Archive for the ‘Artist’ Category

Also Know As . . . !

October 21, 2017

1024px-Great_Wave_off_Kanagawa2The term AKA (which stands for, also known as) originated in the United States in the mid-twentieth century as a way of designating a person with additional names or aliases.  Here are the aliases for the Japanese master artist and printmaker Hokusai (Katsushika Hokusai) who was born near this date in 1760 (the exact date is not certain).  It has been reported that Hokusai had numerous pseudonyms during his lifetime (more than thirty), and while I cannot ascertain each and every one of them, here are a few of the more popular ones used by this artist:

  • Gakyōjin
  • Shunrō
  • Taito
  • Sōri
  • Manji
  • Iitsu
  • Kakō

Pictured above: “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa,” by far his most famous and recognized work.

 

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Noticed!

October 4, 2017

NoticedLast summer I received an invitation to an unusual art show/exhibit — all of the artists were minors and all were “up-and-coming” artists in their own right.  Obviously some paintings were better than others, but what a great idea to get these young artists some exposure in the art community.  When I saw this drawing (pencil/graphite) I liked it immediately and knew that it would be going home with me eventually (the show would run for a couple of more weeks following the reception) and purchased it on the spot.  The title: “Noticed” (yes, it got noticed), the artist: Ava Aleszczyk (age fifteen), the medium: pencil/graphite.  A stunning piece to say the least.

Necktie of the Month – October 2017!

October 2, 2017

EscherTieHappy Monday!  This month’s tie was acquired during my recent trip to Phoenix (back in June) which was quite the productive venture for expanding my collection of neckties as I actually purchased two ties from the Phoenix Art Museum gift store (last month’s by Gustav Klimpt and this month’s by M.C. (Maurits Cornelis) Escher, the Dutch graphic artist whose designs are inspired by mathematics while exploring infinity, symmetry, and tessellation among other mathematical operations).  This particular pattern is not quite as intricate or complicated as some of Escher’s other patterns, but stylish nonetheless.  The colors of this necktie will pair very nicely with many of my earth-toned shirts (brown, beige, gold, and yellow) and may even go well with my bright red shirt (it may be a little over the top on brightness however, but I’ll have to give it a try one of these days).  One thing I will say for my necktie collection — there is rarely a “dull” moment.  I thrive on color and attempt to infuse it into my lifestyle (and wardrobe) at every available opportunity.

Happy Birthday Dale!

September 20, 2017

ChihulyChihuly, that is.  I have been privileged enough to attend and view this wonderful exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on two separate occasions so far during the exhibit’s run (June 3rd through November 13th — you still have time to make the trip and visit yourself).  I never tire of visiting galleries and appreciating art of all types . . . there are so many talented/gifted artists in the world that you don’t have to go to the major cities to enjoy quality art (but by all means, this shouldn’t stop you from doing so if you are so inclined).  But, there is quality art everywhere; in every town or hamlet in the country.  The secret (and joy) is in finding or discovering these wonderful treasures.

UnBirthday!

August 31, 2017

UnBirthdaySo, when Emily Webb was the featured artist in the Visitor’s Gallery of the Administrative Services Building on the Broken Arrow campus of Northeastern State University last month, I found myself drawn to a number of her works. Her exhibit was titled: Alice in Wonderland Inspired Art and included a smorgasbord of abstract designs and colors. Emily was even on campus and set up in the gallery space one day for a painting demonstration.  Here is the one that I took home.  Title: UnBirthday, Medium: Acrylic.  And it fit perfectly in one of the few remaining “blank” spots on a bedroom wall.

“Kindred Spirits!”

August 21, 2017

 

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“Kindred Spirits,” 1849 

This is the title of a painting by Asher Brown Durand, an American painter and one of the founders of the Hudson River School, who was born on this date in 1796.  Despite not taking up painting until her was 40 years of age, he was considered by some as the “father of American landscape painting,” and judging by the detail in this and his other paintings, I can see why.   This painting currently resides within a two-hour drive of my apartment — the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  Alice Walton supposedly paid $35 million (a record for the price paid for an American painting at the time) to acquire this piece in 2005; the museum wasn’t officially opened until late 2011.

 

Night of a Thousand Suns!

August 17, 2017

Night of a Thousand SunsHere is another wonderful painting by the talented Duane Duvall.   He took a really experimental approach to this one as he attempted to paint an assortment of styles and versions of the sun (and he claims there really are images of 1,000 suns).  He used cheerios, a silver dollar, a paint brush, inks, palette knives, acrylics, and layering and weathering as he has never done before.  His plan was “to take this piece and add so many different takes on the sun that you would look for years and see different things every time.”  I believe he succeeded.

All the Way From France!

August 7, 2017

RenePaintingHappy Monday!  The check is in the mail.  Well, I believe this is a first! I purchased a painting last week (from the comfort of my apartment) that just happened to be in an exhibit in France!  It was an exhibit of the extraordinarily talented American artist René Shoemaker (of Athens, Georgia [and a personal friend of mine to boot]) entitled: “Memory & Place: Exhibition of Paintings on Silk” at La Mairie de Felletin which opened on June 21st and runs until August 18th.  “This one is titled: “The Table at the Grand Café, Felletin,” and is positively beautiful.  The simplicity and design of the table, coupled with the rich and luscious colors was love at first viewing.  René’s French is much better than mine, but to use the local language . . . merci beaucoup, mon ami!  Continuer le bon travail, et continuez à peindre!

Chihuly “In the Forest!”

August 5, 2017

 

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Ten days ago, I posted my favorite piece from the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.  You still have a little over a week to check out this exhibit “in the gallery.”  But, if you can’t make it over in time for the gallery exhibit, the companion exhibit “In the Forest” continues through November 13th, and is certainly worth a look.  Here was my favorite piece from the forest . . . typcial Chihuly “free-spirited” fashion.

Bonus on the Back!

July 31, 2017

Revers of Tumbling TorrentIt’s not everyday that you run across bonus material on the back of a painting.  Imagine my surprise to discover this hidden extra on the back of one of the paintings that I acquired last spring as part of Charles R. Murphy‘s painting potluck. If you look closely, you can see the title of the painting that is on the reverse of this image (Tumbling Torrent).   It would appear that Charles used this side of the painting to practice his technique for painting trees/woodlands.  Very cool indeed!