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Artist of the moment…..Frank Bowling

Frank Bowling, whose government name is Richard Sheridan Franklin Bowling,  is a fantastic artist born in what is now Bartica, Guyana, South America. In Guyana his father was a policeman and his mother was a seamstress. At the age of fifteen Bowling moved to England and the artist moved in with an uncle.

A link to the artist’s very cool website:

Bowling served in the Royal Air Force.

In England he studied at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art. At the Royal College of Art several now famous artists were his classmates including David Hockney and Peter Phillips.

Bowling began as a painter working with the landscape and doing paintings that the public would expect from an artist in the Caribbean. Thus after he left London for New York city. It was in New York city where Bowling was able to produce what most critics say are his strongest works. This was the period of time in the United States when Abstract Expressionism was en vogue.

Bowling came to the United States in the mid 1960s.

From 1969 to 1972 was an editor for Arts Magazine.

Winner of two Guggenheim Fellowships.

Two very important honors for the artist include being elected a member of England’s royal Academy of Arts. The first person of color to be a member!

Appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2008.

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In this clip a brief bio from the Tate.

A brief clip from a longer biographical documentary filmed about Frank Bowling.

If you love this artist’s work as much as I do then be sure and check out artist Richard Mayhew. Mayhew is also a person of color born in 1924 that enjoys painting landscape but in a loose and relaxed manner that has more to do with tonalism  and feeling of the atmosphere rather than a specific time or space. Below an example of Richard Mayhew’s.



Artist of the moment….the Buckner family Walker and son Derek….

I enjoy to read about families that encourage artistic talents and creativity from a young age. I have documented many families that have had multiple generations of families like the Wyeths, the Gruppe, and Saar families. Today we look at the father son combination of Derek and Walker Buckner. Sorry, no price range information available.

Walker Buckner was born in 1943 in New York, New York. He is a great painter of the figure and landscape. Check out this wonderful female figurative work made by Walker Buckner. Walker studied at many well known institutions such the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League. In addition the artist studied business at Yale and Columbia Law and Business Schools.


For me I see much more a connection and comparison with the landscape paintings of the Buckner duo. Here are some fantastic examples of landscapes by Walker Buckner. I enjoy looking at these more non traditional landscapes as the more traditional objects found in a landscape painting such as trees, buildings, rocks, and or people have been reduced to seeing fields of color. You will see no blending of edges or mixing of greys here, just plain simple color fields.


and another wonderful offering from Walker Buckner.


With his unique way of looking at the landscape as fields of color rather than certain objects Walker Buckner reminds me of the great artist Richard Mayhew. Mayhew was born in the early 1920s and rose to prominence as one of few artists of color working on a national level back in the 1950s and 1960s. In this example you can see how the picture has been reduced to flat fields of color and rather than trying to create a certain scene, Mayhew is trying to portray a certain mood of warmth and calmness, at least from my vantage point.


And now on to Derek Buckner.

A link to Derek Buckner’s website :

In this clip we see a show featuring the artist at the George Billis gallery.

In this briefing a chose to compare the works of father and son and their similar views on composition and color palette. Derek Buckner has painted some tremendous scenes of ordinary city life. By that I mean he has taken the normal grey from smoke and pollution buildings and made a wonderful work of art. Another artist who is tremendously skilled at portraying the industrial life of the big city is Nicholas Evans- Cato. First we have a Derek Buckner painting here.

Derek Buckner 2

And a fantastic urban painting by Nicholas Evans Cato below.


Lets take a look at some more paintings by Buckner that the influence his father had on developing his painting style.

Derek Buckner was born in 1970 and grew up hanging out in his fathers art studio. For his artistic education Derek Buckner attended the Art Institute of Chicago.

At LaGuardia high school he studied stone carving.

Married to an author named Joanna Hershon. The book below is coming out in May of this year and is by Hershon.



Derek Buckner splits his time painting the beaches of Mexico and the urban life of New York city, the first painting in the gallery is of the famous Coney Island amusment park.

