LeRoy Neiman (June 8, 1921 – June 20, 2012) was an American Artist known for his brilliantly colored, expressionist paintings and screen prints of athletes, musicians, and sporting events. He received five honorary doctorates and numerous awards, a recent Lifetime achievement award from the University of Southern California, an induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and proclamations and citations. Most recently he has received The Order of Lincoln on the 200th birthday celebration of Abraham Lincoln given by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. He has authored twelve books of his art.Neiman produced about six different serigraph subjects a year, generally priced from $3,000 to $6,000 each. Gross annual sales of new serigraphs alone top $10 million. Originals can sell for up to $500,000 for works such as "Stretch Stampede," a mammoth 1975 oil painting of the Kentucky Derby.Neiman worked in oil, enamel, watercolor, pencil drawings, pastels, serigraphy and some lithographs and etching. Neiman is listed in Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World. His works have been displayed in museums, sold at auctions, and displayed in galleries and online distributors. He is considered by to be the first major sports artist in the world. His work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian, the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the State Hermitage Museum in Russia, Wadham College at Oxford and in museums and galleries the world over, as well as in private and corporate collections.
"Romain de Tirtoff (23 November 1892 – 21 April 1990) was a Russian -born French artist and designer known by the pseudonym Erté, the French pronunciation of his initials, R.T. He was a diversely-talented 20th century artist and designer who flourished in an array of fields, including fashion, jewelry, graphic arts,costume and set design for film, theatre, and opera, and interior decor.Tirtoff was born Roman Petrovich Tyrtov (Роман Петрович Тыртов) in Saint Petersburg, to a distinguished family with roots tracing back to 1548. His father, Pyotr Ivanovich Tyrtov, served as an admiral in the Russian Fleet... Erté is perhaps most famous for his elegant fashion designs which capture the art deco period in which he worked. ... His delicate figures and sophisticated, glamorous designs are instantly recognisable, and his ideas and art still influence fashion into the 21st century...Erté continued working throughout his life, designing revues, ballets, and operas. He had a major rejuvenation and much lauded interest in his career during the 1960s with the Art Deco revival. He branched out into the realm of limited edition prints, bronzes, and wearable art. His work may be found in the collections of several well-known museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a sizable collection of work by Erté can be found at Museum 1999 in Tokyo..."
Bill Mack is a contemporary American sculptor born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has developed a technique to create light-weight framed artworks which encompass a combination of various levels of reliefs and have the appearance of being cast in solid bronze
Itzchak Tarkay (1935 - June 3, 2012 ) is an Austrian-born Israeli painter and watercolourist. Tarkay has achieved recognition as a leading representative of a new generation of figurative artists. The inspiration for his work clearly lies with French Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism. As well as being a painter and watercolorist, Tarkay is a master graphic artist and his rich tapestry of form and color is achieved primarily through the use of the serigraph. In his serigraphs, many colors are laid over one another and used to create texture and transparency. The works of famous artist Itzchak Tarkay continue to climb in value from year to year. The value of his artworks now since his untimely death will certainly be much higher.
Jiang was born in 1938 in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province in China. In 1964, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. From 1966 to 1973, the Chinese Government assigned him to produce "Socialist Realism" propaganda posters and sculptures. Stifled by this sterile exercise, Jiang worked at night on his bed in a small room to create his own style. Along with two other artists, he secretly found what is now known as the "Yunnan School." In 1982, a National Geographic reporter covering life in China, saw Jiang's paintings and brought some back to the United States. Jiang's work was met with great success. In 1983, Jiang came to the United States as part of a cultural exchange program with the University of Southern California. His rich, strong color and exotic but intimate imagery struck an immediate response with the American public. The colors in Jiang's serigraphs and paintings are of unsurpassed richness. A colorist, Jiang's intention was to reverse the trend of the stale Chinese tradition of painting in gray, black, and white. Jiang says: "Chinese art had reached a sick level due to its lack of color." Jiang is a storyteller. Each figure has a symbolic meaning. Jiang says "For every picture there is a story, and for every story there is a picture." Jiang's vision has continued to grow and expand. Probably because of his personal experience in two cultures he has increasingly seen the world as a single system, as a meeting place of diverse forces. This is reflected in the number of environmental and ecologic themes which have recently begun appearing in his work, notably in such pieces as "Nature Suite," "Genesis," "Lovers Trees," and "My World."
Guillaume Azoulay was born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1949. Today he has achieved international recognition as a successful and gifted artist. His unique self-taught style conveys movement, strength, and grace. Since age thirteen, Azoulay's thirst for adventure has taken him to many parts of the world, earning his way by painting and performing as an actor. Azoulay met his wife Charmaine Seal, noted Welsh ballerina, in Israel, and in 1976 they arrived in the United States. In this short time span, Azoulay has succeeded in becoming one of the best-known and most popular American etchers. In 1983, Azoulay was chosen to create the official Kentucky Derby Festival Poster. He was challenged by the thought of creating image that combined his love of horses with the excitement of the world's greatest horse races. His latest series of etchings capture the spirit and vitality of racing's most important competitions: Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and the Belmont. Included in the artist's numerous achievements are the acceptance of seven of his works in the permanent collection of the Musee Du Louvre (Cabinet Des Dessins). His work is in the private collections of President Ronald Reagan, His Majesty King Hassan II of Morocco, President Fracois Mitterand of France.. Severall works by Azoulay are in the prestigious Nelson Rockefeller Collection.
