Posts Tagged ‘Chicago’

Artist of the moment……..Allen Stringfellow


Allen Stringfellow was an American painter and illustrator. Allen Stringfellow was born in the year 1923. He was raised in Chicago, Illinois by his grandmother. His parents were professional entertainers and didn’t raise of their six kids.

Stringfellow often appeared wearing a red hat when in public.

The artist was a friend of an artist already profiled here, Elizabeth Catlett. She was the African-American sculptor who moved to Mexico and only passed away in the past few years.

The artist often draws inspiration for his work from music and also from church. Stringfellow avoided political statements in his artwork.

Allen Stringfellow passed away in 2004.

In this clip we view some works by Allen Stringfellow. The section on this artist begins at 4 minutes into the clip:

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $10,000. The artist worked in gouache, watercolor, collage, acrylics, and ink.

I enjoy this artists sense of design and in particular with the church scenes. The artist made the space much bigger than it was due to his mastery of composition.



Artist of the moment…….Barbara Jones- Hogu


Barbara Jones- Hogu is an American painter renown for figure paintings featuring African Americans. Barbara Jones was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1938. The artist is very schooled having earned a bachelor of arts degree from Howard University. She also earned a bachelors of fine arts degree from the Art Institute of Chicago. Jones- Hogu also received an advanced degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology where she studied printmaking.

Jones- Hogu was a prominent figure in the Black Arts Movement that took place in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s.

The collective for the black arts movement in Chicago was led by Jones- Hogu and was named AfriCOBRA. Short for the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists. Bad being a compliment in this case!

The often uses text in her work.

In this clip a brief interview with the artist from 2013:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Jones- Hogu is a painter and printmaker.

Barbara Jones Hogu does a wonderful job at blending figures and text. Her choice of colors remind of the 45 LP record albums from the 1960s and 1970s.







Artist of the moment……Ed Paschke


Ed Paschke was an American Pop Art painter who often worked with the face and figure. Ed Paschke was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1939. Paschke attended the Art Institute of Chicago. Paschke earned a BFA and also an MFA from the same institution.

The artist taught at Northwestern College. He also married another artist named Nancy.

His favorite themes were similar to other artist’s like Warhol, sex, fame, and money were painted often.

Price range information: Works range from prints which start at $4,000 to original oils which can reach $300,000. The artist created many lithographs over his career.


In this clip we view a show featuring Ed Paschke with our friend James Kalm:

Ed Paschke passed away in 2004 at the age of 65 years of age.

Below the last interview given by Paschke before he passed away:



Artists of the moment…….Jessie and Cornelis Botke

Cornelius Botke was a wonderful painter and printmaker born in Leewarden, Netherlands in the year 1857. Botke attended college in Haarlem, Netherlands at the School of Applied Design. Cornelius Botke enjoyed painting the landscape and many of his prints have the subject matter of trees.

In 1906 he came to the United States and settled in Chicago. There he attended the Chicago Institute of Art and studied architecture. Whilst in Chicago he would meet his wife, painter Jessie Arms Botke.

After getting married the couple spent more than one decade not traveling and painting around the globe. The Botke family then settled in California where Cornelius painted the landscape and Jessie painted the landscape in addition to her remarkable birds. The couple received a great deal of commissions and for the first part of the life in California they were based out of Carmel, California.

Cornelis Botke passed away in 1954.

Price range information: Prints start around $3,000 and originals in oils may reach $20,000.


Jessie Arms Botke

Jessie Botke was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1883. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago. Jessie Botke was renown for her fantastic paintings of birds in lush landscapes.

Her favorite bird to paint was the peacock. Jessie Botke received a commission to paint a peacock and in the process found her favorite subject matter.

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $100,000. Botke was a printmaker but also worked with watercolors, gouache, and oils.

In this clip a great selection of works by Jessie Botke:

Jessie Botke passed away in 1971.

Botke reminds me most of American painter of floral works, Mary Alice Williams, both artists worked with flowers and in many cases incorporated gold and silver leaf into their works. A great blend of realism and imagination!


Artist of the moment…..Frederick Jones Jr.

Frederick Jones Jr. was an African American artist renown for his vibrant figure paintings. Frederick D. Jones Jr. was born in Georgetown, South Carolina in the year 1914. For his artistic education Jones attended Moorehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He also attended Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. Jones is associated with the Social Realism movement popular during the times of the Works Progress Administration. His father was a pharmacist and owned his own store.

Eventually Jones would relocate to Chicago. He was working for a Coca Cola company and some owners and managers saw his work and took a shine to his personality. It was arranged for the artist to move to Chicago, and to attend the Art Institute of Chicago and have Coca Cola company pick up the bill.

Atlanta was seen as the new South and many African American owned business were thriving. The race problem wasn’t as big an issue as in other locations in the South.

price range information: Sorry none available.

In 1930 Jones was able to sell his first painting. He made $25 on the project and was thrilled. He received this great mentoring whilst still in high school.

Another report I saw listed 1913 and Raleigh, North Carolina for a birthdate.

Jones spent much of his career based out of Chicago and painted the legendary jazz musicians of the time including Louis Armstrong.

Frederick Jones Jr. passed away in 2004 at the age of 89 years old.

The artist was great friends with painter Hughie Lee Smith, also an African American painter working in a Surrealist manner.