Posts Tagged ‘university of california at berkeley’

Artist of the moment…….Paul Sietsema


Paul Sietsema is an American artist renown for his black and white realist images based on photographic images. Paul Sietsema was born in the year 1968. The artist works as a painter, photographer, and film maker.


The artist attended the University of California at Berkeley. Sietsema went on to earn a M.F.A.from U.C.L.A.

As a film maker the artist finds a subject and then immerses himself in exploring that subject. These works usually show examples of art made by Sietsema in conjunction with his studies of the subject and can take multiple years to complete.

Below we visit a show featuring Sietsema from 2011:

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He is a Guggenheim Fellow.

In this clip we view a show featuring Sietsema from 2014:

Sietsema works out of Los Angeles, California and Berlin, Germany.



Artist of the moment……….Mary Joan also known as Jay DeFeo


Mary Joan (Jay) DeFeo was an American artist renown for her large scale abstract style of painting. Jay DeFeo was born in Hanover, New Hampshire in the year 1929.

DeFeo attended the University of California at Berkeley earning a B.F.A. and M.F.A. After college the artist traveled overseas to Europe and upon return to the United States supported herself by making jewelry.

The artist enjoyed working with many mediums. DeFeo worked with photo collage, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and installations.

Her largest and heaviest piece was called the Rose. It took eight years to finish and the weight of the artwork surpassed one ton (2,000 pounds) in weight. When finished it was taken from her living quarters by a forklift. Here the Whitney Museum which has the largest collection of her work, takes a closer look at the Rose:

DeFeo was a professor at Mills University located at Benicia, California.

In this clip we view a retrospective of Jay DeFeo with our dear friend James Kalm:

Jay DeFeo passed away in 1989 at the age of 60.

The artist is part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, and the  Art Institute of Chicago among others.

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What an amazing artist whose career is a great example of California artist who enjoyed experimenting with many mediums.


Artist of the moment……Chiura Obata



Chiura Obata was a wonderful Japanese painter and woodblock artist. Chiura Obata was born in Okayama prefecture Japan in the year 1885.

Chiura Obata was renown for his landscapes painted of the American National Park Yosemite. In this clip we view some of these treasures:

The artist was adopted by his uncle, who was a professional artist, when Obata was very young. From his early teens Obata was able to study and learn from many masters including his uncle.

Obata made his way to the United States in 1903 settling down in San Francisco where he did illustration work for the areas leading Japanese newspapers.

This artist also spent time in a Japanese internment camp.

For nearly two decades Obata taught at the collegiate level at the University of California at Berkeley. After he retired Obata would lead tour groups to Japan. Obata took charge of the tour and showed people the fantastic gardens and Japanese art.

Price range information: Prints start at $2,000. Originals in watercolors and ink can reach $25,000.



Artist of the moment……….Mine Okubo


Mine Okubo was an American artist renown for her paintings and drawings made around the period of World War 2, which showed what life was like for Japanese Americans living in internment camps. Mine Okuba was born in Riverside, California in the year 1912. Okubo also worked with the figure in a modern style.

The artist worked with casein, watercolor, and acrylic.

In this clip a fellow internee talks about his relationship with Mine Okubo. Also many works are shown:

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Okuba attended the University of California at Berkley.

Her book that dealt with these events was titled Citizen 13660. The book contained more than 2,000 works of art dedicated to this topic.

After being released early from her camp, Okubo moved to New York City.

Mine Okubo passed away in 2001.

I find it great that the Okubo was able to make such great work depicting such a horrible event.