Artist of the moment……….Danika Naccarella

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Danika Naccarella is a contemporary First Nations artist. Naccarella represents the Nuxalk. She works as a carver, painter, and printmaker. Danika Naccarella was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in the year 1997.

The artist moved to Bella Coola where she discovered her love of Nuxalk traditions and art.

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Naccarella is currently attending the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. The school is located in Terrace, British Columbia.

The artist often paints in acrylics.

When looking at the wonderful style of this young artist, especially items like masks and spoons, the viewer gets the full impact of First Nations artist’s use of color. At a young age Danika Naccarella already has created a large body of work of carvings and also prints. Look for more great things to come from this artist!

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Artist of the moment………..Hijack

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Hijack is a contemporary street artist. Hijack was born in 1992. Hijack is the son of famed street artist Mr. Brainwash. The artist enjoys dripping paint and often uses interesting text in his work.

Hijack splashed onto the street art scene in 2013 after successful gallery showings in London, England. The artist is now based out of Los Angeles, California.

Hijack became known for a very popular street art series that used Cat stencils. The black silhouette is a signature sign of Hijack.

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Hijack’s artwork is part of the skateboard artist series of MSP Modern.

Hijack has a great sense of design, especially for street art style where one painting can include many genres. The artist is great at portraying the figure and clothes. In addition the artist has a great sense of color ,and can create text in many different fonts and styles.

Hijack is a contemporary master of many genres, the key for creating great street art!

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Happy Valentine’s Day……………The HEART in art

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Happy Valentine’s Day everybody! Today lets take at look at the heart shape and how its used in the art world.

First this wonderful offering by French artist Marcel Duchamp.

Below an offering from Tracey Emin.

A neon work by David Drebin:

Below an offering from Andy Warhol:

Here a great work by Jim Dine:

A very creative work from Peter Max:

Below an offering from the great Keith Haring:

A very creative work from photogrpaher Marilyn Minter:

And to close a work by Burton Morris:

All of these works use interesting designs in their work. My favorite of the group is Marilyn Minter’s photograph for its creativity, the tongue as a heart shape! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Artist of the moment………..Cesar Legaspi

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Cesar Legaspi was a painter from the Philippines. Cesar Legaspi was born in Tondo, Manila, the Philippine Islands in the year 1917. The artist was renown for his imagery of daily life as a lower class person.

Legaspi attended the University of Philippines School of Fine Arts where he studied painting and commercial art.

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $250,000. Legaspi worked in oils, acrylics, and pastels. He was also a printmaker.

Legaspi is associated with the Cubist and Neorealism movements.

Below a clip from a documentary on the artist:

 

Cesar Legaspi passed away in 1994. He was 76 years old.

Works by Legaspi may be found in the National Museum of the Philippines located in Manila.

Legaspi was a master at breaking the human figure into smaller organic shapes. I found his work reminds me of the Native American painter Oscar Howe. Both artists were great at capturing movement in the human figure.

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Artist of the moment………Wlodzimierz Ksiazek

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Wlodzimierz Ksiazek was an abstract painter. Wlodzimierz Kisiazek was born in Warsaw, Poland in the year 1951.

Ksiazek attended the Academy of Arts located in Warsaw. The artist earned an M.F.A. from this institution where he studied architecture and painting.

The artist enjoyed working with thick paint. He enjoyed working with encaustic paint and using the palette knife.

Ksiazek emigrated to the United States as a political refugee in 1982. He became a permanent resident in 1988.

Wlodzimierz Ksiazek passed away in his studio in 2011.

Below a documentary on the work of Ksiazek. In this clip very close up images are shown and the viewer can see the numerous layers of paint in his work:

 

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Ksiazek didn’t think of himself as an Abstract painter. He thought of himself as a Constructionist painter. Ksiazek would often layer complimentary colors on top of each creating a very interesting visual effect.

Ksiazek’s style reminds me of the contemporary artist Gerhard Richter.

