I also was enamored by the work of an artist who was new to me by the name of Kenneth Riley. How I would have loved to own either one of these brilliantly painted pieces.
Or this charming, more impressionistic piece by Frank Hoffman
The auction itself was earlier today (Saturday) and was run by the Stremmel Gallery with Peter Stremmel as the auctioneer. It started off with a running leap and the dust did not settle for over 5 hours! Each painting or sculpture is brought up to the stage and displayed on large overhead screens as well.The process is fast and furious - there are bidders on the internet, the telephone and, of course, mostly in the audience. I still have no idea how the auctioneer keeps track of the bids - but in the end someone actually buys the piece and the crowd claps and we are on to the next one. There is not a moment to stop and contemplate the sale price. Each piece takes an average of 1 minute on the auction block before the final gavel falls. Even though I was not bidding, my heart was pounding!
Here is Peter Stremmel taking bids for Frank Tenney Johnson's Cowboys Roping the Bear - a gorgeous painting jam packed with action and color!
Chief Joseph's actual War Shirt sold for $750,000
And Howard Terpning's Scout's Report sold for over $800,00!
The NC Wyeth painting call The Deer Hunters engendered some very lively bidding - it is gorgeously painted and may be the first NC Wyeth I have seen in person.
I came home filled with hope and filled with inspiration. And now I must get back to my own easel!