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Artist of the moment…..John McLaughlin





A great clip here! We see some of the artists prints. A print can be a great way to start a collection.Remember the Alexander Calder print that a customer bought at Goodwill for around $10 and sold for $9,000 at auction. Prints can be a great investment. In this clip see some of McLaughlin’s prints. The artist was a master at creating eye pleasing color combinations.

Born in 1898 in the city of Sharon, Massachusetts. John McLaughlin was a pioneer in his manner of abstract painting which was titled “hard edge painting.”

In this clip we visit a show at the David Klein gallery of Birmingham, Michigan. Its a great show featuring McLaughlin and another artist named Emerson Woelffer. I will write about Woelffer shortly as he was an artist’s artist. Someone who loved making art more than anything. He was known for very bold color usage perhaps a earlier version of Romero Britto. As he aged he developed macular degeneration and could no longer see color. He began using only black and white and altered his style. Don’t forget Grandma Moses came to painting because her arthritic hands couldn’t hold her needlework tools any longer. But she still wanted to make art!

Price range information: The artist was prolific considering he didn’t start painting full time until nearly fifty years old. Works in oils range $15,000 to $80,000. Lithographs range $3,000 to $10,000.

The artist was the son of a court judge and grew up with a family that encouraged appreciation of the arts. He enjoyed Asian art in particular. He even learned Asian languages and served in World War One as an interpreter. He was married in 1928 and moved with his wife to Japan in 1935. Years later they would return to the United States and open a retail outlet that specialized in selling specialized goods and works of art from the Orient in the city of Boston, Massachusetts.

McLaughlin was self taught as an artist but attended the University of Hawaii studying the Japanese language. McLaughlin did two stints in the military. During the first World War he served in the Navy. During the second World War he served in the marines. He would go on to earn a bronze star for his service for the country.

As a painter he gained inspiration from Piet Mondrian and Kaspar Malevitch, another artist I have featured here in the past. McLaughlin also gave credit to the Japanese masters that lived in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. He started as a landscape painter but then switched to an abstract style. At this time he was one of few painters working abstractly.

In his artistic statement McLaughlin tells us his only purpose is to achieve the totally abstract.

The artist passed away in 1976 at the age of 77.

Artist of the moment…..Light artist Doug Wheeler






In this clip see an actual installation. Keep in mind in person the walls are white, and one is framed with neon lighting. In the clip everything appears a shade of blue, but you can grab the idea of his work.

Price range information: Most works are priced from $100,00 to $400,000
Doug Wheeler is another light artist known mainly for his large scale installations. Wheeler was born in Globe, Arizona in the year 1939.Similar to other artists like John McLaughlin Wheeler is thought of as a hard edge abstract artist. He deals with basic geometric shapes and infuses light as he sees fit. The light and space movement is seen as a movement inspired by John McLaughlin. In addition the artists used brand new at the time materials such as resin, neon, and flourescent lighting.
For his artistic education Wheeler attended the Chouinard Institute in Los Angeles, California. His first solo exhibition was in 1968 at the Pasadena Art Museum. With two other artists recently featured here Larry Bell and Robert Irwin took place in the first show outside the United States featuring the Southern California light and space artists.
Make sure to check out the other light and space artists featured here!

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.

Price range information: Unable to find pricing schedule.

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.





StegallĀ  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.