Artist of the moment………Jean Francois- Suys

Jean Francois Suys is a fantastic artist born in Brussels, Belgium in the year 1956.

Suys was influenced by Kandinsky and his ideas on colour principles that each colour has its own energy, vibration, and character.

Many works contain acrylic paint, lacquer, and gold leaf.

price range information: Most works range from $5,000 to $10,000.

The artist is trying to start a movement of Empathism. Suys is tired of seeing art that tries to shock us and tries to have the viewer step back and take in his artwork as part of a positive force.

Jean Francois Suys is now based out of Switzerland.

The artist is a master at using color in his work. The gold leaf and the use of lacquer are great editions to his work.

 

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Artist of the moment……Kim Abeles

As we approach Earth Day lets take a look at an artist who uses smog as part of her medium of choice, artist Kim Abeles. Kim Abeles was born in Richmond Heights, Missouri in the year 1952.Abeles uses multiple mediums in developing her work.

Her work concerns the social aspects of our daily lives including feminism and HIV/ AIDS.

Abeles grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Abeles made the move to Los Angeles, California in 1978. After seeing the amount of smog and dirty air in her new environment the artist was sparked to create art and show the world how poor the air quality is. I wonder what kind of masterpiece Abeles might produce in Beijing, China.

Abeles is in many ways similar to the many street artists covered here who work with stencils. After the stencil is developed the artist just leaves the canvas outside long enough to collect enough dirty atmosphere to create her work of art.

I love the idea of her work because its an exact time capsule of her environment. I am sure people think twice about the air they breathe after seeing the work of Kim Abeles.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

 

In this clip a great selection of works by Kim Abeles herself:

In this clip a variety of mediums are used to expose the thoughts of people towards the Native American Indian:

Artist of the moment……Kevin Appel

 

 

Kevin Appel is an artist who has worked in many styles over his career. Kevin Appel was born in Los Angeles, California in the year 1967. For his artistic education Appel attended Parsons located in New York City earning a B.F.A. Appel went on to earn a M.F.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Appel has been a teacher and the Chair of graduate studies at the University of California at Irvine.

Appel now works in a very abstract work but its his interior works of the 1990s that I enjoy the most. When I see his interior works I am reminded of the modern Farnsworth House located in Illinois. Very modern line work, just as in in Appel’s works of the 90s. His works of this period have a great architectural base. Appel’s work now seems to have an interior design feel and is far more abstract than his earlier works. Here is an image of the Farnsworth House:

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Appel is based out of Los Angeles, California.

Kevin Appel is part of the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Price range information: Works range from $8,000 to $50,000.

In  this clip we visit a show from 2009:

In this clip we view a show from 2014:

Artist of the moment……Shirley Kaneda

Shirley Kaneda is a fantastic contemporary artist born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1951. For her artistic education Kaneda attended the Pratt Institute located in New York City.

When I think of this artist, the word “screen saver” comes to mind. Kaneda does use the computer as part of her painting process.

Kaneda has also taught at the collegiate level and continues to teach at the Pratt Institute.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Kaneda uses oils and acrylics in most of her work.

Kaneda has won fellowships and grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Pollack Krasner Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Shirley Kaneda from 2009:

Artist of the moment……..Fernand Leger

Fernand Leger was a wonderful artist who worked in many mediums was one of the foremost Cubist painters. Fernand Leger was born in Argentan, France in the year 1881.Leger had a lengthy career and prolific output working with theater and costume design, ceramics, paintings, murals, film, and even glass.

For his artistic education Fernand Leger attended the School of Decorative Arts and the Academie Julian both located in Paris, France.

From the Moma in New York City we visit a great selection of works by Fernand Leger:

The artist was drafted into the Army and discharged with a head injury. His war left an impact on the artist and many works including murals have a strong social commentary to them.

Fernand Leger helped to found a Cubist painting school in 1924 based out of Paris, France. Leger also made his first film during this year about ballet dancers. Below is the film by Leger. Leger in this manner reminds of Warhol with his use of the film as a medium.

Fernand Leger passed away in 1955.

Leger has a museum featuring his work in Biot, France. In this clip some great images from the museum:

Price range information: Works range from lithographs at $5,000 with oils breaking the $20 million dollar mark at auction.

What a wonderful husband and wife team Fernand and Nadia were. Able to paint and teach others their craft! Surely one of my favorite husband and wife painting teams. Other husband and wife teams who help many others to paint in their same style would be David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. Another couple is Wende Caporale and Daniel E. Greene.

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Artist of the moment……Nadia Leger Khodossievitch

Nadia Leger Khodossievitch was born in 1904. For her artistic education she started drawing lessons at the age of fifteen at the Academie Below. Nadia also studied at the School of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland in addition to studying with one of the pioneers of abstract art, Kazimir Malevich.

