Posts Tagged ‘color field painter’

Artist of the moment……….John Opper

John Opper was an American painter associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement. John Opper was born in the year 1908.

For his artistic education Opper attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Chicago Academy of Art. Whilst in school and at the beginning years of his career Opper worked in a realist style. Opper began working in an abstract style after studying with famed painter Hans Hoffmann.

The artist was the recipient of many fellowships and grants including the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim fellowship.

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Opper was a long tenured professor at New York University.

John Opper passed away in 1964.

I enjoy Opper’s work with the vertical stripes the best! Opper thought that the 1930s was a great time for American art. With programs like the Works Progress Administration it made other artists get together and the whole artistic community was buzzing.


Artist of the moment……Howard Mehring


Howard Mehring was born in the year 1931. Mehring is associated with the Washington Color Field School.

For his artistic education Mehring attended Wilson’s Teacher’s College earning a bachelors degree. Mehring also attended the  Catholic University American National Institute for the Arts and Letters, located in Washington D.C. where he studied under Kenneth Noland.

Mehring painted in an abstract manner with loose brushwork before switching to a more hard edged style of painting.

Mehring is included in the Museum of Modern Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Howard Mehring passed away in 1978.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $40,000. The artist worked with oils and acrylics sometimes using a special magna acrylic paint.




Artist of the moment…..Robert Sagerman


Robert Sagerman was born in Bayside, New York in the year 1966. For his artistic education Sagerman attended the Pratt Institute located in New York City. Sagerman went on to earn a masters degrees in both art history and science from Pratt. The artist also earned PHd in Judaic Studies from New York University. Sagerman is an artist associated with the color field and abstract art movements.

Sagerman also enrolled at West Point Military Academy.

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Most works have thickly and dense layers of paint. These are applied in many dabs and strokes which help the artist to name a work. Piece 12,056 would mean the work of art used 12,056 strokes. The works have vibrancy of light and color that engages the viewer.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Robert Sagerman from 2012. The clip includes many closeups and the viewer can get a better feel as to have textured and thickness of the paint:

I love the use of color and texture that Sagerman employs. I bet the paint is still wet to the touch! Sagerman also mixes his own paints so that he can get the purity of color he likes.




Artist of the moment….Leon Berkowitz

Leon Berkowitz was associated with the Washington D.C. Color Field painters. Leon Berkowitz was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1911. For his collegiate education Berkowitz attended the University of Pennsylvania. In addition Berkowitz took classes at New York City’s famed Art Student’s League.

Berkowitz participated in World War 2 as part of the Army.

Professor at the Corcoran Gallery School of Art.

First wife was a poet named Fox.

The works in the gallery are mainly from the artist’s later years. He spent a few years in Europe and this is where he developed his works that deal with color and soft and dappled light.

The artist passed away in 1987.

price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $15,000.


Artist of the moment….Jerald Ieans

Jerald Ieans is a wonderful American artist born in Waukegan, Illinois in the year 1970. Ieans is known for his layering of free flowing shapes on top of each other.

Works with oils.

The movement  that most influenced Jerald Ieans was the Color Field movement.

His shapes remind me most of the very successful artist and businessman Rex Ray. Below a work of Rex Ray’s that shows how he works with the same biomorphic shapes.


price range information: Works range $2,000 to $10,000.

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