Artist of the moment…….Erich Glendale


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Erich Glendale is a contemporary Inuit artist. Glendale represents the Kwakwaka’wakw nation. Glendale was born in Campbell River the year 1972.

The artist began carving in the 1990’s. Glendale works as a wood carver of faces and jewelry. He also produces rattles, bowls, totem poles, panels, and talking sticks.

Price range information: Prices range from $150 for jewelry to $6,000 for a large carved panel.

Glendale enjoys working with yellow and red cedar.

The artist began creating jewelry after studying with artist Gordon Dick.

Glendale is based out of Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada.

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Erich Glendale is a master artist capable of making anything from a necklace to a totem pole. The artist is great at portraying typical subjects from First Nations art in particular the fish and the moon.






Artist of the moment……Al Farrow


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Al Farrow is a contemporary sculptor renown for his work with architecture. Al Farrow was born in Brooklyn, New York in the year 1943.

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In addition to buildings Farrow has created critically acclaimed series of figurative works and also works featuring painted plates.

Below a brief interview with Al Farrow:

Farrow is now based out of San Francisco, California.

Works by Al Farrow can be found in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the San Jose Museum of Art.

In this clip we view a signature building by the artist:

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Al Farrow is a fantastic sculptor. My favorite works are his pieces showcasing places where people worship that are made from guns and ammunition. The artist is always finding new and inventive ways to express himself.


Artist of the moment……Emilio Cruz


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Emilio Cruz was a Cuban American painter. Emilio Cruz was born in the Bronx, New York in the year 1938.

Cruz attended the Art Student’s League of New York City. He also attended the Seong Moy school of painting located in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The artist was part of a group of young painters including, Bob Thompson and Jan Muller, who were combining figurative painting with abstraction.

Cruz won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

The artist went on to become a professor at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Cruz had his first solo exhibition in 1963.

The artist worked in many mediums including oils, acrylics, pastels, pen, and crayon.

Price range information: Cruz recently set a new auction record high of $17,500.

Emilio Cruz passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2004. The artist was 66 years old.

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Emilio Cruz developed a style that was an awesome combination of figurative painting and abstraction. I find the work of Cruz to be very similar in composition and color to Bob Thompson. Both artists did a great job of depicting form and movement in their work.




Artist of the moment…..Dennis Hollingsworth


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Dennis Hollingsworth is a contemporary Spanish- American painter. Dennis Hollingsworth was born in Madrid, Spain in the year 1956. Hollingsworth’s style blends Pop art with abstraction.

Hollingsworth earned a B.A. in architecture from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate School.

The artist’s looks to accomplish a feeling of three dimensions in his paintings. He accomplishes this by using a heavy and thick impasto oil paint.

Another interesting fact about his creative process, Hollingsworth doesn’t use paintbrushes. Instead the artist dribbles and pours the paint on the canvas and then uses unconventional tools to manipulate or remove the paint.

In this clip we catch up with our fellow artist and critic James Kalm. We pay a visit to the studio of Dennis Hollingsworth:

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Hollingsworth usually works with oil paints.

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What I enjoy most about the work of Dennis Hollingsworth is that he has developed his own style of creating visually exciting works. Sure we have traditional oil paints, but the end result doesn’t use paintbrushes.

It will be interesting to see the next steps he makes as an artist. I would enjoy seeing this same style but with different mediums such as acrylic or enamel paint. Dennis Hollingsworth is very exciting artist to keep our eyes on in the future!




Artist of the moment……..Landon Metz


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Landon Metz is a contemporary abstract painter from the United States. Landon Metz was born in Phoenix, Arizona in the year 1985. Metz is renown for his use of biomorphic shapes.

Metz attended college at the Art Center of Design located in Los Angeles, California.

Although the artist is known foremost as painter Metz has explored many different mediums including film, photography, soundscapes, installation art, and performance art.

Metz is based out of New York City.

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Below a montage of works by the artist:

Metz has been part of exhibitions in the United States and Italy.

One artist who influenced Landon Metz was the color field painter Morris Louis.

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Landon Metz is a great example of contemporary minimalist art. Metz’ work shows what can be accomplished with simple organic shape and monochrome color. It’s very interesting to see his work in the form of foam sculpture.



