Red Trees impressionistic acrylic on canvas landscape view of Deer Isle, Maine, by John Lo Presti. It measures 15 x 25 inches and is named and signed on the back. Mr. Lo Presti was born (about 1940) in Rochester, NY. He relocated to Seattle. He paints his distinctive color field landscapes in the Pacific Northwest, western Connecticut and Maine. The following is the artistís personal statement: My primary subject of "landscape" has a 500-year-old tradition in Western art. It is obvious that it is no longer possible to make traditional landscapes as an avant-garde activity. However, I can draw on the tradition without slavishly copying it. The earliest landscape painters were interested primarily in tone and chiaroscuro. Yet, the whole approach to color changed in the twentieth century, and my antecedents draw upon researches into pure color relations. My approach is affected by this more recent reworking of traditional landscape painting. My work does not just repeat the past; I draw from tradition but use my sensibility to create new images. I try to capture the strength of the old by using new tools. This item is on display in our gallery at BRANFORD ANTIQUES & HOME DESIGN 824 EAST MAIN ST.BRANFORD, CT O6405 open 7 days. Formerly Clocktower Antiques. For hours of operation and directions go to www.BranfordAntiques.com
P.R. (Pleasant Ray) McIntosh (b. 1897---d, 1985) geometric abstract painting on canvas, signed & dated '49, lower left. Entitled "Metropolitan Abstraction," verso. Custom gallery framed. Well listed in: Who Was Who in American Art, Davenports, Ask Art, etc. Director of Peoria Art Institute, Art School of Bradley University & headed Art Department of American University, Biarritz, France. Dimensions, framed: 41" W x 30" H.
A striking American primitive or naive painting of a cut watermelon and peaches in a shallow, scalloped ceramic dish; oil on artist's board, mounted in a classic silver leaf frame w/linen fillet. Painting size: 19.5" W x 14.5" H. American, anonymous, circa 1850.
Important Rose Kuper (b.1888--d.1987) abstract composition, mixed media gouache on newspaper, signed lower right, newly silver-leaf framed. Rose Kuper lived and worked in New York City and belonged to the Manhattan Group; she also did much painting in Gloucester, MA. She was active with the Brooklyn Art Association, the Art Students League and the National Association of Women Artists, which she served on the Executive Board 1951-1954. She was also an instructor in the New York public schools and was married to Theodore Kuper. In New York, she earned a B.A. Degree at Hunter College and studied with Abstract Expressionists Hans Hoffmann and Abraham Rattner. Her first teacher was Teresa Bernstein, with whom she studied in 1927. Kuper began as an independent artist with a painting trip to Brittany in 1930, and ended with a retrospective show at the Whittier Museum in October, 1984. In between, she gained representation in the permanent collections of 17 public institutions (colleges, museums and libraries), and had 18 one-artist exhibitions. See Davenport's, Who Was Who in American Artists, Ask Art, etc. Framed dimensions: 48.75" H x 41" W.
An abstract architectural painting by celebrated artist Hugh Kepets, signed and dated 1977, entitled "Veteran's Administration" (verso); acrylic on canvas, deaccessioned by a noted New England museum (see attached tag). Dimensions, newly custom-framed: 37" W x 25" H. Hugh Kepets lives and works in New York City. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1946. He received fine arts degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and Ohio University. His work hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Library of Congress, Cleveland Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University Art Gallery, etc. References: Davenports, Ask Art, etc.