Archive for March 11, 2012

Awesome Acrylic Artist series…..Don Eddy

Low priced range: prints $400

High priced range: unavailable

A short clip with Don Eddy below.

The artist was born in 1944 in Long Beach,  California.  Attended college in Hawaii where he earned a B.F.A. and a M.F.A. The artist did some post graduate work at the University of California at Santa Barbera.  Now lives and works in New York City.

Land based gallery: Nancy Hoffman Gallery New York City

On-line gallery: The link will lead the viewer to his remarkable colored pencil drawings.  Wow!!!    :

Mediums used: colored pencils, photography, acrylics

Surfaces used: paper, canvas (makes own canvases with unique shapes)

The artist has a very unique style of painting. He first paints the entire canvas with green, purple, and brown dots of color. Then he starts to enrich the color. The artist also uses an airbrush, so I enjoy this hands on approach vs. digital painting.

He is best known for city scenes in the 70s and 80s. In recent years he has experimented with photography doing extreme close up shots of images with spectacular color and reflection. Water is a large part of his body of work in  photography.

The artist, even though a photo realist, has developed his own style of painting. His compositions are also fantastic as he paints many scenes with two, three, four, or more panels. One panel of these works could stand as a wonderful painting by itself, but the artist cleverly incorporates all the panels so they work well and cause the viewer to think how the panels might be connected.

A great book covering four decades of paintings by the artist can be found on for around $3.00 before shipping fees. The name of  the book is Don Eddy, The Art of Paradox and the cover is in the gallery above.

How about painting on a canvas shaped differently than what you are used to, perhaps a circular composition.

Many photo realist painters use only one photograph to work maybe 90% of a painting. The artist uses sometimes as many as forty photos to make one composition.

Work is owned by private collectors as well as museums.

Happy painting!