Our focus at Surovek Gallery is on the acquisition and sale of works by American masters. Most of the artists in our gallery are known for their works in oils, and not as well-known for their watercolors. Watercolors, made from ochre and other minerals mixed with water, were used by the first artists to paint their cave walls and Ancient Egyptians to paint their tombs and temples. With the advancement of paper making in Italy in the thirteenth century, artists were able to use watercolors to produce major works.
It was German Renaissance artist, Albrecht Dürer, who painted botanical, wildlife, and landscape watercolors, and is generally considered to be the first master of watercolor in the fifteenth century. For about three hundred years after Dürer, artists used watercolors mainly for preliminary sketches on which to base their oil paintings.
It was in England in the eighteenth century where landscape artists began to appreciate the translucence and lightness of watercolors and began to use them as a primary medium. Early watercolorists had to grind their own pigments until, in 1970, Thomas Reeves invented soluble cakes of soluble colors.
In 1846, Winsor and Newton introduced watercolors in metal tubes, which made it easier for artists to use watercolors in major works, especially when they had to carry their painting supplies outside to paint landscapes. Many of the works in our gallery are watercolors, created by eminent American artists, dating back to the nineteenth century.
Winslow Homer was introduced to watercolors by his mother, who was a gifted amateur watercolorist.
It was during a summer vacation in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in 1873, when Homer began to paint with watercolors on a regular basis. Winslow Homer rarely traveled without watercolor paints and paper, and his watercolors were so well received by the public, and sold so well, that his financial status was greatly increased, allowing him more freedom to travel and paint.
Dale Nichols is one of America’s most interesting painters. Although Nichols began his career as a commercial artist, he also taught as a Carnegie Professor of Art at the University of Illinois and was the Art Editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica in 1943.
Nichols was a very sophisticated artist, who traveled extensively, but often painted the barn of his Nebraska childhood.
Although best known for his oil paintings, Andrew Wyeth‘s first one man show was an exhibition of his watercolors a the Macbeth Gallery in New York City. The show sold out.
Stephen Scott Young
Stephen Scott Young is an American artist best known for his watercolor paintings and that depict daily life on the east coast of the United States and the Out Islands of The Bahamas.
Young’s work can be found in major collections and museums throughout the United States and internationally, including the Presidential collection, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Asian Museum of Watercolor Art, in Haikou, Hainan Province, China, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Brandywine River Museum.
Scott Kelley is a masterful American watercolor painter, who spends his time traveling between Florida, where he photographs birds, flora and fauna, and his studio in Maine, where he paints his magnificent watercolors.
Kelley’s work can be found in public and private collections, including the Portland Museum of Art and the Portland Public Library.
Watercolors by American Masters at the Surovek Gallery
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