Posts Tagged ‘national academy of design’

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 Coe

Sue Coe was born in Tamworth, England in the year 1951. I so enjoy artists who look to improve the lives of our animals friends. Coe takes her passion for animals to heart and is renowned for her works celebrating their plight as many species are dying out as human progress impedes their natural habitat. For her collegiate education Coe attended the royal College of Art located in London, England. Coe is a very avid printmaker and painter.

As a child her family lived close to a slaughterhouse thus forming her opinion about the treatment of animals.

In this clip a brief interview with Sue Coe and Jane Velez -Mitchell:

Coe can also be described as a Social Realist attacking such modern issues as A.I.D.S, September 11th , and war.

Sue Coe was elected to the National Academy of Design.

Price range information: Most works range from $1,000 to $12,000.

Sue Coe first had her art appear in the New York Times when she was 21 years old. This was the same year the artist moved to the United States to begin a career as an illustrator.

In this clip some works by Coe that signify her push animal rights:

I always enjoying when artists use their work to promote good causes and ideas they support.


Artist of the moment……George Byron Browne

George Byron Browne was an American artist renown for his abstract paintings and his drive to put the American Abstract movement on the international art scene.

George Byron Browne was born in Yonkers, New York in the year 1907. He would later drop the name George. Browne was inspired by the Cubist paintings and an artist he admired a great deal was the abstract painter Joan Miro.

For his artistic education Browne attended the National Academy of Design located in New York City. In addition he took lessons at the Art Student’s League of New York City.

Browne was also a teacher at the Art Student’s League of New York.

The artist also participated in the WPA program. His murals were among the first murals to be painted in an abstract manner.

George Byron Browne passed away in 1961.

Price range information: Works range from $1,000 to $40,000. The artist worked in pencil, ink, watercolor, gouache, and oils.

I really enjoy his use of color and abstract shapes with great design skills.


Artist of the moment….Hughie Lee Smith…..

The artist was born in Eustis, Florida in 1915.

He was known for being one of few african american artists dealing with surrealism.

A clip from the Detroit Artist’s Market show featuring the artist from 2008. This was done by an art fan and its her trip thru the gallery, pictures start at 1:11 into the clip if you are impatient to wait for the artwork like myself! Also in this clip are some of his lithograph works.

For his art education Smith attended the Cleveland Institute of the Art. He finished his degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Smith was elected to the National Academy of Design.

From a design standpoint two other artists come to my mind. The first being Ed Hopper. Hopper was best known for his portrayal of light that took place on the coastal lands of Maine and northeast. When I look at Hoppers paintings I feel the stillness and calmness of the surrounding ocean. I get this same sense of calmness and peace from the works of Hughie Lee- Smith. Hopper’s work also had an intense feeling of isolation. That you were spying on someone as they went about their daily life. Its this same feeling of “I don’t care if you watch me,” that I get from Smith’s artwork.

Another artist that comes to mind would be Robert Vickrey. Vickrey is a master of light and shadow who often paints surreal scenes with some of the same objects as of Hughie Lee Smith such as balloons and circular shapes. Both artists also took pride in depicting brick walls taking advantage of the repeating rectangular shapes and the fun texture. Vickrey painted mainly in egg tempera and passed away in April of 2011.

Here is a great work from the late Robert Vickrey. A great sense of timelessness here, I would venture everyone adult has blown at least one bubble during their lifetime!

For all three artists,  Ed Hopper,  Robert Vickrey, and Hughie Lee Smith, each does a great job at freezing the moment and emotion at the time. Its like with an Andy Warhol, a sense of time stopping allowing the viewer to take it all in!

He went on to teach at Wayne State and also was a dancer.

Hughie Lee- Smith was also a product of the WPA, or Works Progress Administration, this was a government sponsored part of the New Deal. It encouraged and promoted new buildings and for artists opportunities to create public murals or sculptures. Hughie Lee Smith worked in Ohio and in the Navy for the WPA.

1958 the artist moved to New York beginning a teaching position at the Art Students League where he taught classes for fifteen years. Painted the offcial portrait of the New York city Major David Dinkins in 1994.

Low price range: Pencil works from $1400 to $ 8500. Ink works from $400.

High price ranges: Watercolors from $2,500 to $10,000. Original oils from $10,000 to $102,000.

Lived and worked most of his life out of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

He died of cancer in Albuquerque in 1999 at the age of 73 years old.

This artist was great in his subject matter and I highly respect his advances into Surrealism. I enjoy the sense of calmness and timelessness the artist brought to his works!


Artist of the moment….Walter Launt Palmer….

This artist is well known for painting wonderful landscapes with snow. He captured perfectly the glowing light and myriad of colors that can be found in snow.

A montage of more of the artist’s landscapes and fabulous snow pieces set to orchestra music.

The artist was born in Albany, New York in the year 1854. He grew up in an artistic family whose friends including some great painters of the American landscape such as Frederic Church, James and William Hart, and Edward Gay. In his teens the artist mentored with Charles Elliot for painting portraits. He was student of Church for painting landscapes. Under the tutelage of these two great artists at the tender age of eighteen years old his work was selected for exhibition with the National Academy of Design.

In 1873 the artist traveled throughout Europe with his family visiting Scotland, France, Germany, and Italy. Whilst in Europe he took some lessons from Carolus Duran, John Singer Sargent’s mentor. Walter Palmer got to meet other artists working in Europe such as the aforement John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase.

Palmer returned to the United States and was an official protege of Church and shared a studio with him for three years.

Palmer kept great records of all the artwork he produced. This was something he learned directly from Frederic Church. According to his records his most successful paintings were those of Venice and of course his snow paintings.

Palmer often times painted from memory. This would allow him to match colors and generate moods and feelings in his artwork rather than just rendering something.

Palmer passed away in 1932 at the age of 76 years old.

Walter Palmer was very diverse in his mediums working in oils, pastels, watercolor, and gouache.

Price ranges: For watercolors the artist’s work goes from $2,000 to $20,000. Oil paintings range from $198,000 for a 30 by 40 inch work down to $1,800 for a smaller work sized 10 by 8 inches.  For pastel works the range is $3,600 t0 $60,000.

For his artistic influences the artist followed the works of the Hudson River School. He also admired John Ruskin for experimenting by painting snow with blue shadows.

This artist is one of the best I have seen for painting snow. After first learning to paint snow in grey tones, I also found that painting snow with blue shadows, made for wonderful vivid paintings. Other painters of snow I admire are Aldro Hibbard, Len Chmiel, Richard Schmid, Lynn Boggess, and the father son duo of Guy Carleton Wiggins and Guy Arthur Wiggins.

Below is a snowscape by Lynn Boggess. He uses cement trowels to apply his paint and works directly from life.



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