Artist of the moment…………Armand Boua

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Armand Boua is a contemporary painter from the Ivory Coast. Armand Boua was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in the year 1978.

Boua focuses on figure paintings of forgotten people and children. His work brings the political struggles of his nation and other African countries to the forefront.

The artist also makes an emphasis on the struggle of children. On his home continent children may be forced into the sex slave market, they may be forced to do child labor for little pay and poor working conditions. In some works children are seen in a positive light representing a hopeful future.

Boua often paints with acrylics. The artist sometimes also uses tar in his work.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view Armand Boua create a work featuring two figures:

Boua is based out of Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Armand Boua is a wonderful example of a modernist figure artist. His final works are loose in appearance but with a great sense of design. The artist does a great job at capturing human gesture and movement. His use of color helps a great deal to creating moods in the painting. 

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Artist of the moment………….Charles Catteau

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Charles Catteau was an internationally renown industrial designer. Charles Catteau was born in Douai, France in the year 1880.

Catteau attended the National Ceramics School and the National Portrait School both located in Sévres, France.

The artist worked for the Ecole Nationale des Sevres as a ceramics director. During  this time in his career his works were more traditional in their appearance. Catteau worked this job for a short period of time before taking a design position in Munich, Germany.

Catteau would eventually end up in Belgium working for the company Boch Freres. This company would help to establish him as a great industrial designer worldwide.

The artist is associated with the Art Déco movement.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $30,000.

Charles Catteau passed away in 1966.

Although he used some of the same subjects and patterns found in many works from the Art- Deco time period,  Catteau’s work stands out because of his wonderful use of color. With his bold colorful palette I find Catteau’s work reminds of the great Maija Isola.

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Artist of the moment………….Judith Leiber

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Judith Leiber is a contemporary fashion designer. Judith Leiber was born Judith Peto in Budapest, Hungary in the year 1921. Her father was a commodities broker and her mother a homemaker.

The artist attended King’s College of London where she studied how chemistry was used in the cosmetics industry.

Below a closer look at the process of creating a handbag:

 

The artist married Gus Leiber in 1946. Gus Leiber was an American soldier who was serving overseas. The two met when Judith Peto was making some handbags for secretaries of the American Legion. Gus Leiber went on to a successful painting career as an Abstract Expressionist.

Leiber worked for other companies as a handbag designer before starting her own company in 1963.

Handbags by Leiber are highly sought after on the collectible market among the social elite. One collector owns more than 300 handbags. Among some recurring themes are animals and food. A cupcake by the artist appeared in the movie Sex and the City.

Leiber is currently 96 years of age.

Price range information: Bags can range from $500 to $7,000.

Works by the artist can be found in such prestigious collections as the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Smithsonian located in Washington D.C., and the Victoria and Albert Museum of London.

What a great style the artist created! Its great to see art that is not only beautiful, but that can be used on a daily basis.

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Artist of the moment………..Sculptor Karl Hagenauer

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Karl Hagenauer was a sculptor with a modernist style. Karl Hagenauer was born in the year 1898. His father was named Carl, and he founded his own design workshop. Karl went to work in his father’s workshop when he was twenty years of age.

Karl Hagenauer attended the School of Applied Arts located in Vienna, Austria.

The artist served his country in the Armed Forces from 1917 to 1919.

After taking over the shop from his father in 1919 young Karl changed the style to very modernist look and went on to create lamps, trays, bookends, hood ornaments, and ashtrays.

Price range information: Works range from $700 to $17,000.

Karl Hagenauer passed away after a heart attack in 1956. He was 57 years of age. After Karl Hagenauer passed his brother Franz took over the job of leading the company.

Karl Hagenauer is an excellent example of the great style of Art Deco that was very popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s. His sculptures have a great fluidity of line and movement. His animals and figures seem enchanted with life.

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Artist of the moment……….Hugo Kaagman

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Hugo Kaagman is a contemporary artist who is considered to be the father of working with stencils. Hugo Kaagman was born in Haarlem, the Netherlands in the year 1955.

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The artist began a career of political activism and art in the 1970’s.

Kaagman does a great job at mixing together various patterns to make a great overall design. The artist has even used patterns from the famous Dutch Delftware and elements of Moorish design.

The artist has even painted his designs on airplanes.

Below an in depth interview with Kaagman featuring a studio visit:

 

Below a link to the artist’s website:

http://www.kaagman.nl

Hugo Kaagman has a great eye for design, no wonder he is the called the father of the stencil! His artwork that incorporates Holland’s signature Delftware designs is very pleasing to the eye.

