Ellsworth Kelly


American (1923 – 2015) Ellsworth Kelly was an influential figure in the post-war era of American Art.  Born in New York in 1923, he spent a great deal of time as a child studying birds and insects, which may have formed his unique way of seeing the world that is reflected in his art.  John James Audubon’s illustrations also had … Read More

Howard Hodgkin


English – 1932 – 2017 Howard Hodgkin was born in London in 1932.  He served in the Royal Air Force during WWII.  He wanted to pursue a career in art from an early age.  He may have been influenced by family members who were artists.  His mother was a botanical illustrator and he had a cousin who was a still … Read More

Jonas Wood


American, 1977 – Jonas Wood was born in 1977 in Boston.  His parents were in creative careers and his grandfather collected art.  Wood thought he would be a doctor as child, but the influence of creativity growing up won out and he found his passion.  He received a B.A. in psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and then went on to study … Read More

Kenneth Noland


Kenneth Noland was born in Ashville, North Carolina.  After serving in the Air Force during WWII, he returned to North Carolina to study art at Black Mountain College.  There he studied under geometric abstractionist, Josef Albers and was introduced to Bauhaus color theory.  This influenced his attraction to geometric form and vivid color that would distinguish his work. In 1948, Noland traveled … Read More

Deborah Kay Butterfield

Kenny Ackerman

Deborah Kay Butterfield is an American sculptor, most notably of horses constructed from wood and scrap metal. Born in 1949 on the day of the 75th Kentucky Derby, Butterfield claims her auspicious birthdate has in part inspired her chosen subject matter. She earned her Bachelor’s and MFA degrees from the University of California, Davis, where she met her husband, artist John Buck. Butterfield’s earliest works date to the … Read More

Kerry James Marshall

Kenny Ackerman

Kerry James Marshall is an American artist best known for large-scale paintings depicting African American life and history. Marshall was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1955 and grew up in South Central Los Angeles, where the Civil Rights and Black Power movements had a major impact on his later choice of subject matter. He earned his BFA from the Otis … Read More

Robert Indiana

Ackermans Fine Art

American, b. 1928 Robert Indiana is an American artist best known for his iconic sculptures and lasting contributions to the Pop Art movement. Born Robert Clark, the artist spent his childhood in Indianapolis and numerous other cities in the state of Indiana, leading to his chosen namesake. Following a three-year stint in the U.S. Air Force, Indiana spent the early … Read More

Rudolf Stingel


Italian, 1956 Rudolf Stingel was born in Italy in 1956. He made is first splash on the art world with his monochromatic works created in the late 1980s.  These works sometimes used metallic paints with undertones of color.  He later painted abstracts with the color applied wildly to the canvas.  Stingel has also made sculptures.  He did a series of orange … Read More

Alighiero E Boetti


Italian, 1941 – 1994 Alighiero Boetti was born in 1940.  He attended business school, but soon left to become an artist.  He was inspired by the works of Arshile Gorky, Jean Dubuffet and Mark Rothko and went to Paris in 1962 to study engraving.  After returning to his hometown of Turin, Boetti established himself as one of the leading artists of the … Read More

Adriene Ghenie


Romanian, 1977 – Adrian Ghenie was born in Romania in 1977.  He studied at the Arts and Crafts School in Baia Mare and Art and Design University of Cluj-Napoca.  He co-founded a production and gallery space called Galeria Plan B in 2005 and expanded to Berlin in 2008. Ghenie is best known for painting 20th century figures associated with genocide or mass suffering.  He once … Read More