Hugh Kepets

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I have known Hugh Kepets for possibly 40 years but I had never met him until this past week.  Hugh is a very good friend of a woman who has been part of my life since I was born.  She was my Mom's best friend since they were about 8.  So although I have heard about Hugh through the years, we never met. 

Hugh is an artist whose career started in the 70's.  He was represented by a few galleries in the day and his work has been collected by not only personal collectors but the MOMA, Brandeis University, Chase, New York Public Library and Cleveland Museum of Art just to name a few. 

Like all artists, their work is always evolving.  As much as an artist is passionate about their work and the process, having it in the right hands and in a variety of different walls around the world is affirming. 

A few years back Hugh started making prints which are very different from work he had done in the HughKepets2 past.  His prints are digitally created but with layers of designs put on top each other to create the look.  Some of them are still lifes and others are more architectual. 

I believe his work would do extremely well at places like Artsicle or possibly 20X200.  His work in the 70's was expensive paintings and now with his new artistic outlet which is print, he can sell these pieces for a relatively low cost. 

It was great finally meeting Hugh face to face.  Trying to think of the right spot where he can show and sell it work.  Any ideas…send them my way. 

Comments (Archived):

  1. rebeccastees

    What is the price point?Does he want to license? fine art prints, in the Bay Area,we have Crown Point Press Bott Presshttp://www.paulsonbottpress…and Traywick Gallery this is kind of like kickstarter for artistshttp://www.unitedstatesarti…

    1. Gotham Gal

      Thanks rebecca. His prices points range depending on size. 800 to 1400 isan estimate

  2. Geekette

    No immediate suggestions, but I think neither Artsicle (seems mostly smaller time/beginning artists?) nor 20X200 (less technically skilled ouvre, too cheap?).  Will rummage my bookmarks and reply again with suggestions

    1. Geekette

      Curated:ArtSpace – purports to offer “art from the world’s best contemporary artists at affordable prices’.ArtLog – combines contemporary art guide/directory/magazine with a collectors art program+1 website not yet launched, but with highly curated focus.  I passed on this discussion as I think Hugh’s work fits their intended aesthetic. So he may be contacted later on directly by them.Non-curated but works featured appear to be of quality:  I think Hugh’s art is great and would do well in a highly curated format, where it won’t be lost among a million listings.  Because many people will love the architectural-detail-as-art, but are not necessarily aware that they do/will, thus would not know to search for that on a site with many listings.

      1. Gotham Gal

        Huge thanks

  3. ellen

    Thank you for bringing his work to our attention.  There are silkscreens and some litho’s from the past out and about with reasonable prices. To me his work is very interesting as I adore architectual elements.

  4. Innocenti Paola

    Would he consider merchindising?

    1. Gotham Gal

      i am sure he would.

  5. ellen

    His silk screens on the secondary market have been selling from 250 to 500 in some cases.

  6. Karl Juul

    I’ve met Hugh only once, about 20 years ago in his studio, to purchase two artist proofs of “Demitasse” and “41 C.P.W.”  He was charming. He showed me his next “wave” which were primarily architectural elements of NYC building facades…most of which I was luke-warm about.I later purchased “Blue Pitcher” from him, but I think maybe my girlfriend picked it up, or else it was done via mail…no, wait, I did meet with him a second time in NYC.I have since purchased original prints of his at various places including eBay, including a limited-commission (I think for Westinghouse executives) of a vintage safe lockwork, I think titled “1889 YDR”, then have since purchased several of his botanicals…they are fantastic renditions of ivys…don’t remember the titles and they are at my other house.I definitely prefer his more organic/quasi-photographic work rather than his more abstract stuff, but, that’s just me.  I also lost interest in Joni Mitchell with her jazz stuff, at about the same time…I’m getting re-interested in both now, however, hence my contribution to this blog.One of my eBay searches returned a hit on a ceramic dish Hugh had crafted in like junior high school…I bought it for about $6 and sent it to him for nostalgia purposes, but he said it only looked “slightly familiar” despite his sig on the bottom…I’m not an art collector…actually, 60% of originals I own are by Kepets…I also have several framed posters that he generously threw-in with my purchases of his artist-proofs.  So, I have duplicates in different colors, and have posters with show-anouncements printed at the bottom…all his prints I own are fairly huge, with the exception of the dimunutive botanicals.

    1. Gotham Gal

      that is very cool that you own so much of his work. i try to buy a few pieces from each artist as their career grows.