A couple months ago I found this painting of a random man wearing a red scarf in the dumpster at work. It was really well done and I dunno why it’d be in a dumpster but I took it home and turned it on its side and used the red scarf as inspiration for what it now became. Felt like a collabo with a stranger which is something I’ve never really done. Anyway, I never write a lot about my artwork but this one I’m pretty hyped on and thought it needed some context. Word up! *still working on getting a crispy flick and figuring out a name but it’s a wrap on this one. ✊️✌️#surrealism#surrealart#oilpainting#abstractpainting#artsanity#phillyartist#fineart#psychedelicart#acrylicpainting#oiloncanvas
Walter Gaudnek is an outstanding German American fine artist. It was my pleasure to animate the various individuals involved, resulting in my friends Ethel and Sam Le Frak commissioning Walter to paint two mammoth works, each measuring 14 feet by 45 feet. The “American Frontier” paintings were installed in 1988 in Sam’s visionary, now gleaming, Newport City Office Center I (see last image). In “American Frontier” Walter emphasized crispness, clarity - clarity of both intent and vision - very much part of the American ethos and the hope for an always better future. The principle image in this post shows one of the two works, just completed, leaning against the main garden facade staircase of Schloss Haimhausen, the residence of Louise Piech and Hans Daxer, just outside of Munich, Germany. From right to left in the image: Christopher Hyland; Walter’s wide Audrey; Louise Piech; Walter Gaudnek and Ernst Stereck the general contractor who had just completed the full restoration of the Schloss. I visited this splendid house on countless occasions as a house guest, having happy and dramatic memories of the times we – most of the individuals mentioned in this passage - spent together there. Other images here also include preparatory elevations for the installation and Gaudnek’s paintings of Sam, Ethel and their son Richard Le Frak, now one of New York’s leading citizens. Haimhausen, like many of the houses I have known over the years, now serves a wonderful new purpose as the Bavarian International School. Walter still paints and teaches and is a professor at the University of Central Florida. He is the recipient of the coveted Leonardo Da Vinci Prize. . .