Archive for October 19, 2013

Artist of the moment….Edwin Ambrose Webster

Edwin Ambrose Webster was an American artist born in the year 1869 in Chelsea, Massachusetts . The artist was first a traditional style painter and then participated in the famous Chicago Armory show and after that became a modernist painter. Webster enjoyed painting the sea, tropical landscapes such as locations in Jamaica, and the figure. Later in his career he also experimented with Cubist painting.

For his artistic education studied at the Boston Museum School of Art with renown painter Frank Weston Benson. Below an example of Benson’s style. Remember Edwin Webster was a traditional realist painter with a slight impressionistic touch before exploring modernism.


The artist started his own school  and helped found the artists colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Below is a booklet from this school. Webster was intrigued by the light surrounding the Cape Cod area.


Edwin Webster passed away in 1935.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

I really enjoy the way this artist portrayed the tropical landscape. Having come from a traditional realist background its easy to Webster was an excellent graphic designer and draftsman whose talent seemed to explode after he infused his art with more color.


Artist of the moment…..Tadashi Nakayama

Tadashi Nakayama was born in 1927 in the city of Niigata, Japan in the year 1927. His work is a great blend of traditional Ukiyo style prints with traditional western motifs. The artist enjoys working with fun shapes and subjects that are easily translated to a woodblock print style such as young girls, butterflies, and her favorite subject the horse.

Nakayama began to draw and paint seriously at the age of 14 years old. He decided his career path would be as an artist at the age of 17 years of age. For his collegiate education the artist attended Tama Art College.

In the mid 1960s the artist lived in Europe for nearly four years.

Price range information: Nakayama worked mainly in woodblocks which range $1,000 to $10,000. Originals in oil can reach as high as $30,000.  From a collector standpoint it is important to note that many woodblock prints are done in a series of 85 or 95. So they are scarce, even for a print!

I am really falling in love with the woodblock style of printmaking. Its so expressive and at the same time the artist is able to have fun with the patterns and design motifs. These are the funnest horses I have ever seen! Its a great blend of Eastern and Western schools of painting and I love the blend!


Artist of the moment….Joseph F. De Martini

Joseph F. De Martini was an American artist who worked with the female form and is associated with painting pin up girls.  Joseph F. De Martini was born in the year 1927 in San Francisco, California and loved to create art as a child.

For his collegiate education he attended the University of San Francisco, California.

price range information: The artist worked mainly in watercolor and prices range from $2,000 to $8,000. The artist also did a fair amount of work using an airbrush.

If you enjoy pin up art make sure and check out the work of George Petty, Albert Vargas, Rolf Armstrong, and Gil Elvgren.

De Martini was a good friend and associate of Albert Vargas. Visually they paint in much the same manner.