(Trees) by Dong Kingman

(Trees) by Dong Kingman

(Trees)

Dong Kingman

Title

(Trees)

 
Artist

Dong Kingman

  1911 - 2000 (biography)
Year
(1952) 
Technique
watercolor 
Image Size
21 1/4 x 15" image 
Signature
DONG KINGMAN, lower right within image 
Edition Size
 
Annotations
To my dear teacher Miss Boone with best wishes 1952 DONG KINGMAN, in pigment lower right within image 
Reference
 
Paper
Arches France wove 
State
 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
18639 
Price
$2,500.00 
Description

California artist Dong Kingman took courses in painting from noted watercolorist and printmaker Cora Boone, who taught in various Oakland schools throughout the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s. Like Boone, Kingman often eschewed the color black in favor of rich, dark blues and browns to convey shadow and depth when it came to watercolors. In this image we see, as well, the influence of his Chinese heritage in the layout of the composition - long and centered with a vignette-like quality - akin to painted scrolls. He works in a delicate hand to capture the dappled light and subtle patterns of the trees’ bark. Though he was discouraged from pursuing art as a child and young man by his family, he went on to become a successful fine and graphic artist, as well as a celebrated teacher.

This painting was a gift from Kingman, the student, to Cora Boone, the teacher and is from her estate.

 

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