Archive for February 3, 2014

Artist of the moment…..Helen Lundeberg

Helen Lundeberg was a fantastic American artist renowned for leading a movement with her husband Lorser Feitelson that was called Post Surrealism. Helen Lundeberg was born in the year 1908 in Chicago, Illinois. The new style of painting was a mixture of classical painting found during the Renaissance era with Surrealism. One effect was to make Surreal works less odd looking than representational art.

Lundeberg created many murals for the government and the Works Progress Administration program.

For her collegiate education Lundeberg attended Pasadena Junior College . After this she continued drawing lessons at the Stickney School of Art. Her original instructor couldn’t complete the class and Lorser Feitelson was chosen as a replacement. Feitelson would go on to become her husband and the two would start their movement of Post Surrealism.

Lundeberg and her husband were based out of Los Angeles, California most of their lives.

Her husband was named Lorser Feitelson. Below an example of his flatter more abstract style he helped to found and promote with his wife.


In this clip we see an interview with Helen Lundeberg talking about the movement of Post Surrealism she helped to create:

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $200,000. Lundeberg worked in oils and acrylics.

In the 1950, 60s,  and 70s Lundeberg concentrated on her flatter more abstract works.

Helen Lundeberg passed away in 1999.

You might have heard her mentioned before, she is the name of a song by the American rock band “Sonic Youth.”

My favorite works are the landscapes of Helen Lundeberg. Especially when looking through a basic flat shape, a door or a window. Lundeberg takes the visual information, flattens it out to basic fields of color, and then plays with the color to make some incredible modernist paintings that are both representational and abstract at the same time.

I will be profiling the husband coming up shortly, but what another wonderfully artistic family!


Artist of the moment….Walter Kuhlman

Walter Kuhlman was an American painter renown for his abstract expressionist painting style. Walter Kuhlman was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the year 1918. Kuhlman was a painter and also a prolific printmaker.

For his artistic education Kuhlman studied at the St. Paul School of Fine Arts. Here he would study under a painter named Cameron Booth. The artist also earned a degree from the University of Minnesota. He also studied at the California School of Fine Art.

He was drafted into the military and served in the Navy. In the Navy he did work in the field of medical illustration.

Kuhlman went to Paris in 1950 and the next year was among the first American painters to exhibit the new style of Abstract Expressionist painting.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist spent much of his career teaching at various universities including the University of New Mexico. Whilst here he experimented with painted the figure in a very loose style.

He was part of a small group, only five painters, that brought Abstract Expressionist painting to the art of lithography. Other painters included James Dixon and Richard Diebenkorn. The group were California painters.

Walter Kuhlman passed away in 2009 at the age of 90 years old.

Kuhlman was nominated to the National Academy of Design.

Kuhlman is part of prestigious collections including the San Francisco Museum of Art, the British Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Gallery of Art.