Archive for December 14, 2012

Artist of the moment…Patrick Caulfield….

Patrick Caulfield was born in London, England  in 1936. His father was employed by a major aircraft producer and the family moved to another English city called Bolton. Caulfield starting work for a salary at an early age and worked designing food displays as a sixteen year old.

At the age of seventeen Caulfield joined the Royal Air Force.

He found inspiration in the French artist Henri de Toulouse -Lautrec and the movie Moulin Rouge from 1952. The artist for the first time signed for evening drawing classes at the Harrow School of Art.

Other well known artists he met in college were Allen Jones and David Hockney.

When I look at the artist I am reminded of such masters as Juan Gris. Gris was a Spanish painter who experimented in many styles and was reknown for his Cubist style paintings. Below is an example of Juan Gris style of painting concentrating on the flat shape of the object, but also adding in fun varieties of texture such as wood and other fun patterns that you would expect see in a collage.  The item that is most important to me of Gris’s style is that even still objects are life and vitality. A boring pot on a table becomes a wonderful piece of eye candy filled with many different texturs and patterns to feast their eyes upon.


Caulfield,s style of painting takes me back to the sixties when people first started looking at ordinary objects as art. Be they a fire hydrant, a can of soup, or a box of brillo pads objects started to be seen more as artifacts of the time we inhabit now. Time capsules if you will. I hope that we start to see some twinkie and hostess paintings soon as they too will change.

In this clip we take a art critics view of a work about the inside of a cave.

Below is a great clip showing the artist’s work with the artist’s second known print titled “Still Life in Red and White.”

Patrick Caulfield attended the Chelsea School of Art in London. He also attended the Royal College of Art also located in London. Caulfield also served as part of the teaching faculty at the Chelsea School of Art for eight years from 1963 until 1971.

Has received many notable commissions over the years including painting the London Life mural for the London Life Associations new headquarters in Bristol. Also designed the stained glass windows in the Ivy restaurant located in London.

Also chosen to do design theater sets and costumes for the Michael Corder’s ballet “Party Game”  for the Royal Ballet. Also designed the sets and costumes for another theatrical production titled ” Rhapsody.”

Price range information: Screenprints are available from fie hundred to five thousand dollars. Works painted in acrylics can range from $50,00   to $827,000.  Occasionally an oil painting is found and they usually start at six figures.

The artist admired the photorealist movement and incorporated some of their methods into his artwork.

Caulfield passed away in 2005. He was 69 years old.

I enjoy this artist’s still life paintings the most. Another artist that comes to mind now that I look freshly at the artist’s work is Matthew Brannon. Brannon enjoys working with the shapes of objects, not trying to depict three dimensions but rather celebrating the vignette of the object. Below is a great example of Matthew Brannon’s artwork.


Try a still life and concentrate only on shape and color. Don’t try to render any objects in three dimensions! Good luck, you can do it!


Artist of the moment…Peter Stegall….




Peter Stegall is known for his small sized abstract works with a great feel for color. If I were to compare him to another artist the first person that comes to mind would be Ellsworth Kelly. Kelly has produced wonderful prints in the past of leaves of flowers, but he is known for his keen use of fun shapes and color. Stegall’s works seldom have sides more than twelve inches on one side. Below is a great example of Ellsworth Kelly’s signature style.


Below we have a great interview with the artist and many of his smaller works. His works look great on camera as they are made with enamel on masonite giving his works a very modernistic finish.

Price range information: Unable to find pricing schedule.

Served in the United States Army from 1963 to 1965.

Stegall lives and works out of Sacramento, California.

For his college studies the artist attended Fresno City College. He ended up earning both a bachelors and masters degree from California State University in Sacramento.

The artist also was also able to mentor under well known Pop painter Jim Nutt. Nutt was the leader of the Surrealist movement in Chicago. It is also interesting to note that Nunn also works with enamel rather than oil paint. Stegall prefers a gloss based enamel. Below is a great example of Surrealist painting by Jim Nutt.





Stegall  has been showing his art for more a little more than three decades time.

Whilst Stegall’s art is similar to Ellsworth Kelly, the smaller sized format and the fact that most of his art contains more shapes than you find makes them very exciting to look. Ellsworth Kelly with a little of the motion of shapes of Rex Ray. I also love the fact that this artist makes nearly all of his art smaller than twelve inches on a side. Very affordable and working on small compositions with as many as four shapes leads to newer and more exciting compositions than a person might see in a Kelly or another artist concerned with shape and color, John McLaughlin.

John McLaughlin was known for his use of color and shapes with straight edges and four sides. He didn’t come into painting until he was nearly fifty years old. Below is a signature example of John McLaughlin’s abstract art.



Peter Stegall has also taught drawing and art theory at the collegiate level.

Shows is work frequently at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the artist’s gallery.

Won the Pollack-Krasner foundation prize in 1989-1990.

Stegall has appeared in national magazines such as ArtNews and Art ltd.