Margaret Camfferman – Portrait of a Young Woman

Margaret Camfferman – Portrait of a Young Woman A rare and striking, semi-abstract portrait painting by this pioneering woman modernist, Margaret Gove Camfferman. Paintings by Margaret are even harder to find than the works of her husband, Peter Camfferman.Margaret Gove Camfferman. Circa 1950. Great condition. Signed ‘MC’ lower right. Oil on artist’s board. Measures 21.75…

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Dwinell Grant – Contrathemis #2431

Dwinell Grant – Contrathemis #2431 ‘Contrathemis #2431’ by Dwinell Grant. This work was created for Grant’s pioneering film, ‘Contrathemis’ ,1941. For his historic stop-motion animation ‘Contrathemis’ Grant created more than 4000 colored pencil drawings and collages which he photographed and sequentialized, to create art in motion, freeing him and the world from static art. Using…

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Polia Pillin – Surrealist Painting

Polia Pillin – Surrealist Painting Polia Sunockin Pillin, (Polish/American 1909-1992), was and American painter and ceramist. Pillin exhibited her work widely during her lifetime.  Her works can be found a numberous public and private coillections around the world. This surrealist painting is a great example of her work which depicts circus performers.   Titled The Circus…

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Wally Strautin – 1940s Abstract Needlepoint

Wally Strautin – 1940s Abstract Needlepoint 1940s abstraction in needlepoint by Wally Strautin. Valleja (Wally) Strautin (American, 1898-1995), was Latvian born American abstract artist who lived and worked in New York city. Strautin studied painting at the Cooper Union School of Art, where she graduated in 1931. Her work was greatly influenced by her friends,…

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Richard Harold Redvers Taylor – Industrial Scene with Staircase

Richard Harold Redvers Taylor – Industrial Scene with Staircase British modernist watercolor by Richard Harold Redvers Taylor. R. H. Redvers Taylor, (1900-1975?), was a British modernist who became a successful artist in London after serving his country in WWII. Just after the war Taylor dedicated himself to becoming an artist.  Within a few years Taylor…

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James Prestini – Minimalist Steel Sculpture

Minimalist Steel Sculpture Early minimalist steel sculpture by James Prestini. James Libero Prestini, (1908-1993), was a California minimalist sculptor best known for his thin-walled turned wood bowls he created early in his artistic career, and his highly polished aluminium I-Beam sculptures Prestini created later in his life. Prestini’s father was an Italian stonecutter, who exposed…

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Sidney Gordin

Sidney Gordin sculpture – 1970   Abstract sculpture by Sidney Gordin. Sidnney Gordin, (1918-1995), was an Russian-born American abstract artist who lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gordin was an influential instructor at University of California, Berkeley for almost 30 years, from 1958 through 1986. This work is a welded steel elements…

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Emil Bisttram watercolor

Emil Bisttram – Thunderbird Emil Bisttram watercolor. Emil Bisttram, (1895-1976), was a leading modernist painter in the American Southwest who created iconic abstract paintings and influenced and continues to influence young American artists. Bisttram studied in New York at the National Academy of Design, Cooper Union, and the Art Students League before traveling to Mexico…

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Philip Clarkson Elliott – Watercolor on Paper

Philip Clarkson Elliott – 1960 Monochromatic watercolor on paper by Philip Elliiott. Philip Elliott, (1903-1985), was an American artist and educator working in Pennsylvania and New York. Elliott explored a variety of apporaches to art, creating impressionist, fauvist, expressionist and surrealist imagery.  He exhibited his works in many prestigious  institutions including Museum of Modern Art,…

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Erle Loran

Erle Loran – Buildings and Figures Abstract study of buildings and female figures by Erle Loran. Erle Loran, (1905-1999), was an American painter and educator who painted for the entirety of his adult life. Loran studied in the US and abroad, at one point living in the former studio of Paul Cezanne, who was a…

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Basil Marros

Basil Marros Circa 1930s abstract oil painting. Basil Marros, (1897-1954), was of Greek born artist who moved from his home country to the United States where he settled in San Francisco, CA in 1916. In 1921 Marros accepted a scholarship at the Art Students League in New York City. In 1924 Marros departed for Paris to…

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Stanton MacDonald-Wright drawing

