Artist of the moment……..Kim Whanki

Kim Whanki was among the first modernist and abstract painters of South Korea. Kim Whanki was born on a small island called Anjwado, South Korea in the year 1913. He worked in both realism and abstract styles. A favorite subject matter were ancient Chinese vases.

His father was a wealthy land owner and farmer. Kim was one of four children, but the only male child.

During the Korean War, Kim Whan Ki lived in a refugee camp for three years.

The artist also a college professor and eventually became president at Hongjik Art University located in Seoul.

Kim Whanki passed away in 1974.

Here we view a great selection of works  by Kim Whan Ki. The artist had a great sense of color but often portrayed subjects as flat objects on work, very similar to the Cubist movement:

A museum for Kim Whan Ki was opened in Seoul, South Korea in the year 1992.

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Artist of the moment……Louay Kayyali



Louay Kayyali was a fantastic painter in a modernist style. Louay Kayyali was born in Aleppo, Syria. He enjoyed working with the figure and had a wonderful sense of color and design.

Louay Kayyali studied art abroad attending the Academy of Art located in Florence, Italy and also the Academy of Art located in Rome, Italy.

Price range information: The artist worked mainly in oils and works range from $25,000 to $200,000.

Like the previous entry, Louay Kayyali took part in the famed Venice Biennial.

In this clip we view a great selection of works by Louay Kayyali:

Louay Kayyali passed away in 1978. He was smoking a cigarette in bed which caught fire and burned him badly and ended up killing him.

His figures are very moody, this is achieved by his great use of color. My favorite works by the artist are his paintings of cities and landscapes. Kayyali had a wonderful sense of design and made fun shapes out of shapes that can be quite boring, the windows and doorways.


Artist of the moment……Odili Odita


Odili Odita was born in Enugu,  Nigeria. For his collegiate education Donald Odita attended Bennington College before going onto graduate school and an M.F.A. from Ohio State University.

The artist is now based out of New York City and Philadelphia.

The artist has taken part in the Venice Biennial Exhibition.

Odita has also taught at the collegiate level and is currently teaching at the Tyler School of Art which is part of Temple University.  located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Price range information: Sorry none available. The artist works in oils and acrylics.

Here is a link to the website of Donald Odili Odita:

In this clip we view another large commission painted by Odita for the New Orleans Museum of Art which is titled Forever:




In this clip we view a wonderful time lapse video that shows a huge mural titled Heaven’s Gate :

What a wonderful use of color and shapes! His works seem to vibrate and have a sense of movement that reminds one of the Op Art movement and artists such as Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely.


Artist of the moment…….Dwinell Grant


Dwinell Grant was born in Springfield, Ohio in the year 1912. Dwinell Grant was renown for his style of abstraction that used basic geometric shapes.

Grant attended the Dayton Art Institute located in Dayton, Ohio. Grant then moved to New York City and attended the National Academy of Design.

Dwinell Grant taught at the collegiate level at Wittenberg College also located in Ohio.

Here we view one of the many short animated films made by Grant. Remember he didn’t have Microsoft Windows Paint! On many occasions one film might require more than 3,o00 separate drawings. These works are still underappreciated to this day!

The artist enjoyed trying new mediums and produced many short animated films of less than ten minutes in length. Of his time spent in the commercial arena of art the majority of his time was spent medical illustrations.

Much of the artist’s early work was purchased by the Guggenheim Foundation.

Grant was a very successful commercial artist illustrating medical books and even producing training videos for the United States Navy.

Dwinell Grant passed away in 1991.

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Artist of the moment…… Street Artist Titi Freak


Titi Freak’s government name is Hamilton Yokota. His has a background includes the Japanese and Brazilian cultures. When he was a teenager the artist worked for a popular Brazilian comic book artist named Mauricio de Souza. The artist grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The artist reminds me of Basquiat for the fact he paints on unique surfaces. One of my favorite works by Basquiat was made on the front of a refrigerator door, Titi Freak has painted on items including sake boxes and garage doors.

An A+ for this artist’s keen business sense, Yakota has done work for world renown shoe companies Adidas and Nike.

