The top selling oil painting at the 2014 November art auction in Indianapolis was a 20x16 Oil painting from artist Harry Allen Davis (1914 – 2006) that reached a final bid of $7,000. Harry earned a fine arts degree from the Herron School of art in 1938 and in the same year won the coveted Prix de Rome in painting. The scholarship allowed him to continue his studies at the American Academy in Rome and travel around Europe sketching and painting in order to refine his skills. In 1942 Harry enlisted in the Army designing camouflage in North Africa and later was assigned as a combat artist with the Fifth Army Historical Unit in Italy. After serving in Italy from 1944 to 1946, Harry returned to the US and taught at the Herron School of Art. Teaching there until he retired in 1983. Two other Harry Davis paintings were offered to bidders including a 16x24 painting titled “Drilling Rig” which brought $1,100. The other titled “In Dry Dock Gloucester”, 1949 was a Hoosier Salon Entry and measured 16x24 sold for $1,000.
A nice Harbor scene by the Monon railroad worker Leroy (Roy) Trobaugh (1878 – 1955) measured 34 x 40, signed lower right and exceeded the $1,500 - $4,000 estimate by reaching a final price of $4,750. Roy painted in his spare time and traveled on his free railroad pass to paint around the United States. He never considered himself a professional painter and only took a few classes when enrolled at the Art Students League (ASL) in 1902. He left the ASL in 1902 returning to Dephi, Indiana where he spent the rest of his life as a Monon employee and artist. His work was accepted into the many regional exhibitions such as the Hoosier Salon and the Brown County Art Gallery.
With a large selection of paintings from Dutch born artist Derk Smit (1889 1985) , collectors were offered a variety of subjects available for purchase. Born in the Netherlands, Derk and his family immigrated to the United States in 1914 settling in Chicago. Prior to signing up for the US Military during WWI, Derk studied at the Chicago Art Institute. Once the War was over he opened an interior decorating company and continued paint, making many trips to Indiana and the Brown County area. Derk was a member of the Chicago Painters and Sculptors Association, Brown County Art Gallery Association and the Indiana Artists Club. Derk moved to California in the mid 1950’s where he lived until his death in 1984. Of the approximately 15 paintings by the artist the top seller was a 18x24, SLR oil painting depicting a Southwestern village scene that reached a final bid of $800. The second best seller was a 24x28 oil, signed lower right Coastal scene that reach $700. At the lower end were a couple of small oil paintings, one 6x7 and a 6x8, selling for $75 each.
Indiana Art Values
November 23, 2014 auction values provided by Indiana Art Online
Arnold Turtle, 9.5x11.5, Mixed Media, SLL 1943, street scene sold for $1,000
Homer G. Davisson, 20x24, O/B, SLL, landscape sold for $1,500
Louise Woodroofe, 8x10, O/B SLR, titled "The Market" sold for $800
Ruth Bahls, 28x24, O/B, SLR '36, City Scene sold for $700
George Baum, 20x24, O/C, SLR, Landscape sold for $200
Paul Raney, 24x30, O/B, SLR, Floral Still Life sold for $125
The 2014 September 7th art auction at Jacksons auction gallery in Indianapolis Indiana provided an exceptional selection of art. Not only were there a number of well known artists represented, but a large number of pieces in every price range.
An outstanding painting by the sought after Ada Shulz, (1870 to 1954) was offered as the first lot of the auction. Ada Schulz was born in Terre Haute Indiana and graduated from shortridge high school in Indianapolis. She enter the Art Institute of Chicago in 1889 studying there for 4 years. She also expanded her artistic talent while studying in Paris at the Academie Witti when Ada and Adolph while there in 1894. Ada was well known for painting the people of Brown County. The painting offered at the auction depicting a woman sitting on a bed with what appears to be an Indian or Mexican style blanket was an excellent representation of her work. The 32 x 36 oil on canvas, signed in the lower right was estimated to sell for $50,000 to $100,000 with a final bid price of $55,000.
Very seldom do you see a William Merritt Chase (1849 to 1916) painting come up for auction in Indianapolis, In., but this was one of those rare occasions. William, born in Nineveh, Indiana became a highly recognized impressionist painter and teacher of his time. The portrait of a woman measured 23 x 19 and was signed in the upper left of the painting, reaching a final bid of $15,000.
Another artist that is rarely seen at auction is Frederick Ebbeson Grue who died at the age of 44 in 1994. Grue was a self taught artist and moved to Indiana in 1983. He was well known for his still life's reminiscent of the flemish masters. Offered for auction was an 8.5 x 11 oil on board landscape signed lower right '87 that went to the final bidder for $14,000.
There were two paintings available for purchase by the Civil War POW William McKendree Snyder (1849 to 1930). Born in Liberty Indiana in 1949, William along with his minister father enlisted in the Union Army in 1861. At only 12 years old William entered the army as a drummer boy but was captured and sent to the Andersonville prisoner of war camp. After the war, William studied with Cincinnati artist Inesco Williams. He moved to Madison Indiana and became well known for his Indiana landscapes and paintings of Indiana Beach trees. Heavily influenced by the Hudson River School, Snyder studied with artist Albert Bierstadt, George Inness and William Morris Hunt and and worked to achieve realism in his work. Measuring 28x40, the first and best painting of the two reached a final bid of $3,000. The second painting by William was also a landscape, measured 19 x 33 but had some condition issues and brought $1,000.
Gustave Baumann (1881 to 1971) begin his career in the early 1900 in Nashville, later moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico to produce some of his best work. The well known woodblock artist will have a dedicated gallery once the Brown County Art gallery in Nashville Indiana completes their "Expanding the Legend" fund drive to start the expansion of the gallery. A nice representation of his work was offered to bidders with a final sale price of $6,000.
