Posts Tagged ‘Trees’

Artist of the moment……..Fumio Fujita



Fumio Fujita is a master Japanese printmaker renown for his landscapes and images of trees. In his later years his focus has been mainly on trees, but in his earlier years he worked with the landscapes and also made wonderful prints of animals.

Fumio Fujita was born in Aichi prefecture, Japan in the year 1933.

The artist attended Musashino College of Fine Arts located in the western part of Tokyo, Japan.

Fujita began producing woodblock prints in 1963.

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Fujita shows a remarkable sense of design always looking for patterns in items such as tree bark and leaves. Overall his work shows a great blend of realism and abstraction.





Artist of the moment……….Hajime Namiki


Hajime Namiki is a Japanese woodblock master renown for his prints of trees. Hajime Namiki was born Tokyo, Japan in the year 1947.

Namiki studied with another master woodblock artist named Shigeru Ogura.Although he is associated with prints, Namiki began his art career as a sculptor. Ogura was a highly regarded sculptor Namiki began studying with him in 1965. The artist began to work with prints in the 1970s.

Namiki works often with oil pigments on paper. In addition he often uses gold and silver leaf in his work.

The paper he uses is Torinoko Paper.

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Trees are a wonderful subject because they have very interesting texture in the bark. The artist can also use the shapes of the leaves and negative space between branches in addition to color to make trees a wonderful subject to use for expression.

Some other fantastic artists who are renown for their work with trees include Scott Duce, Richard Schmid, Albert Handell, and Lynn Boggess. Natasha Wescoat, and Peter Hoffer.



Artist of the moment…………Jason Middlebrook



Jason Middlebrook was born in Jackson, Michigan in the year 1966. Middlebrook attended the University of California at Santa Cruz where he earned a B.F.A. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute. He also studied at the Whitney Museum and abroad in Sweden. Middlebrook is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker.

One of the artist’s goals with his work is to help to preserve nature and to make the viewer aware of the impact they have on planet earth.

Below a link to the website of Jason Middlebrook. This home page has a wonderful piece of art by Middlebrook that mixes the organic shape of a slice of a tree with the straight lines of a rectangle:

In this clip we view works exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art located in Chicago, Illinois:

Many of his works with trees include spray paint and acrylics. The artist also used colored pencil.

Below we see a time lapse of a very large wall painting by Middlebrook at the Museum of Fine Arts located in Boston, MA:

The artist is based out of Hudson, New York.

Price range information: A wonderfully designed candle can be had for $120 from the artist. A sculpture can reach as much as $30,000.

What a wonderful sense of design employed the artist. Middlebrook’s work has a great deal of movement without overwhelming the viewers senses. The interaction of organic lines of the wood grain and geometric shapes make for a wonderful piece of abstract work.



Artist of the moment………Hanson Puthuff


Hanson Puthuff was an American landscape painter born in Waverly, Missouri in the year 1875. Puthuff attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Denver, Colorado. The artist enjoyed painting the desert landscapes of California.

The artist began his art career painting billboards and sign painter. His working process made it easy for the artist become a great landscape painter. To paint a sign he and his associates would be taken to the location of the sign and billboard via horse wagon and dropped off. When the sign or billboard was done the group would paint landscapes of the area whilst waiting for the wagon to return and pick them up.

Puthuff was a founding member of the California Art Club.


In this clip we view a great montage of works by Hanson Puthuff. What a great painter of trees and mountains. The artist also had a gift for using aerial perspective to give his works a great sense of depth:

Hanson Puthuff passed away in 1972.

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What a great painter of the landscape and in particular trees and mountains.



Artist of the moment………Frank Balaam

Frank Balaam is a British born artist who is renown for his wonderful landscape paintings featuring trees and their leaves. Balaam attended the Blackpool Academy of Art and the Edinburgh School of Art.

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Balaam began to focus on the tree as his main subject in 2005.

Frank Balaam paints in reverse order from most artists, painting from the front of the picture to the distance. In this clip we view Balaam at work during his creative process:

Balaam is now based out of Arizona.

If you enjoy this artist, other artists who also work with thick paint include Jennifer Vranes and Lynn Boggess.


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.



Artist of the moment……Vivian Akers


Vivian in this case is a man’s name, and Vivian Akers was born in Norway, Maine in the year 1886. Akers spent time as a portrait artist, painting some Supreme Court Justices, but it is for his landscapes he is best known for. Akers was a painter and carver.

Some favorite subjects painted by the artist include trees, mountains, and flowers.

For his artistic education Vivian Akers studied at a local art academy and took classes with various regional artists that lived in an artist’s colony also in Maine.

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $25,000.

Vivian Akers passed away in 1966.

I enjoy the colors the artist used in his shadows. Akers was also great at painting snow many wonderful shades of light grey.




Artist of the moment…..Joichi Hoshi

Joichi Hoshi was born in Niigata prefecture in the year 1913. For his artistic education Hoshi attended Musashino College of Fine Arts. He was rather old when he graduated, being 50 years of age. Hoshi went to art school but taught himself the fine art of woodblock printing. Hoshi is famous for his trees.

Hoshi was a prize winner at many international print shows including those in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Tokyo, Japan.

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Hoshi was also a teacher, working at Tainan Normal School for more than one decade.

Joichi Hoshi passed away in 1979.

Below we view some winter prints of the artist:


Artist of the moment…….Dhananjay Singh

Dhananjay Singh was born in Hajipur, Bihar, India in the year 1977. This region is located in the north of India. For his artistic education Singh attended the Faculty of Visual Arts of Banaras Hindu University. The artist also earned a master’s degree from the University Baroda.

Dhananjay Singh’s favorite subject is the tree.

The artist works with sculpture and also painting. Many paintings are executed with watercolor on paper.

Many sculptures are made of bronze and either stainless steel wire or copper wire.

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $50,000.

I love the way the artist has merged the figure and the tree into one style uniquely his own! It makes sense as the way a branch tapers it reminds me of the same taper you see on the human arm or leg.


Artist of the moment…….. Joichi Hoshi

Joichi Hoshi was a wonderful artist born in 1911 in Niigata Prefecture.  Joichi Hoshi is renown for his woodblock prints depicting trees. In the beginning of his career the artist focused on skyscapes, constellations, and landscapes. It was during the 1970s that Hoshi began to specialize in trees.

His series of skyscapes and the cosmos was inspired by a trip to Mongolia. Hoshi thought the dark skies made the stars and the cosmos brilliant due to the contrast.

During the end of his life the artist had as many as four assistants. The house where he kept a studio was designed with automatic sliding doors. A door would open automatically when a person neared it. Hoshi didn’t want anyone to ever damage a print or paper.

The artist taught in Japan for more than two decades.

in 1956 the artist graduated from college earning an art degree from Musashino University of Art. Since he started later in life for his artistic career, he had a great work ethic. During college he didn’t have much money so his wife went to live with her parents and he lived by himself. What dedication!

Joichi Hoshi passed away in 1979.

Price range information:  $1,000 to $7,000.

As a huge fan of mixed media artist I love the works that Hoshi creates using gold leaf. The gold leaf and the ink make a wonderful and bold contrast. One you add in the shape of the tree silhouette and sky you have the perfect mix of realism and abstraction!


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