Last night I met with my art friend Michael Lindstrom and I picked up my newest art acquisition, a wonderful plein air painting from Steigerwald Refuge. My new painting is already installed in a perfect spot where I will see it every day.
I thought this occasion is a good time to re-post my "Art that I own, I am a Collector" post from July of 2011. I added a few new photos, but the list is still not quite complete.
I think most artists admire other artists..I'm no exception. For many years I didn't have anything much on my walls except for my own work, but recently I realized that now I have a good start on a great art collection. Some things I have purchased, some things have been trades..I love all these treasures (yes, even this questionable and "ugly" Dali). Welcome to my my collection, (scroll down, it's in random order):
This is a signed lithograph by Salvador Dali. it was purchased in 1978 in the Bahamas. It is from the "Pergatory" panels of Dante's Inferno. I have a certificate of authentication, however, Dali is the most forged artist of all time. In order to be confirmed that it is attributed to Dali I would have to have it appraised by a firm that is accredited to authenticate in Dali. It's spendy and I don't know if I want to make the investment in knowing. This is the first "real art" (if it is) that I ever owned. I realize that it is very er...novel but the strangeness of it thoroughly impresses me, along with the fact that it may be an actual Dali.
I bought this painting on eBay a couple of years ago. Thanks to my blogging friend hwfarber, I learned this was painted by Arturs Upelniek/Upelnieks (born 1911). Here is a link to a post about one of my favorite acquisitions. (An interesting thing that I later learned about Mr. Upelniek was that he was once lost at sea, and many of his paintings depict a relentlessly dark and foreboding ocean). Upelniek immigrated from Latvia and became a member of the Ashcan school.
A beautiful piece of pottery by Kurtis Piltz (no website). I traded a painting for it.
I use it as an umbrella stand or to hold huge arrangements.
(The Kitty cat, Daisy is also a "prized possession").
Life casting, by Peny Wallace (I bought this in 2009, it is of Peny's daughter)
Another of my most favorite paintings, by Eric Jacobsen
I acquired it very close to this event.
A classic Eric Jacobsen landscape (isn't it beautiful!?) Acquired in 2009
Small painting by Eric Jacobsen purchased at Eric's studio sale
Small painting II by Eric Jacobsen purchased at Eric's studio sale
Brenda Boylan pastel (I traded a small painting for this)
Eric Bowman Acquired 2010 (I feel so lucky to own this!)
A study by Crawfurd Adamson (Gift from Crawfurd and Broderick Gallery)
Bonnie White, Gorge artist (purchased at Gorge White House)
Hanging vase by Margaret Synan-Russell
Painting purchased during Cathleen Rehfeld's Studio Sale
Cathleen Rehfeld (artist trading card, I still have to do mine)
Mosaic purchased at Bread and Ink Emilie Machon (no website)
The artist told me that when that cup accidently broke she announced,
"No problem, I will just use it in my next mosaic!"
Painting purchased during Portland Open Studios, Virginia Leonnig
... see the WPA influence?
Mark Larsen (trade for a painting of mine)
Kimberly Kent, purchase of one of her plein air encaustics (during her studio sale)
Kimberly Kent, (Gift) Abstract Expressionist Oil Painting
Mike Rangner, purchased at the Gorge White House
Scott L. Hendrie, Watercolor and ink portrait of "me" (gift)
Todd Smith Oil painting purchased at Todd's solo show at Gorge White House...(it's TOO good!)
Elizabeth See, Purchased at Columbia Art Gallery 10/10
Carolyn Rondthaler, (Watercolor), purchase from her show at First Unitarian Church, summer 2011
Eric Bowman, purchased in his "Collector's show" December 2011 (I ♥ this painting! )
Michael Lindstrom (Oil painting trade) My newest acquisition---Plein air, so thrillingly "fresh"
This is not absolutely everything..I have to add photos for work by Marcia Vander Schaaf, Stephanie Cissna, Karen E. Lewis and Olivia Jacobsen! It was fun posting my collection to share with you!
What about you...do you collect art --what do you have on your walls?
It is a good thing ...to acquire art!