Bryant Chapin

Image: Concept Gallery

(1859-1927) Best known for his still life paintings, Bryant Chapin is also known to have painted landscapes and portraits. Born in Fall River, Massachusetts, Chapin is considered a member of the Fall River School of Painters He studied with Robert S. Dunning and lectured throughout New England about art and painting. In Search of the Balance Between Aesthetic Proclivity … Continue reading Bryant Chapin

Charles Linford

(1846-1897) Pittsburgh-born Charles Linford also lived in Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey.  One of the Scalp-Level painters of Western Pennsylvania, Linford was a student of landscape painter George Hetzel. Influenced by the French Barbizon school, Linford’s favorite subject was birch trees within a fall landscape. Linford exhibited often at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts’ Annual … Continue reading Charles Linford

Edward Hicks

Edward Hicks (American, 1780-1849). The Peaceable Kingdom, ca. 1833-1834. Oil on canvas, Brooklyn Museum

(1780 – 1849) Edward Hicks was an American folk painter known for his “Peaceable Kingdom” biblical-based animal scenes, many which feature William Penn and native Americans. Raised with Quaker beliefs, Hicks apprenticed with a coach painter before working on his own as a coach painter. Strengthening his affiliation with the Quaker religion, Hicks began painting household farm … Continue reading Edward Hicks

Ammi Phillips

(1788-1865) Connecticut-born portrait painter Ammi Phillips was forgotten until historians and collectors reconstructed his oeuvre in the mid 20th Century. Very few of the portraits are signed, however, one portrait noted that “George C. Sunderland Painted When at the Age of 21 years by Mr, Ammi, Phillips, In the fall 1840” and helped historians piece together the … Continue reading Ammi Phillips

Christian Walter

(1850-1924) Born in Pittsburgh, Christian Walter was a self-taught impressionist landscape painter. Walters learned to paint from viewing art exhibitions that came through Pittsburgh including the Carnegie International Exhibition in 1896. He served as President of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. Several of his paintings are held in the collection of Penn State University.

Wharton Esherick

(1887-1970) Philadelphia-born Wharton Esherick is best known for his sculpture and furniture. Recognized as the “dean of American craftsmen,” Esherick is best known for his sculptural furniture and furnishings. He studied painting at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Arts and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and became acquainted with wood when he began carving … Continue reading Wharton Esherick

Karl Benjamin

(1925-2012) Karl Benjamin is known for his paintings of vibrant geometric abstractions. Born in Chicago, Benjamin relocated to the Los Angeles area. Benjamin had no formal education when he began painting and only became interested when exploring the relationships of colors when developing art lessons for his elementary school students. He later took classes and … Continue reading Karl Benjamin