Byron Randall (1918-1999) was an American West Coast artist, well known for his expressionist paintings and printmaking.
Randall had four partners over his life (being married to three of them) and lead a very interesting existence which had considerable influence on his works. His art expressed strongly the environment in which he lived. Randall said of his paintings: the look of them might have been different if I'd grown up anywhere but in Oregon. Brilliant sunlight nursing the green valleys after a long rainy winter . . . there's a powerful bit of environment that would show in a man's work all his life. I've seen that creative communication has a vitality all its own. It's not a refuge from life, but an intensification. It's the practice of humanity. In painting I think the approach that best affirms life is expressionism, and that's why I became and am now an expressionist. (Wikipedia)
Here is a selection of some of his paintings illustrating the great variety of subject matter he engaged with and his changing style.
Artists are just like everyone else and have their own little peculiarities. Byron Randall like to collect potato mashers!
Randall married yet again in 1982 a Eve Wieland who was an Austrian wartime emigrant. Sadly she died of cancer and Randall spent the last years of his life with the graphic artist Pele deLappe who from all accounts had been a life long friend.
I think of all the paintings and prints Randall created I like his works portraying houses the best, especially where he uses strong colours.
Byron Randall died in 1999 at 80 years having lived a remarkable life.
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