Artist of the moment………..Emory Douglas

 

 

Emory Douglas was a wonderful African-American artist who worked tirelessly for civil rights and also served at a high level in the political organization known as the black panthers.

Emory Douglas was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the year 1943. Douglas attended the San Francisco City College of Art where he studied graphic’s design.

Douglas served as the art director for a now extinct newspaper called the “Black Panther Newspaper.” that served to inform African American’s of their rights. Through the paper Douglas created many images that people linked with freedom and black pride.

price range information= Sorry none available.

Here we visit the studio of Emory Douglas:

In this clip we view an exhibition of works by Emory Douglas that went on display in the United Kingdom:

Douglas is now based out of San Francisco, California.

I enjoy artists who work for results and this artist reminds me of other “poster artists” like Rupert Garcia or Elizabeth Catlett. Douglas has created works that also bring to light the current struggle for African Americans like the deceased Treyvon Martin.

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Artist of the moment…………Leon Polk Smith

 

Leon Polk Smith was an American painter born near Chickasha, Oklahoma in the year 1906. Smith was raised on an Indian reservation and was renown for his abstract paintings.

Smith attended college at East Central University located in Ada, Oklahoma earning a B.A. Smith went on to postgraduate studies at Columbia University where he earned a M.F.A.

Past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

In this clip we view a show featuring Leon Polk Smith and other hard edge abstract painters from 2013 at the Anne Taylor Gallery. Smith is shown at the 1:10 part of the clip:

Leon Polk Smith passed away in 1996.

Like many abstract artists, including Tom Wesselmann, Smith was fond of using round or uniquely shaped canvases for his painting support.

Price range information: Prints start at $2,000 and originals can reach as high as $100,000 for a work in oils and acrylics.

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Artist of the moment……..Claude Viallat

 

Claude Viallat is an abstract painter born in Nimes, France in the year 1936. Viallat attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts located in Montpelier, France. He grew up in the south of France.

In this clip we view a show featuring Claude Viallat that took place in 2012:

The artist enjoys mixing mediums and sometimes paints on curtain fabric.

The artist came to the United States and enjoyed viewing the works of Jackson Pollack. Viallat enjoyed the work of other Abstract Expressionists. Viallat also enjoyed looking at Native American Art. (I hope he was able to see some First Nations Artists of Canada also!) So much good art to see and so little time!

Viallat has also taught at the collegiate level. He was a professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts located in Marseille, France. Years later the artist would also work at the Ecole Des Beaux-Arts Superior located in Paris, France.

Here we view a show featuring other artists part of the Support and Surface movement. A work of Claude Viallat is shown and discussed by James Kalm at the 2:06 part of the clip:

Price range information: Print works start at $1,000. Works in watercolors, acrylics, and gouache range from $5,000 to $70,000.

The artist has been a participant in the famed Venice, Biennial.

 

 

Artist of the moment………Lorelay Bove

 

 

Lorelay Bove is a wonderful artist and illustrator who has worked with Disney and Pixar animation studios. Bove was born in Spain. Bove attended the famed California Art Institute and then worked for Pixar and Disney studios.

Bove had a great hint at how to improve your illustrations. Take a great work like Alice in Wonderland, and create your own scene. Bove also loves to paint whilst traveling. Her works in this style remind me a great deal of American travel poster artist David Klein, already profiled here.

Price range information: Prints range from $100 to $500. No pricing on originals.

The artist was in charge of developing important sequences in the modern comic movie titled “Wreck it Ralph.” This was a great and successful movie about a video game character coming to life. In this clip Bove talks about this work:

 

As a huge fan of former Disney artist Mary Blair, I found Bove’s work to be similar in creativity and childlike freedom.

Below another great interview which also shows some artwork at various stages of development:

Below a link to the blog of Lorelay Bove. Very up to date and unique perspectives animation:

http://lorelaybove.blogspot.com/

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Artist of the moment……Chiura Obata

 

 

Chiura Obata was a wonderful Japanese painter and woodblock artist. Chiura Obata was born in Okayama prefecture Japan in the year 1885.

Chiura Obata was renown for his landscapes painted of the American National Park Yosemite. In this clip we view some of these treasures:

The artist was adopted by his uncle, who was a professional artist, when Obata was very young. From his early teens Obata was able to study and learn from many masters including his uncle.

