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October 12, 2007

Member Events: Forms and Figures – Paintings from the 1950s and 1960s by Eleanor Kent

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 9:09 am

Eleanor Kent - paintings of the 50s and 60s

SMITH ANDERSEN NORTH
2240A Fourth Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

October 27 – November 30, 2007
Tuesday – Friday: 10AM – 6PM, Saturday: 12 – 5PM, and by appointment.

Please join us for a reception for the artist:
Saturday, October 27, 6:00 – 8:30PM

These paintings from the 1950’s and 60’s are part of my early joyful explorations in color and my various experiments in the visual representation of figures and forms. They are the foundation for my subsequent work in other media. And I continue to paint.

It was an exhilarating time to be in North Beach in the late fifties. The coffee shops and bookstores were full of ideas and people and music. It was the era of both figurative and abstract painters. Classes with DuCasse, Bischoff, Oliviera, Lobdell, McGaw, and Marie-Rose were full of students also enthusiastic about painting. They learned from each other as well as their teachers: Joan and Bill Brown, Jose Ramon Lerma, Manuel Neri, Renate and Bill McLean, Dean Fleming, Sung Woo Chun, Bob McFarland and Akio Kobayashi. Flo Allen founder of the model’s guild and wonderful friend to all the artists and instructors posed for them. Many worked together independently in the school studios as well as the classrooms. It was good time to trade ideas and techniques and lay the foundation for later work in painting and other media.

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  1. Great to see that you are showing some early work and I am sorry I cannot be at the reception. My parents moved our family from Cleveland to San Francisco in 1955 and I will be forever grateful to them. I remember North Beach in the glorious late fifties and would have participated more had I been over 18. I have been carrying around for almost 50 years 2 drawings of Flo Allen that I made at age 14 at the Legion of Honor’s Saturday FREE drawing classes. She was an extraordinary model and great woman.

    Comment by Shoshanah Dubiner — October 19, 2007 @ 12:13 pm

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