Posts Tagged ‘Art Student’s League of New York City’

Artist of the moment……..David Roland Smith



David Roland Smith was an American painter and sculptor renown for his Cubist and Abstract style. David Smith was born in Decatur, Indiana in the year 1906. His sculpture works were often public sized commissions made of steel that featured basic geometric shapes.

Smith briefly attended Ohio University and Notre Dame University before leaving college to become a full time welder in Indiana. He would move to New York City a few years later.

Below a sculpture by David Smith from the campus of the University California at Los Angeles:

Smith studied at the Art Student’s League of New York City.

He was married to fellow artist Dorothy Dehner. When the couple was first married they bought a farm. The era of the Great Depression soon took place. The couple had more than 60 acres of land, but no electricity or running water in the house. The two were very proud of the way they managed themselves during this difficult time period.

During the time of World War 2, with resources being scarce, the artist concentrated on painting rather than sculpting.

David Rolland Smith was killed in an automobile accident in 1965.

In this clip a great interview with David Smith talking about how Cubism influenced his artwork. Some works are shown at the 3 minute mark of the clip:

price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $500,000. The artist produced many works in oils, inks, and watercolor.

The artist started to produce his large and public sized works after receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship.

What a great combination of basic shapes and raw materials. I found some surface qualities to be similar to the Shona and Inuit carvers.


Artist of the moment………Peter Busa



Peter Busa was an American abstract expressionist painter. Peter Busa was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the year 1914. The artist attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology located in Pittsburgh.

Busa also attended the Art Student’s League of New York City. The artist also studied with Hans Hofmann at his school.

The artist was included in the WPA (Federal Art Project)

Busa also taught at the collegiate level at Cooper Union, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and New York University located in New York City.

Peter Busa passed away in 1985.

Price range information: The artist worked in oils, gouache, and mixed media. Works range from $5,000 to $50,000.

I enjoy the artist’s great use of color.




Artist of the moment………Lee Bontecou


Lee Bontecou is an American artist renown for her abstract sculpture works. Lee Bontecou was born in Providence, Rhode Island in the year 1931. Bontecou’s flourished as an artist in the 1950s and 1960s with her sculptures made with unique materials.

Bontecou received a great deal of training at the Art Student’s League of New York. Bontecou also received a Fullbright Scholarship to study abroad in Rome, Italy.

A major influence and mentor to the artist was sculptor William Zorach.

Bontecou taught for many years at Brooklyn College located in New York.

Below a signature work from Lee Bontecou that was shown at the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City:

Many of the artist’s work was a mix of steel and other modern materials including conveyor belts and mail sacks.

A brief biography and documentary on Lee Bontecou:

Price range information: Bontecou worked as a printmaker and silkscreens and lithographs can be found in the $5,000 to $20,000. Works in casein and graphite range from $20,000 to the low six figures. Sculptures in bronze and steel can reach near the 1 million dollar level.


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…….Seymour Fogel


Seymour Fogel was an American painter whose career spanned several movements including Abstract Expressionism and Social Realism. Seymour Fogel was born in New York, New York in the year 1911.

Fogel studied at the Art Student’s League of New York. Fogel also attended the National Academy of Design. He left before graduating saying that he learned how to copy subjects and not how to be a painter.

Fogel served as an apprentice to Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Fogel helped in Rivera’s mural at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

After serving as an apprentice the artist went on to receive many mural commissions from the government including the Treasury Department.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Fogel enjoyed experimenting with new mediums and created art using plastic, wax, oils, acrylics, and watercolor.

Fogel passed in 1984.

The artist had a great mind for creating organic shapes.



Artist of the moment…….Peggy Bacon


Peggy Bacon is an American artist renown or her caricature work and illustrations of children’s books. Peggy Bacon was born in Ridgefield, Connecticut in the year 1895. Bacon’s parents were both artists and met each other at the Art Student’s League of New York. Over her lengthy career Bacon illustrated more than 60 books including writing 19 of these.

Price range information: Bacon was a prolific printmaker with prices ranging from $500 to $10,000.

As a young child and teen Bacon lived in many different locations around the world including Paris, France and Nassau, Bahamas and the north eastern part of the United States.

In this clip we view a top 10 list of illustrations produced by Peggy Bacon:

After finishing high school at a boarding school her father killed himself due to depression.

Bacon enjoyed the Art Student’s League of New York City because it was the first time she was surrounded by young people who all had the same common interest and goals, to succeed in the world of art.

Bacon was elected to the National Academy of Design.


Peggy Bacon passed away in 1987 at the age of 91 years old.

Bacon worked in oils, watercolors, and gouache.

What wonderful draftsmanship. Bacon is often overlooked, but her drawing skills were just as good as other artists of her era such as Kenneth Hayes Miller and Ed Hopper.





Artist of the moment…..Gladys Cook


Gladys Cook is a wonderful American artist renown for her portraits of domestic dogs and cats. Gladys Cook was born in the year 1899. For her artistic education Cook attended the Art Student’s League of New York City.

Cook enjoyed a lengthy career as an illustrator and commercial artist. Some companies she worked for including companies that sold cat products such as Puss N Boots.

Later in her career she became an avid marine painter.

Much of her animal work is in charcoal and pastel.

Gladys Cook passed away in 1976.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Some other great artists who paint dogs and cats include Edmund  Osthaus and John Weiss.