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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HAPPY THANKSGIVING….Artist of the moment….Abstract artist William Perehudoff…

William Perehudoff comes from Canada. Perehudoff is best known for his abstract paintings.

In the gallery all works by William Perehudoff except the last two. The second from bottom was painted by the artist’s wife Dorothy Knowles. The last one is by famed Op Art master Victor Vasarely.

Below is a clip from a gallery show featuring some of William Perehudoffs paintings from the 1980s.

William Perehudoff was born in Langham, Saskatchewan in Canada in the year 1919.

Perehudoff quit organized education and school after the fourth grade. He did however continue to study art with great artists. Perehudoff was able to study at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center with reknown French painter Jean Chariot. He also took workshops with master painters and was able to meet Greenberg was the most influential of all the artist’s mentors and showed him the path to his version of abstraction.

Clement Greenberg was not a painter, but a famous art critic. Greenberg is given credit for making Jackson Pollack a star in the art world. Critics yielded a great deal of power and influence in the 40s, 50, and 60s.

Perehudoff has also worked was a mural painter for a period of time. The artist lists Diego Rivera as a major influence on his art.

Perehudoff is married to an artist specializing in the landscape. Her name is Dorothy Knowles and below is one of  her paintings.

William Perehudoff is still alive but his health was so bad he quit painting in 2001.

Price range info:  Perehudoff worked in many mediums including silk screen, oils, acrylics, and gouache. Silkscreens can be found from $350 to $1000. Gouache works are found from $1100 to $4500. Acrylics can be found from $5,000 to $20,000.

If I were to compare his work to another artist it would be the French / Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely. Along with the British painter Bridget Riley these two artist brought the world of optical illusions and movement of flat shapes to the art world.  Below is a great sample of a work done by Vasarely.

The artist is included in many museum collections including the National Gallery of Canada and the Montreal Musuem of Art. Perehudoff also received the second highest award available to a civilian. He became a member of the Order of Canada. In its history less than six thousand people have received the award. It goes to doctors, scientists, artists, anyone who improves society.

In a great story from 2009 a very large mural painted by the artist was saved and removed from a building that was to be condemned. A retiree who was a conservator was put in charge to remove the paint from the building. The painting is estimated to be worth one quarter million dollars. The murals are now in storage until a newer gallery is made.

I enjoy looking at organized abstraction far more than abstract expressionist paintings. The viewer can tell Perehudoff has an excellent feel for color and design. For the abstract painters no one combined color with shape quite like the artist who is still alive at 93 years of age.

Try an abstract painting today.