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Artist of the moment………Rero

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Rero is a visual artist from France renown for his mixed media relief works featuring text. Rero was born in France in the year 1983. Rero often tries to incorporate buildings or spaces into his final work of art.

The artist attended the London College of Communication. Whilst in college Rero studied graphic design.

Price range information: Most works range from $2,500 to $10,000.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.rero-studio.com

Rero uses the typeface known as VERDANA.

The artist is based out of Paris, France.

In this clip a glimpse of Rero at work on a piece:

Rero has exhibited his work in the United States and Europe.

I can’t think of another artist who is linked immediately to a font/ typeface. When you think for Rero its easy to think of the Verdana font. My favorite text artist is the great French master Tilt. Tilt is associated with balloon lettering.

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Artist of the moment……….Paula Modersohn- Becker

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Paula Modersohn- Becker was a German expressionist painter. Paula Becker was born in Dresden, Friedrichstadt in the year 1876. The artist was renown for creating moody landscapes and expressive portraits.

She was the third of seven children.Her father was an engineer for the German Railroad and her mom was came from an aristocratic family.

Modersohn- Becker worked in oils, tempera, and also created etchings.

The artist took art classes in London, England. Becker also attended a women’s art school located in Germany.

The artist married fellow painter of the landscape Otto Modersohn.

Paula Modersohn- Becker passed away in 1907 from postpartum embolism after having a child. She was only 31 years of age.

Price range information: Prices range from $5,000 to 750,000.

Below a short biography about the artist with some works shown:

Works by the artist are in many private and public collections including the National Gallelry of Art in Washington D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Paula Modersohn- Becker was a great painter who did a great job at capturing emotion in her work. In many portraits the sitter looks angry to be sitting there. In Becker’s work the model seems somber and quiet rather than just bored and angry. The artist was also great a using the hands to help back up the mood of her sitter.

Her landscapes give a great emotional and simplified reaction to the landscape. These works remind me of Etel Adnan.

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Artist of the moment……………..James Budd Dixon

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James Budd Dixon was an Abstract Expressionist painter, illustrator, and printmaker.  James Budd Dixon was born in San Francisco, California in the year 1900.

Dixon attended the University of California at Berkeley. The artist then took a break to serve his country in the Army Air Force. After serving his country Dixon attended what is now the San Francisco Art Institute

Dixon was a highly regarded as a leader of the Bay Area Abstract Expressionist painters.

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James Dixon passed away in 1967.

Works by James Dixon can be found in the Oakland Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Although James Dixon was not very well known outside of the Bay Area, he inspired many artists to follow in his footsteps. Not many abstract painters used as much color as this artist. Dixon was able to use many colors in his work without over stimulating the viewer.

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Artist of the moment………Danu

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Danu is a contemporary sculptor from France renown for his large works featuring the human figure and animals. Danu was born in Vence, Cote D’Azure, France in the year 1955.

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The artist has worked in many mediums including wire, plexiglass, and laser cut steel.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.danu.fr

The artist is based out of Vence, France which is located on the French Riviera.

Danu is a great example of modernist sculpture. It would be very interesting to see his interpretation of Michelangelo’s David. Danu’s work reminds me of the American master of silhouettes, Kara Walker. Another artist who comes to mind when thinking of human silhouettes is Julian Opie.

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Artist of the moment……….Kano Tsunenobu

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Kano Tsunenobu was Japanese painter and printmaker. Kano Tsunenobuwas born in the year 1636.

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Below we view a scroll featuring horses that was created by Tsunenobu in 1680:

Kano Tsunenobu passed away in 1713.

Works by Tsunenobu are held in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Kano Tsumenobu was an excellent draftsman. The artist was great at working with the figure and landscape. One must also keep in mind the hanging scrolls found in this period of time were created with ink on silk. Like many Eastern artists Tsumenobu did a fantastic job of representing the feeling of the landscape rather than capturing every small detail.

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