Artist of the moment………Photographer Robert Frank

 

Robert Frank was born in Zurich, Switzerland in the year 1924. Frank is renown for his photography featuring the many classes of people and ethnic groups that make up America. Frank produced a book of his images called the Americans in 1958.

Coming from Europe, the artist found the pace of life in America to fast. He also thought too much attention is given to money.

Here we see a collection of works by Robert Frank presented by the Smithsonian:

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to nearly $700,000 for his famous work featuring a trolley car in New Orleans. This work is the third from the bottom in the picture gallery.

In addition to photography Frank was a film maker who enjoyed shooting documentaries. The artist produced a film that covered the Rolling Stones whilst on a music tour. The film was controversial and the Stones ended up suing Frank for the copyright to the film. The movie can only be shown 5 times per year and Frank must be present.

What an interesting story. As compared to other New York City area photographers such as Diana Arbus, already profiled here, who captured dwarfs and very unique people in the big Apple. Frank travelled the world over shooting wonderful works of people going about their daily business. His highest selling work, the trolley, is a great snapshot of American life in a major metropolitan city.

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Artist of the moment……….Millard Sheets

 

 

Millard Sheets was born in Pomona, California in the year 1907. Sheets was renown for his painting skills, but also produced fantastic mosaics and sculptures. Sheets not only created the mosaics for a branch bank that existed in California, he also was the major architect of the buildings.

Sheets attended the Chouinard Art Institute located in Los Angeles, California. Its fair to see he mastered the medium at an early age. Whilst still a teen, he was accepted into some prestigious watercolor societies. Sheets was also given the opportunity to teach the art of watercolor before he graduated from Chouinard.

The artist was also renown for his wonderful skill at teaching. Sheets served as director for the Otis Art Institute located in Los Angeles. He helped the program develop new artistic programs.

The artist worked for such nationally renown companies as Life as an illustrator. He also did illustration work for the United States Army.

Sheets completed large mosaic murals and the one pictured below is located in Dallas, Texas. The work was completed in 1959.

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Millard Sheets passed away in 1989.

In this clip fellow artists talk about Millard Sheets. Some works are also shown:

 

Price range information: The artist worked in watercolors and oils. Works range from $10,000 to $150,000.

What a fascinating artist! From painting, to sculpture, and even mosaics and architecture, his creativity had no limit!

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Artist of the moment…..Fernanda Brunet

 

 

Fernanda Brunet was born in Mexico City, Mexico in the year 1964. Brunet works in a very unique style, painting realism but with a contemporary Pop twist.

The artist paints mainly in acrylics. Brunet is also a sculptor.

I enjoy the artist’s sense of design. The image of the zebra crossing water that looks like a tribute to Japanese Print Master Hirohige.

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Brunet is based out of Mexico City, Mexico.

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Artist of the moment……Shona sculptor Walter Mariga

 

Walter Mariga is a Shona artist from Zimbabwe and the son of first generation Shona artist Joram Mariga. Walter Mariga is renown or his work with the human figure and torso.

As you have noticed in many of these clips of shona artists, it takes many people to finish a work, mainly to execute the variety of textures found in shona art. Walter Mariga learned his skill by assisting his father in the polishing of stones. Walter than started doing his own work in 1993.

 

In this clip we view Walter Mariga at work whilst he gives us an interview on his artistic background and inspiration:

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Be sure and check out my post on the artist’s father, first generation Shona artist Joram Mariga, who also worked with the figure.

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Artist of the moment……..Krishen Khanna

 

Krishen Khanna is a modern Indian artist who works with the figure in an abstract style. The artist was born in Faislabad, Pakistan in the year 1925.

Khanna is a self taught artist.

Krishen Khanna attended the Imperial Service College. The college produced guards for the Royal Family and also engineers. Khanna also attended the Government College.

After college the artist worked in the banking industry.

The artist was the recipient of a Rockfeller Fellowship.

In this clip we visit the studio of Krishen Khanna and a great interview is show:

Price range information: Khanna is highly prolific output working in charcoal, watercolor, oils, and pastels. Prices ranges $5,000 to $400,000.

