Posts Tagged ‘color field’

Artist of the moment…….Barnett Newman


I hope if you are reading this article you are somewhat familiar with the art world and the fact that Christie’s Auction House had one if its most successful auctions selling works for high prices for artists such as Jeff Koons, Mark Rothko, and the feature of this post, Barnett Newman.

In this clip we view the recent auction which saw the artist’s work Black Fire sell for  $84 million dollars:

Barnett Newman was an American Abstract Expressionist painter born in the year 1905 in New York City. Newman’s parents emigrated to the United States from Poland. For his collegiate education Newman attended Cornell University before earning a degree from New York City College.

He worked for his father’s clothing manufacturing business but it went out of business.

Here we view another work that was the artist’s record for a short time before the results of this past week:

The artist was married to an art teacher Annalee Greenhouse.

Newman was also seen as part of the Color Field painters and also spent time painting in a Surrealist style.

Barnett Newman passed away in 1970 at the age of 65 after having a heart attack.

Newman is part of many important collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Price range information: Lithographs start in the high five figures up to the record 84 million paid earlier this week.


Artist of the moment….Jack Bush

Jack Bush was born John Hamilton Bush in Toronto, Canada in the year 1909. Bush was renown for his abstract painting style. Bush is also associated with the Color Field movement. Bush was  a painter and printmaker.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $750,000.

Bush grew up in Montreal, Canada and worked as an apprentice to his father for the Rapid Grip Company. Bush also took drawing and painting lessons at night from such nationally recognized painters as Edmond Dyonnet and Adam Sheriff Scott. Both of these painters were some of Canada’s best painters of the landscape. Below is a great example of Dyonnet’s landscape style.


Bush was not influenced by European art. Bush enjoyed the work of the American Abstract Expressionist painters. Bush was able to learn a great deal from the American Art critic  Clement Greenberg.

Jack Bush was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

In this clip we view a work of Jack Bush at auction:

Bush worked mainly in acrylics.

Jack Bush  had a son named Terry that went on to become famous as a jingle writer and singer.

Jack Bush passed away in 1977.

In this clip we view a work of Jack Bush on the auction block!


Artist of the moment……….Emily Mason

Emily Mason is the daughter of painter Alice Trumbull Mason. Emily Mason was born in the year 1932 in New York City. Mason is a associated with the abstract movement. For her artistic education Emily Mason attended Bennington College for a couple of years and finished her schooling Cooper Union in New York City. Mason is also associated with the color field painters.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

First a shout out to Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason for being the longest married artistic couple I have profiled. The two artists have been married 56 years, but have rarely shown their works side by side. Here we visit one of these rare showings of both artists:

The artist also was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship which allowed her to study art overseas in Italy.

She is married to one of my favorite painters and my favorite abstract artist who works with pastels, Wolf Kahn. Below some works by Wolf Kahn. I have always been a fan of his work because similar to Len Chmiel, he uses unique color combinations not usually seen in the landscape. His blend of color field painting and realism leads to very unique designs.

Her mother founded the American Abstract Artist group. The abstract movement hadn’t yet caught the momentum that would in later years.

Emily Mason has been a professor at Hunter College.

What a wonderful artistic family!


Artist of the moment……Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins was a fantastic American painter that had a wonderful mixture of abstraction and an emphasis on color. Paul Jenkins was born in Kansas City, Missouri in the year 1923.  Whilst still a youngster he happened to meet the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who told him to seek a career in agriculture rather than art. Thankfully Jenkins also met Thomas Hart Benton who encouraged him to seek an artistic career.

price range information: The artist was very prolific. Lithographs can be found in most cases for less than $1,000. Oils range $10,000 to $95,000. Acrylics range $5,000 to $50,000. Watercolors range $1,000 to $10,000.

In place of college Jenkins went to serve his country and was deployed in World War 2. After his service he used the G.I. Bill to gain enrollment at the Art Students League of New York. At the Art Students League he was able to mentor under the guidance of  Yasuo Kuniyoshi, a modernist painter that enjoyed painting the figure. Below is a great example of his style.


Jenkins’ first solo show was in the mid 1950s and was a huge success. One purchaser of his art was the Whitney Museum of Art.

Gained more public attention after some paintings were included in the movie AN UNMARRIED WOMAN.

Jenkins passed away in 2012 at the age of 88 years old.

A brief montage of works by Paul Jenkins.

Below we visit a gallery show featuring Paul Jenkins.