Carmel Art Association

Carmel, CA




Carmel Art Association Exhibits: "William Hannum: A Retrospective," and "Selected Works by Helen Barker"


Beginning April 8, 1999 and running through May 5, 1999, the Carmel Art Association presents a retrospective exhibit of paintings by William Hannum and selected works by Helen Barker in the gallery's Beardsley Room. The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Saturday, April 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.

William Hannum was one of the most popular artists in recent times in the CAA. His paintings commonly depicted rolling California hillsides, coastal scenes, trees and still life subjects. Bold and broad brush strokes executed with thick, intense color characterized his expressionist style. Hannum created works of art that intentionally conveyed a feeling of robust vitality; through them he expressed his emotional response to nature or an image. His work was highly sought after throughout his fourteen-year association with the CAA until his death from cancer in 1998 at age 51.

Hannum's painting style was influenced by two Art Association artists: George DeGroat and Keith Lindberg. His formal training included studies at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and the Art Students League in New York City. Hannum's interest in painting and drawing began in childhood and he habitually carried a sketchbook to capture regional scenery and record notes about color and mood. Although his paintings appear to be painted on location, Hannum was a studio painter, building on ideas from his sketches and progressively working them into a complete theme.

Nearly al the pieces in the show were painted in the period just before he became ill in 1997 and stopped painting. This is the first time any of the pieces in the entire offering have been shown publicly.

Other paintings by William Hannum on the web include: Blue Pacific, Blue Sur Hills , Evening Hills, Rolling Coastal Lands Please Note: RLM does not endorse sites behind external links. We offer them for your additional research; external links were chosen on the basis of being the most informative online source at the time of our search.

Also on display will be selected works by Carmel artist Helen Barker, who died last year at age 80 after a lengthy struggle with cancer. Helen Barker painted in oils, watercolor, acrylic and pastels. Her art reflected the local area's beauty in tranquil depictions of the coast, flower-filled meadows and floral still-lifes. She was primarily a self-taught painter and her work was represented in various museums and galleries, including the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco.

The Carmel Art Association is located on Dolores Street between 5th and 6th and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over one hundred and twenty local professional artists show their work in a variety of mediums. Mailing address: Carmel Art Association / P.O. Box 2271 / Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921 (information as of March, 1999)

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