Indiana Art Values
September 7th, 2014 auction values provided by Indiana Art Online
George LaChance, 20x24, O/C, SLR, Landscape sold for $1,750
Adolph Shulz, 20x24, O/B, SLL, Landscape sold for $4,500
William Forsyth, 21x15 , WC, SLR '96, Landscape sold for $4,000
Dale Bessire, 24x30, O/C SLL, Landscape sold for $1,500
Glen Cooper Henshaw, 24x18, Pastel, SLR '14, Self Portrait sold for 1,050
Harold Hancock, 22x28, O/B, SLL, Landscape sold for $400
William Eyden Jr., 24x36, O/C, SLR, Landscape sold for $450
The 90th annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition at the Indiana History Center in Indianapolis opened on June 26th, exhibiting 127 works of art by 106 Indiana artists. Judges for this years show are Frank Lalumia from Trinidad, Colorado and Kathleen Newman from Chicago, Illinois. For the second year in a row, Mary Gretsinger won Best of Show for her 30" x 40" oil painting titled "Behind the Circle" receiving the top cash prize of $5,000. Fred Doloresco received $1,500, Best Traditional Oil for his 40" x 46" piece titled "Winter Pokagon". A 36" x 46"painting by artist Roy Boswell titled "Mysterious Place" received the $1,000 award for Best Impressionistic. Carol Strock-Wasson's work in pastel won the $1,500 prize for Best Pastel. The work was titled "Values Close to Home" and measured 26" x 28". In the Watercolor category, artist Patricia Hooper's 17" x 21" portrait titled "Maddox" was awarded $1,000 for Best Watercolor. A porcelain clay sculptor titled "Hollyhock at Midnight" by Amy Carroll won Best Sculptor and $1,000 in prize money. Best Contemporary work went to artist April Willy for a 30" x 40" oil tilted "Cluster", she received $1,00. Jessica Smit won the $350 for Best First Time Exhibitor for her 35" x 37" oil painting titled "Thirst"
Additional awards and prize money at this years show are:
Outstanding Awards - $500
Charlene Brown, 17.5" x 21.5", titled Joel at the Seawall, awarded for outstanding oil
Deb Ward, titled, 28" x 36", "Japanese Tea", West Harrison awarded outstanding watercolor
Donna Shortt, 27" x 27" titled "The Sled Run", awarded outstanding pastel
David Cunningham, 22.5" x 22.5", titled "New Years Resolution", awarded outstanding still life
Forrest Formsma, 34" x 46", titled, The Monuments Men" awarded outstanding contemporary
Jury Prize Of Distinction - $250
Susan Mauck, 25" x 29" titled "Montana Annie",Westfield, Jury Prize of Distinction Portrait
Patricia Rhoden Bartels, 36" x 43" titled "Frigid", Jury Prize of Distinction Impressionistic Landscape
Tamara Scantland-adams, 25.25" x 29.5" titled "Orange", Jury Prize of Distinction Still Life
Rodney Reveal, 36" x 28" titled What's Up?, Jury Prize of Distinction Watercolor
William Carpenter, 60" x 40", Pastel, titled Slave,Toil Workmanship , Jury Prize of Distinction – Etching/Drawing/Mixed Media
Lawrence Rudolech, 34" x 28", oil, titled "Tom Tom's Exhibition #4", Jury Prize of Choice
|Dan Annarino||Laura Appleby||Biagio Azzarelli||Linda Barrett|
|Henry Bell||Lisa Bemish||Kari Black||Joe Blalock|
|Philip Blomgren||Roy Boswell||Joanne Breen||John Brooks|
|Charlene Brown||Ron Burgess||JoAnne Burkhar||Charles Capek|
|William Carpenter||Amy Carroll||Ellen Crabb||Cindy Cradler|
|Roderic Cranor||Judy Crawford||Cindy Crofoot||David Cunningham|
|Douglas David||Rob Day||Steve Dodge||Fred Doloresco|
|Lynn Dunbar||Charles Edwards||Karen Fehr||Forrest Formsma|
|Beth Forst||Suzy Friedman||Joel Fremion||Penny French-Deal|
|Brian Gordy||Gerrie Govert||Linda Gredy||Mary Gretsinger|
|Jerome Harste||Jeanne Hilfiker||Thomas Himsel||David Hockensmith|
|Patricia Hooper||Kathryn Houghton||David Hudson||Corrine Hull|
|Benjamin Johnson||Steve Johnson||Gary Jusik||Troy Kilgore|
|Scott Kilmer||Anthony King||Patrick Kluesner||Marilyn Kruger|
|Hewood Lee||Wyatt LeGrand||Judith Lewis||Kathy Los-Rathburn|
|Sarah Luginbill||Joyce Lupresto||Therese Lynch||Diane Lyon|
|Miguel Malagon||Jeremy Mallov||Cassia Margolis||Susan Mauck|
|Sandy Maudlin||Jeanne McLeish||Roger Merkel||Bob Meyers|
|Martha Nahrwold||Bruce Neckar||Chris Newlund||Pam Niccum|
|Nancy Olds||Abbie Parmele||Alan Patrick||Jerry Points|
|Susie Rachles||Rodney Reveal||Patricia Rhoden||David Riedel|
|J. AnnaRoberts||Larry Rudolech||Martha Sando||Tamara Scantland-Adams|
|Michael Schulbaum||David Seward||Carol Sexton||Donna Shortt|
|Jessica Smit||Jerry Smith||Arlyne Springer||Hattie Stanton|
|Carol Strock Wasson||Deb Ward||Patricia Weiss||Jacqueline Welsh|
|Tricia Wente||Katie Whipple||April Willy||Rick Wilson|
|Marilyn Witt||Dan Woodson||Tom Woodson|