Artist of the moment…….Street Artist King Robbo

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King Robbo was a world renown British street artist and painter. King Robbo was born in England in the year 1969.

King Robbo was renown for painting a flower created of many peace signs. King Robbo was one of Banksy’s biggest rivalries. Banksy and the artist met at a bar. Banksy told King Robbo he wasn’t aware of his art and so the two began a life long feud.

In this clip we check out some works by King Robbo and Banksy:

The artist flourished during the 1980’s and 1990’s at the start of the graffiti and subway art movement in England. Robbo painted his first train in 1985.

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King Robbo passed away in 2014. The artist was in a coma for several years from an unexplained head injury. The artist was 44 years of age.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.teamrobbo.org/

Below we watch the artist in action!:

 

One result of the rivalry with Banksy was a renewal of inerest in creating street and graffiti art by King Robbo. Its sad that he passed during a time when street art was rapidly gaining more worldwide recognition and his body of work as an artist was being appreciated more.

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Artist of the moment……..Jens Wolf

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Jens Wolf is a contemporary painter and graphic designer from Germany. Jens Wolf was born in Heilbronn, Germany in the year 1967.

The artist is heavily influenced by the Modernist painting movements. The artist stresses pattern and color.

Wolf attended the Academy of Art located in Karlsruhe, Germany.

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The artist’s first solo exhibition took place in 2012.

Wolf is based out of Berlin.

The artist usually paints on board. Recently Wolf has been painting on plywood.

Wolf’s style has a similar feel to that of Mark Grotjahn and Kenneth Noland. All three artists emphasize strong geometric shapes with bold color.

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Artist of the moment………Mark English

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Mark English is a contemporary painter and illustrator. Mark English was born in Hubbard, Texas in the year 1933. English has a very unique style that combines abstraction and geometric shapes with bold color.

English attended the Art Center College of Design located in Pasadena, California.

During his time as a full time illustrator English won countless awards for his work. The artist’s work appeared in nearly all of the most popular magazines and newspapers of the time including the Saturday Evening Post, Time, Sports Illustrated, and the Ladies Home Journal.

In this clip we watch Mark English as he paints!:

English spent time at Hallmark Greeting Cards as an artist-in-residence.

The artist is now based out of Liberty, Missouri.

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Below we visit an exhibition of the artist’s work that took place in 2014:

 

What a fun and creative style of painting! His work reminds me of the great illustrator of children’s books Ezra Keats.

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Artist of the moment…………..Rosie Lee Tompkins

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Rosie Lee Tompkins was an American artist who mastered the art of quilt making. Rosie Lee Tompkins was born in Arkansas in the year 1936. Her family were sharecroppers.

The artist’s government name was Effie Mae Martin Howard.

She began to quilt as a child working alongside her mother.

Works by Tompkins have been in many prestigious exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial of American Art.

Price range information: Sorry none available. During her lifetime the artist didn’t sell many of her quilts.

As an adult the artist lived in Richmond, California.

Rosie Lee Tompkins passed away in 2006. She was 70 years of age.

The basis of Tompkins quilts have a great surface and interesting patterns and texture. She would use various materials including velvet, fake fur, wool, and silk. This gives her quilts a texture similar to that of “crazy quilts.” From a design standpoint Tompkins’ work had a great mix of strong geometric shapes and bold color.

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Artist of the moment……….Grace Hartigan

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Grace Hartigan was an American painter with an abstract style. Grace Hartigan was born in Newark, New Jersey in the year 1922.

Hartigan was married at the age of seventeen. She and her husband had planned to move to Alaska. The couple ended up in California where she began to paint. Hartigan’s husband was drafted to serve in the army in world war two.

After her husband was drafted the artist moved back to the east coast where she attended Newark College of Engineering where she studied mechanical drawing.

In 1945 the artist moved to New York City where she became one of the New York School of abstract expressionism. After  the end of second world war the couple decided to part ways.

Below a brief documentary on the artist by the Smithsonian:

The artist also did some work with the figure beginning in the 1950’s. Hartigan created a wonderful portrait of Marilyn Monroe the year Marilyn passed away.