Obata made his way to the United States in 1903 settling down in San Francisco where he did illustration work for the areas leading Japanese newspapers.

This artist also spent time in a Japanese internment camp.

For nearly two decades Obata taught at the collegiate level at the University of California at Berkeley. After he retired Obata would lead tour groups to Japan. Obata took charge of the tour and showed people the fantastic gardens and Japanese art.

Price range information: Prints start at $2,000. Originals in watercolors and ink can reach $25,000.

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Artist of the moment……..Werner Drewes

 

 

Werner Drewes was born in Germany in the year 1899. His father was a Lutheran minister. Drewes grew up in small city named Canig, Germany.

Drewes painted in a modernist style.

Drewes participated in the World War One.

The artist began college with the idea of becoming an architecture. Drewes attended the famed Bauhaus.

Drewes also worked as a teacher of printmaking at Columbia University.

Below a great interview with the artist. We also get to visit his studio:

Werner Drewes passed away in 1985.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 for a print to $100,000 for an original.

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Artist of the moment……..Doug West

 

 

Doug West is an American painter working with images of the American southwest landscape. Doug West was born Riverside, California in the year 1947.

West enjoys the outdoors and is an avid hiker and camper.

Price range information: Works range from $1500 for a serigraph print to $30,000 for an original oils.

West has recently produced a large body of works that was painted en plein aire. He begins most of his silkscreen ideas with a watercolor sketch.

Having recently seen many Japanese wood block and Inuit prints, its very impressive how many layers of paint West inserts in his art. Some pieces have more than one hundred layers of paint, and West prefers to do the applications himself.

Here we view some wonderful images of Doug West set to music:

I enjoy the way Doug West paints the sky and his clouds. I was curious how many layers of paint some of his prints contain and was surprised to see some works have as many as 125 layers of paint! So if you want to get a wonderful effect it is necessary to use many layers of paint.

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Artist of the moment…….William Conger

 

 

William Conger is an American abstract artist born in Dixon, Illinois in the year 1937. In addition to paintings Conger also creates wonderful collage works.

Conger attended the University of New Mexico. Conger went on to earn a MFA from the University of Chicago.

Conger was largely influenced by painter Raymond Johnson. Johnson has been profiled here already and was a leader of the Transcendentalist painters.

The artist began exhibiting his artwork in 1958.

The artist considers himself to paint in an improvised manner. Nothing is planned or thought too far in advance. Conger also hopes to achieve a flat paint surface void of excessive texture or brushwork.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

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Artist of the moment……..Bill Schenck

 

Bill Schenck is a wonderful artist working with the cowboy and western theme in a Pop Art style. Schenck was born in 1947.

Schenck attended the Columbus School of Art and Design located in Columbus Ohio. Schenck went on to earn a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute.

 

Having seen Bill Schenck’s art in person I was most amazed with the color. So brilliant I thought the artist had used acrylics or M. Graham Walnut oil paint. If you visit the Denver Art Museum make sure and seek out paintings by Schenck.

Schenck is a prolific printmaker and in this clip we view many of his serigraph prints:

Price range information: Originals in oils can be found for $5,000 up to $25,000. No pricing available on prints.

The artist works in oils and occasionally acrylics.

Below a link to the website of Bill Schenck. Here you may also see additional works and also three books he has published about his art:

http://billyschenck.com/

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Artist of the moment………Photographer Frank Hurley

 

Frank Hurley was a master of photography born in Sydney, Australia in the year 1885. Hurley loved adventure and traveled all over the globe including to Antarctica. Hurley was both a photographer and film producer.

Hurley also served as an official photographer for Australia in World War One and World War Two.

The artist bought his first camera at 17 years of age and quickly inserted his sense of adventure in taking photographs. Some very unique ideas he had at the time was to stand in front an on coming train to photograph it. He enjoyed taking these pictures that also used his sense of adventure.

He first sold his images as postcards.

Hurley is also famous for his images taken during explorer Ernest Shackleton’s journey to the Antarctic. Some of these images are even in color.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $100,000.

In this clip a great montage of images and short documentary on his life:

Frank Hurley passed away in 1962.

What a fascinating life! You may of seen Frank Hurley’s work before as he was featured in the Imax movie made about Shackleton’s journey to the Antarctic. Hurley reminds of the adventurous out door man Bear Grylls.

 

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