Artist of the moment…………Abelardo Morell

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Abelardo Morell is a contemporary photographer renown for his use of older cameras including the camera obsura. Abelardo Morell was born in Havana, Cuba in the year 1948.

Morell attended the Bowdoin School of Art located in Brunswick, Maine where he earned a B.A. degree. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Art.

In this clip a brief interview with the artist and the Art Institute of Chicago:

The artist is a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Morell often works with the landscape and still life.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.abelardomorell.net/

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Below we view a project by Morell that focused on the Golden Gate Bridge:

Morell served as the Professor of Photographer at the Massachusetts College of Art.

The artist has published five books of his work.

What a great blend of contemporary and traditional concepts of photography. Its very interesting for the viewer to guess the location of work by the combination of exterior and interior shots.

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Artist of the moment……..Jane Maxwell

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Jane Maxwell is a contemporary visual artist ofren working with collage. Jane Maxwell was born in the year 1964. Maxwell often works with the figure as it might appear in a contemporary fashion magazine.

Maxwell attended Middlebury College, located in Vermont, where she earned a B.A. in literature.

Maxwell received her formal art training at the School of the Museum of Art located in Boston. She also studied at the Decordova Museum School located in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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The artist is based out of Boston, Massachusetts.

In this clip we visit an exhibition featuring Jane Maxwell from 2010:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://janemaxwell.com/

In this clip a preview of a show featuring the work of Jane Maxwell and James Wolanin. Maxwell’s work is shown in the latter half of the clip:

 

What a fun and unique style of art. The viewer has the feeling of looking at an old Sears catalog and imagining owning some of the shown apparel. She also does a great job at using repeating shapes and text.

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Artist of the moment……….Paul Qayutinnuaq

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Paul Qayutinnuaq is a contemporary Inuit carver. Qayutinnuaq often portrays the Inuit male who is hunting or fishing. He also enjoys carving animals.

Paul Qayutinnuaq was born in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1957. He began carving when he was 9 years of age.

The artist enjoyed hanging out with his dad, and the two of them often would hunt and fish together. As a result the Inuit fisherman with a spear seems to be Qayutinnuaq’s favorite subject.

Qayutinnuaq gives credit to his father for teaching him everything he knows and for being a great mentor.

The artist looks at a stone from many different angles. He doesn’t start until he sees a finished work in his head. He doesn’t create any preporatory sketches.

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Among the Inuit artist’s Paul Qayutinnuaq’s work stands apart as his characters have great emotional expression. His pieces that involve the classic Inuit fisherman with a spear are very impressive!

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Artist of the moment…….C.J. Hendry

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C.J. Hendry is a contemporary visual artist working in a hyper realist style. Hendry is from Australia.

The artist work with pens. For subject matter some recurring subjects include shoes, hand bags, hats, food, and currency. Hendry has always desired to own luxury items so luxury fashion was an obvious choice for subject matter.

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The artist is based out of Brisbane, Australia.

Hendry creates very large pieces. Some works take more than 200 hours to complete.

In this clip we view an exhibition from 2015:

 

One artist who provides inspiration to Hendry was the late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

In this clip a brief interview with C.J. Hendry:

The musician Kanye West is a huge fan of her art.

C.J. Hendry has a great eye for design. Its great to see an artist who enjoys working with traditional methods such as pen ink. She also takes many photographs and using the traditional grid and transfer method of making a transfer from photo to drawing.

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Artist of the moment…………James Wolanin

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James Wolanin is a contemporary painter renown for his work with the female figure. James Wolanin was born in Sayreville, New Jersey in the year 1965.

Wolanin attended the School of Visual Arts located in New York City. He went on to earn a degree from the DuCret School of Art located in Plainfield, New Jersey.

The artist finds inspiratation through the older Pop artists including Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist.

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For much of his work Wolanin works with acrylic and resin on panel.

Wolanin often works with the figure as it was seen in commercial ads from the 1960’s and 1970’s. His goal is to transport the viewer back to a more innocent and candy coated time.

