Posts Tagged ‘abstract expressionism’

Artist of the moment……..Philip Guston

Philp  Guston was born in Montreal, Canada in the year 1913. Guston would go on to become one of the masters of Abstract Expressionist  painting.

Price range information: Lithographs can be found starting around $10,000. Original oils have brought as much as $26 million dollars at auction.

Guston and his family moved to United States and settled down in Los Angeles, California as a youngster.

During his high school years he attended Los Angeles Manual Arts High School where a fellow classmate was Jackson Pollack.

The artist was part of the teaching faculty at many colleges and universities including New York University and the Pratt Institute.

For his artistic education Guston briefly attended the Otil Art Institute of Los Angeles, California.

Guston did works for the Works Progress Administration.

With our great friend James Kalm, we visit a show featuring the work of Philp Guston in honor of his hundredth birthday which would have been in 2013:

Guston was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Philip Guston passed away in 1980.

Artist of the moment…..Kenneth Noland….

Kenneth Noland is wonderful artist known for his use of circles in his artwork.  Kenneth Noland was born in 1924 in Asheville, North Carolina. Noland is associated with two artistic movements, color field painting and abstract expressionism. Noland’s father was a doctor. The artist enrolled in the Air Force as soon as he finished high school. It was 1942 and the United States was in the thick of World War 2.

The main emphasis of Noland’s work is simple design with a great use of color.

After finishing his tours of duty Noland used the G.I. bill to enroll as a student at Black Mountain College. Whilst at this college he studied under the great Ilya Bolotowsky. Bolotowsky has been featured on this blog recently. A goodwill shopper was able to find an original that she bought for less than one hundred dollars and sold for more than $30,000 at auction.

Noland loved to paint with basic geometric shapes.  Most works are targets, circles, stripes, and irregular shaped canvases.

price range information: Noland worked with oils and acrylics and both range from $10,000 to more than $600,000.

Kenneth Noland passed away in 2010 at the age of 85 years old.

Below is a wonderful montage of the artists work.

Keep exposing yourself to as much art as possible!