Day 253- Hense (Alex Brewer)- Colorful Murals

It’s Day 253!  I had a really fun time painting today’s piece.  I love today’s artist and please take note to how large his pieces are!  It’s my dream to do murals and he does entire buildings as well.  Please join me in honoring Hense (Alex Brewer) today.

Hense

Hense

Hense

Hense

Internationally recognized contemporary public artist and award-winning painter Alex Brewer, known as HENSE, has been creating colorful works of art combining techniques of street art and abstract painting for nearly two decades.

Brewer’s artworks incorporate line, shape, and gesture to creative abstract compositions that are invigorated by the quick pace and commentary of street culture. His works in the realm of public arts, grants, commissions, and cross-media connections have landed him local, national, and international public art projects and commissions. Brewer has received numerous notable commissions from the cities of Atlanta and Arizona, and from local big names like Alton Brown and Fay Gold.

His largest commissioned work was for The ISIL Institute in Lima, Peru amassing

Colorful Church- Hense

Colorful Church- Hense

an impressive size of 137 feet tall and 170 feet wide. One of Brewer’s highest honors was a commission by The High Museum of Art in Atlanta to produce a site-specific installation as part of the museum’s summer exhibition Drawing Inside the Perimeter.

Hense

Hense

With nearly two decades of experience, Brewer has been creating artwork since a young age. Growing up in an artistic household allowed him to draw inspiration from various elements of his childhood. Starting in the early ‘90s, Brewer discovered his love for creating art in the public space through graffiti. He quickly became consumed with the graffiti culture and gained notoriety for his work under the name HENSE. A mix of formal education, immersion in street art culture, and experience in professional studios have lead Brewer to establish his whimsical abstract-inspired style.

 Brewer has always been inspired by creative expression in the public realm and

Hense Mural

Hense Mural

feels it plays an important role in the community. His artwork combines a street culture point-of-view with abstract compositions often consisting of vibrant colors, playful lines and a wide variety of shapes. His work focuses on the relationships of shapes, forms and colors and how those elements interact with one another.

Hense Painting

Hense Painting

Many of his tools remain consistent with those used by graffiti artists, such as rollers, spray paints and house paints. Brewer pushes himself to explore new concepts during the course of creating artwork. The freedom to re-paint and add layers during the progress of a project leaves room for experimentation and discovery. Brewer continues to explore new avenues of his artwork and looks forward to wherever his next projects will take him.

Biography is from Hense’s website.  It’s very cool and you should visit it!
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I hope you enjoy my tribute to Hense!  Love his work and it was a joy to paint.  Now to do it HUGE on a wall… 🙂  See you tomorrow on Day 254!
Best,
Linda
Colors Make Me Happy- Tribute to Hense Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Colors Make Me Happy- Tribute to Hense
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Side-View Colors Make Me Happy- Tribute to Hense Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Side-View
Colors Make Me Happy- Tribute to Hense
Linda Cleary 2014
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Close-Up 1 Colors Make Me Happy- Tribute to Hense Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 1
Colors Make Me Happy- Tribute to Hense
Linda Cleary 2014
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Close-Up 2 Colors Make Me Happy- Tribute to Hense Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 2
Colors Make Me Happy- Tribute to Hense
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 3 Colors Make Me Happy- Tribute to Hense Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 3
Colors Make Me Happy- Tribute to Hense
Linda Cleary 2014
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Day 240- Alexander Liberman- Screams

It’s Day 240 and I wanted to try my hand at doing something geometric.  I think these pieces are probably the most challenging!  I have to finish up some feedback for my writing group this evening so join me in honoring Alexander Liberman today.

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Omega IX 1961 Acrylic on Canvas

Omega IX
1961
Acrylic on Canvas

Alexander Semeonovitch Liberman (September 4, 1912 – November 19, 1999) was a Russian-American magazine editor,publisher, painter, photographer, and sculptor. He held senior artistic positions during his 32 years at Condé Nast Publications.

When his father took a post advising the Soviet government, the family moved to

Omicron VII 1961- Alexander Liberman

Omicron VII 1961- Alexander Liberman

Moscow. Life there became difficult, and his father secured permission from Lenin and the Politburo to take his son to London in 1921.

Young Liberman was educated in Russia, England, and France, where he took up life as

Socrate, Silkscreen of 1964 after a painting of 1962

Socrate, Silkscreen of 1964 after a painting of 1962

“White Émigré” in Paris.

He began his publishing career in Paris with the early pictorial magazine Vu, where he worked under Lucien Vogel and with photographers such as Brassaï, André Kertész, and Robert Capa.

After emigrating to New York in 1941, he began working for Condé Nast Publications, rising to the position of editorial director, which he held from 1962-1994.

Alexander Liberman

Alexander Liberman

Only in the 1950s did Liberman take up painting and, later, metal sculpture. His highly recognizable sculptures are assembled from industrial objects (segments of steel I-beams, pipes, drums, and such), often painted in uniform bright colors.

In a 1986 interview concerning his formative years as a sculptor and his aesthetic, Liberman said, “I think many works of art are screams, and I identify with screams.”

Revolving 1959- Alexander Liberman

Revolving 1959- Alexander Liberman

Prominent examples of his work are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Storm King Art Center,Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, Tate Gallery, and the Guggenheim Museum. His massive work “The Way”, a 65 feet (20 m) x 102 feet (31 m) x 100 feet (30 m) structure, is made of eighteen salvaged steel oil tanks, and became a signature piece of Laumeier Sculpture Park, and a major landmark of St. Louis, Missouri.

He was married briefly to Hildegarde Sturm (August 25, 1936), a model and competitive skier. His second wife (since 1942), Tatiana Yacovleff du Plessix Liberman (1906–1991), had been a childhood playmate and baby sitter. In 1941, they escaped

Time 1952- Alexander Liberman

Time 1952- Alexander Liberman

together from occupied France, via Lisbon, to New York. She had operated a hat salon in Paris, then designed hats for Henri Bendel in Manhattan. She continued in millinery at Saks Fifth Avenue where she was billed as “Tatania du Plessix” or “Tatania of Saks”, until the mid-1950s. In 1992, he married Melinda Pechangco, a nurse who had cared for Tatiana during an early illness. His stepdaughter,Francine du Plessix Gray, is a noted author.

Biography above is from wikipedia.

I hope you enjoy my piece for today!  I still feel like I could use a better flowing paint to make the lines cleaner, but I like the design.  I will see you tomorrow on Day 241.

Best,

Linda

Descent- Tribute to Alexander Liberman Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Descent- Tribute to Alexander Liberman
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Side-View Descent- Tribute to Alexander Liberman Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Side-View
Descent- Tribute to Alexander Liberman
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 1 Descent- Tribute to Alexander Liberman Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 1
Descent- Tribute to Alexander Liberman
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 2 Descent- Tribute to Alexander Liberman Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 2
Descent- Tribute to Alexander Liberman
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 3 Descent- Tribute to Alexander Liberman Linda Cleary 2014 Acrylic on Canvas

Close-Up 3
Descent- Tribute to Alexander Liberman
Linda Cleary 2014
Acrylic on Canvas