Artist of the moments…….Gert and Uwe Tobias

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Gert and Uwe Tobias are twin brothers and contemporary painters. The twins were born in Brasov, Romania in the year 1973. In addition to painting and drawing the duo creates prints, ceramics, and sculpture.

The twins attended the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste located in Braunschweig, Germany.

Many works by the brothers contain references to Dracula. The duo enjoy comparing pop culture with traditional Romanian and Transylvanian folklore.

The artists are based out of Cologne, Germany.

Price range information: The brothers have created watercolors, woodcuts, paintings, and sculptures with prices ranging from $1,000 to $65,000.

Below a brief interview with Gert Tobias:

 

The brothers were given their first solo show in 2009.

The duo received great critical acclaim for a series featuring drawings made on a typewriter.

The Tobias twins are always looking for new ways to express themselves artistically. I hope they take up filmmaking soon! Comparing pop culture to local folklore is very interesting concept!

 

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Artist of the moment……April Surgent

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April Surgent is a contemporary glass artist renown for her etchings of the landscape. April Surgent was born in Missoula, Montana.Surgent is also an accomplished photographer.

The artist earned a B.F.A. in glass from the Australian National University located in Canberra.

Surgent was inspired to work in glass by Czech master Jiri Harcuba. Harcuba was renown for etchings of the human face. Surgent studied with Harcuba at the Pilchuck Glass School.

Price range information: Works range from $2,500 to $20,000.

Surgent is based out of Seattle, Washington.

In this clip a brief interview with the artist:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

https://www.aprilsurgent.com

It’s interesting to compare the works of Dale Chihuly, April Surgent, and Jiri Harcuba. Glass is a very versatile medium this is apparent in the work of these masters. Surgent’s work has a quiet dreamlike feeling. Her work reminds me of painter and printmaker Richard Kipniss.

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Artist of the moment…….György Kepes

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György Kepes was a Hungarian painter, photographer, and graphic designer. György Kepes was born in Selyp, Hungary in the year 1906.

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Kepes attended the School of the Arts located in Budapest, Hungary.

In 1937 Kepes relocated to the United States. He moved to Chicago to help lead the Light and Color department of the New Bauhaus School.

The artist also worked as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kepes enjoyed playing up texture and color in his paintings. The artist was fond of doing works combining art, design, and science.

In some of his paintings the artist used oil paints, acrylic paints, and sand to produce the texture he was seeking. Kepes had outstanding use of color.

György Kepes passed away in 2001.

György Kepes was very modern when it came to making art. He was a pioneer in the movement of light, science, and art coming together. Kepes works reminds of the lyrical abstraction painters.

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Artist of the moment……..Clifford Ross

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Clifford Ross is a contemporary artist who has worked as a painter, photographer, sculptor, and video artist. Clifford Ross was born in New York City in the year 1952.

Ross earned a B.A. from Yale University located in New Haven, Connecticut.

To capture images of Mount Sopris located in the state of Colorado, the artist invented his own camera that would produce some of the highest detailed landscape images on the planet.

Ross enjoys playing up realism and abstraction in his photographs. Ross also attended the Skohegan School of Painting and Art and the National Academy of Design.

Two critically acclaimed series include the Hurricane series and the Mountain series.

In this clip a question and answer session with the artist:

 

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Below a series by Ross dealing with digital waves as the subject matter:

Works by the artist can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art both located in New York City, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Clifford Ross does a great job at capturing the abstract images mother nature provides us. My favorite works are his waves. Using only black and white his works do a great job at capturing the movement and power of large bodies of water.

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Artist of the moment……Sandy Skoglund

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Sandy Skoglund is a contemporary photographer, sculptor, and conceptual artist. Sandy Skoglund was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts in the year 1946.

The artist attended Smith College located in Northampton, Massachusetts. She also studied abroad at the Sorbonne in France. She went on to earn a M.F.A. from University of Iowa.

Price range information: Many works priced between $5,000 and $50,000.

Skoglund has been part of exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design located in New York City. Works by the artist are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea and the J. Paul Getty Museum located in Los Angeles, California.

The artist is based out of New Jersey.

Skoglund has worked as a collegiate professor at the University of Hartford and Rutgers University located in Newark, New Jersey.

