Artist of the moment……Jacob Kainen

Jacob Kainen was an American artist born in the year 1901 in the city Waterbury, Connecticut. Kainen would experiment with both realist and abstract painting, but its his abstract works with basic geometric shapes he is associated with for the most part. The artist was one of three children and the family came to the United States from Russia. In 1918 the Kainen family relocated to New York City.

Kainen was a very smart individual finishing high school at the age of sixteen years old. As he was too young to begin college Kainen enrolled at New York City’s famed Art Student’s League. During this period he honed his drawing skills. Kimon Nicolaides was a key mentor and you may even have read a book of his. This book is in my permanent collection as its chock full of tips on drawing the human figure.


Eventually Kainen enrolled at Pratt Institute. He didn’t get along well as he disagreed with their ideas, he was far more modern in his color use and ideas than the institution. Kainen left school before he received a degree. After leaving school he became immersed in abstract expressionism.

Kainen was a lifelong student copying master works from the age of 10 and throughout his career. He found it key in an artist’s development to study those that paint or draw the same subject matter better than they do.

Kainen was a participant in the United States program the Works Progress Administration.

Spent many years as a curator at the Smithsonian Institute. The Smithsonian also includes the artist in their own collection.

Kainen also enjoyed boxing as a participant and as a fan.

A link to the website of Jacob Kainen:

I enjoy reading about artists who have outstanding collections, like American realist painter, Jeffrey Watts and his collection that includes paintings by Nicholai Fechin. Jacob Kainen enjoys collecting the style of the German Expressionist painters.

Kainen was based out of Washington D.C. and was associated with the Washington Color Field painters group.

price range information: Many works priced between $5,000 and $35,000.


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