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Artist of the moment……..Gary Olver

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Gary Olver is a contemporary carver and jewelry maker. Gary Olver was born in Pas, Manitoba in the year 1966. Gary Olver is of Cree decent.

Olver found inspiration to create art from some Haida artists.Olver was visiting an uncle who was stationed at Massett, Queen Charlotte Island. It was here Olver was able to watch working artists mastering their craft.

When the artist was younger he began a promising career as actor. Olver worked in film and television working on the X-Files and Highlander. Olver’s acting career was short when he was hit by a car whilst riding a bike and suffered much damage to his face and even memory loss which has recovered over time.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip a closer look at the artist in action carving a pipe:

 

I enjoy the variety of faces produced by the artist. He does a great job of mixing profiles with straight on faces which makes his work very intriguing to look at!

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Artist of the moment…………Jean Hélion

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Jean Hélion was a French painter. Jean Hélion was born in Couterne, France in the year 1904. Hélion’s father was a taxi driver and his mother a dressmaker.

Before the artist discovered his love of art he worked in the pharmacy trade and also as an architectural apprentice. In 1925 he began taking figure drawing classes at the Académie Adler.

The artist was inspired by the abstract style of Otto Freundlich. Before Hélion met Freundlich he had no idea the abstract style of painting existed.

Below a great montage of works by the artist:

One year after meeting Freundlich the artist was introduced to Joaquin Torres- Garcia and the Cubist style of painting.

The artist came to the United States in 1936. With the outbreak of World War 2 Hélion returned to France and joined the Armed Forces. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war on a ship.

Hélion was kept a prisoner from 1940 to 1942 before escaping. Later after he returned to the United States he went on to write a best selling book about his service in the war.

The early portion of his career Hélion painted in oils. After some problems with his health and the oil paints the artist switched to acrylic paints.

Jean Hélion passed away in 1987.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Works by Hélion can be found in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Tate Gallery of London, England.

Jean Hélion had a wide range of styles of painting and also used many mediums from acrylics, oils, gouache, printmaking, and pastels. My favorite works are his abstract works with color as a main feature. These works have a great combination of organic and geometric shapes with fantastic color.

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Artist of the moment……………….Graphic Surgery

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Graphic Surgery is a Dutch street art duo. A common theme of their work is the industrial crane and large industrial buildings. They see it as an essential tool in the growth of large cities.

The duo was born 4 days apart in the year 1978. The team consists of Gysbert Zjilstra and Erris Huigens.

Price range information: The duo has worked with paper, steel, and wood. Works range from 1000 euros to 5000 euros.

Below we view the duo create a work in Luxembourg:

The often creates work in black and white. In addition to murals the duo also creates installations and videos.

In this clip we view a great mural by Graphic Surgery from 2015:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://graphicsurgery.nl

The duo draws influence from the De Stijl and Constructivism movements.

Graphic Surgery is based out of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The great abstract designs of graphic surgery are very pleasing to the eye. Their work is similar to some hologram patterns now seen on holiday shopping bags. Who would have thought industrial cranes could be such an interesting subject matter!

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Artist of the moment………..Albert Christ Janer

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Albert Christ-Janer was a painter renown for his abstract interpretations of the landscape. Albert Christ Janer was born in Appleton, Minnesota in the year 1910.

The artist attended St. Olaf College located in Northfield, Minnesota. Janer also attended the Art Institute of Chicago and then went on earn his M.F.A. from Yale University.

Christ-Janer was also an avid printmaker.

The artist was also a professor working at Cranbrook Academy, the Pratt Institute, and the University of Georgia.

Albert Christ-Janer passed away in 1973.

Price range information: Sorry none available. The artist worked in watercolor, oils, and printmaking.

What a great style of abstract painting. I enjoy his use of soft edges. The artist does a wonderful job at creating movement and fluidity in his work. Many of his works convey the feeling of sand blowing in the wind or the movement of water.

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Artist of the moment………Street Artist David Zayas

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David Zayas is an internationally renown street artist from Puerto Rico who combines a great sense of design alongside funny situations. David Zayas was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in the year 1983.

Zayas earned a bachelors degree in painting from the Escuela de Artes Plasticas de Puerto Rico.

In this clip we view Zayas at work on a mural featuring a shark and child via timelapse:

 

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist created a large body of work in Puerto Rico.

In this clip a brief interview with the artist and some additional works:

 

Zayas is currently a professor at the Universidad Metropolitana located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

David Zayas is a highly talented painter who is always creating fun visual patterns for the eye. I enjoy the many different textures he creates in his work from human skin, flowers, clothing, to wood. The artist is a great example of contemporary street art and illustration!

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