Gregory James Gallery has a new suite of original signed linoleum block prints (linocuts) by the late Russian-born artist Woldemar Neufeld, depicting iconic scenes from the past in New York City, New Milford, New Preston and Washington, Conn., and Watch Hill, R.I.
The gallery has long been a primary source for original Neufeld linocuts and watercolors, and the artist’s son Laurence, who lives in the Litchfield Hills, recently provided another batch of originals that bring the gallery’s total Neufeld works available for purchase to approximately 50.
In addition the original, hand-singed artwork, Gregory James Gallery also offers a collection of less expensive Neufeld giclee prints.
Neufeld (1909-2002) was born in 1909 in Russia and moved to Ontario, Canada, in 1924, where he attended night school at the Ontario College of Art. The Wilfrid Laurier University Permanent Art Collection in Ontario has approximately 400 pieces by Neufeld.
According to the museum’s bio of Neufeld, he was born to German-speaking Mennonites in Waldheim, Russia, came to Canada in 1924, and settled in Waterloo, Ontario, at 15. He would enroll at Waterloo College (now Wilfrid Laurier University) and studied art, graduating in 1930.
He then worked as an independent artist in Waterloo, Toronto and Vancouver, the museum bio explains. On a visit to see his sister in the U.S., Neufeld enrolled in the Art Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. Later, in 1945, he moved to New York City and established a studio on the Upper East Side. “The bridges, boats and shorelines became prominent as his subjects for oils, watercolours and block prints,” the museum bio says. “He devoted himself to documenting the area, working with children in settlement houses and serving as an art director.”
Neufeld came to New Milford in 1949 and established a studio, gallery, and summer art school in a 140-year-old stone house. He maintained his studio in New York for some time, but called New Milford home. Neufeld died on Nov. 24, 2002, from complications of Parkinson’s disease, the museum bio says.
Contact gallery owner Gregory James Mullen for details and pricing at 860-354-3436 or by email at GregoryJamesG@aol.com, or plan a COVID-safe gallery visit to see the Neufeld collection.