Posts Tagged ‘california school of fine arts’

Artist of the moment………Emmy Lou Packard


Emmy Lou Packard was a wonderful printmaker and also a close friend of Frida Kahlo. Emmy Lou Packard was born in the year 1914 in El Centro, California. Packard began her artistic career assisting Diego Rivera in some of his art. Packard studied formally at the California School of Fine Arts and earned a degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

I enjoy the wonderful shapes the artist creates in working with flowering plants and vegetables. Each one is the same basic shape, but changed just slightly so that it becomes a field  full of movement and lively shapes. Even in works with a view of a field from far away, the rows of vegetation are each made unique. Even the lines of a telephone pole are made to look very artistic, even Art Deco in style.

The artist worked in oils and gouache.

Packard passed away in 1988.

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Packard was a fantastic artist who used her art to promote causes she cared deeply for including children and women. Art can be powerful!




Artist of the moment……David Park

David Park was an American painter associated with Bay Area Figurative Movement. David Park was born in Boston, Massachusetts in the year 1911.

For his artistic education the artist attended the California School of Fine Arts.

His work is a great blend of modernism, abstraction, and realism. If I were to compare him to another painter that was not part of the California scene it would be Eric Fischl.

David Park passed away from cancer in 1960.

Price range information: The artist worked in many mediums including pencil, ink, watercolor, and oils. Prices range from $150,000 to $3 million dollars.

Much of his work was done from memory. After being severely damaged physically from cancer to work with oil paints,  Park mastered the medium of watercolor.

In this clip we listen to some Beethoven whilst viewing the work of David Park:


Artist of the moment…….Irving Norman

Irving Norman was born in Vilna, Russian Empire in the year 1906. After World War 2 this area became the country of Poland. Norman was a Surrealist painter and was adept and painting large groupings of people. His family came to the United States in 1923. The family lived in New York City and he became a barber.

For his artistic education Norman attended the California School of Fine Arts. Norman studied at the Art Students League of New York City where he mentored under Robert Beverly Hale, a master at painting and drawing the figure.

Norman was influenced by Pablo Picasso and the great Mexican muralist painters including Diego Rivera and more so Jose Orozco. Norman worked in watercolors, oils, and was an excellent draftsman.

Norman was under surveillance by the F.B.I. for his political beliefs.

Norman has been part of the shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the San Francisco Museum of Art.

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If you enjoy this type of Surrealism be sure and check out painter Hillary Harkness, already profiled here. Harkness paints in great detail large groups of women at sea and on boats. A true woman’s world. Below is an example of Hilary Harkness, she enjoys painting large groups of women on boats much of the time:

In this clip we view a show by Irving Norman:

In this clip curators speak about the art of Irving Norman:

Irving Norman passed away in 1989.

What a wonderful Surrealist painter!


Artist of the moment…….John Grillo

John Grillo is an American artist born in 1917 renowned for his abstract style of painting. In addition to painting Grillo sculpts and produces prints.

For his collegiate education Grillo attended the Hartford School of Fine Arts in Hartford, Connecticut. Grillo then moved to the West coast and attended the California School of Fine Arts. In addition he was able to study directly under painter Hans Hoffman.

Grillo has been part of exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum of Art both located in New York City.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $60,000.

The artist is based out of Provincetown, Massachusetts.