De Wain Valentine

(b. 1936)

LAMA set the auction record for any work by De Wain Valentine in the March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction with Blue Slab from 1970 (Lot 49), which realized $175,000.

Lot 232
De Wain Valentine
Blue Green Circle
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $50,000
October 22, 2017
Lot 233
De Wain Valentine
Open Diamond Rotated Hyperbolic Parabola
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $6,875
October 22, 2017
Lot 81
De Wain Valentine
Circle
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Price Realized: $43,750
March 5, 2017
Lot 82
De Wain Valentine
Silver Flake Top
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Price Realized: $34,375
March 5, 2017
Lot 92
De Wain Valentine
Ring
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Price Realized: $34,375
October 9, 2016
Lot 93
De Wain Valentine
Untitled
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,000
October 9, 2016
Lot 94
De Wain Valentine
Untitled
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $1,250
October 9, 2016
Lot 258
De Wain Valentine
Untitled (Red Double Wheel)
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Price Realized: $52,500
February 21, 2016
Lot 159
De Wain Valentine
Disk Purple
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $37,500
October 11, 2015
Lot 20
De Wain Valentine
Skyline (Blue with Thin Red Line)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $6,250
May 17, 2015
Lot 21
De Wain Valentine
Skyline (Black with White Line)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,750
May 17, 2015
Lot 49
De Wain Valentine
Blue Slab
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Price Realized: $175,000
March 1, 2015
Lot 50
De Wain Valentine
Top
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $26,250
March 1, 2015
Lot 291
De Wain Valentine
Clear Grey Column
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Price Realized: $38,750
May 18, 2014
Lot 216
De Wain Valentine
Amber to Gold Circle
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Price Realized: $33,750
February 23, 2014
Lot 272
De Wain Valentine
Blue Green Circle
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Price Realized: $27,500
October 13, 2013
Lot 273
De Wain Valentine
Untitled
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $4,687
October 13, 2013
Lot 416
De Wain Valentine
Curved Waterwall
Estimate: $50,000 - $100,000
Price Realized: $81,250
October 7, 2012
Lot 417
De Wain Valentine
Cylindrical column laminated glass
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,375
October 7, 2012
Lot 263
De Wain Valentine
Gold Circle
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $31,250
May 6, 2012
Lot 220
De Wain Valentine
Circle
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $31,850
October 9, 2011
Lot 221
De Wain Valentine
Irregular Shape
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $17,150
October 9, 2011
Lot 178
De Wain Valentine
Ring, Dark Mauve
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $5,100
December 3, 2006
Lot 179
De Wain Valentine
Untitled (disc)
Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized: $1,560
December 3, 2006
Lot 180
De Wain Valentine
Untitled
Estimate: $500 - $700
Price Realized: $1,020
December 3, 2006

About The Artist

A key figure in the west coast Light and Space movement that emerged during the 1960s, DeWain Valentine is best known for his strikingly luminous, translucent cast polyester resin and fiberglass sculptures. An early pioneer of incorporating industrial grade resins and plastics into his work, Valentine’s sculptures are also often associated with the Finnish Fetish movement due to their jewel-toned, highly reflective, glossy surfaces that play with the space and light surrounding them. To create the pristine surfaces and monumental scale of his sculptures Valentine worked with chemical engineers to develop a polyester resin that was crack resistant. In 1966 Valentine and Ed Revay, an engineer from PPG Industries, developed the highly stable Valentine MasKast Resin, which was strong enough to exceed the 50-pound limit to which artists had formerly been restricted when creating large, resin sculptures.

Valentine, who lives and works in Los Angeles, California, often draws inspiration from the natural world of his immediate surroundings. “In Colorado, I had a love affair with the clouds and mountains,” he once said. “When I moved to California, the smog became a substance, and the quality of light had a body to it that was just thrilling.” Upon arriving in Venice Beach in 1965, Valentine became smitten with the sea and sky of his new home. He turned to creating sculpture that captured what he called the “transparent colored space” in each of these vast expanses, producing works which possess cosmic undertones, effectively transferring a slice of space directly from a landscape. Distinguished by minimalist silhouettes, diaphanous surfaces, and highly polished, sleek finishes Valentine’s sculptures engage a sophisticated interplay between light, reflections, splintering color spectrums, transparency, and surface that often dishes up a delightfully dizzying prismatic effect.

Valentine’s sculptures reside in the permanent collections of the San Diego Museum of Art, the Denver Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


“Gray Column.” Pacific Standard Time at the Getty Center. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2012. Web. 13 Aug. 2012.
“L.A. Art Scene.” Pacific Standard Time at the Getty Center. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2012. Web. 13 Aug. 2012.
Learner, Tom. From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine’s Gray Column. Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute, 2011. Print.
Valentine, De Wain. Telephone interview. 15 Aug. 2012.

 

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