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Artist of the moment…….Roger Brown



Roger Brown was an American surrealist painter and printmaker who often painted works that featured urban landscapes with Art Deco style decoration. Roger Brown was born in Hamilton, Alabama in the year 1941.

Brown attended the American Academy of Art located in Chicago before transferring to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois where he would eventually earn an M.F.A.

Family and history were very important to the artist and he made references to both subjects in much of his artwork.

Brown was also an avid art collector.

Roger Brown passed away in 1997.

Price range information: Lithographs are very affordable coming in at $2000 or less. Original oils can reach $100,000. Acrylics range from $10,000 to $75,000.

Below a montage of many works of the artist. This clip doesn’t have an audio with it but the pictures are quite remarkable:





Artist of the moment……Joyce Ballantyne

Joyce Ballantyne was an American artist associated with the “pin up” girl movement. Joyce Ballantyne was born in the year 1918 in Norfolk, Nebraska. A highly successful commercial artist one the artist’s most renowned works was that of the Coppertone Girl. She spent much of her illustration career working for Grant Advertising Agency.


For her collegiate education Ballantyne attended the University of Nebraska, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the American Academy of Art.

Ballantyne began her career as an illustrator of books. She also created maps for the company Rand McNally.

Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $25,000. Ballantyne worked in many mediums including watercolor, gouache, oils, and acrylics.

The Coppertone Girl was an image of a young blond girl whose swimsuit is being pulled off by a small dog. Across the country some billboards were installed with moving parts that showed the swimsuit coming down and revealing the very pale buttocks in comparison to girl’s golden legs. Here is the Coppertone advertisement in case you haven’t seen it.


The artist often used herself for a model.

Joyce Ballantyne passed away in 2006 at the age of 88.