Bay Area Artist

Just In: Wayne Thiebaud’s Four Cakes

April 7, 2020

Four Cakes (from Recent Etchings I) (1979), which we are proud to present in our upcoming 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction, not only depicts Wayne Thiebaud’s most recognizable iconography, but demonstrates his commitment to rigorous experimentation. This work stands as a quintessential model of Thiebaud’s most critical artistic inquiries, both in its content and its form.

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Just In: Edward Dugmore Abstractions

March 16, 2018

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Edward Dugmore moved to New York in 1952 and quickly became associated with a group of avant-garde artists, including Willem de Kooning, Barnett Newman, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. It was during this period that Dugmore began heavily experimenting with the ways in which texture could be given to flat surfaces using readily-available pigments, including watercolor, ink, acrylic, and oil paint. The result was a body of large-scale works possessing a distinct tactility for which a Dugmore work is now so readily known. In the June 10, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is pleased to have the opportunity to include Dugmore’s ‘#50’ and ‘Blue-Black’ (1958), two important oil on canvas works created by the artist during this pivotal moment in his career on the East Coast.

Raimonds Staprans’s Emotional Tenor

May 8, 2013

While his work shares many similarities with his Bay Area contemporaries Richard Diebenkorn, Paul Wonner, and Richard Park, Raimonds Staprans focused on still lifes and distorted landscapes with color and light at the forefront. According to poet and curator, John Yau, Staprans’ work achieves a distinct “emotional tenor” unlike Diebenkorn’s: “His landscapes are like tectonic plates. One senses that their alignment is precarious, and that everything could shift suddenly and violently in the blink of an eye.” Read more about three paintings by Raimonds Staprans to go up for auction on May 19th.

William Theophilus Brown, Bay Area Figurative Artist

September 27, 2011

In 1952, San Francisco artist William Theophilus Brown (born 1919) left New York, where he was experimenting with Abstract Expressionism, to develop a more personal style of painting. A graduate of Yale’s art school, Brown studied at the University of California, Berkeley where he met fellow Bay Area Figurative painters, including Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, […]