Artist of the moment………Carl Kahler

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Carl Kahler was a realist painter from Austria who specialized in painting cats. Carl Kahler was born in Linz, Austria in the year 1855. In addition to painting cats the artist also enjoyed painting landscapes and horse racing scenes.

Kahler attended the Munich Art Academy of Germany.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $900,000. The artist often worked in oils, but also worked with pastel.

Below we view one of his largest works that recently sold at auction for close to one million dollars!:

 

Carl Kahler passed away in 1906.

The artist was obsessed with creating a perfect work of art. On occasion he would destroy paintings he didn’t completly like. His prices were higher than most competitors.

Although Carl Kahler is recognized mainly for his work with animals, the artist was skilled at painting anything. His design with flowers was fantastic. Kahler also painted wonderful drapery.

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Artist of the moment……..Irene Lopez Leon

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Irene Lopez Leon is a contemporary street artist from Spain. Irene Leon was born in Barcelona, Spain.

Leon is renown for creating images that appear to be the portal/ entry to another world or dimension of time. The artist combines a great sense of color with basic geometric shapes.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

From an artistic standpoint her work is very fun to look at because there are many varieties of edges. Some objects seem rather flat, and some very dimensional. This variance always keeps the viewers eye moving.

Two influences on her work include the pyschiatrist Carl Jung, and the abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky.

Leon is based out of Barcelona, Spain.

In this clip a montage of works by the artist:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

https://irenelopezleon.com/

What a great style of street art! I find her art perfect for walls and buildings. What is on the other side? Her work has an element of magial realism.

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Artist of the moment…….Greg Lindquist

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Greg Lindquist is a contemporary painter. Greg Lindquist was born in Wilmington, North Carolina in the year 1979.

Lindquist earned bachelor degrees in art and english from North Carolina State University. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the Pratt Institute located in New York City.

The artist is renown for his work with the landscape. His style is a wonderful mix of abstraction and realism.

Below we catch up with our friend James Kalm to view an exhibition featuring Lindquist from 2012:

Lindquist is based out of Brooklyn, New York.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view an exhibition by Lindquist from 2016:

 

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.greglindquist.com

Greg Lindquist has an incredible sense of design in his landscapes. His palette and compositions are similar to the printmaking style of Gustave Baumann.

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Artist of the moment……..Alice and Martin Provensen

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Alice and Martin Provensen were an American husband and wife team that illustrated many popular children’s books. Their lives often overlapped just by circumstance.

Alice was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1917. Martin Provensen was also born in Chicago in 1916. Both artists won scholarships to the Art Institute of Chicago. Both followed this education by attending the University of California, although each attended a seperate campus.

After college Alice got a job working with the Walter Lantz Studio. The company that produced Woody Woodpecker. Martin took a job with Walt Disney Studios.

As a duo they illustrated 40 childrens books. 8 of the books they created were named to the New York Times annual list of best illustrated books.

Below a short clip featuring many childrens books illustrations by the duo:

The couple won the prestigious Caldecott award, given for the best picture chidrens picture book, for their book titled The Glorious Fight.

Martin Provensen passed away from a heart attack in 1987. Alice went on to have successful publishing career.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

What an interesting life story. The two artists took nearly the same path to accomplish their dreams and goals. Alice will soon be 100 years old! Their style is similar to another great illustrator of that era, Disney studios Mary Blair.

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Artist of the moment………Street Artist Kid30

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Kid30 is a contemporary street artist from Britain. Kid30 often creates hilarious comic book style characters or animals. His animals and creatures always have fun patterns of design in their leaves or feathers.

The artist is based out of Nottingham, United Kingdom.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Kid30 has been successful as a commercial artist working with such clients as Raleigh Bikes, Red Bull, and Trent University.

Below we view the commission completed by Kid30 for the Red Bull company:

In this clip a brief documentary on Kid30:

Kid30 is also part of the street crew named the Oxygen Thieves.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://kid30.smallkid.co.uk/

What a fun style! Street art at its best!

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Artist of the moment……….Leila Pazooki

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Leila Pazooki is a contemporary visual artist from Iran. Leila Pazooki was born in the year 1977. Pazooki is renown for her work combining text with neon lighting.

