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 Fred Otnes  (1930 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/Connecticut/Kansas      Known for: portrait painting, collage, illustration

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A native of Junction City Kansas, he has created illustrations and paintings which reflect early 20th century Cubism and Surrealist collage techniques, but for subject matter, he goes back even further.  At a special exhibition of his work at Reece Gallery in New York City, fall 1998, his large-scale collages with oil stains depicted figures from the Italian Renaissance era as well as disembodied modernist figures.

He was educated at the American Academy and the Art Institute of Chicago and was an illustrator early in his career, including doing illustrations for Saturday Evening Post, Fortune, Redbook, and Town and Country.  He had an innovative approach because he incorporated collage, assemblage and printing techniques into his images.  Many of his works are extremely complex, causing the viewer to "read" the painting.  He is a member of the Society of Illustrators.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Fred Otnes was born December 3, 1930 in Junction City, Kansas.  He studied at the American Academy and the Art Institute of Chicago from 1949-52.  Moved to Connecticut in 1953 and continues to reside there.  Worked as an illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post, Fortune, Redbook, Atlantic Monthly, National Geographic and Town and Country.  Joined with Artists Associates in 1962, a partnership that lasted more than 30 years.

Member: Society of Illustrators.

Exhibitions: Hirshhorn Museum, 1981; Kansas City Art Institute, 1991; Reece Gallery, New York, 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2003.

Awards: Gold and silver medals from the Museum of American Illustration and the New York Art Directors Club.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Bossert, Jill. Fred Otnes: Collage Painting (NY: Madison Square Press, 2003); Pamphlet file at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library in Washington, DC.
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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