Artist: Richard Hendorf (1861 – 1939) German

Titled: North African market
Measures: 10 x 13.5 inches
Medium: watercolor on paper, signed lower right
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Exhibited widely thorough Germany and was a regular exhibitor in the Gorsse Berliner Kunstausstellung (Grand Berlin Art Exhibition) Won first prize for his painting yotled “Lady in Black”, now the painting is in the Mint Museum in North Carolina. His work is in countless private collections and numerous museums worldwide.

Artist: George Elbert Burr (1859 – 1939) American

Artist: George Elbert Burr (1859 – 1939) American
Titled: Tunisian Coast
Medium: Watercolor on paper
Measures: 9 x 11.5 inches
signed lower right R. Burr 18673169_10158747094160553_4073169323518317907_o
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George Elbert Burr
Born Ohio, 1859
Died Arizona, 1939

Ten years after his birth in Monroe Falls, Ohio, George Elbert Burr moved with his parents to Cameron, Missouri, where his father opened a hardware store. Burr was interested in art from an early age and his first etchings were created with the use of zinc scraps found in the spark pan under the kitchen stove. He then printed the plates on a press located in the tin shop of his father’s store.

In December of 1878, Burr left for Illinois to attend the Art Institute of Chicago (then called the Chicago Academy of Design). By April of the following year, Burr had moved back to Cameron. The few months of study in Chicago constituted the only formal training the artist was to have.

Back in Missouri, Burr heeded his family’s wishes by working in his father’s store. However, he did not abandon his art, often using his father’s railway pass to travel around the countryside on sketching trips. In 1894, Burr married Elizabeth Rogers, and the following year he became an instructor for a local drawing class.

By 1888, the artist was employed as an illustrator for Scribner’s, Harper’s, and The Observer. During that time, his illustrations were also published in Volume II of John Muir’s Picturesque California. In December of the same year, Burr relocated to New York City for several months to work on assignment for The Observer. Over the next several years, Burr worked and traveled extensively as an illustrator contributing to additional periodicals including The Cosmopolitan and Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper.

In 1892, Burr began a four-year project to illustrate a catalog for the Metropolitan Museum of Art of Heber R. Bishop’s jade collection. After completing approximately 1,000 etchings of the collection, Burr used the money he earned on the project to fund a trip abroad. The artist and his wife spent the years between 1896 and 1901 sketching and traveling on a tour of Europe that spanned from Sicily to North Wales. After their return from Europe, the Burr’s settled in New Jersey where Burr sustained a living through the sale of his etchings and watercolors. During the next few years, Burr’s watercolors were displayed in galleries and exhibitions along the east coast and as far west as Kansas City, Missouri.

In 1906, the couple moved to Denver, Colorado, in an effort to improve George’s poor health. While in Colorado, Burr completed Mountain Moods, a series of 16 etchings. His years in Denver were highly productive despite his poor health. He gained membership to art organizations including the New York Society of Etchers and the Brooklyn Society of Etchers (later renamed Society of American Etchers). Burr’s winters were spent traveling through the deserts of Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico. In 1921, Burr obtained copyrights on the last of 35 etchings included in his well-known Desert Set.

Burr’s failing health prompted a move to a more moderate climate and the couple settled in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1924. In Phoenix, Burr served as president of the Phoenix Fine Arts Association and participated in the city’s first major art exhibition. Burr remained in Phoenix until his death in 1939.

Throughout his lifetime Burr worked in a variety of mediums creating approximately fifty oil paintings, over a thousand watercolors, two-thousand pen-and-ink drawings and over twenty-five thousand etchings all pulled from his own presses.

Artist: Marc Pally (1946- ) America

Signed: on verso, dated 1983
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Measures: 72.00 x 48.00 inches 182.88cm x 121.92cm)
Exibited: Ulrike Kantor Gallery
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Marc Pally was born in Los Angeles in 1946, attended Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico in 1964 followed by the University of Nottingham, England in 1966-67. He received his BA from Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH and his MFA from CalArts in 1978. He was included in a group exhibition at San Diego Institute of the Arts in 1975 and another in 1977, “Drawing Show” at Gallery 91, Brooklyn; he was then in various group exhibitions at CalArts, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), and Claremont Graduate School, Libra Gallery. His early one artists shows were with the Ulrike Kantor Gallery in 1981 and 1984. Pally first exhibited with Rosamund Felsen Gallery in 1986. He was the “New California Artist XIII,” at Newport Harbor Art Museum for which there was a catalogue. He continued to be included in numerous group exhibitions such as at Fisher Gallery, USC; Art Center College of Design, Pasadena; Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, Richard Khuhlenschmidt Gallery, Los Angeles; Louis Meisel Gallery, NY; “First Annuale,” curated by Ned Rifkin, LACE; UC Irvine; “CALARTS: Skeptical Belief(s),” Newport Harbor Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; College of Creative Studies, UC Santa Barbara; Selby Gallery, Ringling School of Art & Design, Sarasota; “Between Reality and Abstraction, California at the End of the Century,” traveled from Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; Honolulu Academy of the Arts; and numerous venues.

Pally’s work is the in the Permanent Collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Portland Museum, Portland, Maine; and UC Santa Barbara. For many years he has worked with the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles to develop the “Los Angeles Cultural Masterplan.” Previously he was a design team member of the San Diego Department of Water Headquarters Facility and had been Program Coordinator for California/International Arts; Executive Committee member of Los Angeles Task Force on the Arts; and City Planner, Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles, Art in Public Places Program. Today the artist is very involved with arrangements for public arts. He lives in Los Angeles.

Artist: Philippe Martin (born 1927 ) British / Australian

Artist: Philippe Martin (born 1927 ) British / Australian
Title: “Champ d’Or (from Champ d’Or” symbols series),”19388769_10158901370935553_3765286778763645535_o
Measures: 26.50″ x 36.25″
(67.31cm x 92.08cm)
Medium: Gouache and oil / Canvas
Signed: Lower Left and dated 1962
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Phillip Martin is little known in Australia, having spent most of his life abroad. Born in 1927 in England, he commenced painting at the Abbey Art Centre in London where he was greatly encouraged by Alan Davie. In 1950 he met Helen Marshall, his life partner and collaborator. In 1951 Martin painted his first “Affiches” on packing paper – “Affiches” were to become the central theme of his work. Martin and Marshall travelled extensively throughout Europe and later India. They left for Sydney in 1969, where he created his second reliefs in wood. They spent the 1970s in Lake Como, India, Paris and Milan, returning to live in Sydney in 1979 where Martin painted his important series Change Worlds. Martin’s first Australian solo show being in Sydney in 1985. His work is represented in public, institutional and private collections around the world