Pazooki began her collegiate career at the National Academy of Art located in Tehran, Iran. She followed this by studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in located in Munich, Germany.

The artist is currently completing courses for masters degree from the Berlin University for the Arts.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Some recurring themes in the work of Leila Pazooki include borders, boundaries, and language.

Leila Pazooki is a great example of a contemporary artist working the genre of text art. Two artists that have similar styles are Jenny Holzer and Judy Chicago.

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Artist of the moment……Photographer Izima Kaoru

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Izima Kaoru is a contemporary photographer renown for his very unique style that blends beauty, glamour, and celebrity with death. Izima Kaoru was born in Kyoto, Japan in the year 1954.

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $30,000.

Kaoru has been an important part of the creative scene in Japan. He helped to found a free newspaper in 1980 called Ale. Years later he also helped to found a cassette based magazine called Tra.

After working in the industry for many years Kaoru also founded a fashion photography magazine called Zyappu.

One well series that was well received by critics was released in 1995 and titled Landscapes with a Corpse.

In this clip a brief documentary on Izima Kaoru:

 

The artist had his first exhibition in 1977.

Kaouru has also worked in the fields of fashion photography, and video.

The artist is based out of Tokyo, Japan.

What an interesting niche Kaoru has created. One can find many similarities between the work of Kaoru and Andy Warhol. Warhol created many images of death that included people jumping from skyscrapers, mangled bodies involved in car wrecks, and also celebrities who died such as Marilyn Monroe.

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Artist of the moment……Ken Knowlton

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Ken Knowlton is a contemporary graphic designer, visual artist, and pioneer of computer graphics design. Ken Knowlton was born in Springville, New York in the year 1931.

Knowlton received a wonderful collegiate education. The artist earned a bachelors and masters degree in physics from Cornell University located in Ithaca, New York. Knowlton went on to receive a Ph.D from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Knowlton enjoys working with portraiture. His style of work in this genre is similar to that of the great Chuck Close in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Knowlton often creates mosaics. Most of his body of work in this genre is in the field of portraiture.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.kenknowlton.com/

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below we pay a visit to the studio of the Ken Knowlton:

The artist is based out of Budd Lake, New Jersey.

The style of Ken Knowlton is similar to the Rubik’s cube artist profiled a few days ago, Pete Fecteau. Both artist’s do a great job at creating interesting designs using straight and hard edged shapes.

Knowlton is creative with his portraits, in a manner that reminds this viewer of Vik Muniz. Muniz has created interesting portraits using everything from chocolate to cavier. Knowlton has used everything from dominoes to crossword puzzles to seashells to create his portraits.

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Artist of the moment……..Fritz Bultman

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Fritz Bultman was an American painter associated with the Abstract Expressionism movement. Fritz Bultman was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in the year 1919. His family ran a funeral parlor.

As a high school junior the artist studied abroad in Munich, Germany. He stayed with the wife of Hans Hofmann. The artist studied with Hans Hoffman when he returned to the United States.

Bultman also studied at the New Bauhaus School located in Chicago, Illinois.

The artist studied sculpture in Florence, Italy. Bultman also received a Fulbright Scholarship that he used to study in Paris, France.

Bultman worked in many mediums including oils, sculpture, collage, and printmaking.

In this clip we view a retrospective exhbition of works by Fritz Bultman:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Fritz Bultman passed away in 1985. The artist was 66 years of age.

Fritz Bultman was a great artist who used a great deal of color in his work. Of his two styles of painting, the looser style with bland color and his other style based on hard edged geometric shapes, I prefer the latter. Bultman also created collages which have a Matisse feel to them.

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Artist of the moment……..Shigeo Fukuda

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Shigeo Fukuda was a graphic designer, sculptor, and poster artist. Shigeo Fukuda was born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1932. His family was a manufacturer of children’s toys.

Fukuda attended the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

The artist was renown for his eye catching poster designs which often included an optical illusion made from text.

Below in this clip we view posters and sculptures made by the artist:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view a unique work of Fukuda created from the shadows of clamps:

Shigeo Fukuda passed away in 2009.

Shigeo Fukuda was an excellent draftsman. Remember his outstanding posters were made without the help of adobe illustrator. Fukuda had a great sense of line and use of color.

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