Frederick Elliott Hart (June 7, 1943 in Atlanta, Georgia - August 13, 1999 in Baltimore, Maryland) was an American sculptor, best known for his public monuments and works of art in bronze, marble, and clear acrylic (a technique he coined as "sculpting with light"). American sculptor Frederick Hart is recognized for creating work that is at once traditional in its adherence to the human figure, radical in its sensuality, and innovative in its materials. He followed the medieval tradition of apprenticing to a master stone carver and invented and patented an acrylic method of sculpture, which he described as sculpting with light. Michael Novak, author of Frederick Hart: Changing Tides, wrote in 2004, “The work of Frederick Hart is changing the world of art, vindicating the artist’s strong belief that with the new century would come changing tides in the style, form, and direction of the arts. Frederick died in 1999, two days after doctors diagnosed him with lung cancer.
Hessam Abrishami was born in Shiraz, Iran in 1951. He has been greatly influenced by the ancient history that surrounded him as a child. Seeking a society free from the limitations of modern day Iran, Hessam left his home country to expand his knowledge and awareness of the outside, changing world. His quest to excel as an artist took him to Italy, one of the historically great epicenters of the art world. He began his higher education in Pietro Vanucci, at the Accademia di Belle Arti. Hessam’s art has become much more than a grand collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures. It has become a legacy. The inspiration, passion and beauty of his art are just a few reasons why his work is so widely collected.
Baccarat Crystal (pronounced: [bakaʁa]) is a manufacturer of fine crystal glassware located in Baccarat, France. The company owns two museums: the Musée Baccarat in Baccarat, Meurthe-et-Moselle and the Galerie-Musée Baccarat, on the Place des États-Unis in Paris. Groupe du Louvre is the majority shareholder of the company.
René Jules Lalique (6 April 1860, – 5 May 1945) was a French glass designer known for his creations of perfume bottles, vases, jewellery, chandeliers, clocks and automobile hood ornaments. He was born in the French village of Ay on 6 April 1860 and died 5 May 1945. He started a glassware firm, named after himself, which still remains successful.
Daum is a crystal studio based in Nancy, France, founded in 1878 by Jean Daum (1825–1885). His sons, Auguste Daum (1853–1909) and Antonin Daum (1864–1931), oversaw its growth during the burgeoning Art Nouveau period. Currently Daum is the only commercial crystal manufacturer employing the pâte de verre (glass paste) process for art glass and crystal sculptures, a technique in which crushed glass is packed into a refractory mould and then fused in a kiln. During the Universal Exhibition of 1900 Daum was awarded a ‘Grand Prix’ medal. Daum glass became more elaborate, acid etching (by Jacques Gruber) was often combined with carving, enamelling and engraving on a single piece of glass to produce creative glass master-pieces.The most complicated creations also feature applied glass elements, such as handles and ornamental motifs in naturalistic forms. The Daum brothers quickly moved on to become one of the major forces in the Art Nouveau movement, seriously rivalling Gallé, so much so that when Émile Gallé died in 1904 they became the leaders in the field of decorative glass. In 1906 Daum revived pâte de verre (glass paste), an ancient Egyptian method of glass casting, developing the method so that by the 1930s Daum's window panels used pâte de verre for richness instead of leaded or painted glass.Today Daum still used this method to produce their pieces.Currently the Daum company is still producing lots of stylish designs for the luxury market.
The Compagnie des Cristalleries de Saint Louis is a corporation, founded in 1767 in Münzthal (Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche in French) inLorraine and the oldest crystal glass manufacturer in France with roots dating back to 1586.
Steuben Glass Works was an American art glass manufacturer, founded in the summer of 1903 by Fredrick C. Carder and Thomas G. Hawkes in Corning, New York, which is in Steuben County, from which the company name was derived. Hawkes was the owner of the largest cut glass firm then operating in Corning. Carder was an Englishman (born 18 September 1863) who had many years' experience designing glass for Stevens and Williams in England. Hawkes purchased the glass blanks for his cutting shop from many sources and eventually wanted to start a factory to make the blanks himself. Hawkes convinced Carder to come to Corning and manage such a factory. Carder, who had been passed over for promotion at Stevens and Williams, consented to do so. In July 2008, Steuben was sold by Corning Incorporated for an undisclosed price to the Schottenstein Stores Corp. On September 15, 2011, Schottenstein announced it was shutting down Steuben's Corning factory and Manhattan store, ending the company's 108-year history.
"Born into a family of artisans in Cuzco, Peru, in 1964, Americo Cala began assisting his father when he was just 3 years old, and started painting landscapes on his own by the age 6. Cala studied painting at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in Lima and finished in just 5 years. Cala continues to paint landscapes and has developed many highly regarded techniques. Cala's paintings are found in some of the most important collections in Peru, and are shown in many of the country's most exclusive galleries."
"The Franklin Mint was originally a private mint founded by Joseph Segel in 1964 in Wawa, Pensilvania... The Franklin Mint manufactured and marketed coins, jewelry, die-cast vehicles, dolls, sculpture and other collectibles... For five decades The Franklin Mint produced and marketed "collectibles". Their product line began with manufacturing and marketing privately-minted gold and silver commemorative rounds and medallions but branched out into other collectibles..."
"Rolex SA is a Swiss watchmaking manufacturer of high-quality, luxury wristwatches. Rolex watches are popularly regarded as status symbols and BusinessWeek magazine ranks Rolex No.71 on its 2007 annual list of the 100 most valuable global brands. Rolex is also the largest single luxury watch brand, producing about 2,000 watches per day, with estimated revenues of around US$3 billion (£1.75) (CHF3.02 billion) (2003 figures)... Rolex watches vary in price according to the model and the materials used. In the UK, the retail price for the highly sought-after stainless steel 'Pilots' range (such as the GMT Master II) starts from GBP £5,250. Diamond inlay watches go for considerably more. The book "Vintage Wristwatches" by Antiques Roadshow's Reyne Haines listed a price estimate of Rolex watches that ranged between $650 and $75,000..."