We remember painter Ralph Coburn


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Abstract painter and collage artist Ralph Coburn has passed away. Ralph Coburn was 94 years of age.

Ralph Coburn was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the year 1923. His parents were both linguists. His father was a professor at the University of Minnesota.

The artist was called to military duty. His vision was too poor so in the end he was not drafted into service.

Coburn attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Whilst at M.I.T. architecture was a focus of study. After college he was hired by M.I.T. for publication and poster design.

The artist was inspired by the painter Piet Mondrian.

Ralph Coburn was a fantastic founder of the Geometric Abstract movement. My favorite painter in the genre is still Shirley Jaffe.





Artist of the moment…….Dashiell Manley


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First off Happy Father’s Day to my dad and all fathers of the world!

Dashiell Manley is a contemporary artist from the United States. Dashiell Manley was born in Fontana, California in the year 1983. Manley works as a painter, installation artist, video artist, sculptor, and photographer.

The artist earned a B.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts located in Valencia, CA. Manley went on to earn a M.F.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Manley is renown for creating paintings on both sides of glass and canvas. Manley also incorporates text in his work from time to time.

The artist was participant in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

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Manley is based out of Los Angeles, California.

Dashiell Manley is one of a handful of artists to conquer so many mediums from video to photography to painting. His paintings have a great feeling of spontaneity and movement. The artist has a great sense of color and I enjoy the layered appearance of his paintings. It will be interesting to see which medium the artist will choose to conquer next!





Artist of the moment……Otto Piene


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Otto Piene was a German painter. Otto Piene was born in Bad Laasphe, Province of Westfalia in the year 1928. Piene was renown for using technology, fire, and kinetic energy in his artwork.

Piene attended the Academy of Art located in Dusseldorf, Germany. He also attended the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf.

The artist held several collegiate teaching positions over his lengthy career. Piene was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and M.I.T. (The Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Price range information: The artist worked in many mediums including oils, watercolors, gouache, and prints. Prices range from $25,000 to $750,000.

In this clip a brief documentary featuring some works by the artist:

Otto Piene passed away in 2014. The artist was 86 years of age.

Works by Otto Piene can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the National Museum of Modern Art located in Tokyo, Japan, and the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Otto Piene was a wonderful pioneer in using different methods, such as the use of fire, in his artwork. The artist had a great use of organic shapes. My favorite works are those that look like trees. Not only has he captured the organic shape of the tree, he has also done a great job at capturing the movement of the leaves, on some occasions using fire to do so.





Artist of the moment….Peter Saville


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Peter Saville is a contemporary graphic designer from Great Britain. Peter Saville was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England in the year 1955.

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Saville attended St. Ambrose College and Manchester Polytechnic. Whilst the artist attended Manchester Polytechnic he studied graphic design.

The artist is best known for his large portfolio of album and sleeve covers for records and compact discs. Saville was a co-founder of Factory Records. The artist helped design popular covers for the British rock group Joy Division and many others.

In this clip Peter Saville talks about the influence of the now deceased illustrator and street artist Richard Hambleton. Hambleton was best known for his large “shadowman” murals:

Saville has been very successful in the field of commercial art. Some world renown clients include the luxury brand Stella McCartney and the footwear company Adidas.

Peter Saville’s style is a wonderful mix of organic shapes and bold color. His work has a great fluidity and feeling of movement. Another artist with a similar style is Shirley Kaneda.





Artist of the moment……..Kenneth Stubbs


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Kenneth Stubbs was an American painter. Kenneth Stubbs was born in Ochlocknee, Georgia in the year 1907.

Stubbs had an extensive collegiate career. Stubbs attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. He also attended the Webster School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts and the Wickler School of Art in Detroit, Michigan. Stubbs also studied abroad at the Academy of Fine Arts located in Florence, Italy.

Stubbs served in the United States Navy. After finishing his Navy career the artist worked  as a script writer, illustrator, and story board artist.

Price range information: Sorry none available. Stubbs worked in oils, tempera, casein, and ink.

Kenneth Stubbs passed away in 1967.

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Kenneth Stubbs had a very modern approach to the landscape. I find the style of Kenneth Stubbs to be similar to that of the great artist David Klein. Klein’s piece showcasing New York City as a travel destination was the most expensive poster ever sold at auction. Both artists had a talent for breaking down designs into simple geometric patterns.