Artist of the moment…….Robert Heindel

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Robert Heindel was a visual artist and theater set designer who specialized in painting dancing figures. Robert Heindel was born in Toledo, Ohio in the year 1938.

Heindel is often credited for being the best painter of the dance genre. Over his career Heindel created more than 1300 paintings and drawings of dancers.

Heindel was perhaps the most famous attendee of the Famous Artist’s School based out of Wilton, Connecticut. The school was set up in 1948, and funded by many of the nations top illustrators including Norman Rockwell.

The artist’s work appeared in many of the top magazines of the 1980’s including Sports Illustrated, the Saturday Evening Post, and the Ladies Home Journal.

Robert Heindel passed away in 2005. He was 66 years old.

In 2011 the artist was elected to the Illustrators Hall of Fame.

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The artist often worked in watercolor but also used oils. Heindel also created lithographs and silkscreens.

In this clip a great interview with Robert Heindel talking about his work:

Heindel was collected my world leaders and political figures including Princess Di of Great Britain and the Imperial Royal Family of Japan, the Takamados.

Works by the artist are held in many prestigious collections including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., and the National Portrait Gallery in London, England.

Below the final painting of the artist is reviewed:

Robert Heindel was a very creative artist! Heindel incorporated many abstract qualities in his dancing figures. In his paintings one can see the influence of working in theater set and costume design in his work. If you enjoy this genre my favorite artist working with the dancer is the Canadian artist Cathy Daley.

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Artist of the moment………Yang Liming

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Yang Liming is a contemporary painter from China. Yang Liming was born in Tongjiang, Sichuan Province, China in the year 1975. Liming works in an abstract style.

Liming attended the Art College of Sichuan Province earning a degree in oil painting.

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Liming paints in oils and acrylics.

The artist is based out of Beijing, China.

Liming enjoys listening to Beethoven when he paints. Part of his artistic process is to get into a relaxed meditative state and paint what his inner being is feeling. Feelings are the basis of his art.

What a wonderful style of abstract painting!

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Artist of the moment……..Simon Hughes

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Simon Hughes is a contemporary painter from Canada. Simon Hughes was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in the year 1973.

The artist has a style associated with geometric abstraction.

Hughes earned a B.F.A. from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A from the University of Califonia at Irvine.

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Hughes works in a variety of mediums including painting, film, collage, and drawing.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

https://simonhughes.ca/

The artist is based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Hughes has been influenced by artists Paul Klee, Arthur Dove, and Claude Tousignant.

The artist has had his work shown at the National Gallery of Canada.

Simon Hughes has a great eye for design. Looking at the work of this artist brings to mind the experience of weather. In his work its easy to imagine the flow of water in a river, the melting and breaking apart of icebergs, or the growth of a plant. The artist does a great job seizing the beautiful abstract moments of everyday life.

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Artist of the moment……..Gunther Forg

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Gunther Forg was a painter from Germany. Gunther Forg was born in Fussan, Allgau, Germany on December 5, 1952. In addition to painting Forg also worked as a photographer, sculptor, and graphic designer.

Forg attended the Academy of Fine Arts located in Munich, Germany. The artist was influenced by the American abstract painters.

Price range information: Forg was a prolific painter working in gouache, acrylics, and oils. The artist also created photographs and was an avid printmaker. Prices range from $4,000 to $350,000.

Forg was close to the Italian artist who went by the name of Blinky Palermo.

The artist worked in many series over his career including grids in his paintings. For his photography work Forg concentrated on very large buildings.

In this clip we view an exhibition featuring Gunther Forg that took place in Hong Kong in 2016:

Gunther Forg passed away in 2013. He was 61 years old.

The artist completed some public works which can be seen in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Works by Forg can be found in the Diamler Contemporary Art Museum in Berlin, and the National Gallery of Canada located in Ottawa.

Gunther Forg’s abstract works seemed to pay homage to previous artistic masters. His grids remind this viewer of the wonderful Agnes Martin. Forg’s style of photography that captures the splendor of contemporary buildings is similar to that of the husband and wife team of Bernd and Hilla Becher.

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Artist of the moment……….Henry Taylor

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Henry Taylor is a contemporary painter working with the figure. Henry Taylor was born in Ventura, California in the year 1958. Taylor is a painter, sculptor, and installation artist.

Taylor worked at Camarillo State Mental Hospital for ten years. This experience led him to enjoy portraying the face and figure in his work.

Whilst working at the hospital the artist attended Oxnard College located in Los Angeles. Taylor went on to earn a B.F.A. from the California Institute for the Arts located in Valencia, California.

Taylor often works in acrylics.

The artist is based out of Los Angeles, California.