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Artist of the moment……..Beau Dick

 

Beau Dick is a fantastic First Nation’s Artist renown for his wonderful mask carvings. Beau Dick was born in Alert Bay, Vancouver Island, Canada in the year 1955. Dick represents the Kwakwaka’wakw Tribe of the First Nations of Canada.

 

In this clip we view a trailer from a documentary based on the artist:

Though many mask carvers are featured here, Dick is my favorite because of the emotional feeling he has infused into his art. Much of the First Nations masks are stoic, representing the heritage of their culture. Dick’s masks feature the same characters as other artists, but the characters are seen showing emotions of sorrow, distress, or happiness. This added element of life makes his work my favorite!

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The artist comes from yet another wonderful artistic family. His father, Ben Dick, was a renown carver. Ben has set the record for the largest ever carving producing a 173 totem pole to celebrate Canada’s centennial anniversary.

His grandfather James Dick was also a carver.

In this clip a gallery owner talks about this very artistic family:

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Artist of the moment……Kim Keever

 

Keever is a wonderful photographer and painter based out of New York City. Keever began as a painter but is renown for his landscape based photography that he creates in his studio.

Keever was born in 1955. Keever is based out of New York City.

In this clip we visit a show featuring the works of Kim Keever with the great James Kalm. An interview with Keever himself begins at 3:30 into the clip. What is most amazing is that Keever creates his work with fishtanks in his smaller 15 by 20 foot or so apartment. The fishtanks hold around 200 gallons of water. Keever creates clouds and atmosphere by pouring paint  into the tank!:

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If you are in the Denver, Colorado area be sure and check out his work at the David B. Smith Gallery.

What a unique technique and idea!

Keever is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

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Artist of the moment……..Street artist Smates also known as Bart Smeets

 

Smates, a.k.a. Bart Smeets, is a wonderful street artist from Belgium. Smeets works in a realist manner and often paints dogs or children below water.

Below a link to the website of artist Bart Smeets:

http://www.smates.be/go/

The artist is based out of Mechelen, Belgium.

 

 

In this clip we view  a wonderful mural of a dog swimming underwater by Bart Smeets:

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His work with one of my favorite subject matter, dogs! How unique that he paints items we usually imagine underwater!

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Artist of the moment…….Lukas Samaras

 

Lukas Samaras was born in Kastoria, Greece in the year 1936. The artist is renowned for his disdain of people and his narcissism. If you have seen the work of Chuck Close, you may recognize this famous image made by Close of artist Lukas Samaras.

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One of Samaras most acclaimed series is one of the artist posing for himself using a Polaroid camera. These images remind me of the modern day selfies.

 

Samaras attended Rugers, University located in New Brunswick, New Jersey.Some of his classmates include the great Claes Oldenburg, already profiled here.

The artist works in many mediums including painting, performance art, sculpture, and photographer. Its not fair to classify him to one medium, the artist works in many mediums and uses a great deal of creativity in his art.

Here we visit a show featuring the work of Lukas Samaras with the great James Kalm:

Price range information:  Works range from $12,000 to $400,000.

A documentary was made on the life of Lukas Samaras, below a trailer for this movie:

I enjoy the many subjects explored by the artist. I would enjoy a series of his done on birds, but using all mediums from photography to performance art.

Samaras is part of prestigious collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Museum, and the Getty Museum.

 

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Artist of the moment…….Anne Faust

 

Anne Faust is wonderful artist renown for her prints featuring birds. Her preferred type of print is the serigraph. Faust attended Boston University School for the Fine Arts.

Faust was born in the year 1936.

The artist is married to a photographer who specializes in birds.

In this clip we view the printmaking process of Anne Faust:

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The artist not only paints and creates wonderful images of birds, her backgrounds are wonderful mix of realism and abstract shapes. The artist makes wonderful patterns using leaves and water to add wonderful shapes to her compositions. My favorite artist who found patterns in the landscape and also in the sky and cloud patterns, was the master painter of animals, Bob Kuhn.

Kuhn found great organic shapes in ice patterns when painting polar bears or leaves and grass when painting the animals of Africa. Kuhn’s work is a marvel to behold because of his use of pencil and acrylics.

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