LAMA set the auction record for a work on canvas by Emerson Woelffer in the October 11, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction with S.H. Painting #2 from 1961 (Lot 373), which realized $21,250.
About The Artist
The leading figure of abstract expressionism on the West Coast, Emerson Woelffer (1914-2003) is known for his profound influence as a teacher on many contemporary artists. He solidified his unique style in the postwar years by depicting primitive imagery with bold colors and sharp edges, as seen in one of his most famous paintings, Untitled (1949). Much of his work was influenced by his travels to Mexico and Italy, where he learned to use a more minimal approach that incorporated single brush strokes on solid backgrounds. Fascinated by common materials such as strips of paper and glue, he created abstract collages in the 1970s and 1980s. His work can be viewed in international collections, including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Woelffer did not complete high school, but he taught artists such as Ed Ruscha and Larry Bell at the Chouinard Art Institute (now the California Institute of the Arts) in Los Angeles in the 1960s; and at Otis College of Art and Design late into his career.
“Emerson Woelffer.” Hackett-Freedman Gallery. ArtInfo, 2011. Web. 25 May 2011.