Seymour Fogel, Dawn Flight, 1953, 60 x 48 in., Treadway Gallery (sold for $16,000 in December 2010)
Seymour Fogel, Mechanism I, ca. 1979, 20 x 30 in., Treadway Gallery (sold May 2007)
Seymour Fogel, Mechanism II, ca.1978, 20 x 30 in., Treadway Gallery (sold March 2008)
Seymour Fogel, Mother and Child, ca. 1946, 40 x 17 in., Treadway Gallery (sold May 2007)
Seymour Fogel, Mother and Child, 1950, oil on masonite, 30 x 24 in.
Seymour Fogel, Firebird, ca. 1950, oil on masonite, 30 x 36 in.
Seymour Fogel, Conclave, 1950, 48 x 84 in., Bonhams, Los Angeles (sold for $18,300 in Aug 2010)
Seymour Fogel, Pagan Form, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in., David Dike Fine Art (sold Oct 2007)
Seymour Fogel, Abstract Composition, ca. 1948, oil on canvas, 50 x 36 in.
Seymour Fogel, Icarian Flight, ca. 1952, oil on masonite. This painting has won numerous awards.
Seymour Fogel, Limestone VII, oil on canvas, private collection
Seymour Fogel, Untitled, ca. 1945, oil on canvas, Rago Arts (sold for $16,800 in 2007)
Seymour Fogel, Collage, ca. 1975, mixed media, 40 x 30 in., Treadway Gallery (sold march 2008)
Seymour Fogel, Newspaper Collage II, ca. 1975, newspaper, acrylic and sand, 40 x 30 in., Wendt Gallery
Seymour Fogel circa 1955 with model of mural he created for American National Bank in Austin, TX.
Seymour Fogel was a quintessential modern artist, whose prolific art career spanned nearly six decades. He worked in virtually every medium including, paint, sand, watercolor, wood, cloth, glass and wax. His style of art varied as much as the media he used, but it's his mid-century modernist paintings that I like the best. I have chosen some of my favorites above.
Seymour was born in NYC on August 24, 1911. He studied at the National Academy of Design from 1929-1932. After graduating he worked as an apprentice for Diego Rivera, who was at that time working on his controversial Rockefeller Center mural. From 1934 to 1941 Fogel was awarded several mural commissions by the WPA. He began focusing on abstract art after moving to Austin, TX in 1946 to teach at the University of Texas at Austin. It was during this Texas Modernist Period, that Seymour's work began to attract attention, earning him awards and exhibits at the nation's top galleries. in 1956, his Icarian Flight painting (shown above) was voted as one of the most important modernist paintings in the country. He returned to NYC in 1959 where he further developed his abstract style, seeking a quasi-primitive, purely visual form of communication, that he coined "atavistic art". He continued to focus on his atavistic art till his death on December 4, 1984.
If you would like to see more of Seymour Fogel's paintings and learn more about his career, then you are in luck. Fogel's son Jared, along with Charles and Faith McCracken, have put together an amazing limited edition book titled The Art of Seymour Fogel: An Atavistic Vision.