Posts Tagged ‘tate museum’

Artist of the moment………..Bob and Roberta Smith

 

Patrick Brill, also known as Bob and Roberta Smith, is a British artist renown for his art which uses typography and a poster format. Patrick Brill was born in Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom in the year 1963. His father was a professional landscape artist named Frederick Brill.

Brill attended the University of Reading where he earned a bachelors degree. The artist went on to earn a masters degree from GoldsmithsCollege.

Brill is more commonly known as Bob and Roberta Smith.

His wife, Jessica Voorsanger, is also an artist and an advocate for exposing people with learning disabilities to art.

Brill is associate professor at London Metropolitan University.

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The artist works in acrylics and printmaking. The artist has also recently been working with sculpture.

 

In this clip an interview with the artist:

 

Below we view a brief documentary from the Tate about Bob and Roberta Smith:

This artist reminds me of Stephen Powers for his use of color and text.

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Artist of the moment………Ben Nicholson

 

 

Ben Nicholson was a British artist renown for his abstract and cubist painting styles. His abstract works focus on bold color choices and basic geometric shapes. For his cubist works he is best known for his work with the still life and mugs and various drinking vessels.

Ben Nicholson was born in Denham, Buckingshire, England in the year 1894. His family was well known in the region as his mother and father were both painters and a brother went on to be a well known architect.

The artist attended the Slade School of Fine Art located in London, England.

In this clip we take a closer look at one of Nicholson’s still life paintings up for sale at Christie’s Auction House:

Nicholson had severe asthma. This condition would not allow him to serve his country in World War 1.

He was married to sculptor Barbara Hepworth for more than one decade. The artist was married three times.

 

Nicholson was also an avid printmaker.

Below a large selection of works by Ben Nicholson:

Ben Nicholson passed away in 1982.

Price range information: Works in pencil start around $20,000. Etchings start at $5,000. An original oil has sold for more than $1.6 million dollars at auction.

Nicholson is part of the Tate Museum collection.

What a great use of shapes and bold color!

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Artist of the moment……..Adrian Berg

 

Adrian Berg was a wonderful British artist and printmaker renowned for his work with plants, trees, and gardens. Adrian Berg was born in the year 1929. His father was a doctor who studied with renowned Dr. Sigmund Freud.

Berg earned a college degree where he studied English from Trinity College. Berg took a job as an English teacher.

Berg was soon bitten by the artist bug and entered the Saint Martin’s School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Two classmates that would remain in close contact with the artist include David Hockney and Paul Huxley.

The artist was inspired to work with his subject matter after seeing a Tate exhibition of the Impressionist Claude Monet. Berg was very impressed with the way Monet brought vivid color and life to simple items like a haystack.

Berg was made a member of the Royal Academy.

Adrian Berg passed away in 2011 at the age of 82 years old.

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I love the way the artist was able to capture the mood, atmosphere, and color of trees in the changing seasons. His design as a printmaker was impeccable.

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Artist of the moment…….Laurence Lowry

Laurence Lowry was born in Stretford, Lancashire in the year 1887. Lowry is renowned for his “cityscape” paintings of London and Pendlebury. Lowry’s father passed away in 1932 and then he took care of his mother. He would care for her in the day and paint after she went to sleep.  For his artistic education Lowry attended the Manchester School of Art.

Lowry was also an official war artist.

After he died many nude figure works were found by the artist.

The artist had all clocks set at different times in his house. Lowry would tell visitors it was so they would not all chime at one time. But a visitor wouldn’t know the real time without wearing a watch themselves!

Lowry was an extremely private man and avoided people to a fault. Lowry kept a suitcase by his door so he could rightfully claim he was just on his way “out the door.”

 

Some critics call his work naive, but I find his figure works to be similar to the  mural painters of Mexico. Remember the wonderful workers painted by Diego Rivera and others with huge hands and feet. It showed the strength but also the duress of working in the fields and what it does to hands and feet over the years.

For instance “John” might be a size 10 shoe, but because his feet are swollen all the time he has to wear a size 12. I got the sense that the labourers of this time period worked very hard and it showed in their bodies, similar to the workers of Mexico.

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In this clip the great John Lennon sings as view Lowry’s famous works of the Industrial Parts of North- West London:

In this clip we watch as a piece showing the Picadilly Circus is being prepared for auction:

Laurence Lowry passed away in 1976.

Lowry is a great artist and sounds like he enjoyed being a hermit. The Tate Museum has held a retrospective on the artist’s career. Its also interesting the Lowry turned down two times the chance at becoming knighted. This is supposedly another record that he holds.

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Artist of the moment……Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer is an artist born in Gallipolis, Ohio that is world renown for stating her ideas and thoughts about feminism and politics though visually stimulating text. At first the artist used the popular poster as a way to express her ideas. As with anything else technology came along and now she has a very unique way of organizing her displays.

A link to the website of Jenny Holzer: http://projects.jennyholzer.com/

For her collegiate studies Holzer attended the Rhode Island School of Design.

She has a  very high business IQ with many mediums stating her ideas from plaques, digital signs, LED signs, stone benches, footstools, stickers, t shirts, and paintings.  One very cool object the artist got to design was a Le Mans racing car. I have showcased other artists like Warhol and Lichtenstein who also did the same thing. Below is Jenny Holzer’s BMW!

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In this clip from Art21, the series done by public television often recommended here, we listen a brief interview featuring Jenny Holzer.

A brief montage of works by Jenny Holzer.

And now we visit a show at the Tate in Liverpool, England.

Another genre explored by Holzer is that of the past wars of the United States in the Middle East. Yet another artist that chose to use maps as part of her work. This makes three artists in just a few days of writing. Holzer found documents and maps of Baghdad and how to invade Iraq. She also used information from the National Security Archive to bring a personal side to her art by taking actual words from interrogations and even confessions.

Jenny Holzer has helped to produce seven books!

You probably have seen the artists work if you have been to big cities like New York and even Oslo, Norway. I think of her as Ms. Las Vegas for her clever way of mixing text, to me all of her work looks like an advertisement, which is exactly what the culture contains at the moment.

Jenny Holzer was the first woman ever to represent the United States in the Venice, Biennale in 1990.

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