Archive for May 5, 2015

Artist of the moment…….Charles Peale Polk



Charles Peale Polk was a member of America’s first family of artists, the Peale family. Polk specialized in painting portraits of the wealthy and elite including President George Washington.

Charles Peale Polk was born in Annapolis, Maryland in the year 1767. He was orphaned around the age of ten and went to live with uncle who introduced him to the world of art.

Many times he would make copies of his uncle’s work. He claimed to have painted George Washington nearly 60 times! Back in the days before smart phones and instagram, people had to rely on artists for great images.

Its very interesting to see look at the common features of his many portraits of George Washington. Many images have similar arm and hand positions, even backgrounds.

I saw Charles Peale Polk on the Antiques Roadshow. A style of portrait was done with glass, gold leaf, and black paint that I had never seen. In this clip the technique of Verre Eglomise is explored. An example of verre eglomise is the last picture in the gallery. This piece is even given an auction estimate in the clip:

Charles Peale Polk passed away in 1822.

He was the nephew of Charles Willson Peale. This Peale was famous for his images of presidential and political figures. He also founded some of the country’s first museums.


Artist of the moment………..Gary Peterson



Gary Peterson is wonderful American artist renown for his abstract works. Gary Peterson was born in Staten Island, New York in the year 1956.

Peterson had a great academic collegiate earning a bachelors degree after studying animal science at Pennsylvania State. The artist went on to earn a M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts located in New York City.

Below we catch up with art admiring friend James Kalm and check out a great exhibit featuring the works of Gary Peterson:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist is now based out of New York City.

Gary Peterson is one of my favorite abstract artists. His use of free flowing lines and colors remind of computer screen savers, but with more color and a more artsy look.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

Peterson’s work reminds of two artists named Shirley already profiled here, Shirley Jaffe and Shirley Kaneda.



Artist of the moment……..Jaroslav Serych


Jaroslav Serych was a Czech artist who was a painter, illustrator, and printmaker. Jaroslav Serych was born in what is now called Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic in the year 1928.

Serch attended the Academy of Art located in Prague.

Serych had nearly 100 solo exhibitions over his lengthy career. For his work in printmaking and illustration the artist won many awards including one for “Book of the Year.”

Below we visit the studio of Jaroslav Serych:

Jaroslav Serych passed away in 2014 at the age of 86 years old.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Serych produced a large body of work over his career with his printmaking works that are abstract with no figures. These works show a great use of color and very abstract organic shapes.