Archive for January 15, 2014

Artist of the moment…….Milton Avery

Milton Avery was born in Altmar, New York in the year 1885. His father tanned animal hides and Avery found his first job at age sixteen working in a factory.

Avery began to attend classes at the Connecticut Art Students League. Avery would win some regional awards. He would get married to an illustrator and the income she earned from her illustration career allowed him to concentrate on his artwork.

The couple would move to New York City and Avery attendwd classes at the Art Student’s League of New York. A major collector saw his work, bought 100 or so pieces of Avery’s work, and donated them to museums all around the globe.

The couple had one child, March Avery, who is a professional artist. March Avery will be the next entry.

Avery was seen as the American version Matisse. Avery enjoyed working with flat planes of color. Even in his portraits the viewer is shown the relationships of color that exist rathet than an exact likeness.

Milton Avery passed away in 1965, at the age of 79 years old.

Price range information: Avery’s works at auction have broken the $3 million dollar barrier.

In this clip we view many works by Milton Avery:

Next up will be his daughter, March Avery. Both paint in a similar style/ manner.


Artist of the moment…..Maxwell Mays

Harry Maxwell Mays was born in Providence, Rhode Island in the year 1918. His father was the inventor of the metal pen clip and ran his own company called Mays Manufacturing Company. Years later Maxwell Mays would serve as Treasurer of this company before the family sold it.

As a child he began taking art lessons at the Rhode Island School of Design. Mays would go on to attend college at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $18,000.

Mays began pursuing a painting career after being stationed in Brazil during World War Two. An art collector who was a naval officer enjoyed his work and this relationship lead to art shows around the country.

Mays worked in oils and watercolor.

Below a brief clip showing the 300 acre estate of Maxwell Mays that was turned into a refuge for animals:

Maxwell Mays passed away in 2009 at the age of 91 years of age.

Whilst serving his country one job of his was to produce maps. This would help develop his style so that he rendered landscapes from a birdseye view.