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Artist of the moment….Gregory Kondos

Gregory Kondos is a wonderful landscape artist with a very modern feel to his work. Kondos was born in Lynn, Massachusetts in the year 1923. The family moved from the east coast to California in 1927.

For his collegiate education Kondos attended Sacramento Junior College. The artist also attended California State.

Kondos was featured in a documentary done by the public broadcasting systems in 1998.

The artist has been associated with Medicine Man Gallery and here we see a great interview with the artist.

Kondos was also part of the teaching faculty at Sacramento City college.

In this clip we listen as the artist talks about what motivates him.

The artist was elected to the national academy of design in 1995.

In this clip we see a short montage of works by George Kondos.

Price range info: The artist has worked with pastels which range from $2000 to $8000. Oils range from $5,000 to $60,000.

Part of museum collections in the United States and Europe.

If you enjoy this artist make sure and check out the artwork of Melissa Chandon. Chandon is an American artist born in 1952. She works mainly with acrylics, but I find her palette very close to that of Kondos. I enjoy her paintings  of the beach and swimming pools. Here is an example of Chandon’s artwork.


Another more abstract artist I am reminded of when looking at Kondos is the wonderful painter Richard Diebenkorn. Diebenkorn is best known for his OceanPark series of painting. Another series which features wonderful blues similar to Kondos’ palette. Here is a great example of a birds eye view landscape from Diebenkorn. Diebenkorn was born in 1922 in Oregon but is most associated with the Bay area movement and also the Abstract Expressionist movement.


When Kondos first started out his favorite artist was William De Kooning. As he matured he also made several key artist acquaintances including Wayne Thiebaud. Thiebaud would become an important mentor and friend, important in his career in the art world.

Kondos is a wonderful artist and I love looking at his paintings of the sea the most. His layering of complimentary colors using warm colors under cooler ones gives the viewer a real feeling of warmth and heat. You can see this in his portrayals of trees and their leaves. Take a nod from the featured artists today and try painting an ocean view, first paint it in orange or cadmium red and then paint using your normal method on top of that. Its amazing how much an underpainting can change the feel of work of art.


Lets take a look at some painters of SHOES…..

I enjoy looking at objects that humans have in common over the centuries. Items such as shoes, combs, rings and jewelry, coffee cups all interest me a great deal. It intrigues me to see the changes in technology and human desires on the change of these products over the years.

If you love shoes, the first artist to talk about would be Wayne Thiebaud. I have written about the artist’s wonderful paintings of food such as cakes and donuts, but he also has made some wonderful art concerning shoes. This piece is titled Shoe Row.  Thiebaud is still alive today and was a leader in the Pop Art movement.


Below is a great color version of his artwork.


Another artist working with shoes, in this case ballet shoes, is Deborah Bays. Bays works frequently in pastels and oils working mainly with the still life. She even sells her prep drawings and sketches of ballet shoes alongside her original art. From a collector standpoint its fun to see the process of an idea from a sketch to a finished painting.  An example of Deborah Bays artwork is below. She achieves great depth in her paintings of shoes by placing them at great angles to lead the viewer into a painting. Similar to the way an artist might place a long stemmed flower on a table to give the art dimensionality.


Here is a wonderful drawing made by the artist and our suject du jour!


A link to the website of Deborah Bays:

And of course we cannot forget my favorite artist of all time Andy Warhol. The master business artist made his way to the top by taking the ordinary and making it come to life on paper. Simple items from a cigarette package or soup can or shoe were made in exquisite works of art. Warhol made many works using shoes as the subject including heels, boots, and flats. Below is a clip from the Museum of Modern Art located in Nice, France that has a  serigraph by Warhol that was embellished with diamond dust. What a great sense of design by  the master!

Here is a gallery showing the many varieties of shoes painted by Andy.

When it comes to painting the footwear of cowboys and the western life no one is more skilled than Nelson Boren. The artist paints his shoes with the people wearing them. The viewer is left to imagine what the rest of the person looks like and if there are a pair of shoes what the situation might be. Boren enjoys working in watercolors. Below is a wonderful example of his artwork.


A link to Nelson Boren’s website:


My favorite work of art I have seen personally within the past month were wonderful paintings with shoes as the subject by Van Gogh. The pieces are part of the exhibit at the Denver Art Museum until January 2013. I highly recommend visiting the show and you can see how great Van Gogh was with color. In one still life we see a grouping of brightly lit oranges on a table that appear ready to burst with color! Below is an example of  Van Gogh’s work with shoes.



Its true, I saved my favorite shoe artist for last! He comes from Holland and his name is Diederick Kraaijeveld. He works with one of the things I love BASKETBALL. He also doesn’t use any paint.  He uses found wood for his art and the wood is already colored so he sees no reason to change it.  Under his artistic medium it lists colour salvaged wood!  How unique! Below an example of the Kraaijeveld style.


A link to the artist’s website:

In this clip we visit the artist’s studio warehouse. Its great to see all the different shapes and colours he has found over the years. As he says in the beginning of the clip, he makes nice things out of what people throw away!


I hope this post got you to think about the many types of shoes warn by people throughout the world. Not only in modern times, but over the thousands of years. From a simple sandle to a Jimmy Choo they are fantastic subjects for their designs and color!