Oklahoma State Art Collection
Paintings comprise a large portion of the Oklahoma State Art Collection. This section of the collection includes representational paintings to geometric abstract paintings and many styles in between. From acrylic to oil to mixed media to watercolor, the variety of styles and media of paintings in the collection is immense.
105-90 Totem Series by Nicholas KyleThis large abstract painting uses the repetition of similar shapes at various angles to create visual movement.
A Mercedes Is For People Like Us by William Bennett BerryUsing typography and other elements often employed in retail advertisements, A Mercedes Is For People Like Us is contemporary pop art.
Abandoned by John RandolphIn this painting a solitaire house rests on a prairie of yellow and against a blue horizon.
Bedroom on Telegraph Ave. by Marty C. AvrettOffering a glimpse into an intimate scene of a home, Bedroom on Telegraph Ave., explores the possibilities of complementary color, pattern, and perspective.
Bender No. 2 by Bob D. BarkerWith repeating geometric shapes and an atypically shaped canvas, Bender No. 2 represents the intersection of mathematics and the visual arts.
Bird Market by George CalvertPrimarily painted in orange, tan, greens, and browns, Bird Market depicts the interior of a marketplace through abstracted forms.
Blue Symphony by Charles ReynoldsThis landscape was painted by Charles Reynolds shows the beauty of the terraced land as it lays in the foreground of a mountain.
Bricktown Trolley by Rick McClureThis painting of downtown Oklahoma City was painting from an 'en plain air' study made on location along with a reference photograph.
Buffalo Hunter by Stephen MopopePainted in a flat style and reminiscent of ledger art, Buffalo Hunter is devoid of a background which keeps the focus on the action portrayed in this artwork.
Colorfield by Paul EnglandThrough striations of color applied in a splatter-like manner, Colorfield provides an example of the abstract expressionist movement in Oklahoma.
Coming Home from the Trading Post by Fred BeaverThis depiction of traditional Seminole life, shows a family preparing to land their dugout canoe as they return home.
Constellation RMJ by Leon Polk SmithThis optical artwork is composed of nine circular canvases.
Conversation Between Friends by Benjamin Harjo, Jr.Benjamin Harjo, Jr.'s work is often noted for its inclusion of vibrant color and curving shapes.
Creek Trial by Solomon McCombsPainted in a flat style, Creek Trail shows a moment of rest and contemplation during a voyage.
Dawn, Quartz Mountain by Carol BeesleyThis beautiful landscapes captures a scene that has been viewed by many Oklahoma artists as they find inspiration in Quartz Mountain.
Distant Fog Bank by Eugene BavingerShapes of red and blue seem to float atop beige shapes in a field of gray in this painting which explores light, color, and illusion.
Emerald Lake No. 1 by Oscar JacobsonWith block-like shapes and thickly applied paint, Emerald Lake No. 1 was created in a post-impressionist style.
Evening by William Harold SmithThe poetically softened realism in Evening is an example of the style of painting known as Regionalism that had been very popular in America for about a decade preceding this painting.
Everyone Loves a Clown by Ronald RadcliffThis is bold painting is composed of the abstracted image of clown's face.
Genesis by Mary NickellThis abstract mixed media canvas is primarily red and orange with shades of green and expressive brushstrokes.
Green Obliquity by J. Jay McVickerIn this optical artwork repeated bars of red, white, green, and black create a highly energetic composition.
Grimace on Trike by D.J. (Dee J.) LafonIn this figurative painting, the artist combines a formal painting style with a looser style reminiscent of an underpainting.
Hide and Seek by Mary RussellIn this still life painting, the artist uses her mastery of painting both light and dark to capture our attention.
Inert Motion No. 1 by Leo ChandlerWith its illusory quality, Inert Motion No. 1 serves as an example of optical art.
Interstate 55, Springfield by Daniel LangInterstate 55, Springfield explores perspective through the use of flat color and a canvas divided into two areas.
Landscape Fragment by Bob D. BarkerWith a shaped canvas and two complementary colors, Landscape Fragments uses shape and tonal changes to create the illusion of a pyramid emerging from the canvas.
Landscape with Figure by Bill HarrisonThe artist implies depth in this loosely painted landscape through the use of one-point perspective.
Looking Into N.M. by Linley TonkinIn this naturalistic figure painting, a young woman seems to be momentarily disrupted from her reading.
Narcho's Blues by Jim WaidThis large acrylic on canvas diptych features brightly colored organic shapes which is indicative of Jim Waid's work.
Neuf Series for Maine and Oklahoma by Edgar Heap of BirdsThis abstract painting is part of Edgar Heap of Birds' Neuf Series.
Nichols Family (The Masters) by William Bennett BerryIn this large diptych painting, the artist explores the combination of figurative painting and design elements often associated with advertising.
Oklahoma by Jack ValleeThis watercolor by Jack Vallee features grasslands with shrub growth and a rolling hill.
Oklahoma Landscape by B.J. (Billy Joe) SmithWith muted and pastel hues, B.J. Smith presents sleek and simple look down an Oklahoma highway.
Old Man (Arapaho) by Brent LearnedThrough the use of bold colors, Brent Learned paints an Arapaho elder in an expressionistic style.
Parasols by Glenda GreenThis naturalistic summer scene show two women protecting their faces from the sun with hats and parasols.
Pop Fletcher's Bedstead by Bill StrainA headboard rises above tall vegetation in this pastoral scene.
Prayer for Mother by Archie BlackowlIn this work and many others, Archie Blackowl painted a scene that captures a moment in traditional Southern Plains life.
Quartet by Sam OlkinetzkyAs the title implies, this painted construction is composed of four frames joined onto one panel.
