Artist of the moment…Romeo Tabuena

 

 

Romeo Tabuena was a painter and printmaker from the Phillipines. Romeo Tabuena was born in Italy in the year 1921.

The artist was renown for his landscapes paintings. He painted in oils, watercolors, and acrylics.

Tabuena attended the University of the Phillipines. He also studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere and the Art Students League of New York.

The artist lived in Mexico for nearly four decades.

Price range information: The artist created paintings and prints. Prices range from $3,000 to $100,000.

Below a great montage of works by the artist:

Romeo Tabuena passed away in 2015.

Romeo Tabuena developed a great style of painting that included elements from Cubism and a wonderful sense of color. My favorite works by the artist include ones with women and flowers.

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Artist of the moment…Street Artist Vesod

 

Vesod Brero is a contemporary street artist from Italy. Vesod is renown for his work with the figure.

The artist enjoys creating a three dimensional figure in great action poses.

Vesod enjoys using a bright color palette.

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In this clip we watch Vesod create a mural for a street art festival:

Vesod is based out the Venaria Reale part of Turin, Italy.

The artist found inspiration from the Futurist movement.

Vesod is on of the most creative street artists in genre of the figure. His use of color and the way he gives dynamic action to his figures make his art stand out.

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Artist of the moment…Walter Chandoha

 

Walter Chandoha was an internationally photographer renown for his images of cats. Walter Chandoha was born in Bayonne, New Jersey in the year 1920.

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Over his lengthy career the artist produced 225,000 images. Works with cats make up 90,000.

The artist would often use his wife as an assistant. She would hold the animal while he searched for the perfect shot.

 

In this clip an interview with the artist:

Walter Chandoha passed away in January of 2019.

Walter Chandoha was the great at capturing the plaful energy of cats. His work reminds me artist William Wegman’s large body of of work with dogs. Both artists celebrated the world of animals.

 

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Artist of the moment…Jace

 

Jace is a contemporary street artist and illustrator from France. Jace is renown for creating yellow characters without faces or hands called Gouzou.

Jace was born in Le Havre, France in the year 1973.

The artist enjoys creating his characters on old industrial sites or warn out advertising posters.

In this clip we view a exhibition featuring the work of Jace:

 

The artist’s Gouzou characters were used without the artist’s permission by a Chinese clothing company called Red Kids. Jace won the court case and was ordered to stop using his Gouzou characters.

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Jace’s style reminds me one of the first graffiti artists to be known worldwide, Keith Haring. Both artists created faceless characters that were capable of showing a great deal of emotion.

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Artist of the moment…Georg Meistermann

 

GeorgMeistermann was a German abstract painter. Georg Meistermann was born in Solingen, Germany in the year 1911. The artist was also renown for his large body of work with stained glass.

 

Meistermann attended the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf.

The artist was influenced by the  Cubist style of painting. The artist was also influenced by the painter Alfred Manessier.

In this clip many great works by the artist:

Meistermann also served as a professor at the Stadelschule Frankfurt am Main and the Kunstakedemie Dusseldorf.

Price range information: Works range from 5,000 to $80,000. The artist worked in oils, gouache,  watercolor, and sculpture. He was also a printmaker.

Georg Meistermann passed away in 1990.

Georg Meistermann had a gift for creating exciting compositions. He also had an outstanding sense of color. His work with figure in stained glass was fantastic.

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Artist of the moment…Zedz

 

 

 

 

 

Zedz  is a contemporary street artist from the Netherlands. Zedz was born in Leiden, the Netherlands  in the year 1971. Zedz is renown for his work focusing on typography.

In addition to graffiti Zedz creates paintings, sculptures, and computer assisted graphic design art. He also looks to create large three dimensional works that you can ride a bike on or skateboard on.

Below Zedz talks about a recent work in 2019:

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Zedz is based out of Milan, Italy.

In this clip we view the artist painting nearly two decades ago in 2000:

With his interest in making abstract works based on letters the work of Zedz reminds me of French artist Tilt. Both artists approach working with letters in an abstract manner.

His paintings remind me of the patterns found around the memory boards of computers.

 

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Artist of the moment… Photographer Larry Clark

 

Larry Clark is a contemporary photographer and filmmaker. Larry Clark was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the year 1943.

Clark is renown for his black and white imagery of the youth subculture. Some works have received criticism for their portrayals of youth doing drugs, exploring their sexuality, and violence.

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $75,000.

Clark attended the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He also assisted his mother who was an established portrait photographer of children.

In 1964 he relocated to New York City to begin life as a freelance photographer. Later that year he was drafted to serve his country during the war with Vietnam.

Upon leaving the service he moved back to Tulsa and produced a book. The book was called Tulsa and it showed his friends engaged in drug use.

Below a montage of works by the artist:

Clark splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City.

The artist was the recipient of fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Clark most notable film was titled Kids. It came out in 1995 and showed youth having sex and taking drugs.

Works by the artist can be found in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Whitney Museum in New York City.

Larry Clark developed a niche similar to that of Sally Mann. Mann took the picture showing her young daughter pretending to smoke a cigarette. It would be interesting to see how Clark or Mann would approach the now popular alternative to cigarettes, vaping.

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Artist of the moment…Duro

 

 

Duro is a contemporary graffiti legend. Duro was born in Camuy, Puerto Rico in the year 1958.

Duro was part of the group known as C.I.A. or crazy, inside, artists. One member of this group was the now deceased Dondi White. The group flourished in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

In this clip a short interview with the artist.  Another artist’s name is given then the interview with Duro talking about his painting begins:

The artist was featured in Vibe magazine’s article on graffiti with famed photojournalist Martha Cooper.

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Below four sketches by Duro:

I give much respect to those pioneers of urban culture who still create today. Fab 5 Freddie ,John Crash Matos, and Duro are all G.O.A.T.s in this genre!

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Artist of the moment…Yasuo Sumi

Yasuo Sumi was a Japanese painter. Yasuo Sumi was born in Osaka, Japan in the year 1925.

The artist earned a degree in economics from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.

Sumi joined the Gutai in 1955. He often used unconventional materials to paint including combs, an abacus, even umbrellas.

When the Gutai went their separate ways Sumi relocated to Itami.

The artist used a vibrator to spread around pools of color.

In this clip we see the artist create a signature masterpiece:

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to the low six figures. The artist worked in oils, acrylics, and collage.

Yasuo Sumi passed away from pneumonia in 2015. He was 90 years of age.

Yasou Sumi was a great painter of action. I got the impression of Jackson Pollack. It was interesting to view the Japanese boots and watch the artist create paintings without a brush.

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Artist of the moment…Toyin Odutola

 

 

Toyin Odutola is a contemporary artist renown for her work with the figure. Toyin Odutola was born in Ife, Nigeria in the year 1985.

Odutola earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Alabama at Huntsville. She went on to earn a master’s degree from the California College of the Arts.

Odutola’s art has been featured on the hit television show,  Empire. In this clip she shares with us her concepts about her style of portraiture:

 

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The artist is based out of New York City.

Odutola has been featured in Juxtapoz and the New York Times magazines.

Toyin Odutola has made a wonderful impression on the contemporary art world. I find her work reminds me of Kerry James Marshall. In the film clip the producer of Empire shared that he was disappointed when he went to museums and never saw anyone like him in the paintings.

Now the art world has been exposed to fantastic people of color who paint including Barkley Hendricks, Mickalane Thomas, and Njidecka Akuylili Crosby.

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