The Cleveland Region as Artistic Inspiration: Artwork inspired by the Glory of Cleveland & Northeast Ohio, from the Past to the Present
The Cleveland region has provided inspiration for visual artists since the early 20th century, producing many different creative results. Whether they are images of the rural countryside or the evolving cityscape, they are compelling works of art.
Louis Rosenberg (American 1890-1983) was commissioned by the Van Sweringen brothers to chronicle the demolition of older buildings and the excavation and construction of the Terminal Tower complex. He completed 22 drypoint etchings between 1927 and 1932.
Samuel Popkins and Frank Wilcox created beautiful etchings of early 20th century Cleveland, while Wilcox and Paul Ulen painted watercolors of the colorful rural landscape.
Contemporary artists continue this tradition with even more varied mediums. Michael Prunty is a master watercolor painter who creates magically atmospheric images of Cleveland’s Flats and surrounding countryside. Randall Tiedman’s large scale acrylic & oil paintings are not specific representations of regional places, but evoke the feeling of our 21st century Rust Belt out of his lifelong memories. Michael Nekic started out as a photographer who grew to love the effects he could create using computer programs. His images range from delicate, subtle effects to incredibly psychedelic visions.
Samuel Popkins – Old Viaduct
Louis Rosenberg – Terminal & New Viaduct
Michael Prunty – Cleveland Skyline & Tug on the River
Randall Tiedman – Deep Water Carousel & Saturnalia
Michael Nekic – Technicolor City & Cracked River
Kokoon Arts Gallery
1305 West 80th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44102