Artist of the moment……Laverne Nelson Black

Laverne Nelson Black was an American painter born in Viola, Wisconsin in the year 1887. Black’s family relocated to Chicago when he was a young child. This allowed Black to study at the Art Institute of Chicago taking classes as a child. The artist would go to earn a degree from the Institute where he learned drawings, painting, and sculpture.

After college Black was able to find work as a newspaper illustrator. Black lived in large metropolitan areas including Chicago and New York City but when loved to take vacations to the American West in locales such as Taos and Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Due to health reasons Black and his family relocated to Sante Fe, New Mexico in 1925. This would not work out either and the Black family would move again, this time to Phoenix,Arizona.

Laverne Black painted some murals for the W.P.A. project. In Phoenix he painted a large mural at the Post Office.

Black was also a renowned sculptor. He was one of few artists to sell bronzes at the famed luxury good store Tiffany’s. Frederick Remington was the previous artist to accomplish this.

Laverne Black passed away in 1938.

Price range information: Prices range from $5,000 to $600,000. The artist worked in watercolor, oils, gouache, mixed media, and bronzes.

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