Posts Tagged ‘urban life’

Artist of the moment…….Allan Crite

Allan Crite was an African- American painter renown for his work with the figure in an urban landscape. Allan Crite was born in the year 1910 in North Plainfield, New Jersey. When he was still a child the family relocated to Boston where Crite would go on to attend the Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Although accepted by Yale, Crite attended Harvard.

Crite was one of few painters of color employed by the Federal Arts Project.

Crite painted in oils and was also a printmaker producing some striking woodcuts.

For most of his career Crite was based out of Boston, Massachusetts.

In this clip we view a short bio about artist Allan Crite:

Allan Crite passed away in 2010 at the age of 97 years of age.

Religion played a large role in his art, Crite was an Episcopalian.

Price range information: Crite made prints which start at around $4,000 up to originals in oils which could reach $50,000. Crite also painted with gouache and watercolors.

I enjoy his use of perspective. The artist was employed by the Navy for more than 3 decades as an engineer, he was a wonderful draftsman. Crite achieved his goal by trying to show the life of the African American through the figure.


Artist of the moment…..Photographer William Eggleston

William Eggleston was born in the year 1939 in Memphis, Tennessee. Eggleston is thought to be the leading artist when it comes to making the switch from black and white photography to color.

For his artistic education the artist attended many colleges but never earned a degree. He atttended Vanderbelt, Delta State, and even the University of Mississippi. He attended the latter for 5 years, but still left without a degree. Whilst at Mississippi he studied art.

He would go on to be influenced by photographer Robert Frank.

Another influence was Robert Christenberry, who encouraged the artist to add colour to his work. Below an example of Christenberry photography:

In this clip we visit a show from the Whitney Museum of Art:

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $300,000.

I enjoy the works of this artist and Stephen Shore the most when it comes to Americana of the 1970s.