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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Artist of the moment…….Nancy Cawdrey

 

Nancy Cawdrey is a wonderful artist who works with the floral and American West genre. Nancy Cawdrey was born in 1948. Her father was a military officer and growing up she was able to experience many different cultures. For her artistic education Cawdrey studied abroad in Paris, France and also in London, England.

Cawdrey is based out of Bigfork, Montana.

Here we visit the artist at her home in Montana. The artist credits Montana for her inspiration and she often will paint in plein air in the Big Sky Country:

The artist’s work looks different than many of her peers working in the same genre, the artist works with the Asian technique painting with dye on silk and mixing colors on the painting surface. Though she is renown for her dye works, Cawdrey also paints in oils and watercolor.

Cawdrey emphasizes color and texture patterns in her work.

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In this clip we view Nancy Cawdrey at work on painting of bear:

A link to the website of Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey:

http://www.nancycawdrey.com/

I enjoy the style of this artist. She brings new life to a centuries old genre. By mixing colors on her painting surface she is able to use color in areas such as the fur of animals or water reflections.

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Artist of the moment……….Enrico Manera

 

 

Enrico Manera is a contemporary artist working in a Pop Art style. Enrico Manera was born in the year 1947. Manera works with the figure.

The artist has a brother who is a well respected film producer and director named Gianni Manera. Enrico Manera has also worked in the entertainment industry being a writer and actor active in the 1970s and 1980s.

Manera has been included in the famed Venice Biennial.

price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $30,000.

In this clip we visit an Italian gallery owner and see many works by Enrico Manera:

Its great to see some contemporary art that is painted in a similar style to Warhol’s 1960s silkscreens, but using modern actors such as Tom Cruise.

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Artist of the moment………Rex Brandt

 

Rex Brandt was an American artist renown for his illustrations and abstract landscapes. Rex Brandt was born in San Diego,  California in the year 1914. His landscapes are painted often in cubist style.

Brandt excelled in art from a young age, at thirteen he took his first lessons at the Chouinard Art Institute located in Los Angeles, California. Brandt continued with lessons at Riverside Junior College before obtaining a degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Brandt was a member of the American Watercolor Society and California Watercolor Society.

The artist had a great sense of design and was also an accomplished printmaker. My favorite work in the gallery is the print of San Francisco, a wonderful birds eye view including the famed San Francisco Bridge.

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $20,000.

Brandt worked mainly in watercolors.

Rex Brandt passed away in 2000.

The artist was also most popular teachers of watercolor and art in California. He published many instructional books which can be found on Amazon for a great price.

If you enjoy this style of painting be sure and check out watercolor master John Pike. Both were masters of the watercolor medium, its great for depicting the mood and atmosphere, if you can control the medium with the landscape you can find a wonderful mixture of geometric and organic shapes.

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Artist of the moment……..Pablo Vargas Lugo

 

Pablo Vargas Lugo is a contemporary artist based out of Lima, Peru. Lugo makes paintings and also creates wonderful installations.

Pablo Vargas was born in Mexico City, Mexico in the year 1968. The artist attended the National School for the Fine Arts also located in Mexico City where he earned a B.F.A.

 

 

 

In this clip we watch as Pablo Vargas Lugo creates an installation:

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I enjoy the collages of this artist. These works have a great movement across the surface and also use patterns and shapes that repeat, two great themes in artwork of any kind.

The artist is also similar to Andy Warhol, both spent some time depicting disasters. Vargas Lugo did some works based on the extinction, or disaster of the disappearance of dinosaurs. Very creative and always looking to explore a new medium, a great contemporary artist.

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Artist of the moment…….Chafik Abboud

 

Chafik Abboud was born in Lebanon in the year 1926 and painted in an Abstract Expressionist style. The artist used landscapes of his native Lebanon in many of these works for inspiration. Mount Lebanon was a common subject for the artist.

Abboud attended the Lebanese Academy of Fine Art and also the Les Ecoles Nationale des Beaux Artes located in Paris, France.

The artist also was inspired by a workshop he took with Andre L’hote, the famous French painter.

Chafik Abboud passed away in 2004.

Abboud was based out of Paris, France for most of his career.

Price range information: Abboud painted with oils for most of his career with prices ranging from $10,000 to the $100,000.

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