Her first husband was also a painter, Stan Grabowski.

Nadia Leger then moved to Paris to be with her future husband Fernand Leger and to study in Paris at the Modern Art school where Fernand Leger was a professor. Nadia was in charge of running his atelier. Though the two met for the first time in the 1920s, the two would not marry until 1952. Nadia also played a key role in developing the paintings of Fernand Leger for ceramics and sculpture.

Nadia Leger passed away in 1982.

Price range information: Nadia Leger painted mainly in watercolors and gouache in addition to being a printmaker. Prices range from $4,000 to $20,000.

Nadia Leger was married to two professional artists, her second husband Fernand Leger will be the next post.

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Artist of the moment…..Robert Sagerman

 

Robert Sagerman was born in Bayside, New York in the year 1966. For his artistic education Sagerman attended the Pratt Institute located in New York City. Sagerman went on to earn a masters degrees in both art history and science from Pratt. The artist also earned PHd in Judaic Studies from New York University. Sagerman is an artist associated with the color field and abstract art movements.

Sagerman also enrolled at West Point Military Academy.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Most works have thickly and dense layers of paint. These are applied in many dabs and strokes which help the artist to name a work. Piece 12,056 would mean the work of art used 12,056 strokes. The works have vibrancy of light and color that engages the viewer.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Robert Sagerman from 2012. The clip includes many closeups and the viewer can get a better feel as to have textured and thickness of the paint:

I love the use of color and texture that Sagerman employs. I bet the paint is still wet to the touch! Sagerman also mixes his own paints so that he can get the purity of color he likes.

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Artist of the moment…..Gladys Cook

 

Gladys Cook is a wonderful American artist renown for her portraits of domestic dogs and cats. Gladys Cook was born in the year 1899. For her artistic education Cook attended the Art Student’s League of New York City.

Cook enjoyed a lengthy career as an illustrator and commercial artist. Some companies she worked for including companies that sold cat products such as Puss N Boots.

Later in her career she became an avid marine painter.

Much of her animal work is in charcoal and pastel.

Gladys Cook passed away in 1976.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Some other great artists who paint dogs and cats include Edmund  Osthaus and John Weiss.

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Artist of the moment………Richard Mupumha

 

Richard Mupumha is a great Shona artist born in Rusape, Zimbabwe in the year 1963.Richard  Mupumha is the uncle to Onias Mupumha. Its easy to see how Onias was influenced as both of the artists like to work with floral and botanical works. Richard Mupumha also makes wonderful sculptures of women.

Like Laurence Lowry, please take not of the hands as they are quite large, strong, and powerful.

Richard Mupumha began carving with wood and working with clay as the age of twelve years old.

The artist has a nephew named Richard Mupumha Junior who will be an upcoming post.

In this clip we view a great figurative work by Richard Mupumha. I love the play with the two faces in overall basic shape:

Price range information: Works range from $500 to $5,000. Like many Shona artists Mupumha works with serpentine stone.

What a great family of artists! More on this family coming soon!

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Artist of the moment…….Laurence Lowry

Laurence Lowry was born in Stretford, Lancashire in the year 1887. Lowry is renowned for his “cityscape” paintings of London and Pendlebury. Lowry’s father passed away in 1932 and then he took care of his mother. He would care for her in the day and paint after she went to sleep.  For his artistic education Lowry attended the Manchester School of Art.

Lowry was also an official war artist.

After he died many nude figure works were found by the artist.

The artist had all clocks set at different times in his house. Lowry would tell visitors it was so they would not all chime at one time. But a visitor wouldn’t know the real time without wearing a watch themselves!

Lowry was an extremely private man and avoided people to a fault. Lowry kept a suitcase by his door so he could rightfully claim he was just on his way “out the door.”

 

Some critics call his work naive, but I find his figure works to be similar to the  mural painters of Mexico. Remember the wonderful workers painted by Diego Rivera and others with huge hands and feet. It showed the strength but also the duress of working in the fields and what it does to hands and feet over the years.

For instance “John” might be a size 10 shoe, but because his feet are swollen all the time he has to wear a size 12. I got the sense that the labourers of this time period worked very hard and it showed in their bodies, similar to the workers of Mexico.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip the great John Lennon sings as view Lowry’s famous works of the Industrial Parts of North- West London:

In this clip we watch as a piece showing the Picadilly Circus is being prepared for auction:

Laurence Lowry passed away in 1976.

Lowry is a great artist and sounds like he enjoyed being a hermit. The Tate Museum has held a retrospective on the artist’s career. Its also interesting the Lowry turned down two times the chance at becoming knighted. This is supposedly another record that he holds.

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