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Artist of the moment……….Harvey Quaytman



Harvey Quaytman was an American painter and printmaker who specialized in geometric abstraction. Harvey Quaytman was born in Far Rockaway, New York in the year 1937. Many works of the artist include very large squares or crosses.

His father was a certified public accountant. His father would perish in a train accident just three years after the birth of the artist.

The artist briefly attended Syracuse University before switching to the Boston Museum School and Tufts University where he earned a B.A. degree.

One artist who inspired him was Piet Mondrian. Quaytman also was one of the first artists to use shaped canvases.

Quaytman was married to a writer, Susan Howe, and the couple had a child who turned out to be an artist named Rebecca Howe Quaytman. She was the previous post.

In this clip two of the artist’s daughters talk about their father’s work:

Harvey Quaytman passed away in 2002, at the age of sixty four,  due to complications from cancer.

The artist was an elected member of the National Academy of Design.

Quaytman also won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Price range information: The artist often worked in acrylics and prices range from $10,000 to $70,000. Works in oils can hit six figures. The artist also worked in pastels and mixed media.

What a great father and daughter set of painters!


Artist of the moment……Larry Poons

Larry Poons was born in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1937. Poons is associated with the Color Field painters and also the Op- Art movement. For his artistic education Poons attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Art Students League of New York City. Poons began college with the intent of being a professional musician and studied at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Poons has taught at the Art Students League and continues to do so.

One of Poons’ favorite hobbies is to race vintage motorcycles. One of his favorites is the Ducati 250.

Price range information: Poons works mainly with acrylics and also printmaking. Prices range from $1,000 to $120,000.

Larry Poons is based out of New York City.

In this clip Mr. Poons shares with us some stories about a poetry shop he used to own and run back in the late 1950s and also about some friends in his artistic circle:

Below is a clip featuring a show with Larry Poons. We don’t really get good close up shots as with the master James Kalm, but the viewer can get a good idea of to the vast size of Mr. Poons’ art.


Artist of the moment….Edwin Ambrose Webster

Edwin Ambrose Webster was an American artist born in the year 1869 in Chelsea, Massachusetts . The artist was first a traditional style painter and then participated in the famous Chicago Armory show and after that became a modernist painter. Webster enjoyed painting the sea, tropical landscapes such as locations in Jamaica, and the figure. Later in his career he also experimented with Cubist painting.

For his artistic education studied at the Boston Museum School of Art with renown painter Frank Weston Benson. Below an example of Benson’s style. Remember Edwin Webster was a traditional realist painter with a slight impressionistic touch before exploring modernism.


The artist started his own school  and helped found the artists colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Below is a booklet from this school. Webster was intrigued by the light surrounding the Cape Cod area.


Edwin Webster passed away in 1935.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

I really enjoy the way this artist portrayed the tropical landscape. Having come from a traditional realist background its easy to Webster was an excellent graphic designer and draftsman whose talent seemed to explode after he infused his art with more color.