Artist of the moment………..Hernan Bas

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Hernan Bas is a contemporary painter. Hernan Bas was born in Miami, Florida in the year 1978.

The artist attended the New World School of Art. This institution is a unique blend of college and high school education programs. The school awards a bachelor of art degree from Miami Dade College, a bachelor of fine arts and bachelor of music from the University of Florida, and a high school degree from the state program.

Hernan Bas is now based out of Detroit, Michigan.

In this clip a great interview with Hernan Bas:

Price range information: The artist has worked in many mediums including watercolor, acrylics, oils, and gouache. Prices range from $25,000 to $225,000.

In this clip an art critic breaks down a painting by Hernan Bas. Its great to see how large of canvas size he uses:

What a great artist that is capable of working in many mediums. I enjoy the patterns he makes in the design of his clothes. His work has a great narrative quality to it telling many stories at one time.

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Artist of the moment………Seund Ja Rhee

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Seund Ja Rhee was a painter from South Korea. Seund Ja Rhee was born in Jinju, South Korea in the year 1918. In addition to painting Rhee was also a printmaker and ceramics artist.

Rhee attended college in Japan at Jissen Women’s University located in Tokyo. She then married and had three boys.

After the Korean War the artist became separated from her sons so she decided to move to Paris, France. Whilst in Paris she attended the Academie de la Grand Chaumiere.

During her lifetime she was popular in France and South Korea.

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‘Seund Ja Rhee passed away in March of 2009. She was 90 years old.

What an interesting style the artist created. Her art was very abstract, but organized. Many interesting patterns of repeating shapes and patterns can be seen in her work.

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Artist of the moment…………Michael Rey

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Michael Rey is a contemporary abstract painter. Michael Rey was born in Sarasota, Florida in the year 1979.

The artist earned a B.F.A. from the Ringling College of Art and Design located in Sarasota. Rey went on to earn a M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design at Pasadena, California.

Rey’s work is somewhat similar to the artist Justin Adian, both artists produce what is in the end a mixture of a sculpture and a painting.

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In this clip we visit a solo exhibition titled OMES by Michael Rey:

The artist is based out of Los Angeles, California.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.michaelrey.net/

Michael Rey does a great job at focusing on shape. His style is similar to that of Ellsworth Kelly. Whereas Kelly strove for a flat appearance, Rey promotes the depth of his work by creating holes in the surface. Most works are painted on clay and panel.

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Artist of the moment…………Justin Adian

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Justin Adian is a contemporary visual artist. Justin Adian was born in Fort Worth, Texas in the year 1976.

Adian earned a B.F.A. from the University of North Texas. The artist went on to postgraduate studies eventually earning a M.F.A. from Rutgers University.

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The artist is now based out of New York City.

Adian has an interesting creative process. To get the end result the artist stretches canvases painted with oils, enamel, or spray paint around foam cushions. One of the artist’s goals is to give color three dimensional form without actually producing a sculpture.

In this clip a close up of a work of art by Justin Adian:

The artist is influenced by minimalism.

What a great example of contemporary minimalism. Ellsworth Kelly’s work is similar but flat in comparison.

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Artist of the moment……..Elsie Klengenberg

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Elsie Klengenberg is a contemporary Inuit graphic artist. Elsie Klegenberg was born on Victoria Island, Canada in the year 1946. The artist often portrays the figure in her work.

Klengenberg now resides in Holman, Northwest Territories, Canada. Klengenberg has a son named Stanley, who also works as an artist.

The artist was inspired to draw by watching her father.

Price range information: Many prints available from $300 to $500 Canadian dollars.

Elsie Klengenberg is a wonderful example of contemporary Inuit graphic design. The artist does a great job at creating interesting facial expressions in her characters. Her designs are modernist in style with very interesting vantage points.

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Artist of the moment………….Jorge Deredia

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Jorge Deredia is a contemporary sculptor renown for his modernist work with the figure. Jorege Deredia was born in Heredia, Costa Rica in the year 1954.

