Posts Tagged ‘northwestern university’

Artist of the moment……..Jeff Donaldson

 

 

Jeff Donaldson is an African-American painter and printmaker renown for his rather abstract work with the figure. Jeff Donaldson was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in the year 1932. Donaldson attended the University of Arkansas located in Pine Bluff.

 

Donaldson went on to complete his masters degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology located in Chicago, Illinois. Donaldson went on to earn a Ph.D. in African Art history from Northwestern University. The first African American to do so.

In this clip many of the artist’s peer group talk about Jeff Donaldson:

Donaldson was a leader in the AFRICobra and Black Arts Movements across the country.

Jeff Donaldson passed away in 2004.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Some of the artists of the Black Arts movement had very similar styles. It seems they all could have been music album cover designers. As a group I enjoy the level of abstraction found in their figure works.

D

 

Artist of the moment…..Hassel Smith

Hassel Smith was a wonderful American abstract artist born in Sturgis, Michigan in the year 1915. For his artistic education Smith studied at Northwestern University and the California School of Fine Arts located in San Francisco.

In the beginning of his career Smith focused on portraits and landscapes. In the gallery the portrait is a self portrait to give you an idea of his realistic painting style.

A brief biography and some works by Hassel Smith:

A link to the website of Hassel Smith:

http://www.hasselsmith.com/

Hassel Smith began to paint in an abstract starting in 1947.

Price range: Works range between $5,000 to $60,000.

Smith also was part of the teaching faculty at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Whilst there a fellow teacher named Clyfford Still was a heavy influence as was another Expressionist painter, Mark Rothko.

Also taught at the University of California at Berkeley, U.C.L.A., and also in Bristol England at the British Polytechnic.

Hassel Smith passed away in 2007.

Though the artist is renown for his abstract work, Smith also created some abstract works based on basic geometric shapes. These works began in the 1970s. Below some examples of this type of abstract art:

We close with a look at a show that took place in 2011:

D