Richard Brian Wilson (1944 – )

Artist: Richard Brian Wilson (1944 - ) American  Titled "Calducuin", dated 1997, Acrylic emulsion on canvas, signed, dated and titled verso Measures 41.25" x 41.25" Farhat Art Museum Collection.

Artist: Richard Brian Wilson (1944 – ) American
Titled “Calducuin”, dated 1997,
Acrylic emulsion on canvas, signed, dated and titled verso
Measures 41.25″ x 41.25″
Farhat Art Museum Collection.

Richard Wilson was in Wichita, Kansas. He earned a BA and a MA from the California State Univ., San Jose. Taught at Shasta College in Redding, CA starting in 1968.

Exhibitions: California Arts Commission, 1969-70; Joslyn Art Museum; Northwest Print makers, 1970; Reed College Art Museum, 1973.
Awards: Downing Museum, 1972; North Alley Art Show, 1973.

Downey Art Museum; San Jose Univ. Art Museum; Cabrillos College; Civic Concourse, San Diego, CA.

Susan Craig, “Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)”
Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936-1976; Art Inventories Cat.
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.
Farhat Art Museum.
.An expansive plain of luscious orange intersects a panel of ruddy taupe followed by a parallel plain of dusky brown and ends with a sliver of black. This is one of the landscapes described by painter Richard Wilson in his meticulous explorations of form and color.

Each of his works reflects supremely painterly concerns: the articulation of light via the nuances of color, a pristine application of paint and strong vibrant compositions. Yet, as Wilson explains, the more essential intent is “the creation of an equilibrium between what I see as human nature and landscape nature” based on “influences derived from my surroundings in Northern California and memories of my grandparents’ flower farms in Santa Cruz… and the rhythms of jazz.”

The titles tell all: Little Darby (for Anita O’Day), Sulu (for Jerry Lee Lewis) or Coyanosa. With each study, acrylic on paper in preparation for the eventual acrylic emulsion on canvas, the artist seeks to transform experience, or the memory thereof, into a visual document with a life force all its own.

Richard Wilson is an Art Professor Emeritus at Shasta College. His work is included in numerous private collections and has been featured in solo exhibitions throughout the West Coast.
Artist Biography:

RICHARD WILSON “My work is informed by a kind of equilibrium between what I see as “human nature” and “landscape nature.” Therefore I use rectilinear/ architectural form combined with light, color and atmospheric effects. These paintings are inspired by me surroundings in Northern California, by strong memories of my grandparents’ flower farm, the climate and color of the Santa Cruz coastline where I grew up, by the evocative qualities of music, particularly the rhythms of jazz, and most recently the reminiscences of childhood trips on Route 66.

The relief paintings were developed to more clearly focus on measure through the visual effects and importance of area, amount, degree, length, depth, width, size and number. I want each panel to be beautiful, not only in relation to it’s place in the linear contour, but also in itself. The painted edges and the change of planes employed in the work renders the viewing all at once impossible, which allows the paintings to unfold in time and space like music in the landscape.

The paintings’ surface qualities needed to be kept at a minimum. Consequently, flattened acrylic paint was carefully and evenly applied to each stretched canvas, and contained by precise boundaries in order to concentrate attention on the effect of color, shape, proportion and cadence. The work certainly represents a reaction to the disembodied digital “world.”

Donald “Putt” Putman (1926 – 2007)

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This painting by D. Putnam size 20x30 inchs is oil on canvas board. It is part of the Farhat Art Museum colection. It is part of the Museum collection of " romancing the lost west" . Artist Donlad Putnam Size 20×30 inches Oil on canvas board. Farhat Art Museum collection ” romancing the lost west” .

Was born 1926, Donald Putnam taught Sketching for Illustration at Art Center School of Design when it was located off Third Street in Downtown Los Angeles. He then began his own school in Hermosa Beach where he lived with his family. His school had a permanent stage that was slanted to give students a better eye level. He built and furnished it himself with all kind of great props. His ability to paint beautiful women was beyond comparison and his color sense is seldom duplicated. His early paintings of circus life are very much prized, but he is known largely for his western paintings. He did work for the circus in Florida in his early days. He retired to Coarse Gold, California and painted Thursdays with a group of talented…

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Robert (Henry Cozad) Henri (1865 – 1929)

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Robert (Henry Cozad) Henri (1865 - 1929) Oil on canvas  Measures 16x20 it has been cut down from its original  size 20x24 inches. singed lower left Farhat Art Museum Collection. Robert (Henry Cozad) Henri (1865 – 1929)
Oil on canvas
Measures 16×20 it has been cut down from its original
size 20×24 inches.
singed lower left
Farhat Art Museum Collection.

Born Robert Henry Cozad in Cincinnati, Ohio, Robert Henri became one of the leading personalities in American art, known for his teaching skills, ethnic portraits, especially spirited children, and insistence that artists should adhere to social realism and give rein to their own artistic instincts.

During his growing up years, he lived between Cincinnati and Cozad, Nebraska, founded by his father John Jackson Cozad, a gambler and real estate promoter. When Robert was about 10 years old, his family moved to Cozad in Dawson County. Tension existed between John Cozad and the established ranchers who resented development, and a rancher attacked Cozad, who in self defense shot the man to death.

Fearing for his life, he, his wife and two…

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Louis Betts (1873-1961)

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Artist: Louis Betts (1873-1961) American  Subject: old West (two indians fighting) Measures: 23.25x17.75 inches Oil on board / signed lower left Farhat Art Museum Collection Artist: Louis Betts (1873-1961) American
Subject: old West (two indians fighting)
Measures: 23.25×17.75 inches
Oil on board / signed lower left
Farhat Art Museum Collection

Louis Betts was a painter, born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on October 5th, 1873. His father was a landscape painter and his mother was also an artist. At an early age his father E. D. Betts, Sr., encouraged him in his love of pictorial art and was his first instructor. When he was fourteen years old he painted his first portrait, for which he received instruction on the violin, his favorite instrument. Painting and music became his “vocation and avocation” for the rest of his life.

He later became a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art under William Merritt Chase who encouraged him to become an Impressionist. He won a traveling scholarship, which gave him his first trip to Europe. Louis Betts became…

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Alexander Harmer, (1856-1926)

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Indian Chief (courtesy of Farhat Art Museum) by Alexander Harmer, (1856-1926) Indian Chief (courtesy of Farhat Art Museum) by Alexander Harmer, (1856-1926)

Alexander Harmer, (1856-1926) an American artist.Born in Newark, New Jersey, Alexander Harmer “is considered Southern California’s first great painter of the 19th century” (Edan Hughes).

He began painting as a child, and at age 13 left home and wandered to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he spent three years before joining the army in Cincinnati, Ohio. Stationed in California for two years, he got a discharge to study art at the Pennsylvania School of Fine Arts in Philadelphia with Thomas Eakins and Thomas Anshutz.

In 1881, to get West to paint Indians, he re-enlisted in the Army and was assigned cavalry duty in Arizona. His expeditions against Geronimo and the Apaches earned him the title “Artist of the Apaches,” and his illustrations were in Harper’s Weekly. He took his field sketches and notes of the Apaches, and returned to the…

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