(1904 - 1981)
Vance Hall Kirkland was active/lived in Colorado, Kansas, Ohio. Vance Kirkland is known for abstraction, modernist-leaning landscape, mural painting.
Portrait of the Artist (1978)
Biography Vance Kirkland
Born in Convoy, Ohio, November 1904 and died in Denver, Colorado, May 1981, (age 76); Vance Hall Kirkland painted the last 52 years of his 54-year career in Denver. Museums and the press have variously referred to him as the "Father of Modern Colorado Painting", "Dean of Colorado Artists" and "Colorado's pre-eminent artist." He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1928. He was the founding Director of the School of Art at the University of Denver (1929-32, 1946-69), and ran the Kirkland School of Art in Denver (1932-46). Because of his academic pursuits, he was able to paint exactly as he wanted, without financial pressure. This was particularly helpful when he discontinued his realist and surrealist watercolor
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