cal arts

Jewelry by Margaret De Patta

January 11, 2019

After training as a sculptor and painter at the California School of Fine Arts, California native Margaret De Patta, began studying at the New York Arts Students League. It was in New York that the young artist was first immersed in the brand of Modernism that sprung from the influx of European émigré artists in the 1920s New York art scene. It wasn’t until 1929 however, after having returned to San Francisco, that De Patta took to the jewelry medium that would inevitably distinguish her career.

LAMA is pleased to offer 15 lots by artist Margaret De Patta in the February 17, 2019 auction.

Emerson Woelffer, Postwar Renaissance Man

April 26, 2016

Lot 275, Emerson Woelffer, Cook and Fish (1943)

A self-described “abstract surrealist,” the painter, collagist, and teacher Emerson Woelffer was in many ways the very ideal of a postwar American artist. His distinctive style of Abstract Expressionism was inflected by his many and varied interests and experiences. Certainly one of Woelffer’s most enduring legacies is the inspiration he gave his students. When Woelffer came to Los Angeles in the 1960s he became a mentor to an impressive roster of devoted students at the Chouinard Institute that included Larry Bell, Ed Ruscha, Joe Goode, and Charles Arnoldi. His work was shaped, too, by his move to Southern California, which prompted a discernable shift to bolder, brighter colors in his paintings.

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