The artist first became interested in sculpture when he was 13 years old.

Price range inforamation: Most works are in bronze or marble with prices ranging from $25,000 to $100,000.

Deredia began his collegiate career at the University of Costa Rica at San Jose. When Deredia was 22 he won a scholarship to study abroad in Italy.

In Italy Deredia became even more interested in sculpture and eventually chose to remain in Italy where he could study the masters he so admired. Whilst in Italy Deredia attended Academy of Fine Arts at Carrara, and the University of Florence.

The artist often basis his work on the sphere.

Below a great montage of works by Jorge Deredia:

The artist was a participant in the 1988 Venice Biennial.

Deredia was the first Latin American artist to have a work placed at the Basilica in the Vatican City.

Jorge Deredia is a wonderful example of modernist sculpture. The artist does a great job of showcasing the sphere alongside the rounded curves of the female form.

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Artist of the moment………..Martin Schoffel

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Martin Schoffel is a contemporary painter with a style that combines geometric abstraction with Op Art.

The artist finds inspiration for his art from life experiences and other artists.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.mschoffelart.com/

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Schoffel also creates kinetic art. The artist enjoys portraying his emotions on contemporary ideas through his art.

Below some works by Martin Schoffel:

The artist has used many mediums over the years. When he began he often worked with wood and paper or markers on cardboard. Later he progressed to acrylic on aluminum.

Schoffel didn’t set out to become a professional artist, but when family and friends told him they really enjoyed his artwork and the artist began selling some art he made as a hobby,  Schoffel decided to pursue art as a profession.

Martin Schoffel’s work showcases how important design can be. Although the artist concentrates on straight lines, the overall feeling of his style reminds me my favorite tool to create art as a child, the Spirograph!

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Artist of the moment………Street Artist and illustrator Untay

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Untay is a contemporary street artist, muralist, illustrator, and tatoo artist from Israel. Untay attended the Holon Institute of Technology where he earned a degree in visual communication.

The artist’s government name is Boaz Sides.

Untay is based out of Tel Aviv, Israel.

The artist finds inspiration from expressionist artists including Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Untay often uses multiple mediums in each work. Many works contain references to the figure and interesting abstract background shapes and design.

In this clip we watch Untay paint a mural:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.untayart.com/

What a great mix of realism and abstraction. Untay shows tremendous skill in graphic design. As a painting perspective his characters have very expressive eyes.

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Artist of the moment………Street Artist Tom Bob

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Tom Bob is a contemporary street artist renown for his images that always incorporate the immediate surroundings alongside his cartoons for a real life animated image! An example would be a real life barred window that Tom Bob transforms into a wonderful painted image.

Tom Bob is based out of New York.

Below a short documentary about Tom Bob with many works shown:

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In this clip a great example of work by Tom Bob:

What a fun style of street art! The artist is very smart at designing works that make the local structure part of the final piece of art!

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Artist of the moment………..Jeff Hanson

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Jeff Hanson is a contemporary painter who has had impaired vision since childhood.Jeff Hanson was born in the year 1993.

The artist paints with acrylics. Hanson emphasizes color and texture in his work. The artist often works with landscapes.

Hanson began paint on notecards whilst recovering from chemotherapy. He was 12 years old at the time. Eventually the artist moved to canvases which he would sell or gift to charity auctions.

Hanson has many celebrity collectors including Elton John and financier Warren Buffett. By his 20th birthday he was given credit for raising $1 million dollars for charity.

The artist was featured on the Sunday morning show CBS Sunday Morning.

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Below a brief documentary on the artist from 2007:

There is also a book featuring the story of Jeff Hanson available on Amazon.com titled Lessons from a CLOD.

What a great story of inspiration and will! The style of Jeff Hanson reminds me painter Jennifer Vranes. Both artists enjoy painting nature using loads of paint, and heavily textured canvases.

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