The VIRTUAL TOUR!
WERNER DREWES & NICHOLAS BRIGANTE
October Thru December 2012
Nick Brigante (1895-1989) and Werner Drewes (1899-1985) influenced the development of an abstract art movement in United States. Contrasting in style – fluid tendency of Brigante and architectural tendency of Drewes – their shared passion for abstraction is evident!
Spanning the 1920’s to 1980’s, both Brigante and Drewes expressed their abstract visions through various media including watercolors, collages, prints and paintings.
Immigrating to the United States in 1930 from Germany, Drewes brought roots in architecture from Bauhaus training under the tutelage of Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. As one of the founding members of the American Abstract Artists group in 1935, he played a vital role in the evolution and acceptance of non-objective art in the United States. From his beginnings, bold figuration, dramatic geometric forms, rhythmic abstractions and brilliant palettes combine to give evidence of a personal vocabulary in his art. Drawings recorded ideas throughout his career but he also, frequently, made collages as studies. Many of these inventive compositions predict subsequent works. Through his art, his teaching and his philosophy, Werner Drewes created an illustrious career.
As a student at the Los Angeles Art Students’ League in 1911, Italy-born Brigante began as a sign painter, painting ‘Bull Durham’ signs on barns and fences. In 1920s he commenced watercolor series that depicted the hills and local natural wildernesses. These abstract and figurative works evoked the poetic abstractions of Asian aesthetics, Eastern philosophies and synchromist color theories. A master of watercolor, ink wash and sensuous line, Nick Brigante created a visual metaphor of experience found through nature that melded with his sensibilities.
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see NICHOLAS BRIGANTE inventory
see Werner Drewes Biography. . .
Biography: Werner Drewes initially studied architecture before enrolling, in 1921-22, at the Bauhaus in Weimar under Klee, Kandinsky, Itten and Feininger. For four years – 1923 to 1927 – he traveled the world with his bride, before completing his Bauhaus training in Dessau in 1929. He emigrated to the United States in 1930, documenting that move to New York through series of woodcuts. In 1936/37 he was an active founder of the American Abstract Artists and participated in the Federal Arts Project in New York before moving on to a teaching career at Washington University in St. Louis. As an artist for over sixty five years, he employed various media from drawing and watercolor, through woodcut and etching, to painting and collage. Translating an early interest in subjective cubistic forms, his work evolved into the nonobjective abstraction. He was creative until the day of his death.
see Nicholas P. Brigante Biography. . .
Biography: Nicholas Brigante’s family immigrated to the United States and settled in Los Angeles in 1897. By 1911 he was already painting `Bull Durham’ and `Coca Cola’ signs on barns while studying at the Los Angeles Art Students’ League under Rex Slinkard, an early harbinger of Modernism. After serving in World War I, he returned to the Art Students’ League, joining Stanton Macdonald Wright in the landmark 1923 exhibition “The Group of Independent Artists”. With his new bride, he spent 1924/25 in New York where his watercolors were exhibited alongside those of Charles Demuth, John Marin and Lorser Feitelson. These figurative works later evolved into poetic abstractions as Brigante explored, evermore deeply, Asian aesthetics and philosophies.