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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……David Row


David Row is an American artist renown for his non geometric shape style of abstract painting. David Row was born in Portland, Maine in the year 1949.

For his artistic education Row attended Yale University earning a bachelors and masters degree in the fine arts.

The artist has been the winner of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For an abstract painter I love the way the artists uses line in his work. The line is very fluid and flowing, as if the brush were dancing!

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Row paints and is also an avid printmaker producing etchings and monoprints.




Artist of the moment…..Sewell Sillman

Sewell Sillman was an American painter renown for his abstract paintings based on basic geometric shapes and vivid color. Sewell Siollman was born in Savannah, Georgia in the year 1924. Sillman was himself an abstract painter but was perhaps better known to the art world as a publisher of prints by such artists as Jacob Lawrence and Jean DuBuffet.

Sillman was involved in World War 2, after serving he enlisted at Black Mountain College located in North Carolina where he would study under Josef Albers. Albers was a great teacher and found employment at Yale University. Sillman also switched colleges and earned both a bachelors and masters degree from Yale Uniersity.

Sillman would go on to teach at Yale University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Sewell Sillman passed away in 1999 at the age of 65 years old.

The artist worked mainly with oils on masonite.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Sillman is held in many prestigious collections including the Whitney Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

I enjoy the color and design of this artist. With the  ” window” pictures its easy to see the influence of Josef Albers.


Artist of the moment……Wheeler Williams…

Wheeler Williams was an American sculptor born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1897. Williams worked with the figure in a modernist/ art deco style. Williams attended the Yale School of Art where he studied architecture. Williams went on to earn a masters degree from Harvard in architecture. In addition Williams studied at the Ecole des Beaux- Arts located in Paris, France.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $60,000. These are for smaller cast works. No pricing available for public sized works.

Wheeler Williams was a member of the National Academy of Design.

The artist was a proud supporter of the Republican party and Williams completed public monuments of many public figures over his career.

Wheeler Williams passed away in 1972.

In this clip a large sculpture by the artist is talked about:


Artist of the moment……William Thomas Williams

William T. Williams is an African -American painter working in an Abstract style. Williams was born in Bull Creek, North Carolina in the year 1942. For his artistic education he attended the Skowhegan School of Art, earned his bachelors degree from the Pratt Institute, and earned his MFA from the Yale School of Art and Architecture.

In 1956 Williams was able to meet the world renown Jacob Lawrence. This was key in his desire to know he could be a professional artist. His dream was not out of reach.

William T. Williams has been on the staff at Brooklyn College in the early 1970s.

Price range information: The artist has produced many series of prints. These start around $5,000. Originals in acrylics or watercolor can reach the low six figure mark.

In this clip we visit the studio of William T. Williams:


Artist of the moment……David Levinthal

David Levinthal is an American photographer born in the year 1949 in San Francisco, California. Certainly one of the smartest artists I have profiled here Levinthal has earned a degree from MIT Sloan School of Management, a masters of fine art photography from Yale, and a bachelor degree in studio art from Stanford. Wow!

As for his photography, Levinthal images are easily recognized for his compositions and for the fact that most are shot by a Polaroid camera. For his compositions Levinthal uses toys, dolls, really anything small in scale and then creates a unique environment for the characters using a shoebox.

In this clip we take a look at the Polaroid Art Collection. David Levinthal is interviewed at the six minute mark into the clip. Polaroid had always supported artists and liked to see the way different artists used their materials. Because of their close relationship with artists, their collection of photography was among the best in the world including artists like Levinthal and Ansel Adams.

In this clip we view  a show titled “Jesus” by David Levinthal. We visit the artist at the shows opening and he tells us about his inspirations for this series:

With the shoebox format he can recreate anything from a diner to a hotel room or billiard hall.

The artist is the epitome of Pop art as he explores issues that trouble us all on a daily basis from politics, to racism, to racial stereotypes.

In addition Levinthal enjoys using toys for his art as Levinthal sees this as a way of socializing our young.

David Levinthal is  one of my favorite photographers because his style is so adultlike and childlike at the same time. When was the last time you played with a G.I. Joe action figure or Barbie Doll? David Levinthal is lucky enough and skilled enough as an artisan photographer he does it on a daily basis!

Price range information:  Works range from $4,000 to $60,000.

David Levinthal is a recipient a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Levinthal is also the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.

To close we will take a look at a work dealing with racism. The work is titled Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Impressive the way toys can be used for social commentary! Awesome!



Artist of the moment…..Nabil Nahas

Nabil Nahas was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1949. He is renown for his abstract works as well as painting the landscape.

In this clip we visit a show given for the artist and Nahas tells us about some series he has been working on.

Nahas is also known for his unique finished work. Many times the work of art goes beyond the border and has a very unique texture. These works are done in acrylics. His art is a mixture of eastern and western cultures, a great sense of design, and the artist enjoys using repeating shapes in his work also.

Has a brother that left Lebanon for Brazil with fifty million dollars. Eventually he was accused of breaking the stock market of Brazil. The stock exchange hasn’t the same rules as the New York Stock Exchange and his brother was sometimes responsible for 80% of the volume of trades on the exchange. His brother obtained Brazilian citizenship and still lives in the country.

Price range information: He works in acrylics and mixed media. Most works start at $40,000 with up to the low six figures.

Nahas is a master artist when it comes to incorporating a variety of textures in his work. Especially enjoyable are the pieces that seem like sculptures, as they work goes beyond the borders of the picture plane.


Awesome Acrylic Artist series…..Mickalene Thomas….

The artist paints with various media including acrylics, enamel, and rhinestones on wood panel.

Clip for a 2008 show.

Clip for a 2009 show.

Another interview with the artist showing her while she works on a piece.

Happy painting!


I find her work to be similar to the Blaxpoitation movies of the 1960s and 1970s. The women are highly adorned in jewelry and made to look very sexy at all times. For me I enjoy the different mediums she uses. Many artists such as Fab Five Freddy have copied her in putting rhinestones in their artwork. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery! Plus the sizes she paints, sometimes a painting might be 60 to 70 inches, is quite remarkable.

Mickalene Thomas was born in 1971.

The artist went to Pratt Institute for her B.A. in 2000 as well as Yale for her M.F.A. in 2002. Now makes New York City her home.

Did a portrait of the President’s wife that was the first one done of her and displayed in the National Portrait gallery. Spent 2011 as an artist in residence in France. Has work in the Museum of Modern Art Collection.

Try using some mixed media in your works. Be sure and check out this artist as well as Robert Kushner to see how the modern mixed media masters work!

Happy painting!

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