Friday, January 5, 2007

Arthur Maynard- Introduction

Arthur F. Maynard, a student of Frank Vincent DuMond, was an immensely talented artist and an inspirational teacher. He taught painting for over 40 years, and is considered by many the beloved patriarch of the Ridgewood Art Institute. He held degrees from Princeton and Harvard, served in the Navy in World War II, and studied at the Art Students League with Frank Vincent DuMond for eight years. Maynard received numerous awards, including the DuMond Memorial Award from the Hudson Valley Art Association, but eventually stopped exhibiting because he did not want to compete with his students. Arthur Maynard was profoundly influenced by Frank Vincent DuMond. Like DuMond, he had a great interest in the principles of light and its effects on the landscape. He is remembered by his students as teaching the “why” rather than the “how” of painting. Why the light illuminating an object appears as it does, according to a basic set of principles determined by distance, atmospheric conditions, the time of day and the nature of the object’s reflective surface was of great interest to him. Maynard followed in the footsteps of his predecessor, becoming an instructor at the Art Students League for a few years before founding the Ridgewood Art Institute. -source Ridgewood Art Institue catalogue, 2004

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