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Artist of the moment…….Donald Baechler



Donald Baechler was born in Hartford, Connecticut in the year 1956. Baechler is a painter often working with flowers, children, and items from the summer like an umbrella or beach ball as his subject of choice.

His was raised in the Quaker way of life, another artist James Turrell is perhaps the most well known Quaker artist.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $50,000. Bacher is a great printmaker and his larger original works are usually in gouache or acrylics.

A great interview with Donald Baechler as he talks about painting skulls and other subjects:


For his artistic education Baechler attended the Maryland Institute College of Art and Cooper Union College located in New York. Baechler also studied in Germany.

In this clip we view a show featuring Donald Baechler that took place in 2010:

The artist is a painter and sculptor.

In the 1980s the artist developed a Neo- Expressionist Style.

Of all his artwork I enjoy his botanical and floral imagery the most.






Artist of the moment…….Soyer Family…….Moses Soyer


Here we have another great family of artists, the Soyer family! We start with Moses Soyer…

Moses Soyer was born in Russia in the year 1899. Soyer was one of three boys from this family who went on to lengthy professional art careers. Moses Soyer came to the United States with his family and settled in New York City in the year 1912. His father was a Hebrew scholar.

Soyer is classified with the Social Realist artists, and for good reason, the Depression had a huge impact on the artist. Soyer was part of the WPA project along with his brothers. Moses Soyer used these paintings to push for the changes he wanted to see in America.

For his artistic education Moses Soyer attended Cooper Union and the National Academy of Design.

After the Depression Soyer worked with ballet dancers. These are great paintings that remind me of Edgar Degas.

Moses Soyer passed away in 1974.

In this clip a brief selection of works from Moses Soyer:

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $50,000. Soyer worked in watercolor, graphite, oils, and pastels.

The best thing I like about this artist is his keen sense of design. Many smaller works have three heads or figures each looking a different direction. This gives the work a great sense of life, but his brushwork makes it look as if it were executed with one simple stroke reminiscent of John Singer Sargent.




Artist of the moment……Sue Williams

Sue Williams is an American artist renowned for abstract and figurative works. Sue Williams was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois in the year 1954. For her artistic education Sue Williams attended the California Institute of the Arts located in Valencia, California. The artist briefly attended the Cooper Union School of Art located in New York City.

The artist came to fame in the 1980s when she painted many works that showed nude figures engaged in sex. Since then her work has become more abstract and with her great sense of color  Williams is one of my favorite artists. Great color and sublime shapes makes for exciting artwork that you can look at all day because you can always find something different to look at in the painting. What I like most about her work is her variety of line weight. As an artist who grew up idolizing the great Al Hirschfeld, I find that Williams has the same fluid line as the great caricature master.

In this clip we view a show from 2008 featuring Sue Williams:

Another unique idea employed by Williams is to paint certain body areas. Hands or feet but rarely the whole figure. Sometimes even bones or blood vessels are painted.

Sue Williams is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Williams is included in many prestigious collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of Art both located in New York City.

The artist is a proud feminist painter that enjoys working with sexism and gender bias as well as politics in her work. If you enjoy this genre be sure and check out the already profiled Judy Chicago for some similar ideas!

Price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $100,000. Williams is a well established printmaker.

And to close we visit a show from 2010:


Artist of the moment…..Sidney Gordin

Sidney Gordin was born in Chilyabinsk, Russia in the year 1918. Gordin was a painter and sculptor dealing with modernist design and simple geometric shapes employing the rectangle in many works.  His family moved to the United States in 1922.

For his artistic education Gordin attended Cooper Union located in New York City.

Elected to the National Academy of Design in the year 1993.

Was part of the teaching faculty at the University of California Berkeley from 1958 to 1986.

Sidney Gordin passed away in 1996 at the age of 77 years old.

Many works are made of wood and then painted.

Gordin is included in prominent collections of the Whitney Museum of New York City, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Art.

In this clip from Goss Sullivan galleries we view some works from a show about the artist given in 2009:

price range information: Most works priced between $3,000 and $100,000.


Artist of the moment…..Wangechi Mutu…

Wangechi Mutu comes from Nairobi, Kenya which is located in Africa. She is known for her very elaborate collage and painting works which usually depict a person. I would say her style is Surrealism but done in a very modern way. A mixture of Hughie Lee Smith and Bev Doolittle. I have profiled Hughie Lee Smith before and he was the most prominent African American Surrealist painter. Below is an great example of his style.


Below is a clip showing works by Wangechi Mutu. Pay attention to the subtleties of her work. Look closely at the nose, it may be a leg. She is very creative in her portrayal of the female figure.

Another great selection of works by the artist.

Price range info:  Mutu has worked in acrylics which range from $25,000 to $135,000. Ink works range from $50,000 to $385,000.

Bev Doolittle’s work I am sure most viewers have seen at least one time in their life. She paints forests and landscapes but with hidden faces painted out of rocks and woodpiles. I enjoy Doolittle’s work as she has fabulous compositions which become necessary if you are trying to paint a face, but by using the various lights and darks of trees and rocks. Everything has to be place just so to make sense, but not so much that it looks is if the artist tried too hard. The image seems to have appeared “magically.”

Below is a great example of how Doolittle cleverly mixes land, snow, and horses in a very unique way from a composition standpoint.

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In her famous collages Wangechi Mutu uses a many materials such as medical illustrations, fashion magazine clips, pornography, glitter, and beads. She enjoys placing a variety of patterned textures in her figures.

The artist first came to the United States when she was nineteen yeras old. For her collegiate studies Mutu attended the  Cooper Union School for the Advancement of Arts and Sciences in New York city graduating in 1996. Mutu went on to earn a masters degree from Yale University.

Mutu has been part of several prestigious at locations such as the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Tate Modern in London, and the Studio Musuem located in Brooklyn, New York.

Wangechi Mutu now lives and works out of New York city.

This artist always fascinates me with her Surrealistic outlook of the world. She can take trash and found objects and transform them into works of magic! She is very inspirational and her characters are all very unique and whimsical.