The paintings and drawings of Friedolin Kessler (1913-1995) show an unusual variety of both subject matter and treatments. While noted for his linoleum cuts in the early years of his career, especially his "Mission" series, he was also accomplished in drawing, painting, photography and woodworking. His life in art began with drawing: his first major piece at the age of 12 - a large 8 ft. by 4 ft. chalk drawing in his classroom - won him a scholarship to study art at Washington University in his home state of Missouri. As a young adult he moved to California, and spent the rest of his years there devoted fully to his life in the arts. He remained prolific and notable throughout his life. Here, we see examples of his oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, self portraits and preparatory sketches of a few of these works.
Pencil on paper, 13" W x 10" H
Pen on paper, 18 - 1/2" W x 14 - 1/4" H
Pencil on paper, 5 - 1/2" W x 6" H