Posts Tagged ‘university of washington’

Artist of the moment……..Michael Lucero

 

Michael Lucero is an American ceramics master with a very unique style. Michael Lucero was born in Tracy, California in the year 1953.

Lucero attended the University of Washington earning a B.F.A. and also an M.F.A. from Humboldt State.

The artist is a multiple winner of a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.

The artist tries to use clay to show that it can be as fascinating as marble with his end results.

 

Lucero often works with the figure as his muse. He also uses ideas and themes from many cultures including North and South America and even the Pre- Colombian era.

Price range information: Many works priced between $3,000 and $10,000.

Lucero is part of the American Craft Museum located in New York City.

What a unique style. Its great to see clay can be so expressive.

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Artist of the moment…………Roger Shimomura

 

Roger Shimomura has something in common with previous post Mine Okuba, Roger Shimomura also spent time as a detainee in a Japanese American interment camp. In other works Shimomura paints in a Pop art manner. Cartoony, but not as modernist as manga art.

Price range information: The artist produces silkscreen prints and also original art painted in acrylics. No price information available.

Below a link to the website of artist Roger Shimomura:

http://www.rshim.com/

Roger Shimomura was born in Seattle, Washington in the year 1939. Shimomura attended the University of Washington where he earned a B.F.A. The artist went on to earn an MFA from Syracuse University.

In this clip we view the show where I first saw Roger Shimomura’s work, at the Missoula, Montana Art Museum. Works and an interview are shown here:

The artist has worked as part an professor of art and the University of Kansas located in Lawrence, Kansas. He taught from 1969 until 2004.

I think its great that this artist and Mine Okubo have done wonderful paintings on feelings they experienced as a child. Even though its a tough and difficult subject matter, as the artist said himself, we can’t just erase the experience from our memories.

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Artist of the moment……Jonas Wood

 

Jonas Wood is an artist renown for his fantastic paintings of interiors. Jonas Wood was born Boston, Massachusetts in the year 1977. Wood works in many mediums including acrylics, oils, colored pencils, and gouache.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Wood attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges earning a bachelors degree. This four year liberal arts college is located in Geneva, New York in the Finger Lakers or upstate region of New York. Wood then went on to earn a MFA from the University of Washington located in Seattle, Washington.

As far as being a very successful artist working in many genres, Wood enjoys painting sports figures and in this clip he talks about this exciting genre:

In this clip we view a show featuring Jonas Wood that took place in 2013:

 

I enjoy the use of artistic license used by the artist. Some objects are drawn flat but his pictures have some degree of depth or dimension by the Wood’s spectacular use of patterns.

Jonas Wood is based out of Los Angeles, California.

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Artist of the moment…….George Nakashima

George Nakashima was born in Spokane, Washington in the yer 1905. Nakashima is renown for his woodworking skills. For his collegiate education Nakashima studied architecture at the University of Washington earning a bachelors degree. Nakashima went on to earn a masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He often used walnut for his favorite type of wood.

In this clip we visit the home and studio of George Nakashima:

After college he bought a ticket to go around the world in a steam ship. He explored the continents of Europe and Africa and wound up in Japan. He was able to find work in Japan as an architect. Nakashima stayed in Japan and study their style of architecture.

Nakashima started to produce furniture in India in the late 1930s. He returned to America, but during the second world war was sent to an internment camp. Here he was able to meet a renown woodworker named Gentaro Hikogawa who would go on to mentor the artist.

After his release from the internment camp Nakashima would go onto design his own furniture and receive important commissions including a very large order for 200 works from Nelson Rockefeller.

price range information: Works range between $3,000 to $90,000.

The artist passed away in 1990.

In this clip we learn more about the artwork of George Nakashima:

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