The Heartwarming Paintings of American Artists at the Surovek Gallery

The holidays bring up many emotions that artists are often able to capture. Many of the paintings by the American artists in our gallery seem to take on a deeper, more nostalgic, heartwarming feeling this time of the year.

Here’s a look at just a few of the works in the Surovek Gallery that evoke a sense of joy and the extraordinary artists who created them.

Maria Oakey Dewing

Maria Oakey Dewing
Spring Flowers with Roses, Daffodils and Larkspur, 1923
Oil on canvas
24 x 14 inches
Signed and dated: Maria Oakey Dewing 1923

Maria Oakey Dewing had an impressive career as an artist, especially for a woman at the turn of the twentieth century. Born in New York, she studied at the Cooper Union School of Design for Women and the Antique School of National Academy of Fine Arts. Dewing helped to found the Art Students League in 1875.

The flowers in her paintings often came from the garden that she and her husband, portrait painter Thomas Dewing, grew in their garden.

Spring Flowers with Roses, Daffodils and Larkspur is a masterful work that Dewing painted at the age of 82,  just four years before her death.

Her paintings are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the National Gallery, the Hood Museum of Art and the Addison Gallery of American Art.

Dale Nichols

Dale Nichols
Silent Morning, 1972
Oil on canvas
30 x 40 inches
Signed Dale Nichols (l.r.)

Dale Nichols was one of the most unusual and eccentric painters America has seen. Born and raised on a farm in Nebraska, Nichols moved to Chicago, and after brief formal studies, worked in advertising for about fifteen years.

He traveled extensively, but even when he lived out of the country, he painted the red barns of his childhood.

When viewing Silent Morning, it’s easy to understand why Nichols returned home, time after time, in his memory.

Nichols works are part of the permanent collections of the Met, the Whitney and other major museums.

Stephen Scott Young

Stephen Scott Young
American Flag, 1992
Watercolor on paper
14 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches
Signed and dated: SS Young (lower left)

Stephen Scott Young was an Army brat. He was born in Hawaii, spent his adolescence in Gainesville and St. Augustine, Florida and attended the Ringling College of Art And Design in Sarasota. He is called the Modern Winslow Homer because of his incredible mastery of watercolor.

Young works from his studio in Jupiter, Florida. His works can be found the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art and many other fine museums and galleries.

Alex Katz

Alex Katz
Sunset, Lake Wesserumett ll, 1972
Screenprint in grays on paper
30 x 36 inches
Signed: Alex Katz in pencil (l.r.)
Numbered: 4160 in pencil (l.l.)

Alex Katz is known as a consummate New Yorker, a painter of sophisticated women in black dresses, but he is also a wonderful landscape painter who spends summers at his home and studio in Maine.

With Sunset, Lake Wesserumett ll, Katz combines his simple style and sophisticated eye to create a work that is tranquil and serene.

Alex Katz’s paintings and prints are part of the permanent collections of the National Museum of American Art, The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, The Tate, The Albertina, The French National Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Japan and other venues around the world.

Scott Kelley

Scott Kelley
Lily Pads, Loxahatchee, 2017
Watercolor on paper
22 x 30 inches
Titled, dated, signed lower center

Although he lives and works in his studio in Maine, Scott Kelley visits South Florida often and manages to capture the flora and fauna of the area with an empathy that is apparent in his beautifully skilled work.

The Heartwarming Paintings of American Artists at Surovek Gallery

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