Artist of the moment………Kelly Bjork

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Kelly Bjork is a contemporary illustrator and graphics designer. Kelly Bjork was born in the year 1985. The artist grew up in Tacoma, Washington.

Bjork earned a B.F.A. in drawing and printmaking from Western Washington located in Bellingham, Washington.

Bjork often works with the figure. She often portrays the figure in the bathtub or steam room. These works are very unique as their vantage point often leads the artist to use extreme foreshortening in the design.

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Bjork is based out of Seattle, Washington.

The artist also works as a greeting card designer for the Pilgrim Paper Company.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.kellybjork.com/

The artist often works with gouache.

Kelly Bjork does a great job at creating at interesting patterns in her work. Bjork shows depth by using overlapping flat blocks of color. I enjoy the flatness of her work.  Another artist who has a similar style is Jonas Wood.

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Artist of the moment……..Leon Keer

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Leon Keer is a contemporary artist from the Netherlands renown for his three dimensional art that is often created on a sidewalk. Leon Keer was born Utrecht, the Netherlands in the year 1970.

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The artist often incorporates ideas of sustainability and environmental welfare in his art. Earlier in his career the artist worked designing murals for internationally renown brands including Coca- Cola.

Below a time lapse of the artist at work on one of his signature pieces:

Keer often creates his large murals with chalk. The artist often makes references to characters from pop culture including the video games Pac-Man and Space Invaders. He also often creates works that include legos.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.leonkeer.com/

In this clip we view a time lapse of the artist at work in 2017:

One word used to describe this type of art is anamorphic. If a viewer stands in a certain location, it appears as if the image is three dimensions. Even the great Salvador Dali used used anamorphism in some of his works.

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Artist of the moment……..Jacky Tsai

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Jacky Tsai is a contemporary painter, printmaker, sculptor, installation artist, and illustrator. Jacky Tsai was born in Shanghai, China in the year 1984. Tsai is associated with the modern Pop Art movement.

Tsai attended college in London at Central Saint Martin’s where he earned a M.F.A.

Tsai’s work often blends realism with fantasy. The artist often works on circular or rounded surfaces. His work is also a blend of cultures. A mix of beautiful objects and items from the eastern and western cultures are often seen in his works.

Below we visit a solo exhibition of work by Jacky Tsai:

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The artist is now based out of London, England.

Tsai has enjoyed a highly successful commercial career. One subject he is best known for was a series of skeleton’s made from flowers. This work was completed for British fashion designer Alexander McQueen. In this clip we watch as Tsai creates one of his signature skeleton faces:

 

Below a link to the website of the artist:

https://www.jackytsai.com/

What a unique signature style the artist has created. What I enjoy most about his work is that the picture looks great from far away, and even more interesting when the viewer is closer and can see all of the details.

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Artist of the moment………Daan Botlek

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Dan Botlek is a contemporary street artist, illustrator, and puzzle designer from the Netherlands. Botlek is renown for his imagery of faceless characters coming in and out of doors and windows of abandoned buildings. His style of art is often site specific so his paintings are in a sense also an installation.

The main focus on the artist’s work is a good drawing. With his great drawing skills the artists gives his work a wonderful sense of depth.

Below some background information on the artist with some works shown:

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In this clip we view Daan Boltek at work on a mural in India:

Botlek is based out of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.daanbotlek.com/

What a fun style!

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Artist of the moment……….Zeng Xiaojun

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Zeng Xiaojun is a contemporary visual artist renown for his scroll landscape paintings created in the traditional format using inks. Zeng Xiaojun was born in Beijing, China in the year 1954.

Many works of the artist contain mountains and trees.

Xiaojun attended the Academy of Arts and Crafts located in Beijing, China.

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In addition to creating scroll paintings, Zeng Xiaojun is also an expert on classical Chinese furniture. On some paintings he has been commissioned to produce a frame that includes dragons.

Works of the artist can be found in the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Boston Museum of Art.

Zeng Xiaojun is a great example of a contemporary artist working in a genre that is centuries old.

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Artist of the moment………..Kukuli Velarde

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Kukuli Velarde is a contemporary painter and ceramist. Velarde is renown for her work with the human face and figure. Velarde comes from the country of Peru.

Velarde earned a B.F.A. in ceramics from Hunter College located in Manhattan, New York. She also studied at the University of Mexico.

The artist was the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship in 2015. She has also received a grant from the Pollack/ Krasner Foundation.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.kukulivelarde.com/site/HOME.html

Velarde tries to portray the clash of cultures that existed in her life growing up in Peru. The very different lifestyles and ways of the indigenous people against those of European decent.

When the artist paints she often uses aluminum as her surface of choice.

The artist is based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Below a brief documentary on the artist with many samples of her work shown:

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What a creative artist! Her vessels all seem to have very unique shapes of their own. When her very creative painted faces are added the works appear as a blend of the potter George Ohr and Harry Potter. Her characters have enchangint eyes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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