Multiple works by two renowned contemporary Fine Artists

This weekend’s sale includes multiple works by two outstanding contemporary American Fine Artists. Both Donald Eric Hatfield and Chris Thomas are largely self-taught, both paint with oils, and both are well known and respected by collectors of their distinct styles of painting. The similarities between them end there, however; their disparate styles and temperaments demonstrate the breadth subject matter, approach and use of material seen in American Fine Art today.


Garden Scenes by Donald Eric Hatfield, L – R: Lot 3, Lot 1, Lot 2

Donald Eric Hatfield (b. 1947) has been referred to as “one of the most innovative impressionists of our time.” Although his work is traditional in both concept and technique, his works are unusually expressive in that they portray poignant emotion through rich textures and warm, inviting hues. Largely a genre painter, Hatfield’s subjects are almost always shown in quiet, restful moments of their lives. Beaches, garden scenes, and other idyllic outdoor settings provide perfect, romantic backdrops for these moments, as well as the opportunity to revel in shifting, dancing sunlight.

Still Life Paintings by Chris Thomas, L – R: Lot 4, Lot 5

Chris Thomas (b. 1970) works in a realist style, creating trompe l’oeil works that demonstrate a virtuoso mastery of composition and unparalleled eye for detail. Using controlled, yet organic brushstrokes, Thomas achieves rich, glowing color and creates great depth in each piece. His compositions and subject matters are unusual, often suggesting an intriguing sense of humor just below the surface. Thomas has produced an impressive body of work in recent years, including a haunting series of portraits and a selection of dark-humored, trompe l’oeil representations of vintage toys; he remains best known, however for his gorgeous, perfectly executed still life representations of flowers and household items.

John Cowan Templeton

Indiana Dunes Landscape by John Cowan Templeton, Lot 27

Also offered in Saturday’s sale is an exquisite example one of Indiana/Illinois painter John Cowan Templeton’s (1880 – 1958) highly sought after Indiana Dunes landscapes. Templeton moved to the East Chicago area in 1908, where he worked in a steel plant and painted nature scenes of the surrounding area in his free time. Known for employing basic color palettes and compositions, he achieved a great level of richness and depth and richness in his paintings. His work was well recognized in his time, and his paintings were shown in the Hoosier Salon, Indianapolis Art Club and Northern Indiana Artists Salon, as well as in solo exhibitions in Chicago galleries.

The December 14 Art, Antiques and Jewelry Sale also offers Fine Art by Herbert Kniffin, William Skilling, Henry Martin Gasser, Martin Linsey, William B. Penny, Edmund Brucker, Mabel Palmer, and Thomas Jefferson Willison, as well as a large selection of silver, jewelry and contemporary Native American collectibles.



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