Untitled, Oil on Panel, 18" x 24", Richard J Van Wagoner, Circa 1990, Courtesy Marilyn Jones**
In lieu of trying to choose which disaster to dissect this week, I decided to take a break from the chaos and dedicate this post exclusively to my father and his work which largely speaks for itself. Anyone following my blog knows I am exploiting my father's work. He passed away and is not in a position to object. (I have his estate's permission and, no, I am not the trustee or personal representative.) As I previously said, he is welcome to visit me from beyond to put a stop to this. I encourage it.
Posted here are five very different paintings Richard J Van Wagoner created during his period of American Urban Realism.
My father was born March 14, 1932. He passed on Christmas 2013. He was an art professor at Weber State College/University for some 40 years. He sometimes chaired the Art Department. Around what would have been his 85th birthday, I posted a short biographical sketch about him with a mix of his work from different periods.
I hope you enjoy his work and are able, at least briefly, to unclutter.
The Pedestrian, Oil on Canvas, 32" x 48", Richard J Van Wagoner, 1986, Courtesy Helen Bero-Van Wagoner and Richard A. Van Wagoner**
Untitled, Oil on Panel, 24" x 34", Richard J Van Wagoner, Circa 1990, Courtesy Helen Bero-Van Wagoner and Richard A. Van Wagoner**
Roadkill (originally titled Waiting to Exit), Oil on Panel, 35.5" x 46.5", 1990 (the roadkill and birds were added later), Richard J Van Wagoner, Courtesy Van Wagoner Family Trust**
Untitled, Oil on Panel, 36" x 45", Richard J Van Wagoner, Circa 1988, Courtesy Van Wagoner Family Trust**
*My brother the fiction writer and novelist, Robert Hodgson Van Wagoner, deserves considerable credit for offering both substantive and technical suggestions to lastamendment.com
**My daughter Angela Moore, a professional photographer, photographed nearly 500 pieces of my father's work. On behalf of the Van Wagoner Family Trust, she is in the process of compiling a collection of his art work. The photographs of my father's art reproduced in lastamendment.com are hers.