Posts Tagged ‘abstract landscapes’

Artist of the moment…….Pat Steir

Pat Steir is an American artist renown for her large scale abstract paintings. Pat Steir was born in Newark, New Jersey in the year 1938.

Steir attended two of America’s best art colleges in the Pratt Institute of New York City and Boston University College of Fine Arts. After graduation Steir worked as a commercial illustrator.

Steir has worked in the print industry since 1977.

Steir is a painter and printmaker. Here we view an interview with the artist and a leading printmaker, Crown Point Press:


In this clip we view a show that opened in 2014 in New York City at Cheim and Read Gallery:

Pat Steir is also part of many prestigious collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art both located in New York, and the Tate Museum of London, England.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $400,000. Steir is a prolific printmaker producing etchings and woodcuts.

The artist reminds me of Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto.  In fact Steir landscapes have much in common with Eastern painting ideals, stressing feeling and atmosphere rather than a specific location.

As a refresher here is a quick Art21 interview with the famous Hiroshi Sugimoto and talking about the themes of Western style of painting:



Artist of the moment…….Ralston Crawford

Ralston Crawford was a fantastic Canadian artist born in St. Catherines, Ontario in the year 1906. Crawford spent a large part of his childhood in Buffalo, New York. Crawford painted landscapes and was also a painter of abstract works. For his artistic education the artist studied at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California. He also studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art.

Crawford worked for the Walt Disney Company at the beginning of his career.

I enjoy the way Crawford can take the complicated lines of a landscape, and simplify them. Crawford has fun with cylindrical shapes such as a silo next to a barn. Also with his background with Disney he was a great painter of landscapes.

I know most people make fun of Thomas Kinkade, but he was a highly successful landscape painter. He produced a book on the subject whilst still in college. Kinkade worked as a background illustrator in the animation industry. Another great animator who became a fine artist is the great William Wray.

price range information: Lithographs can be found starting around $5,000 . Oil paintings can reach as high as $750,000.

In this clip some works by Ralston Crawford set to music:

What a great mixture of realism and abstraction!