Posts Tagged ‘abstract expressionist’

Artist of the moment………Mark Rothko


Mark Rothko was a Russian born artist famous for his abstract expressionist style of painting. Mark Rothko was born in Dvinsk, Vitebsk, Russian Empire in the year 1903. His father was a pharmacist and although his family was Jewish, Rothko was the only child to attend the traditional Hebrew school called a cheder.

Rothko enjoyed emphasizing color in his work. Rothko stated that traditional painters began with a drawing, he began with color first.

The artist emigrated to the United States from Russia in 1913. His father was worried that he sons may be drafted into the army, and also for the anti Jewish sentiment that was taking over Russia at that time.

The artist attended Yale University but didn’t feel at ease at the college. Rothko thought that the environment was too elitist and racist for him so he quit in his second year.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Mark Rothko with our artistic amigo the great James Kalm:

Rothko was working in the garment district and visited the Art Student’s League of New York. This inspired him to enroll in the New York School of Design. Two influences for Rothko were Max Weber and Arshille Gorky.

Below a montage of works by Mark Rothko:

Mark Rothko passed away at the age of 66 in the year 1970.

Price range information: Works range from $100,000 for a print to more than $86 million for an original acrylic painting. Below we view Rotko’s work Orange, Red, Yellow that set a record for the artist in 2012:


Artist of the moment……Albert Irvin



Albert Irvin is a British Abstract Expressionist painter born in London, England in the year 1922.

Irvin attended the Northampton School of Art before joining the Air Force for World War Two. After the war had finished Irvin earned his degree from Goldsmith’s College.

Irvin is also an award winning printmaker.

Here we view some of the Tate’s collection with the artist:

Irvin has taught at the collegiate level, including his alma mater.

Albert Irvin was made on (OBE) Officer of the British Empire in 2013.

Price range information: Works range from screenprints at the $1,000 to original oils at $50,000. Irvin also works in gouache, watercolors, and acrylics.

Here we make a visit to the studio of Albert Irvin in 2012:

What a unique style the artist has created.



Artist of the moment………Myron Stout


Myron Stout was an American artist renown for his abstract and minimalist paintings. Myron Stout was born in Denton, Texas in the year 1908.

Stout is perhaps best known for his minimalist works featuring geometric shapes and were painted in black and white. In this clip we view some works from the late 1950s with his style. If you have some extra time watch the entire clip to see some other abstract artists including Bridget Riley, Andy Warhol, and Peter Haley. The segment showing the work of Myron Stout begins at 1:45 into the clip. It features some of his minimalist works painted in black and white that sometimes took years to finish:

The artist was highly influenced and also educated by painter Hans Hofmann.



Myron Stout passed away in 1987.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Stout is included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art both located in New York City.

I find both the minimalist and color works equally fascinating for their sense of design. The black and white works show great creativity in the formation of the shapes. His color works have a wonderful sense of movement and fantastic use of color.



Artist of the moment……James Bishop


James Bishop is an American painter renown for his abstract expressionist works using geometric shapes.

James Bishop was born in Neosho, Missouri in the year 1927. Bishop attended Washington University, Syracuse University, and Black Mountain College of Art, and also Columbia University.

In this clip we visit a show featuring James Bishop from earlier in 2014 from David Zwirner Gallery:

Also from the David Zwirner Gallery a great interview with James Bishop talking about his artwork:

Price range information: Bishop works in watercolors, oils, and gouache. Prices range from $10,000 to $50,000.

Bishop is now based out of France. He moved to France in 1958.


Artist of the moment……..Kenzo Okada



Kenzo Okada was a Japanese printmaker born in Yokohama, Japan in the year 1902. Okada attended college in Tokyo, Japan at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. After two years of study Okada moved to Paris, France.

The artist is given credit as the first Japanese artist to be an highly sought after abstract expressionist.

Okada moved back to Japan in the late 1920s. When 1950 came Okada decided to move to New York City.

The artist was friends with many color field and abstract expressionist painters. One great friend was artist Mark Rothko.

