LOT 321

Howard Terpning

b. 1927

The Next Generation

MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

DIMENSIONS: 32 x 26 inches

Signed/CA and dated 2003 lower left

Signed and titled verso


SOLD FOR: $198,900.00

Including Buyers Premium

Additional Information

Owings Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Private Collection, Texas

While attempting to explain what makes Howard Terpning’s works so special, artists, collectors and curators will run through a variety of answers: his ability as a storyteller, his confident compositions, his nuanced sense for detail or his ability to capture emotions in faces, a skill he learned way back in his illustration days. All of these answers are correct, and yet Harley Brown, the artist’s friend and colleague, proposes an alternative: “What draws people to his works is difficult to explain in words. Even a casual pass through [his work] will entice the viewer to take a closer look. Pick any painting. Look at it in a general, easy manner. Slowly inspect a few of the details: the finishing touches of a feather, the careful brushwork around an eye, maybe the longer strokes of a fold in a hide. Now glance over to the apparently casual brushwork in the background or a grassy area. You will see a similarity of technique in both cases. One is more articulate, the other has a slight abandon, yet the work is no doubt from the same creator. Each area of the painting is completed with utmost conscious (and subconscious) care. If you’re an artist (or a careful observer of art) it is fascinating to focus in on these details, which bring together all of the important elements of aesthetics. This is a painter who steadily honed his personal approach to the point where it flows from him naturally. Each daub and whisk of the brush is a deeply personal moment of expression, like an evening reminiscing with his wife Marlies or leaning over to make a grandchild laugh.”


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