Grace Hartigan passed away in 2008. She was 86 years of age.

Price range information: The artist worked with oils, ink, watercolor, and printmaking. Prices range from $5,000 to $150,000.

What a great style of abstract painting. I enjoy here figurative work that doesn’t capture so much the exact likeness of the sitter, but is more an emotional portrait of the subject.

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Artist of the moment…………Rainer Fetting

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Rainer Fetting is a contemporary painter and sculptor from Germany. Fetting is associated with the Neo-Expressionist movement. His style uses rapid and bold brushwork.

Rainer Fetting was born in Wilhemshaven, Germany in the year 1949. Fetting attended the Academy of  Arts in Berlin, Germany.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $80,000.

In this clip we visit Fetting’s studio:

 

The artist uses many mediums including sculpture, oils, acrylics, watercolor, and printmaking.

Fetting began to work with sculpture in the 1980’s often working with bronze.

The artist splits his time between Berlin and New York City.

Rainer Fetting’s art is a wonderful blend of abstraction and realism. Fetting does a great job at capturing emotion in his figure work.

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Artist of the moment……….Raymond Hains

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Raymond Hains was a French artist renown for his collage images and work with photography. Raymond Hains was born in Saint-Brieuc, France in the year 1926. Hains attended the Ecole Nationale des Beaux- Arts located in Rennes, France.

The artist became interested in photography after seeing an early photomontage that was the cover a book that he read.

Hains went on to work as an apprentice to the French photographer Emmanuel Sougez. It was here he learned the basics of the medium. He began producing his own style of photography in 1946.

The artist was one of the first photographers to experiment with abstract designs rather than traditional realism.

Price range information: The artist created posters, sculptures of wood and metal, and collage work. Prices range from $5,000 to $300,000.

Hains took part in the first Paris Biennial.

Below a great montage of works by Raymond Hains:

Raymond Hains passed away in 2005.

Raymond Hains was a wonderful artist who was very ahead of his time. Hains was the precedent for such as artists as Jasper Johns and one could argue that Hains also help to inspire text artists such as taggers and graffiti writers.

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Artist of the moment………..Miquel Barcelo

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Miquel Barcelo is a contemporary painter and sculptor from Spain. Miquel Barcelo was born in Felanitx, Majorca, Spain in the year 1957.

Barcelo attended the School of Decorative Arts in Palma. He also attended the School of Fine Arts located in Barcelona.

The artist has also worked as a printmaker.

Barcelo often uses found materials not usually used in art. Some items include insects and bleach.

Price range information: The artist worked in oils, collage, and gouache. Prices range from $10,000 ti $900,000.

 

Below we view a retrospective of works by Barcelo:

 

What a great style! His work has echoes of Richard Hambleton and his “shadowmen.”

 

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Artist of the moment………Federico Herrero

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Federico Herrero is a contemporary abstract painter. Federico Herrero was born in San Jose, Costa Rico in the year 1978.

Herrero refers to the landscape even in his more abstract work. The artist uses a pastel like palette and employs a mix of geometric and abstract shapes.

Below the artist talks about his time as an artist-in-residence:

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With his references to the landscape and bright palette, Herrero can be compared to the great Etel Adnan.

Works by the artist are held in the permanent collection of the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation.

In this clip Herrero talks about his work from 2013:

 

Federico Herrero does a great job at capturing the emotional impact of a landscape.

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Artist of the moment………Katrin Kampmann

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Katrin Kampmann is a contemporary painter and printmaker working in an abstract style with some realist elements. Katrin Kampmann was born in Bonn, Germany in the year 1979.

Kampmann attended college in Berlin at the University of Arts.

The artist is now based out of Berlin, Germany.

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Kampmann has also done work as a photographer.

The artist often works with acrylic paints.

Kampmann’s style of art is reflective of the current state of the world in general, visual images and commercial aspects dominate our daily lives. With elements of abstraction, a palette that represents a rainbow of colors, and fantastic graphic design the artist has created a wonderful world for the viewer to contemplate.

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