Thursday, April 25, 2019

Art by Amber Kempthorn & Dana Oldfather -- Guess the Prices!

The paintings below are displayed in the lobby at Key Tower.  Some I like, some I don't, but they are all out of my price range.  I thought we could play a little game called guess the price! 

The first four are combinations of different processes done by Amber Kempthorn

#1 "Cuyahoga":  I kind of like this one.  I especially like the little lightening bugs.  My photo really does not do it justice.
#1--Cuyahoga (spray paint, pastel, charcoal & college, 44x30")
#2  "Lost, I Said":  I kind of like this one because of all the different things in it, especially the beaver and cat on the rocker!  I really don't get the pile up of cars though. 
#2--Lost, I Said (acrylic, charcoal, gouache & graphite on paper, 30x22")
#3 "Close to the Edge":  I like the butterflies in this one, but don't get why the scissors are at the bottom or why there seem to be two moons.  I like the colors in this though.
#3--Close to the Edge (acrylic, gouache, ink on paper 28 1/4x22")
#4 "Our Reach":  I don't get what they are reaching for in this, do you?  Anyone care to explain what this is to me?
#4--Our Reach (pastel, charcoal, gouache, collage, forgot to write the size of this one, but was about same as #1)
Do you have your price guesses in mind?  I'll give you little hint--they are all over $2,000!

Prices:  1--$3500; 2--$2600; 3--$2600; 4--$2900

Now for round 2:  The four paintings below were done by Dana Oldfather.  According to the artist's statement, these mirror a rushing world distorted by apprehension.  These paintings attest to inherent emotional conflict of parenting young children, and the fragility of comfort and happiness in America.

I certainly wouldn't buy any of these for even $5.00!  I think anyone could make any of these or similar to them very easily.  I just don't understand this type of art at all and really am surprised anyone would spend thousands of dollars for any of these.  What do you think of these?

#5-- Pinch Me (oil, acrylics on panel, 24x24")

#6--Clearing Primrose (oil, acrylic, ink, spray paint on linen, 48x60")
#7--Breaking Through (oil, ink, spray paint on linen, 30x30")
#8--Budding (oil, ink, spray paint on linen, 30x30")
In round two, one of these is priced at $7,000!  Can you guess which one?

The prices for Round 2 are:  5--$2400; 6--$7000; 7--$2500; 8--$2500

Paintings by these artists are displayed in the Bon Foey Gallery at 1710 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio.  You can also visit their website at 

Although these paintings are way out of my budget I do enjoy looking at different artwork.  I hope you enjoyed this post and would love to hear if you guessed any of the prices correctly or which paintings you prefer or do not care for in the comments.

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