Reclining Nude by Marlene Collins WalkerThis still life plays with the idea of the seen versus the unseen.
Red Buffalo by Bert SeabournThis acrylic painting uses a variety of red tones to create a very energetic representation of a buffalo.
Red Earth Canyon by Alexandre HogueThough beautiful in its composition, this 1932 painting conveys the damage inhabitants sometimes do to the land.
Retired for the Duration by Joan LaRueWarm highlights and cool shadows interact playfully in this winter scene.
Rose by John ArthurPainted with thin layers of acrylic paint on paper, Rose illustrates the delicate interplay of light and shadow upon petals.
Salt Fork of the Red River by Robert GartlandThis watercolor depicts the Salt Fork of the Red River located in the southwest corner of Oklahoma.
Sand and Sea by Janey CrainThis abstracted seascape uses stoneware to provide texture to the white-capped wave.
Say Cheese by Elizabeth HahnThe frame of this whimsical artwork is painted with vibrant breakfast cereal loops that are also seen within the artwork.
Sequoyah by Charles Banks WilsonSequoyah is credited with the creation of the Cherokee syllabary, a group of 85 symbols used to notate the sounds of the Cherokee language.
Snow by the Cedars by Cletus SmithThis intimate canvas depicts the starkness of cedar trees against gray winters sky.
Snow on the Sangre de Cristos by Bill HarrisonThis landscape depicts the southern subrange of the Rocky Mountains.
South Shore Sneaker by Cynthia HuffThis unusual still life may remind some viewers of a trip to the beach.
Special Places by Regina MurphySpecial Places by Regina Murphy is colorful landscape with undulating forms creating a mountain and forest scene with yellow trees.
Spring by Dale McKinneyIn this nonobjective painting, the artist has created visual movement through the creation of multiple layers of paint which interact together.
Steppeland Summer by Jean RichardsonThis highly abstract painting is actually quite representational featuring several horses throughout the composition.
Summer Morning by Dean BloodgoodWith a limited palette and very few objects, this painting is able to convey much information to the viewer.
Summertime in Bartlesville by Rose Smithfigurative stylized scene Black female in blue green chair black child in pink dress on left, basket of apples next to child
Sunflowers and Daisies and Red Vase by Kara Lee MerrellIn this vibrant still life, the artist uses pairs two sets of complimentary colors.
Tang Horse with Ming by Richard GoetzThis still life of by influential Oklahoma artist and instructor Richard Goetz depicts objects that convey a fascination with Asian culture.
Taos Pueblo by Nan SheetsThis oil on linen painting shows an adobe pueblo village of the Southwest.
Tatiana by Katherine Gordon RiceThis figurative painting portrays four ballerinas preparing for a performance.
Tear Dress by Brenda KingeryThis painting features layers of washes and hand-painted lines.
The Banker by D.J. (Dee J.) LafonThis painting is from a long running series of paintings by the artist in which he investigates people of power.
The Creeper by Wallace Owens, Jr.This is an acrylic mixed media work that is reminiscent of abstract expressionism.
The Dream Sower Papillon by Skip HillThis narrative artwork uses a mixture of painted and collaged elements to create an image of youthful aspirations and hope.
The F.F.V. by M. Glenn GodseyThe F.F.V. is an acrylic composition of a train engine captured in a photorealistic style.
The First Immigrants (Mind of Man) by O. Gail PooleIn this painting, the artist presents us with the image of a man who may be contemplating his place among those who have come before him.
The Garden of the Bachianas by Gloria AbellaIn garden filled with large blossoming flora, two figures appear to dance with joy.
The Golden Mask by Loraine MooreThe Golden Mask combines painting and collage. It was inspired by the artist's trip to Africa.
The Great Plains by Lee MullicanThis large abstract painting is composed of large planes of red with simple geometric shapes and tribal symbols.
The Red Door by Winnifred (Winnie) HawkinsIn this painting, a large red shape located just left of center seems to be The Red Door the viewer first sees when gazing at this artwork.
The Shaw Round Up by Augusta I. MetcalfeThe Shaw Round Up depicts the Shaw Ranch in Roger Mills County near where Augusta I. Metcalfe lived.
Thoughts While Riding a Trike by D.J. (Dee J.) LafonIn this painting, the artist uses a trompe l'oeil technique in which he makes it appear as though a piece of paper has been tucked in the bottom right corner of the painting.
Three Figures by Ella JackThrough the simplification of shape and form, the artist provides an expressive quality to Three Figures.
Tulsa Cityscape by Adah M. RobinsonThis watercolor depicts Tulsa in the 1950s.
Umbral Series X by John O’NeilThis is an acrylic on canvas abstract composition of overlapping forms creating shapes of muted violets and browns.
Untitled by Joe GoodeIn Joe Goode's 1969 oil on canvas work Unititled, three sheets are seen floating in midair as if propelled by the wind.
Untitled by Reginald ColemanIn this non-objective artwork, a large triangle becomes the focal point through use of contrast.
Variable No. 5 by Brunel FarisThis artwork from Brunel Faris' 'variable' series was intended to be an artwork in which the viewer can visually and tactilely interact.
Violent Times by Eugene Jesse BrownAs the name indicates, Violent Times presents drama and tension at a moment in which the world itself seems to be crumbling down.
Vista Two by George BogartIn this color field painting, the artist reserves the use of contrasting color and rhythmic bushstrokes for the side and bottom edges of the painting.
Whispering Bird by Bert SeabournThis is a watercolor of a male American Indian figure with one side of his face in shadow and a black and white feather extending from his head with a perched bird.
Women's Voices at the Council by Joan HillWomen's Voices at the Council depicts the importance of women in ancient American Indian society.