Artist of the moment…….Albert Alexander Smith

 

Albert Alexander Smith was born in New York City in the year 1896. Albert Smith was the first African American artist to attend the National Academy of Design. Smith was an illustrator for magazines and his work focused on social injustice. Some examples would be people of color heading to the North after seeing a lynching.

Smith was a prolific printmaker and enjoyed etching. Smith worked for a magazine titled “Crisis” which helped promote the NAACP.

Albert Smith served in the Army during World War One.

Smith was also an entertainer and jazz musician. Smith spent time on stage singing whilst in Paris. He lived in Paris for nearly two decades of his life.

The artist found great success in Paris, France. There he was just seen as a great artist rather than a person of color.

Albert Alexander Smith passed away in 1940.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

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Artist of the moment….Subodh Gupta

 

The artist was born in  Khagual, Bihar,  India in the year 1964. He is a leading modern artist of India. He gained worldwide acclaim for his sculpture of a human skull made of pots, pans, and cooking utensils. The name of the piece was “Hungry God.” The artist began as a painter but has since moved into installation works with found and recycled materials including kitchen utensils such as pots, pans, and tongs. Gupta also is a photographer.

Price range information: Works including prints and works in ink start around $20,000. Subodh Gupta has broken the one million dollar mark at auction with his oil paintings.

For his collegiate education Subdodh Gupta attended the College of Arts and Crafts located in Patna, India earning a B.F.A.

Gupta is based out of New Delhi, India.

Below is a short interview with the artist and a leading television station based out of India.  You can see a quick glimpse of the artist’s studio.

It seems that creative energy is always flowing through the mind of Subodh Gupta.

If you enjoy this artist’s work another artist I find similar is the Brazil mixed media master Vik Muniz. Muniz has produced many creative works that use unusual mediums. Muniz even did a series of famous movie monsters using caviar as a medium!

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Artist of the moment……Ovilu Tunnillie

 

Ovilu Tunnnillie is an Inuit artist from the Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1949. Ovilu is renowned for sculptures of the figure which are made from traditional stone and sometimes marble. Tunnillie’s work has a vibe to it that reminds me of the “Art Deco” period. The lines are very fluid and flowing in her figure work. The opposite of much the Inuit art covered here so far.

Her parents were both accomplished artists, Sheojuk and Toonoo Tunnillie.

The artist sold her first work at the age of sixteen. With the death of Kenojuak Ashevak, Ovilu Tunnillie is one of few Inuit female artists that could possible be the most famous and most collected of her peer group.

In this clip a great work showing the Grand Mother In Law of the artist. Another artist is featured named Shuvinai Ashoona in the clip. The work of Ovilu Tunnillie is shown at 2:15 into the clip:

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $10,000.

Ovilu Tunnillie was made a member of the Canadian Royal Academy of Art.

What I enjoy most about this artist is her figure work. Most Inuit art isn’t nearly as anatomically correct as the work of Ovilu Tunnillie. Also her figure works that just deal with the curves of the female body such as the legs or the torso.  Very few Inuit artists work with the nude in the first place, but her finished product could easily pass for a modern work of art, rather than the typical Inuit art we might see at a gallery.

Ovilu Tunnillie is one of the most prolific Inuit artists when it comes to creative output. She has a large body of work.

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Artist of the moment…….John Little

 

 

John Little was born in Sanford, Alabama in the year 1907. Little was an abstract painter. For his artistic education Little attended the Buffalo School of Fine Arts and Design.

The artist left home at the age of  14 years old and went to Buffalo, New York. He would find a job working on the boats and from the money he earned, signed up for college at Buffalo School of Fine Arts.

Little ran his own textile design business. He designed fabrics and wallpaper.

John Little was also part of the teaching faculty at the Pratt Institute and Long Island University.

Little was also an adept printmaker who enjoyed working with the silk screen.

Little also studied with renowned painter Hans Hofmann.

John Little passed away in 1984.

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $50,000.

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Artist of the moment……..Gerald Laing

Gerald Laing was a British artist renowned for Pop Art and abstract styles of painting. Gerald Liang was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in the year 1936.

After deciding a career in the armed forces wasn’t for him, Laing enrolled in Saint Marin’s School of Art located in London, England. Laing worked with both Minimalist styles as you can see in his sculpture work, and a “Pop Art” style that he used in his later years.

During the era of birth of Pop Art in America, the early 1960s, Laing met some of the stars of the Art World in New York City and moved there. His career took off quickly.

Laing was based in Scotland.

