Artist of the moment…………Frank Weston Benson

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Frank Weston Benson was one of the first American painters to introduce Impressionism to the United States. Frank Weston Benson was born in Salem, Massachusetts in the year 1862. Benson was also a printmaker.

Benson attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts located in Boston. He also studied overseas in Paris, France at the Academie Julian.

Price range information: The artist worked in oils, watercolors, and etchings. Prices range from $4,000 to one million dollars.

Three painters who influenced Benson were Diego Velazquez, Claude Monet, and Johannes Vermeer.

Benson also taught at the collegiate level. First at School of Art located at Portland, Maine. He also taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

In this clip a montage of works by Frank Benson:

Frank Benson passed away in 1951. He was 89 years of age.

Frank Benson was a fantastic painter of the figure. His work is similar to that of John Singer Sargent. Benson had a great concept of design. The use of color in his shadows was extraordinary.

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Artist of the moment……..Karen Kunc

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Karen Kunc is a contemporary painter and printmaker with an abstract style. Karen Kunc was born in the year 1952.

Kunc earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from Ohio State University.

Price range information: Prints range from $400 to $2,000.

Kunc enjoys finding visually interesting patterns and portraying them in her work. Some subjects include scaffolding and window frames.

The artist is also a collegiate professor at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

In this clip Karen Kunc talks about the printmaking process:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.karen-kunc.com/

Kunc is part of the permanent collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Over her career Kunc has been included in more than 350 exhibitions.

What a great style of abstraction! I enjoy the many different textures and patterns she creates in her work. Kunc also has a wonderful grasp of color.

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Artist of the moment……..David Hollier

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David Hollier is a contemporary painter renown for his word portraits that use text to create faces and figures. David Hollier was born in Wolverhampton, England in the year 1971.

Hollier had an extensive collegiate career earning a B.A. in visual art from Northumbria University located in Newcastle- Upon- Tyne.  The artist went on to earn a M.A. in computer imagery and animation from Guildhall University in London.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.davidhollier.org/

In this clip we catch up with the great James Kalm to view an exhibition featuring the work of David Hollier:

Price range information: On the low end digital prints can be found for $600. On the high end original acrylics on board can be reach $10,000.

In this clip we view a mural dedicated to former South African President Nelson Mandela:

Hollier is now based out of New York.

What an interesting style of portraiture! Capturing the person with images as well as a recognizeable face. Hollier has a tremendous amount of skill portraying everyone from the Queen of England, to Ben Franklin, and the now deceased artist formerly known as Prince.

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Artist of the moment……..Bonethrower

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Bonethrower is a contemporary street artist now based out of Los Angeles, California. Bonethrower was born in Louisville, Kentucky.

Some recurring motifs of Bonethrower include skulls, snakes, and strange creatures. Bonethrower works as a painter and printmaker.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist’s government name is David M. Cook.

Bonethrower is actually colorblind.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

https://dmcook.carbonmade.com/

Bonethrower recently collaborated with Addidas skateboarding to develop a line that includes a shoe, track jacket, and shirts.

Bonethrower has mastered the skull! What a great artist to have to celebrate the Mexican culture’s Day of the Dead! Bonethrower is very innovative when it comes to portraying a traditional subject such as the human skull.

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Artist of the moment……….Flix

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Flix is a contemporary street artist from Venezuela. Flix is renown for painting robots. Flix has been influenced in design by the Aztec culture. His work emphasizes geometric shapes and bold color.

Flix was born in Caracas, Venezuela in the year 1976.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist’s government name is Rafael Fernandez.

Flix is based out of Caracas, Venezuela.

One of the artist’s goals is to change the streets of society through art and culture.

What a unique style Flix has developed. The artist is a realist painter whose work contains very strong elements of abstraction. His robots have an old school feel and remind this viewer of Rosey the housekeeper robot from the cartoon show The Jetsons.

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Artist of the moment……..Replete

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Replete is a contemporary street artist from England. Replete was born in Whitby, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

The artist now resides in Leeds.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Early in Repletes career he worked in video game industry as an animator. The artist worked on the Street Figher 2, the at home edition.

