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Cool Information About American Artist Percy Gray

Art auctioneers get a chance to explore a vast array of art from all over the world. There are numerous artists and works that they learn about and present to those attending art auctions. One artist that many auctioneers enjoy is Percy Gray, an American artist. If you look at some of his work, you are sure to recognize some pieces since much of his art is very famous. If you are new to art, this is a good artist to start with due to his interesting life, techniques, and vast body of work.

Percy Gray - Mountain Landscape with Cows

PERCY GRAY (Californian 1869 – 1952) “Mountain Landscape with Cows” Watercolor on paper

The Early Life of This Iconic Artist

Percy Gray was born on October 3, 1869 and he hails from San Francisco, California. He was born with the given name Henry, not Percy. His family has a history of being proficient in the arts and in literature. This artist enchanted the world with his art until his death in 1952.

Percy Gray - Majestic Oaks with Poppies

PERCY GRAY (American 1869-1952) “Majestic Oaks with Poppies, 1923,” Watercolor on paper laid to board

A Brief Telling of the Career of Percy Gray

It was approximately 1906 when Gray began his foray into the world of art. He had a career that spanned approximately 4 decades in which he created an array of unique and stunning pieces. In 1907, the Sketch Club hosted an exhibition and this is where Gray first had the chance to show his work to a broad audience. Throughout his career, Gray was a rather focused artist when it comes to style, making it relatively easy to spot his work once you are familiar with it.

He created a variety of landscape works that were described as modernist turmoil in terms of style. Much of his work was focused on his home state of California and the natural beauty that it possessed. He spent a lot of time exploring nature to inspire his works which were said to be poetic reverberations of the nature that he saw. He worked to recreate the nature he saw and had a lot of focus on places that had wooded areas.

Percy Gray - Occidental: Tending the Garden"

PERCY GRAY (Californian 1869-1952) “Occidental: Tending the Garden” Watercolor

He has many famous paintings that you can explore to see more about his style:

-Spring Landscape

-Quarry Near Spring Valley Lakes

-View Through the Trees

-Oaks Near Ranch, Carmel Valley

-Pasture in Spring

-Monterey Dunes

-Mount Tamalpais

-Slanting Oak

-Mt. Tamalpais with Haystacks

-Oak Grove in a Blue Mist

-Distant Hills, California

-Autumn in the Hills

You can certainly see why many art auctioneers are fascinated with the life and work of Percy Gray. He is certainly unique in many ways and created art that has inspired many artists. As you learn more about art and those responsible for it, make sure to take the time to learn more about Gray.

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Cool Percy Gray Work for Passionate Collectors

When it comes to art auctioneers, they give you a chance to find an array of cool pieces of art from artists all over the world. One of the artists you might find work from includes Percy Gray. This artist has a very unique style and once you are familiar with his work, it is not hard to easily spot other pieces that he has created. Knowing more about some of his best work makes it easier for collectors to choose the ones that will best fit into their collection.

California Oak

Percy Gray - Path Under an Oak Tree

Percy Gray “Path Under an Oak Tree, 1912”

This is a painting where the primary focus is on a large oak tree in California. It was done using watercolors, so it has a very real feel to it. In fact, if you look at it from a distance, you might accidentally mistake it for an actual photograph of a tree. It uses mostly a variety of different greens to accomplish the very natural look of the scenery. There are some splashes of bright colors to help draw your eye to the piece before you get to notice what the actual focal point of it is. While there are tons of paintings that have a large tree as the focus, this is one that has an almost eerie feel to it, making it more unique than the others.

California Eucalyptus

Percy Gray

Percy Gray “Eucalyptus Trees”

If oak trees are not your thing, you might want to look at this painting that features a different type of tree. This painting looks and feels a lot more open than California Oak. However, it also has that same almost dark feel as the other painting. The day appears to be mostly cloudy, but the trees remain the focus of the painting. They are accentuated by other natural elements, such as smaller bushes and trees and clouds that look incredibly realistic.

Poppies and Eucalyptus

While this one still has that almost eerie edge to it too, it also appears a bit brighter than the other two paintings that are discussed here. This looks like more of a fall season, since there is a lot of orange and yellow colors incorporated into it. It also has both trees and flowers that are working to best balance each other.

You can see that there are a number of Percy Gray paintings that you’ll want to learn more about. While these are some of the most popular, there are many other options for you to explore. Make sure to expand your horizons and make it a point to check out all of his work to get a more complete view of the talents that this artist brought to the world.

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Huanghuali Creates History In Asian Antiquities

Huanghuali is a special type of wood that has been used to make stunning Asian antiquities for centuries. The term Huanghuali can be translated to mean ‘yellow flowering pear’. It is a type of wood with stunning characteristics that comes from a certain type of fragrant rosewood. It is a type of wood that that is famous for creating masterful furniture during the Ming and Qing dynasties, but it is still widely used today to create high-quality furniture. Both antique huanghuali furniture and modern cuts of this wood are considered extremely rare as the tree that provides the wood is threatened near extinction due to overexploitation. While it would be considered unethical and illegal to buy new products made from huanghuali, the scarcity of this wood has made huanghuali antiquities even more valuable. Some art auctioneers have seen huanghuali antiques sell for thousands of dollars.

A Huanghuali Folding Horseshoe Back Armchair

A Huanghuali Folding Horseshoe Back Armchair, Late 20th Century, Sold for $9,440 at Michaan’s Auctions

Characteristics of a Luxurious Wood

Huanghuali wood usually possesses a yellowish brown color, but it can range from reddish brown to golden yellow. The highest quality huanghuali has a mesmerizing surface that seems to shimmer and reflect light in a particular way when it has been properly treated and polished. The grain ripples like water and reminds some of an infinite expanse of mountainous landscapes. It is a beautiful example of the majesty of nature and it possess many characteristics of hardwood that make it ideal for furniture building and artistic creations. It is a highly prized and coveted type of wood and antiques that are made of it are sold by art auctioneers all around the world for considerable sums of money. Anyone that sees a well-polished piece of huanghuali can immediately recognize why it is considered one of the finest woods in the world.

A Huanghuali Veneered Coffer

A Huanghuali Veneered Coffer, 19th Century, Sold for $35,400 at Michaan’s Auctions

Beautiful Antiques Inspired By Royalty

The majority of antiques made from huanghuali come from the Ming and Qing dynasty and were commissioned by members of the royal family. Due to the rarity of the wood, it was usually reserved for the highest quality furniture created by the best artisans. This makes huanghuali asian antiques extremely valuable in contemporary times. Particularly due to the threatened state of the tree, any antique furniture that is made of huanghuali is even more desirable and valuable. Art auctioneers continuously see huanghuali antiquities sell for much more than expected as eager bidders drive up the price at art auctions. The craftsmanship and the quality of the wood in many huanghuali pieces make them extremely durable against the tides of time and a beautiful possession that anyone would be proud to hold. No one should ever pass on the opportunity to own something of such great artistic and historical value, no matter the price.



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