Below a preview to a 2017 show that featured Wolanin and the artist Jane Maxwell. Wolanin’s art is shown at the beginning of the clip:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://www.jameswolanin.com/

James Wolanin has a great eye for design. The artist always looks to create interesting visual patterns using clothes. The artist also does an outstanding job of painting water.  I find his style of painting water to be similar to the British master David Hockney.

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Artist of the moment………..Lonnie Holley

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Lonnie Holley is a contemporary African- American folk artist. Lonnie Holley was born in Birmingham, Alabama in the year 1950. Holley came from a large family, he was the 7th of 27 children.

Holley is also known as the Sand Man.

In this clip a brief documentary on the artist:

Holley began his art career in 1979. He carved tombstones for his sister’s daughters who died in a house fire. The artist used to carve in sandstone before using found objects in his art.

The artist has 15 sons and daughters.

Below Holley talks about a work he created:

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Holley is based out of Birmingham, Alabama.

The artist is part of many prominent collections including the Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The work of Lonnie Holley has a great primitive feel to it. The artist is very expressive and uses simple forms to express extraordinary ideas.

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Artist of the moment………Ronald Lockett

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Ronald Lockett was an African- American folk artist. Ronald Lockett was born in Bessemer, Alabama in the year 1965. Lockett was renown for his paintings and assemblages.

Lockett was self taught with no formal artistic education. Much of his art was produced using found materials including plywood, sheet metal, wood pallets, and chain link fencing.

One recurring theme in the work of the artist was violence. Lockett also portrayed the plight of animals whose environments have been ruined by man.

Ronald Lockett passed away from AIDS related pneumonia in 1998. He was 32 years of age.

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

The artist Thornton Dial was a cousin to Ronald Lockett.

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What an interesting style. I found his work to be a biography of his life in the American South. Another artist with a similar style would be Betye Saar.

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Artist of the moment……..Noah Jaw

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Noah Jaw is a contemporary Inuit carver renown for his work with animals. Noah Jaw was born in Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada in the year 1976.

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The artist has a brother named Kellipalik that is also a professional carver. His father named Matthew Jaw, is also a professional carver who also served as Mayor for city of Cape Dorset.

Another famous carving relative is his uncle Pootagook Jaw.

Some recurring subjects in the works of Noah Jaw include bears, walruses, and hunters placed in a kayak.

Noah Jaw is a highly skilled artist who also comes from a long line of professional artists. Jaw is highly detailed in his work even making small tools used during hunting. His carvings a great sense of life.

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Artist of the moment………Kristen Kieffer

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Kristen Kieffer is a contemporary ceramist.

Kristen Kieffer began her collegiate career at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. She went on to earn a B.F.A. in ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics located in Alfred, New York. Kieffer went on to earn a M.F.A. in ceramics from Ohio University.

Kieffer is also a ceramics instructor at the Worcester Center for crafts.

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In this clip from a DVD by Kristen Kieffer, the artist gives advice on how she decorates the surfaces of her art:

Works by Kristen Kieffer can be found in the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana, and the Guldagergard Museum of International Ceramcs located in Skealskor, Denmark.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

https://kiefferceramics.com/

The artist is based out of Baldwinville, Massachusetts.

What a great style of ceramic art! A great combination of abstraction and color in the vessel. Kieffer is highly skilled at adding floral embellishments to the surface of her works. A great example of modern ceramics.

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Artist of the moment………Mark Titchner

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Mark Titchner is a contemporary painter and printmaker from Britain. Mark Titchner was born in Luton, England in the year 1973.

Titchner attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design London.

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $30,000.

Below we Titcher is filmed whilst serving as artist in residence:

Titchner has works in many prominent collections including the Tate London. His work is also part of the United Kingdom’s Government Art Collection.

The artist was a nominee for the prestigious Turner Award. This prize is given to an up and coming British art superstar in the making.

The artist is based out of London, England.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://marktitchner.com/

In this clip a brief interview with the artist talking about his work:

 

I find Titchner uses very clever words and ideas in his artwork. The background designs are amazing for their mix of shapes and patterns. If you enjoy art that is made from text be sure and check out my articles on the French artist Tilt and the British artist Ben Eine.

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