Archive for November 2, 2014

Artist of the moment……..Frederick Waugh


Frederick  Judd Waugh was among the great painters of sea and ocean. Frederick Waugh was born in Bordentown, New Jersey in the year 1861. His father was professional artist Sam Waugh. Sam Waugh was a renown portrait artist.

Talk about a well schooled artist! Waugh attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts where he studied under Thomas Eakins. Waugh also studied in Paris, France at the Academy Julien with artist Adolphe Bougeureau.

The artist served in the Navy and helped to design camouflage for Navy ships.

Waugh is alleged to have been the first American artist to earn more than $1 million dollars from the sales of his artwork. Many of the finest private clubs in America had to include a Waugh seascape painting in their collection.

In this clip a great montage of seascapes by the artist. I enjoy his seascape works as they are great mixture of realism and abstraction.

Waugh passed away in 1940.

Price range information: Most works priced between $20,000 and $100,000. His works when he was alive and at his artistic peak sold for $5,000. An incredible amount at the time.



Artist of the moment………Clare Rojas



Clare Rojas is a painter of the figure and also abstract works. Clare Rojas was born in Columbus, Ohio in the year 1976. Rojas is also an avid printmaker.

For her collegiate education Rojas attended the Rhode Island School of Design located in Providence, Rhode Island earning a B.F.A. Rojas went on to earn an M.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago.

The artist is based out of San Francisco, California.

Her figurative works remind me of artist Alex Katz. My favorite works are her abstract paintings. Rojas creates shapes and uses vivid color that reminds the viewer of the majesty of hand sewn quilts.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

A great interview with the artist talking about how quilts and feminism inspire some of her work:

Rojas often works with gouache and latex on board.

In this clip we view more of the artist’s figure work:


Artist of the moment…….Alvin Hollingsworth




Alvin Hollingsworth was an African American artist who was renown for being among the first minority comic book artists. Alvin Hollingsworth was born in Harlem, New York in the year 1928. The artist began drawing at age 4. When he was twelve he was named to an art assistant post for Cat-Man comics.

In this clip we view a work of Hollingsworth that went to auction in 2013:

Over his comic career the artist also worked for other companies depicting superheroes and even romantic comics.

The artist also worked as a teacher for the High School of Art and Design located in Manhattan, New York. Hollingsworth also taught at the City University of New York.

After deciding to take up painting Hollingsworth painted the figure and also abstract works. He often included themes of women’s and minority rights in his figure works.

Alvin Hollingsworth passed away in 2000.

Unlike many comic artists Hollingsworth even inked his own work.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

It seems this artist was somewhat of a prodigy being a paid artist at 12 years of age!  Other artists who worked with comic books before working as painters include Everett Raymond Kinstler and William Wray.