Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Flora Nyland - Paintings, Prints, Photography 1960 - 2012

In case anyone's ever wondered where I got it from here you go -- Mom is an artist too and a formidable talent in a multitude of visual media in addition to being an accomplished musician. Talent to burn, and now recently retired after 30 years with SUNY ESF one of my goals is to help her establish a second career for herself in visual arts. We agreed to start small by showing work readily onhand while she re-familiarizes herself with drawing & painting as a process.

Here's some examples of her work from images taken literally just wandering around their house, with ambient lighting and reflections in glass, poor framing. But her mastery of technique shines through, not just in her paintings (which she more or less abandoned after 1968 with three bouncing baby boys to manage) but the woodblock silkscreen prints she made during the 1970s. We have a portfolio case of them set aside for perusal this weekend, and I want to get them shown somewhere.

Oil on canvas, 10 x 24 inches, 1962

Oil on wood panel, 40 x 60 inches, 1967

Collagraph silkscreen print, 14 x 20 inches, 1975

Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, 1965

Woodblock silkscreen print, 20 x 30 inches, 1974

Hand tinted photograph, 12 x 18 inches, 1977

Silkscreen print, 20 x 30 inches, 1973, with contributions by myself & my two brothers  ;]
Have informed them that I WANT THIS.

Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, 1964

Silkscreen woodblock (top) with 8 x 10 print (bottom), framing solution by Ralph Nyland, 1976

Carved silkscreen woodblock with ink staining, 16 x 20 inches, 1976

Carved silkscreen woodblock with ink staining, 14 x 20 inches, 1975

My favorite of them all! Maybe.

Woodblock silkscreen print, 12 x 16 inches, 1973

And as framed by Ralph Nyland, himself a master craftsman who constructed many of Flora's stretchers, frames, and her silkscreen press.

Oil on canvas, 16 x 30 inches, 1964

And one of mom's current drawings! Pen and ink with watercolor, 8 x 10 inches. Gave her a nice sharp Umbria detailing brush and she got right to work. Will keep her on the radar here! and I'm proud to see her working on this for real again. Mom rocks!

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