For sale is an original collage mixed media painting on canvas by well known Westport Connecticut illustrator and collage artist Fred Otnes. We acquired this painting at an estate sale of items in Connecticut.
It was tilted 1994 Annual Report. This piece is extremely amazing to view and ponder. The cut out collage on canvas is jampacked with tons of visual scenes. This painting is gallery framed and in overall excellent condition. It is apparently signed by the artist "in recto" but we have not taking it out of its gallery framing.
There is also a cut out collage signature by the artist on the front middle left of the painting. Sight - 24" x 16". Fred Otnes, a prominent illustrator, painter and collage artist who embraced abstraction well before most commercial illustrators did.
He began creating illustrations in a representational style for advertisements and magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post and Colliers in the late 1940s. Among his most recognizable magazine illustrations was a 1967 Post cover for an article about conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; against a red background he drew a lone outsize sniper looming over the Kennedy motorcade in Dallas. He also made well-known posters for the spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars, directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, which was released in the United States in 1967.Otnes turned to abstraction in the early 1960s as magazines were increasingly moving away from illustrations in favor of photographs. He used techniques like photo-transfer transferring a photographic image to a different surface overlays and printmaking in combining his own draftsmanship with printed material, fabric, photographs and other elements to achieve sometimes surreal pastiches. Mark English, a painter, illustrator and friend of Mr. Otnes, called his work unique.
I dont even know how he did them, the mechanics of printing, photography and all the things he did to put them together, Mr. English said Wednesday in an interview. Otness pastiches which usually appeared as flat planes, dispensing with any illusion of depth were published in magazines such as Penthouse and Sports Illustrated. One cover, for The Saturday Evening Post in 1966, showed Ernest Hemingways face surrounded by text and photographs of a young Hemingway after a hunt and in the bullring. Another, for The Atlantic in 1989, showed the Cold War diplomat George F.Kennan towering over the Capitols dome and St. Basils Cathedral in Moscow, superimposed on a Dalíesque landscape littered with geometrical figures. Otnes eventually focused mainly on his intricate gallery pieces. Fred Otnes brings to his collage paintings a classical refinement and control that makes poetry out of chance pictorial effects, the artist and critic Maureen Mullarkey wrote in reviewing a retrospective in Manhattan in 2006 for The New York Sun. He dips into early Cubist collage techniques, touches Florentine and Renaissance bases, and reverses Dadaist chaos into gorgeous homages to order. Was born in Junction City, Kan. His father was in sales, for a time with Folgers Coffee; his mother was the former Dorthea Flower. He began working as an artist at The Lincoln Journal in Nebraska when he was a teenager, then joined the Marines in 1942.
His parents had let him enlist even though he was not yet 18. After he was discharged, Mr.Otnes moved to Chicago, where he designed advertisements for clients like United Airlines at the firm Whitaker-Guernsey and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago on the G. In 1952, he married Fran McCaughan, a decoupage artist. They moved to New York, where Mr. Otnes got a job at Rahl Studios, and then to Westport, where Mr. Otnes became one of a prestigious group of illustrators who lived in the area and were known as the Westport school. He also became an instructor with the Illustrators Workshop, which came to be known as the Ivy League of commercial art programs. Others in the workshop included Mr. English, Bernie Fuchs, Alan Cober, Robert Heindel and Bob Peak. In the early 1960s, Mr.
Otnes and his wife moved to a house in Redding, Conn. Designed by the architect John M. Johansen in the International style. They lived there until their deaths. Otnes passed away on July 28 2015 in Westport, Connecticut.The Society of Illustrators inducted Mr. Otnes into their hall of fame in 2011. His last show was held at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Conn. The item "Westport Connecticut School Mixed Media Collage Canvas Painting By Fred Otnes" is in sale since Friday, December 18, 2015. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings".
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