Artist of the moment……….John Cederquist

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John Cederquist is a contemporary sculptor and assemblage artist renown his unique style of furniture. John Cederquist was born in Altadena, California in the year 1946. The artist often includes cartoon paintings and odd viewing perspectives in his work.

The artist attended California State University at Long Beach where he earned both a bachelor and master’s degree in art.

Cederquist was inspired most by cartoons and Japanese woodblock prints.

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Below we view an exhibition by John Cederquist that took place in 2016:

Cederquist has taught at the collegiate level at Saddleback College located in Mission Viejo, California.

The artist works with wood. In his furniture the smaller parts are painted smaller cuts of wood layered on top of a larger piece.

In this clip a fantastic interview with the artist:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.johncederquist.com/

What a fun style of furniture! His couches are just as creative as Salvador Dali and his lips couch! Cederquist’s work is even more impressive because his works are more trompe de l’oeil, tricking the human eye often when viewing his work!

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Artist of the moment……..Street Artist POSE

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Pose isĀ  contemporary street artist renown for his highly detailed works that combine several genres with great color.

Many works contain elements of different genres of painting that include cartoons and text similar to that of Roy Lichtenstein. Color that brings to mind the Pop Art movement and the use of colorful acrylic paint. The artist also makes references to contemporary street art.

In this clip a time lapse of POSE from a festival:

Pose is also known as Jordan Nickel. Jordan Nickel was born in Evanston, Illinois in the year 1980.

The artist began creating graffiti in 1992.

Pose is based out of Chicago, Illinois.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.hellopose.com/

In this clip a brief interview with Pose:

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What most impresses me about POSE is use of color and the ability to take many individual ideas and compose them all on a single canvas. His work reminds of one of the first well known graffiti artists, CRASH.

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Artist of the moment…….OG Slick

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OG Slick is an internationally renown street artist. OG Slick often portrays letters and pop culture using the hands. Slick is a painter, printmaker, and sculptor.

My favorite artist who used the hand and fingers as a subject is Martin Wong, who did this during the birth of street art in New York City in the 1970’s.

I find OG Slick’s use of bubble letters similar to that of my favorite French street artist, Tilt.

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Below a flag mural painted by OG Slick:

 

Slick is now based out of Los Angeles, California.

The artist is also an experienced clothing designer.

OG Slick has been very successful as a commercial artist. In this interview the artist talks about his collaboration with Addidas. OG Slick created four different shoe designs:

What a great style of art! I enjoy his mix of typography and traditional drawing. His line work is amazing! OG Slick is one outstanding draftsman!

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Painting by Leonardo DaVinci sells for $450 million

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The painting Salvator Mundi or Savior of the World, created centuries ago by the master Leonardo da Vinci, recently sold at Christie’s Auction house for $450 million dollars.

With the price tag of $450 million U.S. dollars the work becomes the most expensive painting ever to be sold.

In this clip a closer look at the painting:

The buyer of the work is not yet known.

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Artist of the moment……….Abraham Lacalle

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Abraham Lacalle is a contemporary painter. Abraham Lacalle was born in Almeria, Spain in the year 1962.

Lacalle enjoys painting and uses the process to express his views on politics and society.

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In this clip a fantastic montage of works by the Lacalle:

Lacalle works in oils and watercolor.

The artist took part in a recent artist showcase called The Truck Art Project. This project took traditional gallery artists and also street artists who were each given a truck to paint. So if you are in Europe keep an eye for these great works of art!

In this clip a brief documentary on the Truck Art Project:

 

From a design standpoint the basic shapes drawn by Lacalle remind me of Van Gogh’s landscapes which were made very with interesting marks. Both artists often a great emotional response to the landscape rather than just a mere representation of it.

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Artist of the moment………..Zena Assi

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Zena Assi is a contemporary painter from Lebanon. Zena Assi was born in Tripoli, Lebanon in the year 1974.

Assi earned a degree from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts. She earned a master’s degree in advertising.

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Assi now divides her time between London, England and Beirut, Lebanon. Assi moved to the United Kingdom in 2014.