Hope you enjoyed this look at the Buckner family. Be sure and check out the many other painting families I have written about from the Bosschaerts to the Peales, they are all fascinating to read about!


Artist of the moment….Colorist Richard Mayhew….

I was unable to find many large single images to list here as I usually do, please check the video clips if you are interested in seeing more landscapes by this remarkable artist.

I consider this artist a great painter of color. My other favorite painter of color would be Camille Przewodek. The artist doesn’t try to pinpoint an exact position on a map but rather he tries to capture the feeling and mood of a place.

A short clip from a documentary done about the artist and his emotional landscapes.

Another great clip from 2009. A museum show was held showing works of great African- American painters and this short interview was done with the artist. You can see him at work in his Santa Cruz studio.

The artist was born in 1924 in Amityville, New York.  The artist’s parents were African- American and Native American. When he was a young boy it was his grandmother that got him excited about nature from the Native American point of view. How to live in peace and harmony with nature.

At this time he was also introduced to the fine art world. Being close to New York City many of the nations finest artists would visit his hometown of Amityville and paint the wonderful shoreline and sea. He started to experiment with a paintbrush himself. At the age of fourteen he was given the opportunity to show his works and some of the artists invited him to work with their group and receive helpful artistic direction, in the process he became a fantastic painter of the landscape. As a young artist he loved to visit the Met Museum. He was inspired from the painters of the Hudson River as well as Rembrandt.

The artist was able to study and learn from such artists as Hans Hoffman and Max Beckman by taking classes at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The artist took classes at the Pratt Institute and earned a degree in art history from Columbia University. His first show at the Brooklyn Museum of Art drew great praise from the critics and comparisons to artists such as Monet, this was in 1955. He also worked in the commercial art industry designing lamps and illustrating medical books and also children’s books.

In 1959 he won a scholarship and was able to attend an art academy in Florence, Italy. The school told him to remove himself what he was used to in order to better express himself as an artist. Upon returning to the United States in 1962 he knew exactly how he wanted to express himself as an artist.

In 1963 the United States was under a change with the policies of race. The artist joined a group named the Spiral Group made up of African- American artists. Mayhew was able to learn a great deal about race and identity and how the two played an important role to every artist of color.

I must agree with the old magazine “ARTS”, that Richard Mayhew produces incredible color abstractions. I would say that would be Mark Rothko, for me he is abstract. Mayhew takes his landscapes to another level as his colors also represent something in the real world as well as emotions!

The artist’s most prolific period for artistic output was from 1977 to 1991. He left school for brief time to again study painting. He painted twenty pieces from memory. He wanted his inner soul to expressed on canvas and finally achieved his goal of maximum expression thru painting.

The artist worked in many mediums such as etching, watercolor, and oils.

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Richard Mayhew currently lives in Santa Cruz, California as it reminds him of his Amityville childhood.

Get out there and paint a wonderful summer piece, let the color shine through like this artist!

Happy painting!


Awesome Acrylic Artist series……Paul Cunningham…

this artist paints with acrylics and additional mediums to develop pictures very rich in color and texture. Of his portfolio I enjoy most the landscapes that concentrate on color. If you like this artist please check out Richard Mayhew and EH Klink, two artists that painted landscapes with exaggerated color to transport the viewer to the idyllic scene.

Paul Cunningham is a self taught artist. He loves to glaze rich color on his works. Loves to paint western scenes that remind him of childhood trips to New Mexico, Arizona, and Wyoming.

Has appeared in national art magazines including Southwest Art.

Has ventured into a lose style where color and texture are the most important aspects of the painting.Since he uses a high amount of gloss medium, especially in his abstract works, the viewer is always finding something new in the art when changing their own location.

Shows at three galleries.

If you like this artist, a similar artist who paints in this style would be Richard Mayhew. Landscapes with the focus being color, space, and emotion.

Happy painting!