O’Kelley, Mattie Lou – American Artist

Mattie Lou O’Kelley (American, 1908-1997)

Born and raised on a farm in Maysville, Georgia, Mattie Lou O’Kelley’s bucolic landscapes reflect her contentment and love of place. The hobby of painting, taken up at the age of 60, made her an unexpectedly celebrated self-taught artist. It began when the Director of the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia selected several O’Kelley pictures for sale in its gift shop. In 1975 he showed her work to Robert [...] Click here to continue reading.

McCabe, Maureen – American Artist

Maureen McCabe (American, born 1947)

Maureen McCabe is a celebrated collagist known primarily for box constructions that incorporate imagery from American pop culture, ancient mythologies, and the folklore of her Irish heritage. Her carefully composed boxes may contain drawn images, personal keepsakes, pieces of gold or silver, and found objects. Following formal art training at the Rhode Island School of Design and Cranbrook Academy of Art, McCabe taught art for four decades at Connecticut [...] Click here to continue reading.

Schwob, Antoinette – American Artist

Antoinette Schwob (American, 1906 to 2001)

Antoinette Schwob, a nurse by profession, was encouraged to paint by her artist husband, Andre. Jay Johnson writes that Andre recognized her potential artistic talent from the way she would arrange pie dough figures and encouraged her new endeavor. Schwob tells us “I did everything to please my husband”. Her stories and paintings are based on memories, real or imagined, of her early life in Pembina and Cavalier, [...] Click here to continue reading.

Greenblat, Rodney Alan – American Artist

Rodney Alan Greenblat, (American, born 1960)

Rodney Alan Greenblat is an American graphic artist known best in the United States as the artist behind the PlayStation series PaRappa the Rapper and in Japan for his picture book, Thunder Bunny. Born in California, Greenblat moved to New York City in the 1980s where he attended the School of Visual Arts and immersed himself in the East Village art scene. To quote Greenblatt “I started making [...] Click here to continue reading.

Smith, Mary Tillman – African-American Artist

Mary Tillman Smith (American, 1905 to 1995)

Mary T. Smith was born Mary Tillman, the daughter of a sharecropper. School was a strain, despite her intelligence, as her hearing was impaired. She worked for most of her life as a domestic laborer. In 1941, the father of her only child built a home for her in Hazelhurst, Mississippi. It was near a garbage dump piled with discarded corrugated tin that was free for the [...] Click here to continue reading.

Nedjar, Michel – French Artist & Filmaker

Michel Nedjar (French, born 1947)

Michel Nedjar is a self-taught artist and filmmaker whose work can be seen in institutional collections and gallery shows across Europe and North America. Born to emigre Holocaust refuges in France, he grew up amid garments and sewing machines in his father’s tailor shop. It was there that he made his first dolls from fabric scraps and tree roots. After leaving school in 1961, he worked as an apprentice [...] Click here to continue reading.

Krushenick, Nicholas – American Artist

Nicholas Krushenick (American, 1929 to 1999)

Nicholas Krushenick was born in New York City in 1929, He attended the Art Students League of New York, and the Hans Hofmann School Of Art. Krushenick began showing his work publicly in New York in 1957 and by 1962, his work was shown at upscale galleries. He was a contemporary of the Pop artists, but took Pop art to a different level, closer to the Op movement. [...] Click here to continue reading.

Bush, Norton – American Artist

Norton Bush (American, 1834 to 1894)

Norton Bush was born in Rochester, New York on February 22, 1834. As a teenager he studied in the studios of Jasper Cropsey and James Harris. He received criticism from Frederick Church who was already famous for his lush tropical scenes. It was Church who encouraged Bush to paint tropicals. Bush came to San Francisco in 1853 via the Isthmus of Panama and the Chagres River. He remained [...] Click here to continue reading.

Keenan, Ann Eckert – American Artist

Ann Eckert Keenan (American, 1904 to 1982)

Ann Eckert Keenan was born in New York City in 1904. She studied at the Art Students League, the Pratt Institute and the Grand Central Art School. She also studied with Xavier Gonzales and Eliot O’Hara, even starring in O’Hara’s documentary film entitled Painting With Lacquer. She traveled extensively throughout Europe and had her own atelier in Paris. Back in New York in the 1930s-1950, she found [...] Click here to continue reading.

Wall, Alfred Bryan – American Artist

Alfred Bryan Wall (1861-1935)

The son of painter Alfred S. Wall and the nephew of William C. Wall, Alfred Bryan Wall was a second-generation member of the Scalp Level School, a regional group who painted the Pennsylvania landscape in which they lived and worked. Wall was not formally trained as a painter, but rather learned from his father and uncle. Like most of the Scalp Level School members, he primarily painted landscapes, and was [...] Click here to continue reading.

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