Stanton MacDonald-Wright – 1911 Early modernist figure study by Stanton MacDonald-Wright. Stanton MacDonald-Wright, 1890-1973, was an American modernist and co-founder of synchronism.  MacDonald-Wright was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. His first name, Stanton, was chosen to honor the women’s rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton.  As a young man, Staton enjoyed a fairly privileged life and studied…

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Janet Scudder Oil Painting Titled ‘Dominatrix’

Janet Scudder – ‘Dominatrix’ – 1935 Large oil painting on canvas by Janet Scudder, titled ‘Dominatrix’ – 1935 Janet Scudder, 1869-1940, was an American sculptor and painter from Terre Haute, Indiana, who is best known for her award-winning sculptures, many of which are held in public and private collections around the world.  Scudder received her…

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Carl Morris

Carl Morris – 1978 Abstract expressionist oil on canvas by Carl Morris. Carl Morris was a prominent figure in the art scene in Portland, Oregon, and his works are held in many public and private collections. Morris was born in California, and studied there and abroad, in Paris and Vienna before returning to the US,…

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Marcelo Bonevardi

Marcelo Bonevardi – 1958 Marcelo Bonevardi abstract gouache on mounted paper. Marcelo Bonevardi was an Argentina born architect that turned his attention to painting and moved to New York City where he spent the majority of his career creating abstract paintings and shaped canvas works.  Bonevardi exhibited his works in exhibitions around the world.  His…

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Hanani Meller

Hanani Meller – Self Portrait – 1941 Surrealist self-portrait painting by Hanani Meller, dated 1941. This small painting is an oil on stretched canvas, framed in an artist made stip frame by surrealist Hanani Meller. Hanani Meller, aka Hanany Meller, D’Hanany, D’Hanani, was born in Israel and later moved to the United States settling in…

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Arthur Bowen Davies

Arthur Bowen Davies – circa 1920 A quintessential oil on canvas by American modernist Arthur Bowen Davies. Titled ‘Fjording Song’ depicting a gathering of figures on the bluffs of a fjord, where masted sailing ships are moored. Early 20th century. Measures 17.5 inches by 29.5 inches sight size, and 23.25 inches by 35.25 inches by…

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Louis Schanker

Louis Schanker – 1933 American modernist figurative abstract from 1933. Louis Schanker, (1903-1981), lived in worked in New York and Connecticut, creating paintings, sculptures and prints.  During his life, Schanker was known as a radical among radicals.  He was an important early American modernist, was a founder of the American Abstract Artists and was a…

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John Franklin Koenig

John Franklin Koenig – 1953 John Franklin Koenig mixed media collage and pigment on paper mounted on cardboard. John Franklin Koenig, (Washington/France 1924-2008), was born in Seattle, Washington, and lived there until moving to Paris in 1948.  Koenig began exhibiting abstract expressionist works in 1952 and continued to focus on abstract expressionism throughout his lifelong…

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Thomas Akawie

Thomas Akawie – 1963 Large abstract oil on canvas by San Francisco artist Thomas Akawie.  This work was recently acquired from the artist’s estate and was taken to our conservator where it was cleaned and placed on a new stretcher. Thomas Akawie was a California painter who exhibited his work at shows around the United…

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Lorenzo Tornabuoni

Lorenzo Tornabuoni Lorenzo Tornabuoni, 1934-2000, was an Italian painter and printmaker known for his abstract works, often with figures yet sometimes non-representational. This works is oil on canvas and was previously in the collection of a long-time gallery assistant at William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Measures 19.75 inches by 21.75 inches sight size, and…

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Kinetic Sculpture by Takis

Kinetic Modernist Sculpture by Takis Kinetic sculpture by Vassilakis Takis, (Panayiotis Vassilakis Takis). The sculpture consists of a circular spun aluminum band body, with a mounted u-shaped steel magnet that attracts three steel sewing needles that float in the open inner space of the ring, suspended with monofilament line. The sculpture is signed and has…

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Jimmy Ernst Construction

Jimmy Ernst – 1968 Mixed media construction by American artist Jimmy Ernst. Jimmy Ernst (American/German 1920-1984), was the son of important German surrealist artist Max Ernst.  Jimmy was an important and influential 20th-century American artist associated with the American surrealism movement and the New York abstract expressionism movement. Jimmy’s works have been included in many…

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