Posts Tagged ‘ellsworth kelly’

Artist of the moment……….Ward Jackson

Ward Jackson is an American artist renown for his abstract paintings. Ward Jackson was born in Petersburg, Virginia in the year 1928.

Jackson attended college in Richmond, Virginia at the Richmond Polytechnic Institute of the College of William and Mary, which is known as Virginia Commonwealth University, where he earned a M.F.A.

After college Jackson also studied privately with artist Hans Hofmann.

In this clip we visit a retrospective show featuring the art of Ward Jackson with James Kalm:

In this clip we catch up again with our dear friend James Kalm to visit a show featuring artwork of Ward Jackson from the 1960s:

Ward Jackson passed away in 2004.

The artist was a member of the American Abstract Artists and served as secretary of the group for many years.

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Ward Jackson is included in prominent museum collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the British Museum located in London.

I find Ward Jackson’s art similar to that of Ellsworth Kelly and Karl Benjamin.



New Collage by me!!! The Modernist Art Enthusiast…..

So I enjoy looking at the collector’s house as art. With such great magazines like Western Art and Architecture and American Art Collector and other  fashion and interior design magazines, we get a very good idea of what collectors display and what the interiors of their houses (mansions) look like. I really enjoy this, to imagine where a painting of yours might spend the rest of your life is very intriguing to me as an artist!

This work features 3 artists, can you name/ find them.

First off we have the yellow glass piece in front. I used a sheet of PVC paper for the base. The artist represented here is Dale Chihuly. Chihuly is currently the United States most popular and renowned glass artist. I enjoy his creative shapes and use of color found in his glass. I tried to make a fun shape for the glass work. Chihuly wears a patch as the result of a car accident in which his head broke through the windshield cutting his face. He was my post earlier today!

Ellsworth Kelly, the painting closest to the staircase. Ellsworth Kelly was born in 1923 in Newburgh, New York. He turned 90 earlier this year! Kelly is a painter and sculptor who is known for his simple abstract works with bold and bright color.

Eero Aarnio is a Finnish interior designer and decorator born in Helsinki, Finland in the year 1932. Aarnio is perhaps best known for his furniture designs with very modern looking works of art. Represented here is his ball chair design. Aarnio won the American Industrial Designer award in 1968. He loved to design furniture based on simple geometric shapes and forms.

The size is 12 inches by 12 inches!


Next up I will posting some caricatures!


Artist of the moment…..Lucie Bennett

Lucie Bennett is a British artist born in the year 1972. Bennett enjoys working with the silhouette of the female figure. The artist works mainly with prints. For her artistic education she attended Manchester Metropolitan University studying the interactive arts. Bennett also studied in France.

In this series with the figure she tries to compare the female form to a botanical form. So what jumped into my mind was Ellsworth Kelly and this botanical work with a very simple line.


price range information: Most prints priced between $2,500 and $4,000. No pricing info on originals.

Her artwork has been seen on British television shows and even in movies.

A link to the website of Lucie Bennett:

Solo exhibition in 2011 in London, England.

Being a British artist born in the early 1970s her work might have been influenced by Julian Opie, profiled here already. Opie also enjoys working with the silhouette of the female figure. A true modern artist, Opie sometimes uses computers in his art and this is a great example of his work. Instead of using paper a series will use 50 LED screens.


Artist of the moment…Peter Stegall….




Peter Stegall is known for his small sized abstract works with a great feel for color. If I were to compare him to another artist the first person that comes to mind would be Ellsworth Kelly. Kelly has produced wonderful prints in the past of leaves of flowers, but he is known for his keen use of fun shapes and color. Stegall’s works seldom have sides more than twelve inches on one side. Below is a great example of Ellsworth Kelly’s signature style.


Below we have a great interview with the artist and many of his smaller works. His works look great on camera as they are made with enamel on masonite giving his works a very modernistic finish.

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Served in the United States Army from 1963 to 1965.

Stegall lives and works out of Sacramento, California.

For his college studies the artist attended Fresno City College. He ended up earning both a bachelors and masters degree from California State University in Sacramento.

The artist also was also able to mentor under well known Pop painter Jim Nutt. Nutt was the leader of the Surrealist movement in Chicago. It is also interesting to note that Nunn also works with enamel rather than oil paint. Stegall prefers a gloss based enamel. Below is a great example of Surrealist painting by Jim Nutt.





Stegall  has been showing his art for more a little more than three decades time.

Whilst Stegall’s art is similar to Ellsworth Kelly, the smaller sized format and the fact that most of his art contains more shapes than you find makes them very exciting to look. Ellsworth Kelly with a little of the motion of shapes of Rex Ray. I also love the fact that this artist makes nearly all of his art smaller than twelve inches on a side. Very affordable and working on small compositions with as many as four shapes leads to newer and more exciting compositions than a person might see in a Kelly or another artist concerned with shape and color, John McLaughlin.

John McLaughlin was known for his use of color and shapes with straight edges and four sides. He didn’t come into painting until he was nearly fifty years old. Below is a signature example of John McLaughlin’s abstract art.



Peter Stegall has also taught drawing and art theory at the collegiate level.

Shows is work frequently at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the artist’s gallery.

Won the Pollack-Krasner foundation prize in 1989-1990.

Stegall has appeared in national magazines such as ArtNews and Art ltd.