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Lot 486

Loran Speck Oil Still Life with Apples

Estimate: $3,000 - $3,400

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Loran Speck (California, 1943-2011) oil on board trompe-l'oeil still life painting, "Earthenware, Pewter, and Apples," depicting a pottery jug and apples in a pewter bowl atop a stone table or ledge, draped with a cloth, set against a terra-cotta colored textured background. Note: this was the cover image for Southwest Art, Jan. 1987, which featured an article on Speck. A copy of the magazine accompanies this lot. Signed "L. Speck" lower right. Housed in a contemporary molded giltwood frame with distressed finish. Painting - 24" x 18". Frame - 34"H x 28"W.

Biography: California-born artist Loran Speck is said to have drawn inspiration for his highly detailed still-life paintings from naturalistic artists of the Baroque such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Rubens. Speck attended Oregon State University on a football scholarship. A pre-dentistry major, he had never considered art until he enrolled in a scientific illustration class and became aware of his talent. Speck was honored with feature articles and covers such as USArt (October 1989), American Artist (February 1994), Art of the West (January/February 1996), Southwest Art (January 1987 & March 1998) and Art of the West (January/February) 2005. He worked from a studio in Carmel-by-the-Sea California for many years prior to his death in 2011.


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