Below a brief documentary on Henry Taylor:

Price range information: In 2016 the artist set a record for himself with a sale of a piece titled,” See Alice Run.” The piece sold at auction for $149,000. The work showcased the first African- American athlete to win an Olympic gold medal.

In this cilp Taylor talks about his art from the Whitney Biennial 2017:

Henry Taylor is a great narrative painter. Taylor does a great job at capturing the expressions of people’s faces and hands. Hands are in important part of visual communication. Two other artists that work in similar styles are Kerry James Marshall, and the master painter Jacob Lawrence.

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Artist of the moment…….Kohei Nawa

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Kohei Nawa is a contemporary mixed media artist from Japan. Kohei Nawa was born in Osaka, Japan in the year 1975. Nawa often tries to get the viewer to see a subject in different light.

Nawa attended Kyoto City University of Art where he earned a B.A. in sculpture. He went on to earn a masters degree and a PhD from Kyoto City University. Through an exchange program he also studied at the Royal College of Art in London, England.

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Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://kohei-nawa.net/

The artist is now based out of Kyoto, Japan.

Nawa started an art collective that is based out of an old sandwich factory. The group takes on large design tasks. The collective is called SANDWICH and was started in 2009.

In this clip the artists gives an interview about his work:

One critically acclaimed series by Nawa is called Pixel Cell. The artist covers an object with glass beads which creates what Nawa calls “a husk of light.”

Another well received series is called “Trans”. This work deals with sculptures created from a mixture of 3d scanning and texture mapping.

Kohei’s work is very unique. A form of sculpture that is not based on traditional materials thus offering us more intake on current cultural trends of society.

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Artist of the moment………Photographer Trevor Paglen

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Trevor Paglen is an American photographer and contemporary artist. Trevor Paglen was born in the state of Maryland in the year 1974.

Paglen earned a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The artist also earned a PhD in geography from the University of California at Berkeley.

Paglen currently works for the U. of C. at Berkeley as a researcher.

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A recurring them in the work of Paglen is the idea of mass surveillance and the collection of data by the government.

In this clip from the wonderful Art21 series by P.B.S. a behind the scenes of Paglen’s art:

Paglen is given credit for creating a style his own style that he refers to as “Experimental Geography.” A mix of cultural ideas alongside geography.

Paglen has chosen a subject matter familiar to everyone these days. Some artists such as Banksy have made certain works about the subject, but much of Paglen’s entire artistic output is dedicated to this subject matter.

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Artist of the moment…….Gonkar Gyatso

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Gonkar Gyatso is a contemporary painter from the country of Tibet. Gonkar Gyatso was born in Lhasa, Tibet in the year 1961.

Gyatso began college in China attending the Central Academy of Fine Arts located in Beijing. The artist followed this by attending college in London, England beginning at Central Saint Martin’s and finishing a master’s degree from the Chelsea School of Art.

Price range information: Works start at $30,000 up to the low six figures.

In this clip some works by Gonkar Gyatso:

Gyatso is now based out of London. He opened a gallery called the Sweet Tea House. The first London gallery to specialize in Tibetan art.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://gonkargyatso.com/

Gonkar Gyato’s works in two dimensions or three with a style that captures the emotion of the figure, but also gives a hint of the cultural background of the subject.

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Artist of the moment………..Gregory Crewdson

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Gregory Crewdson is an American photographer. Gregory Crewdson was born in a suburb of Brooklyn, New York in the year 1962. The artist is renown for his images of the contemporary American home, lifestyle, and culture.

Crewdson is also an accomplished musician. Crewdson was part of a punk rock group called the Speedies that was very successful in the New York City region. Eventually one of their songs was even used by the Hewlett Packard company to help sell their digital line.

The artist earned a B.A. from the State University of New York at Purchase. Crewdson went on to earn a M.F.A. from Yale School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut.

Crewdson has also taught at the collegiate level at Vassar, Yale, and Cooper Union College.

In this clip a brief interview with Crewdson talking about his cinematic process of photography:

Price range information: Works range from $7,000 to $100,000.

The artist is based out of New York City.

Crewdson has been the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

What a great style of photography that also tells a story.

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Artist of the moment……….Carsten Holler

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Carsten Holler is a contemporary conceptual artist and sculptor. Carsten Holler was born in Brussels, Belgium in the year 1961. His parents were German. A main theme of Holler’s work is the relationships of people.

Holler received a doctorate in agricultural science from the University of Kiel, Germany. Holler worked in the field until the mid 1990’s. He began making art in the 1980’s.

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The artist is now based out of Stockholm, Sweden. Holler also shares a house in Ghana with Marcel Odenbach, a German video artist.

Holler is renown for creating large slides including one for the Berlin Biennial in 1998.

Holler is also renown for creating works of mushrooms. He also created a well received series about carousels.

Carsten Holler is a very creative artist who works in any medium from film, to photography, and installations.

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