Posts Tagged ‘Colorado’

Artist of the moment………..Charles Partridge Adams




Charles Partridge Adams was an American landscape painter renown for his images of Colorado. Charles Adams was born in Franklin, Massachusetts in the year 1858. His family moved west to Denver in 1876 and within a year he found employment at a bookstore.

Adams is considered by many historians to be the best Colorado landscape painter in history. One of Adams favorite subjects were the wonderful snow covered peaks of Colorado. Other popular locations he painted include Massachusetts and Colorado.

One of his first teachers was named Helen Chain, she was a student of the famed painter George Inness. The artist studied with various teachers for brief periods of time, but he didn’t attend a formal artistic academy and remained largely self taught. He honed his skills by going on camping trips, for as long as  three months, where he just sketched and painted the local landscapes.

Charles Partridge Adams passed away in 1942.

In this clip we view an appraisal of a painting by Adams seen on my favorite television show, the Antiques Roadshow!:

Price range information: Adams painted in watercolors, gouache, and oils. Prices range from $10,000 to $100,000.



Artist of the moment…….Hari Panicker and Deepti Nair



Hari Panicker and Deepti Nair are a young artistic duo from India who are renown for their work with cut paper and lightboxes.

Hari Panicker was born in Mumbai, India in the year 1980. He studied graphic design and illustration in college and has worked in the industry as an album designer. Paniker was also in management for MTV networks of India.

The artist enjoys drawing and creating monsters.

Panicker is inspired by Balinese shadow puppets.

Below we take a closer look at one of the duo’s signature lightboxes:

Deepti Nair was also born in India in the year 1981. Nair enjoys working with papercuts and clay. She works in the technology industry as an interaction designer. Since she works with technology so much with her day job she prefers to do without when she is creating art.

The duo have been creating their lightboxes since 2010.

This creative team is now based out of Black Book Gallery looked in downtown Denver. This is an awesome gallery to view many of the artists listed here such as Ben Eine and ROA.

Price range information: Most original works are priced $2,000 to $5,000.

These are remarkable works of art made from paper. I am so impressed with the feeling and emotion of the scene the viewer gets when the piece is turned on. They are lit from behind with a L.E.D. light.


Artist of the moment………….Dewain Valentine



Dewain Valentine is an American artist renown for his minimalist style. Dewain Valentine was born in Fort Collins, Colorado in the year 1936.

The artist was inspired by modern painters including Larry Bell and Ken Price.

Many sculptures are made of fiberglass and/or resin. For subject matter Valentine often refers to skies. Valentine is sometimes associated with the Light and Space movement.

Valentine helped to develop a special resin that for the first time allowed artists to work with sculptures larger than 50 pounds. Valentine also prefers a very smooth finish, to give the appearance of being new and machine built.

Below the surface of Valentine’s work is discussed in further detail with more examples shown:

The artist is based out of Gardena, California.

Valentine is part of the collections of the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City,  and the Denver Museum of Art.

The artist is a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Price range information: Large disks by Valentine can reach the $1 million dollar mark. Smaller table top size works range from a few thousand to $35,000.

Valentine gives the viewer a wonderful combination of basic geometric shapes with cutting edge materials that he helped to invent! A wonderful example of modern art.



Artist of the moment…..Witold K

Witold K was born in Warsaw, Poland in the year 1932. Witold K was raised mainly by his grandparents as his mother died upon his birth. His grandfather was even a member of Polish Parliamentary government.

To help him learn English Witold K was an avid Scrabble player!

For his artistic education the artist attended Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts.

1964 Witold K is sent to Paris, France by the Polish Minister of Culture. The artist smuggled writings of the those that disagreed with the governments of Poland and the Soviet Union. The artist helped bring these thoughts to the West.

For his acts Witold K received an award from the United States, but was then banned from returning to Poland.

Witold K moved to New York city in 1968. A year later he would move to California. He opened his first gallery in Beverly Hills.

In 1980 the artist moved to Denver, Colorado.

In 1997 the mayor of Denver, Wellington Webb proclaimed May 15th Witold K day. At the time it was his 65th birthday and the mayor wanted to recognize the donation to the artistic community of  Denver.

A documentary film is being shot talking about the life history and artistic journey of the artist.

In this great clip we listen to Witold K talk about a painting for auction at Sotheby’s. His dream job was to be the director of a zoo as he loved animals. We also learn about a wonderful painting inspired by his grandfather.

A link to Witold K’s own website:

Price range information: Sorry none available.