Here we visit a show featuring Titi Freak:

In this clip we view the great Brazilian cartoonist Maurizio de Souza, his work had a great impact on Yakota. De Souza paints wonderful characters and famous painting’s such as Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring in his modernist cartoony style:

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Artist of the moment…..Numskull


Numskull is a fantastic street artist from Australia. Most of Numskull’s street art can be found in Sydney, Australia. Numskull works in a comic book style with an emphasis on typography and strong visual patterns.

Numskull is not only an outstanding painter, but a wonderful sculptor as well. Numskull is very business savvy having produced many print editions and has also worked with video as a medium.

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The artist calls himself Numskull as it was a comic strip the artist enjoyed.

Numskull recently won a residency and here we view the artist at work during his residency. A great one on one interview with the artist:

Below a link to the website of Numskull:


Artist of the moment…..James Surls


James Surls is a wonderful American artist renowned for his sculpture work with bronze and wood. His subject matter is often abstract or items from nature such as floral or botanical subjects. James Surls was born in the year 1943.

Surls attended Sam Houston State located in Houstonville, Texas earning a bachelor of fine arts degree. The artist went on to earn a masters of fine art degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

The artist is included in many public and private collections including the Guggenheim of New York City, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum located in Washington D.C.

Some works of the artist are as large as 9 feet tall.

In this clip we view a large sculpture work of a flower:

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I enjoy looking at the flowers that are so tall. A nine foot flower that is highly Surrealistic and whimsical.




Artist of the moment…….Marion Wachtel


Marion Wachtel was a fantastic painter of the American outdoors born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the year 1875. Wachtel is associated with the Impressionist and California Impressionist movements. Her family was very artistic and her great grandfather was a member of the Royal Academy of Art in London, England.

Wachtel loved to paint en plein air and she completed many works in both watercolor and oils.

Wachtel attended the Art Institute of Chicago and also studied privately with William Merritt Chase in New York City.

After receiving a commission to paint the offices of a railroad company in California, the artist relocated to West Coast. She would eventually take art classes from her future husband, Elmer Wachtel. Elmer Wachtel passed away in 1929.

Marion Wachtel passed away in 1954.

In this clip we view a great montage of works by Marion Wachtel. She was a great painter of light and often overlooked when it comes to the California Impressionists:

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $100,000. The artist worked in oils and watercolors.

Another great husband and wife painting duo! Elmer Wachtel will be the next profiled artist.




Artist of the moment…….Robert Nelson Markle



Robert Nelson Markle was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in the year 1936. Markle started out working with the figure in a realist manner but he is renown for his images featuring the female form painted in an abstract manner.

Whilst attending the Ontario College of Art, Markle would meet his wife. His wife became his model.

Some of the artists works in the 1960s were seized by the government for being obscene.

The artist was also a jazz musician.

Markle was also an professional writer working as a free lancer for many magazine

Robert Markle passed away in 1990 in a car accident.

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The artist worked in many mediums including ink, tempura, acrylics, and charcoal. Robert Nelson Markle is also part of the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.




Artist of the moment……Clifton Karhu


Clifton Karhu was a wonderful printmaker born in Duluth, Minnesota in the year 1927. Karhu was fortunate in that both of his parents were artists, but he decided to join the Army.

Karhu was stationed in Japan, and the artist fell in love with the culture and atmosphere.

After his stint in the military was finished he enrolled at what is now called the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Its easy to see the love that Karhu had for the Japanese culture. The artist had a twin brother who said that Clifton didn’t own any western clothes and preferred to wear a kimono.

After working mainly in oils and watercolors the artist studied and mastered to art of woodblock printing in the early 1960s. After this time period he was considered one of the best of all time as far a woodblock printing and was included in top printmaking shows worldwide.

Here we view a montage of works by Clifton Karhu:


Most of Karhu’s work has to do with the landscapes of Japan. What I enjoy most is his use of color and strong graphic design. We can learn a great deal from studying the work of this artist!

For instance if you have the same shape repeated over and over such as a window with square or rectangle shape. Just repeat the shape FREEHAND! Don’t use a ruler and try to make each window exactly one half inch for example. Just use an approximation and go with it! Your work will look much stronger as a result.

Clifton Karhu passed away in 2007.

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