Posts Tagged ‘sign painter’

Artist of the moment…..James Rosenquist

James Rosenquist first came to fameĀ  during the American Pop Art movement of the 1960s. James Rosenquist was born in the year 1933 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Rosenquist worked as a painter and printmaker focusing on taking ordinary subjects like a nail, and making it a true work of art by adding Pop art style colors. In this manner its the same way Warhol might take a well known photograph such as the image of the hibiscus flower, and make it scream POP ART! by adding certain colors. The artist was an only child.

A link to the website of James Rosenquist:

Below we view F-111, a painting by Rosenquist that sold at auction for more than $2 million at auction in 1985.

As a child Rosenquist grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When he was only fifteen years of age Rosenquist won a scholarship to study at the Minnesota School of Art. Got his first start working in the art field whilst in college painting billboards and advertising signs. Rosenquist would go onto join a sign painters union and paint in Times Square located in New York City. Rosenquist won a scholarship to study at the Art Student’s League of New York.

A montage of works by James Rosenquist:

In 1961 Rosenquist made his first work of studio created art that used some techniques he used when producing commercial artwork.

The artist was nominated to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Price range information: Most works range from $3,000 to $400,000. The artist has broken the $2 million dollar barrier at auction.

In this clip from 2012 we view James Rosenquist receiving an award :

In 2009 a fire ravage the house and studio of the artist. This event destroyed many works including a show the artist was prepping for.

Artist of the moment…..Eric Sloane

Eric Sloane was an American artist born to a wealthy family in New York City in the year 1905. A close family friend was the inventor of a font named after him, he was a typographer. The neighbor was Frederic Goudy, inventor of the Goudy font. Sloane was a realist painter who enjoyed painting landscapes and skyscapes.

He sold his first skyscape painting to famed American explorer Amelia Earhardt. Sloane was thought to be the finest painter of clouds and sky of his generation.

Sloane didn’t get along well with his family and ran away at the age of fourteen. Thanks to hanging out with his neighbor Goudy, the artist was well schooled at working with letters and supported himself by painting signs on buildings, whatever he could find. Sloan was able to see the United States as he went cross country eventually making his way to Taos Pueblo, New Mexico.

The artist was very prolific. During his peak he strove to finish one completed painting per day. As he got older sometimes he bought back his earlier paintings just to destroy as he felt his newer work was far superior! He worked mainly with oils on board.

Was inspired by the Hudson River School of painting.

Eric Sloane was married five times over his lifetime.

The artist passed away in 1985.

Sloane was also a prolific writer over his lifetime creating 38 books. A favorite subject were early American tools. Not only did he write a book on them, but his paintings and personal collection of tools of the time are considered top notch.

What an interesting story and artist and to close an amazing story about a public commission completed by Eric Sloane. Keep in mind he was 71 years old at the time! Sloane was asked to compete his largest mural at 7 stories high and the length of half of a city block. It was for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. It took him less than 2 months to finish!

Price range information: The artist worked with oils and oil tempura and prices range $5,000 to $50,000.