjoys looking at space and its variety of circles. Eventually Hunt ended up in Los Angeles, California at the Otis College of Art and Design. The artist is a painter and sculptor. Most paintings are done with watercolor.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $125,000.

Hunt also studied at the Whitney Museum of Art by the means of the American Art Independent Study Program.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Bryan Hunt that took place in 2012:

Past participant of Whitney Biennale and also the Venice Biennale.

Bryan Hunt is now based out of New York City.

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Artist of the moment…Roberto Crippa

Roberto Crippa was a world renown painter and sculptor that was born in Milan, Italy in the year 1921.

Crippa attended the Brera Art Academy in Milan, Italy.

Price range information:  The artist worked in many mediums. Collages start at a few thousand and reach to $35,000. Oils range $5,000 to $55,000. No pricing available for sculpture works.

Produced his spiral work series from 1948 to 1952.

Crippa was part of the Spacialist movement, artists that were looking to break away from the mold and attack the flatness of a painting, to open it up to another cosmic dimension. The founder of the movement was another Italian painter named Lucio Fontana. Fontana was born in Argentina but moved to Milan, Italy whilst a young child. He also attended the Brera Art Academy. Fontana officially founded the movement in 1947. An example of Fontana’s style is below. The work is oils on canvas but look closely how the artist has attacked the flat surface and created wonderful depth and texture for the viewer.

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Participant of the Venice Biennale.

After exploring space with painting Crippa moved on to collage works. Using basic geometric shapes and wonderful complimentary color schemes the artist was able to create wonderful works that were abstract with wonderful textures and movement.

The artist also explored sculpture and relief works that were painted in grays. Again movement through the picture plane and even above and below it is a main theme of the work.

The artist died in a plane crash at the age of fifty years old in Italy in the year 1972.

In comparing the artist to a contemporary artist  it would be English sculptor Daniel Chadwick. This mobile work is a great example of using basic geometric shapes to attack the flatness of a painting.

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In this clip we view an artwork by Crippa at auction:

I enjoy this artist for his groundbreaking views on space and movement. His pictures also remind me of modern master Rex Ray with his use of the spiral I was reminded of the many hours spent at grandmothers house playing with the old spirograph games from the 1960s and 1970s! What a fun time!

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