Artist of the moment…….Kristin Baker

 

Kristin Baker is one of my favorite painters working with the subject of cars painted in an abstract manner. Kristin Baker was born in Stamford, Connecticut in the year 1975 and earned B.F.A. from Tufts University based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Baker went on to earn her masters degree from Yale.

She first came upon the national art scene with her abstract paintings of automobiles and racing in the early 2000s.

In this clip we visit a show featuring the work of Kristin Baker from 2009:

The artist is based out of New York City.

Baker works mainly in acrylics and mixed media.

To close lets take a look at two paintings of a car crash, the first by Andy Warhol and the second by Kristin Baker. In November 2013, Warhol’s painting titled the Silver Car Crash sold for more than 105 million dollars. From a design standpoint, its very interesting to see the somewhat block square shape of a car become so many interesting abstract shapes after being hit.

 

Price range information: Works range from $40,000 to $300,000.

Baker has a wonderful mix of abstraction and realism in her early work. My favorite works of hers are still the automobile series, a perfect example of her mix of realism and abstraction.

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Artist of the moment…….Gonzalo Fonseca

 

Gonzalo Fonseca was a fantastic sculptor and also the father of Caio and Bruno Fonseca. Gonzalo Fonseca was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in the year 1911. Fonseca is considered a modernist artist that sculpted in a modernist style but also painted in oils in an impressionist manner.

Fonseca began as an architect before deciding to pursue a career in the arts.

The artist was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Gonzalo Fonseca also was one of the first “green artists” as he used stone and materials that he found from demolished buildings.

The artist kept studies in Manhattan in the States and also in Italy.

Gonzalo Fonseca passed away in 1997.

price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $100,000.

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Artist of the moment……..Caio Fonseca

 

 

The next few posts we will be covering Fonseca artist family from Uruguay. Caio and Bruno are the sons and Gonzalo Fonseca the father, this post will cover Caio Fonseca.

Caio Fonseca chose to study independently with artists rather than go to college. The artist studied abroad in Europe for more than one decade before beginning to show is work in 1993.

Caio Fonseca was born in New York City in the year 1959.

The artist is part of many prominent collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of Art both located in New York City.

Much of the artist’s work is in mixed media using gouache and ink.

Caio Fonseca is based out of New York City.

Price range information: Works range from $25,000 to $200,000.

Here we see a collaboration with publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust Brookfield Properties and Caio Fonseca. Caio was chosen as the main artist and produced many works for this exhibit:

I enjoy the wonderful organic shapes the artist creates in his work. Combined with his vertical lines and repetition of shapes, the artist creates a fantastic combination of movement and color. What an artistic family!

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Artist of the moment……..Ted Waddell

 

Ted Waddell is a wonderful painter from Montana renown for his paintings featuring horses painted in an abstract style. Ted Waddell was born in Billings, Montana in the year 1941.

For his collegiate education the artist studied at many institutions including Eastern Montana College and the Brooklyn Museum School of Art. Waddell went on to earn a M.F.A. from Wayne State University located in Detroit, Michigan.

Waddell has owned a working ranch for much of his painting career. Its easy to see his fondness of the rancher and lifestyle.

The artist is associated with the Abstract or Abstract Expressionist groups.

Here we see part 1 of a great interview with Theordore Waddell:

The artist has also taught at the collegiate level at the University of Montana.

price range information: Sorry none available. The artist paints in watercolor, gouache, and oils. Many times the artist uses mixed media in his work.

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Artist of the moment………Per Kirkeby

 

Per Kirkeby was born Copenhagen, Denmark in the year 1938. Kirkeby attended the University of Copenhagen where he studied geology, he earned a masters degree. He then also attended what at the time was an experimental art school.

Kirkeby is a painter, sculptor, printmaker, and author. His sculpture work often includes bricks and shapes that repeat throughout the work. The artist has completed public commissions in Germany and Denmark. Below an example of his sculpture work.

 

The artist is included in many prominent collections and museums including the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City and the Tate Museum of London, England.

The artist has been a participant of the famed Venice Biennial.

 

 

In this clip we view a clip from a show that took place for Per Kirkey in 2008:

Here we view a show from 2013:

Price range information: Prints can be starting at $1,000. Original works in oils can reach $300,000. The artist is a prolific printmaker but also works in gouache.