Sandy Skoglund has a great eye for creating interesting designs. When it comes to combining Surrealism and photography no artist does it better!

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Artist of the moment….Street Artist TANC

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TANC is a contemporary painter and street artist from France. Tanc was born in Paris, France in the year 1979. TANC is renown for using text in his work.

TANC’s government name is Tancrède Perrot.

The artist began his career as a graphic designer. He began doing graffiti in France in the 1990’s.

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TANC is always finding new ways to apply paint such as dripping paint or using a spray paint. The artist looks to blend typography and abstract elements.

The artist is based out of Paris, France.

TANC also enjoys playing music.

In this clip an exhibition of works by the artist:

With his clever sense of design and use of text the artist easily draws comparisons to Cy Twombly. Both artists found clever ways to include text in their artwork.

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Artist of the moment……..photographer Riita Paivalainen

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Riita Paivalainen is a contemporary photographer from Finland. Riita Paivalainen was born in Maaninka, Finland in the year 1969.

The artist attended the Helsinki School of Art.

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The artist is renown for finding clothing and fabric from flea markets and second hand stores. She then combines these items with the local landscape to give the viewer a great visual narrative.

The artist has been featured in museum exhibitions.

In this clip a brief look at a series of works showcasing her ability to mix clothes with the traditional landscape:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://riittapaivalainen.com/htdocs/

Riitta Paivalanien has developed a style that can lean on the traditional style of photography or more contemporary style based on the clothing she uses. Her work is very dynamic and always causes the viewer engage with her artwork.

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Artist of the moment…….James Lecce

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James Lecce is a contemporary abstract painter. Lecce is renown for his abstract swirling patterns.

Lecce earned a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the Pratt Institute located in Brooklyn, New York.

The artist draws inspiration from many artistic styles including Rococo, Art Nouveau, and action painting.

Lecce creates his own acrylic pigment and then pours it onto the surface. Lecce then uses his brush to create interesting visual patterns.

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In this clip we view a group exhibition featuring James Lecce with color as the subject. The part of  the clip showing the work of James Lecce begins at the 45 second mark of the clip:

 

James Lecce has an impressive eye for creating fluid paintings. Lecce has a fantastic eye for color. His palette has many modernist acrylic pigments.

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Artist of the moment….Kwon Hyun-Jin

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Kwon Hyun-Jin is a contemporary abstract painter. Kwon Hyun-Jin was born in South Korea in the year 1980.

The artist also creates wall pieces and installation works. These works are often composed with mixed media on steel. For her paintings she works on canvas.

Price range information: Most sculptures range from $1,000 to $6,000. Paintings range from $2,000 to $12,000.

The artist is based out of Seoul, South Korea.

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

What I enjoy most about this artist are her use of color and variety of edges. Her work seems very spontaneous with fluid shapes. Her installation works and wall pieces also showcase her use of color with organic shapes.

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Artist of the moment……Photographer Dan Holdsworth

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Dan Holdsworth is a contemporary British photographer. Holdsworth uses photography, maps, and digital imagery to produce amazing images of the landscape.

Dan Holdsworth was born in Welwyn Garden City, England in the year 1974. The artist earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the Liverpool College of Art and Design. Holdsworth also earned a degree in photography from the London College of Communication.

The artist often uses prolonged exposures to capture his fantastic landscapes.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $40,000.

The artist is based out of Newcastle upon Tyne and London, England.

In this clip a brief interview with Holdsworth talking about commissioned piece:

One series by the artist that drew critical acclaim had to do with melting glaciers over a period of decades. Holdsworth seldom shoots images containing people.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.danholdsworth.com

Works by the artist can be found in the collections of the Tate Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France.

Holdsworth style of the landscape photography brings to mind the early film works of Andy Warhol. Before digital imagery a photograph was a snapshot of time. With modern technologies we are able to have an experience of film in photography.

My favorite works of Holdsworth are his glacier images. We can see the glacier and how it changes over time. These works remind of Andy Warhol’s work with silent film where the camera was positioned in one spot and turned on recording the subject matter over time rather than just a snapshot. Holdsworth does a great job of bringing the idea of time decay to photography.

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