"Mercer Street," an original oil on masonite by Rufus Zogbaum, is a piece for the true collector. Zogbaum's use of color and a combined New York School-Post-Expressionist style speaks to a unique technique of his own. This masterful original artwork
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Rufus Zogbaum
"Mercer Street" Framed Abstract Oil on Masonite Painting by Rufus Zogbaum

1991

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"Mercer Street," an original oil on masonite by Rufus Zogbaum, is a piece for the true collector. Zogbaum's use of color and a combined New York School-Post-Expressionist style speaks to a unique technique of his own. This masterful original artwork would make a great addition to an art collection and enhance most any home, perfect for those who have an affinity for abstracts, Post-Expressionist paintings, and color-rich works of art. Rufus F. Zogbaum is the great-grandson of the famous illustrator with the same name. Both his father and mother were embedded in the New York City art scene of the 1950s and 1960s, which provided a unique upbringing for Rufus that served as a catalyst to him becoming an artist. Being surrounded by remarkable artists, writers, and poets, such as his sculptor father, Wilfred, and hanging out with the likes of Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and others tied to the New York School and Abstract Expressionism, were undeniable influences that can be seen throughout Rufus' works. A great opportunity to own an exquisite contemporary work by a clear heir to that exceptional era of artist creation in New York City. In addition to the original Manny Silverman Gallery label affixed to the verso of the work, Rufus created and affixed a Materials & Methods document to the verso of the work that impressively outlines his process. Images of both the gallery label and Materials & Methods document are included in the image bank above. For convenience, here is some of the text from the Materials & Methods document: Title: Mercer St RZP Number: 121 [Artist's reference number that has been verified with the artist] Date: 1991 Support: Untempered masonite Ground: Winsor + Newton Alkyd Primer mixed with 180 grit carborundum Media: Alkyd + Oil Paints Surface Coating: None. Apply spray coating of Soluvar and Benzine 1 : 2 1/2 > 10/91 You can find our other offerings by clicking on the "View All From Seller" button below or you can contact us for a direct link. Artist: RUFUS F. ZOGBAUM (1948-) Title: MERCER STREET Medium & Surface: ORIGINAL OIL ON MASONITE (framed) Signed: HAND SIGNED AND DATED BY ARTIST ON VERSO Year Created: 1991 Country of Creation: UNITED STATES Image Area Dimensions: 32.125 x 25.25 INCHES Frame Dimensions:* 33.5 x 26.75 x 1.25 INCHES *This work of art is being sold in its original frame. If you would like to change the frame to better match your style or environment, please contact us for Custom Archival Framing options. Additional Info: HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE WORK BY RUFUS ZOGBAUM. ORIGINAL GALLERY LABEL FROM MANNY SILVERMAN GALLERY, LOS ANGELES AFFIXED TO VERSO. VERY RARE PRACTICE BY AN ARTIST TO INCLUDE A MATERIALS & METHODS DOCUMENT, WHIS WAS CREATED BY THE ARTIST, SIGNED, DATED, AND AFFIXED TO VERSO. Artist Info/Bio: ARTIST BIOGRAPHY DOCUMENT IS INCLUDED Documentation: CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY BY CALIFORNIA FINE ART BROKERS IS INCLUDED A piece for the true collector. Born in 1948, Rufus F. Zogbaum comes from an illustrious family of artists. His great-grandfather, the famous American illustrator with the same name, Rufus Fairchild Zogbaum (1849-1925) and his father, sculptor Wilfrid Meynell Zogbaum (1915-1965), were both artists. Rufus’ mother, Elisabeth “Betsy” Ross Zogbaum (1912-2005) was a close friend and companion of painter Franz Kline (1910-1962). In Rufus’ work, one can identify links to the countless artistic influences of his life. Rufus grew up in the 1950s and 1960s around some of the most famous artists, writers, and poets of that era. Many of these artists, including Franz Kline, came to be known as part of an informal group called the New York School. Rufus also came to know the founders of Abstract Expressionism. A select list of these artists included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, John Ferren, Lee Krasner, Mark Rothko, Myron Stout, Giorgio Cavallon, Vita Petersen, and Jack Tworkov. Many of Franz Kline’s works and records were conveyed to Elisabeth Zogbaum, many of which have been donated by Elisabeth and Rufus to numerous institutions over the years, including the Smithsonian, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art. It is of no surprise that Rufus attended the Philadelphia College of Arts, now called The University of the Arts, where he graduated in 1970. Soon after graduating, Rufus moved to Chicago, where he held a studio at the iconic Contemporary Art Workshop in Lincoln Park. For nearly 40 years, Rufus was featured in numerous group shows and solo exhibitions throughout the US, including one at the Manny Silverman Gallery in Los Angeles in 1991. Rufus eventually moved back to New York and continued to live and work there as an artist and paintings conservator. Around 2009, Rufus decided to pursue another passion – woodworking. He moved to Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife and pursues his hobbies of woodworking and kayaking. He first encountered Greenland style paddling in the early 2000s at the Mystic Seaport and has been fascinated with Greenland style paddling ever since. He has built a CLC Shearwater 16 kayak and several paddles. Rufus’ works of art can be found in public and private collections throughout the US.

Details

  • Artist
    Rufus Zogbaum (1849 - 1925, American)
  • Creation Year
    1991
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    This work is in great condition consistent with age, is framed, and ready to hang. If you would like to change the frame to better match your style or environment, please contact us for Custom Archival Framing options.
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 33.5 in. x W 26.75 in. x D 1.25 in.H 85.09 cm x W 67.95 cm x D 3.18 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU94534963122
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