Jack Freeman (1938-2014) “Dominion”, oil on canvas, 28 x 38 inches, 1989. Signed and dated on the reverse as well as with his monogram in the lower right.
Jack Freeman was a San Francisco plein-air and portrait painter who also rendered allegorical scenes and painted in the Bay Area Figurative style. He was born in Richmond, VA and studied art at the College of William and Mary (in Richmond) and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA. In 1962 he travelled to Europe to attend Oskar Kokoschka’s School of Vision in Salzburg, Austria where he won 3rd prize in a student competition which led him to be offered a position as an assistant instructor for the next Summer Academy session. Freeman moved to San Francisco in 1964 and received both a BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in the late 1960s. From 1973-77, he taught at the Palo Alto Art Club. In the late 1970s Freeman returned to Europe to teach at the School of Vision, now headed by German artist Rudolf Kortokraks. For over 40 years Freeman maintained a studio in the “South of Market” neighborhood of San Francisco. He regularly travelled to France where he painted the countryside.
The painting’s chunky, sculpted paint application and fleshy shading animates each of the elements in this unique juxtaposition of symbols and objects.
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