Part of the artists process is to paint on stretched pieces of cellophane. This helps to make the work of art seem like its hovering. His artwork seems to have three dimensional feel to it.

In this clip a brief interview with Replete talking about his painting process:

Replete is also an accomplished DJ.

Replete is a very impressive artist whose level of creativity includes many forms of visual and audio art. His painted works on cellophane look like sculptures.

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Artist of the moment……..DeDe Larue

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DeDe Larue is a contemporary mixed media artist renown for her work with animals, and in particular dogs. The artist has been portraying dogs for four decades.

The artist often creates works using actual Volkswagen Doors.

LaRue takes commission just in case you would like to immortalize your four legged friend.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.ddlarue.com/

LaRue is based out of Edgewater, Colorado.

Price range information: Works range from $500 to $10,000.

The artist’s process of creation is what she calls Neo-cartonnage. Her style is loosely based on the past Egyptian culture of mummies and rituals for preparing a body for burial after someone in power had passed away.

DeDe LaRue does a great job at capturing the energy and emotions of pets. Having seen her works in person the hair of the dogs seems to be a mop, but the artist is able to “freeze” the mop in place so that it looks as if the dog is actually moving! LaRue spent time working as a dog groomer, and this experience is shown at how lifelike the end result is.

 

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Artist of the moment……….William Nelson Copley

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William Nelson Copley was an American painter. William Nelson Copley was born in New York City in the year 1919. Copley attended Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Copley entered the world of art as a patron, not an artist. Copley opened a gallery in 1947 to display artists of the Surrealist movement. Some artists shown at his gallery include Rene Magritte, Max Ernst, and Joseph Cornell.

The gallery only lasted one year before closing due to lack of sales. But as a result Copley became interested in painting and drawing himself.

After closing the gallery Copley moved to Paris, France. Whilst in Europe he continued to learn about painting and developed a style that included elements of folk art and Surrealism. Later in his career he would work with the nude figure.

Copley exhibited his work and gained a following in Europe.

The artist often worked with acrylics. In addition he worked with crayon, ink, watercolor, charcoal, and was an avid printmaker.

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $200,000.

William Nelson Copley passed away in 1996.

What an interesting style of art, especially his series on the nude figure. Copley’s work has an element of folk art in it, his drawing skills were not as good as Henry Darger but far better than Clementine Hunter.

His compositions with multiple figures were interesting for the way he juxtaposed the subjects on the canvas, and the way he cropped their bodies to show an interesting body curve. This reminds me of the photographer Ruth Bernhard.

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Artist of the moment……….Case Maclaim

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Case Maclaim is a contemporary street artist from Germany. Case Maclaim was born in the year 1979. The artist grew up in East Germany.

Maclaim attended Erfurt University of Applied Sciences. His studies concentrated on the restoration and conservation of paintings.

Maclaim works in a realist style often portraying human hands. Maclaim believes the hands symbolize unity and power.

In this clip we view the artist working on a piece for a festival that took place in Germany in 2015:

The artist was a co-founder of the street art collective East Germany Maclaim.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist’s government name is Andreas von Chrzanowski.

Below a brief interview with the artist talking about his work:

What I enjoy most about this artist is he has taken a very difficult subject matter, the human hand, and mastered it! The human hand and fingers are hard to draw in a static position yet Case Maclaim often paints fingers that seem to be in motion.

Another great aspect of his art is his use of color. Forgot about the same old flesh tones, the artist uses pure blocks of color to add an exciting element of energy to his work.

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Artist of the moment……….Patrick Wilson

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Patrick Wilson is a contemporary painter. Patrick Wilson was born in Redding, California in the year 1970. The artist often works with the shape of the square and rectangle layered on top of each other. Wilson enjoys using pure color.

Wilson began his collegiate career at Shasta Community College located in Redding, Califonia. The artist went on to earn a B.A. from the University if California at Davis.Wilson went on to post graduate studies earning a M.A. from Claremont Graduate School located in Los Angeles.

Wilson often paints in acrylics often working on very large canvases.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we visit a gallery opening for Patrick Wilson that took place in New York in 2015:

Wilson is now based out of Los Angeles, California.

What an interesting style of abtract painting. His layering effect reminds me of the first screensavers that were found on desktop computers.

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