Well, I like him. As I said, a regionalist (not that Gaon doesn't exude New York City). They used to have a huge painting of an arboretum by Bates at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It hung in a large stairway by a two-storey window looking into Central Park. I consider him a guilty pleasure. When I first encountered him, I thought of Beckmann, but it is really Marsden Hartley that he emulates. Makes sense...an American!
I met him once 15 years ago when he assured me he would never paint again. He was making sculpture. Very charming guy. Unpretentious.
Wes, show us your work in the other art thread!
Last edited by Rick Mullin; 05-08-2014 at 05:33 AM.