In this clip a brief interview with Zena Assi talking about an exhibition:

One artist that inspired her was Egon Schiele.

The artist has taught drawing and visual communication at the collegiate level.

Assi is renown for her paintings. She has also worked in many other mediums including installation, animation, and sculpture.

A main theme in her work is the present day life and struggles of the average civilian person. Other themes she enjoys working with are present day changes in cultural ideals and immigration.

Assi’s style reminds of the contemporary street artist Swoon. Both artists like to portray everyday events of the common person. Both artists do a great job at creating visually interesting compositions.

 

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Artist of the moment…………..Street Artist Astro

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Astro is a contemporary street artist from France. Astro’s style is based on optical illusions that confuse the viewer from what is real and what is painted.

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One artist that inspires Astro is Victor Vasarely who was the leader of the Op Art movement. Another artist providing inspiration was the decorative artist and painter Alphonse Mucha.

The artist began making graffiti in the year 2000.

In this clip a review of many works by Astro created in 2016. Many fantastic works are shown:

 

On occasion the artist works with a crew based out of Los Angeles, California called collective CBS.

Below a link to the website of the artist. Many great murals are shown on the site:

http://astrograff.com/wall/

What a great style of street art! This remind of 3d wall poster art of the 1980’s and 1990’s. Astro’s work also reminds me of the painter Victor Vasarely but on a much larger scale! I would like to see how many drawings and smaller paintings the artist makes in preparation for his murals, the size of his work is so massive in scale!

Astro also has great eye for color. The artist has a great talent for building up layers of paint that work well together to give his work a glowing feeling.

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Artist of the moment…………Charles Loloma

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Charles Loloma was a Native American artist. Charles Loloma was born in Hotevilla- Bacavi, Arizona in the year 1921. Loloma was of Hopi ancestry. As an artist he was a painter, potter, and jewelry maker.

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Loloma served his country in the Second World War from 1942- 1945. After the war and with the G.I. bill the artist attended Alfred University School for American Craftsman.

The artist was married to a fellow artist, a potter named Otellie Pasiyava. Both he and his wife earned a certificate in pottery from Alfred University. One goal of the couple was to take the knowledge about pottery they had gained in college, and spread the knowledge back on their own reservation.

Loloma was commissioned to create a piece of jewelry for the Queen of Denmark.

Charles Loloma passed away in 1991. He was seventy-one years of age.

Charles Loloma had a great knack for designing intriguing jewelry designs. His use of bold color designs makes his work stand out from his peers.

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Artist of the moment…………Marco Cochrane

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Marco Cochrane is a contemporary sculptor renown for his work with the female form. Marco Cochrane was born in Venice, Italy in the year 1962. His parents were American artists living abroad.

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Cochrane has created his large nude sculptures for the world renown Burning Man gathering that takes place annually in the desert of Nevada. The model for this series was named Deja Solis.

One work from this series is called Bliss Dance and its now in Las Vegas in the park next to the New York-New York casino. Bliss Dance weighs 7,500 pounds, is 40 feet tall, and contains 3,000 LED lights. In this clip a closer look at this magnificent artwork:

Cochrane is a self taught artist.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.marcocochranesculpture.net/

Marco Cochrane’s art is a fantastic example of contemporary sculpture. The artist does a great job at capturing the curves of the female form using steel. Cochrane adds his own sense of modernism by incorporating LED lights into his art. Very clever!

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Artist of the moment……….Clare Goodwin

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Claire Goodwin is a contemporary painter. Clare Goodwin was born in Birmingham, United Kingdom in the year 1973. The artist works in the style of geometric abstraction.

Goodwin earned a B.A. from the Winchester School of Art located in England. She went on to earn a M.A. from the Royal College of Art located in London.

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Goodwin often works with acrylics on canvas.

The artist is based out of Zurich, Switzerland. She relocated to Switzerland in 2003.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.clare-goodwin.ch/home/

What a great style of art! Claire Goodwin reminds me of the great Shirley Jaffe, for my money Jaffe was the best in the genre. Goodwin has an outstanding sense of design. She does a great job at creating the feeling of movement and action.

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