Gerald Laing passed away in 2011 at the age of 75 years of age.

In this clip a portrait of American actress Bridgett Bardot is prepared for auction:

Price range information: Sculptures can be found for $50,000 to six figures. Laing created many screen prints which start around $10,000. The artist has had an oil painting  at auction sell for more than $1.4 million dollars.

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Artist of the moment…..Photographer William Klein

 

William Klein was born in New York City in the year 1928. Klein was very intellectual and graduated from high school at the age of fourteen.

For his artistic education William Klein attended the City College of New York  where he studied social work. Klein also enrolled at the Sorbonne located in Paris, France. Klein has worked as a painter, commercial and film director, and photographer.

At first Klein was a great painter with reasonable success who studied with Fernand Leger, a recent post. Klein made the move to photography. Klein is renowned for his photography of landscapes and portraits.

Klein has been based in France since his teenage years.

In this clip a short montage of works by William Klein:

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $40,000.

In this rare clip we visit the studio of the artist located in Paris, France:

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Artist of the moment……..Fiona Rae

 

Fiona Rae was born in Hong Kong in the year 1963. Rae was one of the group of painters called the Young British Artists that came to international fame and prominence after a show curated by Damien Hirst in 1988. Ian Davenport, a recent post was also a member of this group. Fiona Rae is an abstract painter.

Fiona attended the Craydon College of Art before switching to Goldsmith’s College located in London, England where she earned a B.F.A.

Rae was elected to the Royal Academy.

Rae was nominated for the Turner Prize.

In this clip we make a trip to the studio of Fiona Rae:

 

Rae is part of many prestigious collections including the Corcoran Gallery of Art located in Washington D. C., the Tate Modern located in London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art located in Nimes, France.

Price range information: Prints can start around $5,000 and originals reach as high as $75,000.

I love Rae’s use of colour!

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Artist of the moment……..Ian Davenport

 

Ian Davenport is a British artist known for his abstract and very colorful type of painting. Ian Davenport was born in London,  England in the year 1966. For his artistic education Davenport attended Northwich College of Art and Design located in Cheshire, England. The artist also studied at the famed Goldsmith’s College of Art located in London, England.

Davenport lives and works out of London, England.

Davenport was nominated for the Turner Prize.

Some key aspects of the process of creating for Davenport include the use of household glossy paint. This gives the work a very reflective and modern texture and feel. Another interesting idea is to poor the paint and let gravity be the architect of his work.

Price range information: Works range from $5,00o to $40,00o.

The artist is a both a painter and printmaker. For his painted works Davenport uses fiber board rather than canvas on most occasions.

In this clip we view a show that took place at the Paul Kasmin Gallery titled “Colorfall.” This exhibition is a great example of the style of this artist. Many examples of pouring paint, which is a signature style for the artist.

Here we take a quick glance at some print editions by Ian Davenport:

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Artist of the moment……Actor Tony Curtis

 

The great American actor Tony Curtis, famous for his role in the movie with Marilyn Monroe ,” Some Like it Hot!” was also an outstanding painter and sculptor. Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz in the year 1925 in Manhattan, New York.

Curtis is associated with the Expressionists and Surrealist movements.

price range information: Sorry none available.

In this outstanding clip from a few years back we visit a show with Tony Curtis that took place at Harrod’s of London, England:

Curtis began his acting career with a contract at the age of twenty- three years of age.

Its important to note that many of the actors who influenced by Tony Curtis, were also personal friends of the artists. In this clip we visit his studio and he talks about some of his friends including Matisse, who played a large role in Curtis’ development of an artist:

Tony Curtis passed away in 2010 at the age of 85 years of age.

Curtis has a star on the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Artist of the moment…….Bill Nasogaluak

 

 

Bill Nasogaluak is an Inuit artist born in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada in the year 1953.  The artist is a self taught sculptor and painter. Working as a sculptor the artist is a mixed media master incorporating stone, antlers, and bone into some works.

Nasogaluak also taught the Arctic College.

The artist worked as an engineer for nearly two decades before choosing to pursue a career as a full time artist.

Nasogaluak enjoys working with traditional themes, but considers himself to have been born at a perfect time as he can relate to both traditional and more modern Inuit way of life. Some themes tacked by Nasogaluak include the shaman and my favorite, Sedna, the goddess of the sea.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $7,000.

I really enjoy his use of the circle as part of his overall design. Also the artist was great at placing multiple faces in one sculpture, many times this technique is used when depicting a shaman transformation.

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