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Kent Bellows (1949-2005) has been recognized as one of America’s greatest masters of Realism since first exhibiting in New York in 1985. The Nebraska-born artist, whose father was a commercial artist and watercolorist, began his career as a free-lance science fiction illustrator in the late 1970s for publications such as Omni and Rolling Stone. He moved into commissioned portraiture and then figurative realism by the early 1980s, reaching national acclaim when he was discovered by the New York art market through Tatistcheff Gallery and then later Forum Gallery in New York. Bellows’ drawings and paintings have been included in exhibitions at the Huntsville Museum of Art, Florida International University, the National Academy of Design, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, the Arkansas Arts Center, the University of Missouri, and art galleries from New York to California. His work has been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Arkansas Arts Center, Joslyn Art Museum, and by the collections of Glenn C. Janss, Jalane and Richard Davidson, Rita Rich, and Richard D. Segal (Seavest Collection).
List Price: $4,000,000
Appraised/Insured Value: $4,225,000
Number of Pieces Included: 55
Reason for Sale: Divestment
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Description of Collection
This collection of 55 works is the largest of the creator’s art; of 250 originals, none are currently on the market. Virtually unforgeable due to the photorealistic nature of the work, this striking collection of Kent Bellows’ artwork has been appraised and insured at a value of $4,225,000. After his passing in 2005, many of the pieces in this collection were displayed at the Joslyn Art Museum’s posthumous exhibition “Beyond Realism: The Works of Kent Bellows 1970-2005.”
The second largest collection of the artist’s work is the four pieces owned by Susan Buffett (whose mother, wife of famed investor Warren Buffett, was a patron of Bellows). Susan’s brother Peter Buffett owns three.
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