Alexander Minewski (1917-1979)


Untitled (Monhegan)

Oil on panel


Alexander Minewski left home at the age of 14 to work in the circus, helping set up and take down the equipment. He always aspired to be ringmaster but never got that far in his entertainment career. He then worked as a sign painter and a logger, where he constantly kept his sketchbook nearby. Eventually, he received scholarships so that he had the opportunity to study at the Art Students League in New York City. There, artists such as Jean Charlot, Ernest Fiene, George Grosz and Vaclav Vytlacil influenced his work. When the United States entered World War II, Minewski joined the army and fought as a combat engineer. He was wounded in Burma while fighting with Merrill's Marauders, where he ironically received weather reports from another future Monhegan painter, Ted Davis. Minewski had to spend two years in a hospital in Burma recovering from his wounds. After this, he studied for two years on the G.I. Bill in Paris and completed two more years of training in New York City, one of which was with the great abstract painter, Hans Hofmann. Hofmann's made made Minewski's works much more abstract and expressionistic. Later, Minewski appreciated the eclectic experiences of his young life because he felt that, "Painting should be an expression of life's experiences." In 1966, Minewski was appointed Professor of Art at State University of New York at New Paltz. In 1954 Minewski began visiting Monhegan Island to work and collaborate with other artists and friends such as Ted Davis. Minewski received a number of prestigious awards during his lifetime including the Purchase Prize, 1939, the Tiffany Fellowship, 1960, honorable mention in the American Society of Casein Painters, 1964, and the Ball State Drawing Show, 1969. Exhibited: Audubon Artists, 1947-48; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Annual, 1949; Butler Institute of American Art, 1957; Columbia Museum of Art, 1957; National Academy of Design; Michigan Artists, 1937-39, 1945-47; National Society of Painters in Casein, 1955, 1956; Detroit, 1946 (solo); Contemporary Art Gallery, 1947; Washington Irving Gallery, 1957; New Paltz, 1979 (retrospective). Awards: prizes, Ball State Teachers College, 1956 (purchase); Michigan Artists, 1938 (purchase). Member: Woodstock Art Association. Work: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art; Detroit Institute of Art. 


Dealer Garvey Rita Art & Antiques
Artist/Maker Alexander Minewski
Measurements 16 x 20 inches
Price $2,000
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