Posts Tagged ‘Otis Art Institute’

Artist of the moment………..Herman Cherry


Herman Cherry was an American artist renown for his abstract expressionist paintings. Herman Cherry was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the year 1909.

Cherry attended the Otis Art Institute located in Los Angeles, California. Cherry also studied at the Art Student’s League in New York City with Thomas Hart Benton. The artist also studied at the Art Student’s League of Los Angeles where he studied with Stanton MacDonald Wright.

After college the artist was employed by the Works Progress Administration and painted many murals. He would later travel to Mexico to see some of the murals painted by Diego Rivera and other notable Mexican artists.

The artist worked in oils and ink. He was also an author, writing a publishing a book on poetry.

Herman Cherry passed away in 1992.

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I enjoy the works that are abstract expressionist versions of landscapes such as the first image in the gallery, which is titled “Martha’s Vineyard.”


Artist of the moment…….John Altoon


John Altoon was born in Los Angeles, California in the year 1925. Altoon attended many art institutions located in Los Angeles including the Otis Art Institute, the Chouinard Art Institute, and the Art Center For Design located in Los Angeles.

Altoon was renown for his art which is similar to Richard Diebenkorn, in that Altoon painted very abstract works. Some are pure abstract works whilst some are abstracted views of nature and the figure.

Altoon, like Diebenkorn, did a well received series of the coastline that could be compared to the Ocean Park series of Diebenkorn. Atloon also liked to work plant shapes.

The artist was renowned for being the life of the party, pushing the limits, and had many friends.

Altoon suffered from emotional distress and was diagnosed as a schizophrenic. Eventually after seeing a good doctor Altoon was able to overcome his problems before passing away from a heart attack in 1969.

Altoon was married two times in his life.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $40,000.


Artist of the moment…….Ralston Crawford

Ralston Crawford was a fantastic Canadian artist born in St. Catherines, Ontario in the year 1906. Crawford spent a large part of his childhood in Buffalo, New York. Crawford painted landscapes and was also a painter of abstract works. For his artistic education the artist studied at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California. He also studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art.

Crawford worked for the Walt Disney Company at the beginning of his career.

I enjoy the way Crawford can take the complicated lines of a landscape, and simplify them. Crawford has fun with cylindrical shapes such as a silo next to a barn. Also with his background with Disney he was a great painter of landscapes.

I know most people make fun of Thomas Kinkade, but he was a highly successful landscape painter. He produced a book on the subject whilst still in college. Kinkade worked as a background illustrator in the animation industry. Another great animator who became a fine artist is the great William Wray.

price range information: Lithographs can be found starting around $5,000 . Oil paintings can reach as high as $750,000.

In this clip some works by Ralston Crawford set to music:

What a great mixture of realism and abstraction!


Artist of the moments…..Suzanne Caporael

Suzanne Caporael is an American artist born in New York City in the year 1949. Caporael enjoys working with natural elements including water, trees, and even ice. Her work is a blend of realism and abstraction as she enjoys making the tree and the leaves in an abstract manner. For the trees she may work with the regular tree shape, or just work with the tree rings that you find when slicing a tree open. A similar idea exists with her paintings of water where she enjoys portraying the many abstract shapes that are found in flowing water. These are executed in the medium of woodcut.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $12,000.

For her artistic education Caporael attended the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California earning both a bachelors and masters degree.

Her husband is a writer and novelist.

Winner of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Caporael has taught at the collegiate level in various locales in California.

The artist is part of many prominent collections including the Whitney Museum of New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Based out of Stone Ridge, New York.


Artist of the moment…..David Hammons

David Hammons is an American artist born in Springfield, IL in 1943. Over his career Hammons has worked with sculpture and assemblage, installations, and performance art. For his collegiate studies Hammons attended the Chouinard Art Institute and the Otis Art Institute both located in Los Angeles, California.

I enjoy Hammons work for his use of unconventional materials. In the gallery above check out the piece with elephants walking around at the base. In the middle is painted elephant dung/ poop. You might not notice its dung as its painted! Very cleaver!

Another series done by David Hammons that received much critical acclaim was a series done called body parts. Hammons used body parts that were greased and then made an imprint on paper. The piece in the gallery above a black man is titled Spade.  Spade was a term used by the “in” crowd in the 1970s for an African- American.

For his performance art Hammons loves to push boundaries and try very unique ideas. Among his first efforts was to stand outside during a snowstorm and sell premade assorted snowballs of various sizes.

In the late 1980s his work caused a great deal of anger among African Americans. He painted the religious leader Jesse Jackson with blonde hair and blue eyes. On the billboard it was written,  “How you like me now?” The piece was violently destroyed by angry African American men.

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Another performance type of art took place when he took 20,000 feet of display area at a gallery that was very dark and the viewers job was to navigate their way through the area with only some flashlights. Very unique in his ideas! Below we get a viewing from this show. I don’t recommend to watch the whole thing, I hope you have some art to work on after you finish reading this article, but you get a great idea for Hammons’ level of creativity.

David Hammons received the MacArthur Fellowship award in 1991.

In this clip we catch up with our art lover friend James Kalm  (yeah!) to check out a show featuring the work of David Hammons.

I find the artist very interesting not only for his unique performance ideas, but also because he attended prestigious art institutions but doesn’t really like to show in galleries, preferring to show his art on the streets.

In this last clip we see a great mix of unique ideas, text and Kool Aid!

David Hammons is based out of New York City.