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Artist of the moment………Diana al-Hadid


al Hadid is a contemporary sculptor and painter renown for her large mixed media works. Diana al-Hadid was born in Aleppa, Syria in the year 1981. Her family relocated to the state of Ohio in the United States when the artist was five years of age.

The artist credits being an immigrant for her success. She learned to work very hard and how to apply for grants.

Al-Hadid is well educated having earned a B.F.A. from Kent State University located in Kent, Ohio. She went on to earn a M.F.A.  from Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond, Virginia. The artist also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting located in Skowhagen, Maine.

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In this clip from 2015 we visit the studio of Diana Al- Hadid:

Diana Al Hadid is now based out of Brooklyn, New York.

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The artist is very innovative in her materials and her design concepts. Though she often references the past, her use of modern and contemporary materials including beeswax, gypsum, steel,and fiberglass make for very unique works of art.



Artist of the moment…….Jon Kuhn



Jon Kuhn is wonderful glass artist who makes decorative art and sculptures with glass. Jon Kuhn was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1949.

Jon Kuhn attended Washburn University  located in Topeka, Kansas where he earned a B.F.A. Kuhn went on to earn an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond, Virginia.

Here we have a brief biography on Jon Kuhn including a trip to a museum exhibit. Kuhn is part of many prestigious collections including the Met of New York City and the White House Permanent Collection:

Kuhn’s style is the opposite of Dale Chihuly. Chihuly works with extremely hot glass and blows it to his desired shape. Jon Kuhn works with cold glass and cuts and fuses his glass together. Where as Chihuly uses organic shapes, Kuhn works with basic geometric shapes often using the cube.

In this clip we take a closer look at two works by Jon Kuhn:

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I enjoy this style of glass because it is so different from the style that is followed by many, working with blown glass. Kuhn’s work sparkles viewers with its play on light. In this manner it reminds me of one of my favorite flower artists, Robert Kushner. Kushner has a great talent for using mixed media in his works.

One technique that I enjoy is his use of resin that has many different types of glitter. The many varieties of glitter have a similar effect on viewers as they move about the piece. The light dances and shimmers and makes the work come alive even more. Wonderful!





Artist of the moment…….Carter Hodgkin

Carter Hodgkin is an American artist renown for her blend of art and physics. For her collegiate education Hodgkin attended Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond University  where she studied printmaking in addition to painting. Carter Hodgkin is also known for her graphics and design skills working for such internationally recognized brands as Lego, Martha Stewart, and Kodak.

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Hodgkin is a part recipient of a Krosner Pollack Foundation award.

Carter Hodgkin is based out of New York City.

If you enjoy the work of this artist be sure and check out artist Fred Tomasselli. Below an example of Tomaselli’s work:


In this clip we view an animation style work inspired by physics. I enjoy the motion of the overall piece. The artist works with both oils and gouache. The gouache works are my favorite as she plays with the transparency of the medium. Though there is a lot of motion in her work, because its based on actual items that exist in real life, her art seems very organized when compared to another abstract artist such as Jackson Pollack:

Looking at the work of Carter Hodgkin reminds me of hundreds of hours I spent playing with my grandparent’s Spirograph kit! Thank goodness video games didn’t exist back in those days!

Hodkin is a very abstract modern artist in that she uses the latest technology in creating her work. Most works are a blend of gouache,watercolor, and inkjet print on paper.