Kenzo Okada passed away in 1982 at the age of 79 years old.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 for a print to $50,000 for an original work.

Much of the work of Okada reminds me of landscape paintings.



Artist of the moment……..Norman Lewis


Norman Lewis was an African American painter and printmaker who worked with the figure but is more renown for his abstract paintings. Norman Lewis was born in Harlem, New York in the year 1909.

After painting many scenes of figures and the Harlem Renaissance Lewis started to paint in the style of an Abstract Expressionist painter in the 1940s.

The artist participated in the Works Progress Administration.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 for a print to $600,000 for an original oil. The artist worked in watercolor, gouache, pastel, and oils.

Lewis was part of the Spiral group. A group of African American writers and artists.

Lewis was a teacher for most of his career. He won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and also the National Endowment for the Arts.

In this clip we view some works by Norman Lewis following a brief biography. This clip deals with Lewis’s abstract art:


Norman Lewis passed away in 1979.

I enjoy his abstract works that use color. What an outstanding use of color and loose edges.


Artist of the moment…….Chafik Abboud


Chafik Abboud was born in Lebanon in the year 1926 and painted in an Abstract Expressionist style. The artist used landscapes of his native Lebanon in many of these works for inspiration. Mount Lebanon was a common subject for the artist.

Abboud attended the Lebanese Academy of Fine Art and also the Les Ecoles Nationale des Beaux Artes located in Paris, France.

The artist also was inspired by a workshop he took with Andre L’hote, the famous French painter.

Chafik Abboud passed away in 2004.

Abboud was based out of Paris, France for most of his career.

Price range information: Abboud painted with oils for most of his career with prices ranging from $10,000 to the $100,000.



Artist of the moment…….Wolgang Paalen


Wolfgang Paalen was born in Vienna, Austria in 1905. Paalen was associated with both the abstract expressionist and Surrealist movements.

His father was an inventor and his mother a leading actress. The family always lived in a beautiful living space including a castle whilst the family lived in Germany.

Paalen studied with painter Fernand Leger.

Paalen married an artist and author named Alice Rahon. She will be the next entry! Rahon was a minimalist and modernist painter.

The artist was inspired to move to Mexico by the famous artist Frida Kahlo. At this stage of his life the artist was working in the Surrealist style. The artist also painted in San Francisco, California. He would later lose his friendship with Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera over their political beliefs.

The artist worked with ink and oils as his favorite mediums.


In this clip we view an abstract work by Paalen. The close ups are wonderful to see how much color the artist uses:

Wolfgang Paalen committed suicide in 1959 at the age of 54 years old.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

I enjoy his type of Surrealism. Paalen created very unique shapes and gives the viewer a feeling of being in outer space, or at least a world far different from earth.



Artist of the moment…….Thornton Willis



Thornton Willis is a wonderful American Abstract Expressionist painter born in Pensacola, Florida in the year 1936. Willis attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned a bachelor’s degree. Willis went on to earn a MFA from the University of Alabama.

A link to the website of Thornton Willis:

Willis has been based out of New York City since 1967.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist works in oils, acrylics, and pastels.

Here we visit a show with James Kalm that took place in 2009:


In this clip we visit a gallery show of Thornton Willis with the wonderful art critic James Kalm! From 2007.

Willis has a wonderful mix of shape and fantastic use of color!


Artist of the moment……Raoul Hague


Raoul Hague was a wonderful sculptor renown or his abstract works made of wood that often have the torso as the subject matter. Raoul Hague was born in Constantinople, Turkey in the year 1904.

price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist was well schooled attending the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois. Hague also studied at the Beaux Arts School of Design located in New York City and the Art Student’s League of New York City.

The artist was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Raoul Hague is associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement.

The artist was in his mid fifties when he had his first solo show.

Raoul Hague passed away in 1993  at the age of 88 years of age.

For much of his working career the artist was based out of Woodstock, New York.

What a wonderful style he had working with the torso as the subject matter but using wood which has fun repeating patterns and lines. Its as if we as viewers get a couple of works of art with the wood and with the torso!





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