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Artist of the moment………Thomas Buttersworth Junior

 

Thomas Buttersworth Junior was the son of the aforementioned Thomas Buttersworth Senior. Thomas Buttersworth Jr. was born in 1797 or 1807, an exact birthdate could not be found. Not much is known about the Buttersworth Jr. The artist studied with his father to learn how to paint.

He studied with his father and also was renown for his maritime paintings.

The artist married and had one child.

Thomas Buttersworth Junior passed away in 1842.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Another interesting characteristic to see in the paintings of all the families is movement of water. Everyone in the family can paint a wonderful stormy maritime work of art including a boat. Its interesting that each painter has a similar style in painting the choppiness of the ocean waters and also the light and dark shapes of the water.

A dark shape is used by each artist at the bottom of their work. As the painting recedes we view different planes of light giving the work a tremendous sense of depth.  Just amazing!

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Artist of the moment……Thomas Buttersworth Sr.

 

Thomas Buttersworth Sr. was the grandfather of the James Butterworth and also a painter of maritime subjects. Thomas Buttersworth was renown or his paintings of the ocean that often depicted the great battles of the sea. Thomas Buttersworth Sr. was born on the largest island of England, the Isle of Wight in the year 1768.

When the artist was in his late twenties he signed up for the England’s Royal Navy. His background served him well to paint the battle scenes he saw from firsthand experience.

Thomas Buttersworth was also successful at garnering commissions for painting the great ships of his era. The artist was employed by the East India Company for this purpose.

Thomas Buttersworth passed away in 1864.

The artist is included in many collections including the National Maritime Museum located in London, England.

Price range information: Works range from  $20,000 to $250,000. The artist worked in oils and watercolors.

What a great family of artists. Its so rare to have a battle scene painted by someone that actually lived through experience.

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Artist of the moment……James Edward Buttersworth

 

 

The next couple of posts lets take a look at a wonderful family of painters who are renown for their maritime paintings, the Buttersworth family of artists. James Buttersworth was born in London, England in the year 1817. His father was renowned maritime painter Thomas Buttersworth, who mentored the his son.

James Buttersworth relocated to the United States in the early 1840s.

The artist is best known for his paintings of boats racing in the America’s Cup boating competition. His work is very important as this was a time period before photography captured the races.

What I enjoy most about the work of this artist is his great sense of atmosphere. The first thing I review when taking in a maritime painting, the painting of the water and skies. James Buttersworth painted great storms and choppy waters. Even in smaller works the artist is able to capture the dramatic stormy skies and wonderful lighting the sea provides.

James Buttersworth passed away in 1894.

In this clip a great montage of paintings by James Buttersworth that show his great ability to capture storms and atmospheric conditions of the sea:

The artist is included in the America’s Cup Hall of Fame for his wonderful maritime paintings.

Price range information: Works range from $25,000 to $800,000. The artist painted mainly in oils but also worked in watercolor.

The Buttersworth family as a whole reminds me a great deal of the Gruppe family of artists also renown for their maritime paintings.

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Artist of the moment……..Michael Staniak

 

 

Michael Staniak is a wonderful contemporary artist who reminds one of colorists painters and artists including Mark Rothko. In fact his paintings are similar to Rothko’s work, but contain much more variety in surface.

Michael Staniak was born in Melbourne, Australia in the year 1982. The artist attended college and graduate school  in Melbourne earning a M.F.A. from the Victorian College of the Arts.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we visit a show from 2014:

In this clip a brief interview with the artist telling us why he paints:

What a great artist!

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Artist of the moment……James Chronister

 

James Chronister was born in Helena, Montana in the year 1978. Chronister is renown or his black and white paintings that recall the pointillist artists of yesterday.

Chronister moved to California for college  and attended San Francisco’s California College for the Arts. He still remains based out of this area.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist works in oils.

One reason I started this website was to focus on the different process artist’s use to create. This artist paints in the dark! In this clip we view the artist at work via a time lapse. What an interesting process. One wonders if he worked in color if he could get such impressive results!:

In this clip a brief news clip about James Chronister with some of his artwork:

 

A link to the website of James Chronister:

http://jameschronister.com/

Its great to see such fascinating work in black and white. I wonder if Ansel Adams might paint in the dark  since he did such great work in the dark with his photography!

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