Vance Kirkland's 5 painting periods

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Vance Kirkland experimented with 5 distinct styles during his painting career. This chart will help you to identify the characteristics of each.

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Vance Kirkland's 5 painting periods

  1. 1.                                    VANCE KIRKLAND PAINTING PERIODSPeriods Descriptions1st period:  Designed Realism                             1927 ‐ 1947      2nd period:  Surrealism                             1939 ‐ 19543rd period:  Hard Edge Abstraction /                      Abstractions From Nature                                 1947 ‐ 19574th period:  Abstract Expressionism A. Watercolor & Denatured Alcohol Paintings (some also 2nd and 3rd periods)                       ("Floating Abstractions") B. Broken Glass Series (oil) [some could also be seen as 2nd or 3rd Periods]                             1950 ‐ 1964 C. Referential Abstractions (oil paint smeared, sponged and blotted)D. Nebulae Abstractions  (oil and water)E. Roman & Greek Abstractions  (oil and water)F. Asian Abstractions (oil and water)G. Pure Abstractions (oil and water)5th period:  The Dot Paintings A. Vibrations of Energy in Space (about 1/3 oil and water, 2/3 oil)                             1963 ‐ 1981 B. Mysteries of Energy in Space (oil and water)C. Explosions of Energy in Space (oil and water)D. Forces of Energy in Space (oil and water)E. Pure Abstractions (mostly oil and water, some oil)Mostly landscapes, ruins & ghost towns, some portraits & still lifes                               (mostly watercolor, some oil)Fantasy worlds of deadwood & dwarfed people, also fictitious plants                                        (mostly watercolor, some oil)Mostly abstractions from nature including Timberline Abstractions; some pure abstractions; a few are not entirely hard edge but are abstractions from nature (about half watercolor, half oil)R:EducationLessonsKirkland, VanceAll about Kirkland 2012VK Periods 08.10 UPDATE.xls

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