Ted Faiers estate

b. 1908, Cornwall, England, d. 1985, Memphis, TN
A painter worth his salt will beat his own path…and not the derriere of the avant garde.
Two Magpies
Two Magpies

Acclaimed modernist Ted Faiers created thousands of paintings, drawings and woodcuts throughout his artistic career spent in Canada, New York and Memphis. While his estate spans several distinctive periods, harmonious colors and spiritual rhythms pervade his landscapes and still lifes, narrative drawings, minimalist abstractions and sculptural paintings. Faiers’ earliest work from the 1940s are western landscapes reminiscent of Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton. While enrolled at New York’s Art Students League in the early 1950s he created mainly studio paintings - still lifes, portraits and street scenes - with a limited palate and a modernist technique. Under the influence of lifelong friend, famed painter Will Barnet, and other abstractionists, his work from the mid-1950s combines abstract sensibilities with primitive philosophies and highly defined, flattened forms. Those shapes became very minimal and fluid in the early 1960s and shortly thereafter morphed into stylized figures. With the advent of pop art in the later 1960s, Faiers’ figures became more pictorial and narrative with a cartoonish sensibility. Finally, in the mid-1970s, he constructed eccentric sculptural paintings on intricately constructed substrates with body parts protruding right off the canvas. Faiers’ trove of work is a revelatory journey through 20th-century American modernism.

Born in England in 1908 and raised in Western Canada, Ted Faiers studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Department of Extension, University of Alberta in Canada and at the Art Students League in New York. He taught at Memphis College of Art for 30 years while leading a prolific studio practice. He completed public commissions for Memphis in May and First Tennessee Bank and had a strong exhibition history throughout his life. His work is in the collections of Alberta Art Foundation, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock; AT&T Collection, Chicago; Baker Donelson, Memphis; Butler Snow Law Firm, Jackson, MS and Memphis; First Tennessee Bank, Memphis; Hyde Foundation, Memphis; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis; Methodist Hospital, Memphis; nexAir, Memphis; Suntrust Bank, Memphis; Canadian National Railway, Montreal; and Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, among others.

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Two Magpies
Two Magpies
Bellevue
Bellevue
Crow's Nest, Mountainside
Crow's Nest, Mountainside
Reclining Red Figure
Reclining Red Figure
Seated Woman with Red Screen
Seated Woman with Red Screen
Big Red Figure
Big Red Figure
The Sacrifice
The Sacrifice
T-V
T-V
The Actress
The Actress
Danse Macabre
Danse Macabre
The Garden At Allison's Wells
The Garden At Allison's Wells
Garden
Garden
Ceremony at Dawn
Ceremony at Dawn
Allison's Wells
Allison's Wells
All Modern Conveniences
All Modern Conveniences
Untitled
Untitled
Woodland Fantasy
Woodland Fantasy
The Delegate
The Delegate
Untitled (11475)
Untitled (11475)
Untitled D394
Untitled D394
Three Calligraphic Images
Three Calligraphic Images
Mockingbird Moon
Mockingbird Moon
Vive La France
Vive La France
Autumn Sun
Autumn Sun
Athlete
Athlete
Waterfall Four
Waterfall Four
Woman Seated in Wrought Iron Chair
Woman Seated in Wrought Iron Chair
The Beast
The Beast
Landscape With Boy & Bird
Landscape With Boy & Bird
Blue Bull
Blue Bull
Positively Ya
Positively Ya
 Dancing Couple
Dancing Couple
 Mr. Big
Mr. Big
The Detroit Tiger
The Detroit Tiger
The Model
The Model
 Birdman
Birdman
Venus Departing
Venus Departing
On The Beach
On The Beach
Lydia Reading
Lydia Reading
A Young Prince
A Young Prince
Lift Off
Lift Off
Tahiti Tahiti
Tahiti Tahiti
 Buttercup
Buttercup
The Long Journey
The Long Journey
Pioneer Woman
Pioneer Woman
Lizzie
Lizzie
 Third And Five
Third And Five
The Sweet Heart
The Sweet Heart
The Generous Heart
The Generous Heart
Two Magpies
Two Magpies
oil on masonite, 11x13
1948
Bellevue
Bellevue
oil on masonite, 11x14
1949
Crow's Nest, Mountainside
Crow's Nest, Mountainside
oil on canvas on masonite, 12x16
1959
Reclining Red Figure
Reclining Red Figure
oil on canvas, 16x20
1951
Seated Woman with Red Screen
Seated Woman with Red Screen
oil on canvas, 17x21
1951
Big Red Figure
Big Red Figure
oil on canvas, 20x26
1951-52
The Sacrifice
The Sacrifice
oil on canvas, 25x36
1953
T-V
T-V
woodcut, 12.25x16
1953
The Actress
The Actress
woodcut, 12.75x15.75
1953
Danse Macabre
Danse Macabre
oil on canvas, 40x49
1954
The Garden At Allison's Wells
The Garden At Allison's Wells
oil on canvas, 21x36
1954
Garden
Garden
woodcut, 18x23.75
1954
Ceremony at Dawn
Ceremony at Dawn
oil on canvas, 24x32
1955
Allison's Wells
Allison's Wells
oil on canvas, 26x34
1955
All Modern Conveniences
All Modern Conveniences
oil on canvas, 36x28
1955
Untitled
Untitled
ink on paper, 11.5x14.75
1955
Woodland Fantasy
Woodland Fantasy
oil on canvas, 40x32
1956
The Delegate
The Delegate
oil on linen, 38x28
1956
Untitled (11475)
Untitled (11475)
gouache on paper, 9x9.5
1956
Untitled D394
Untitled D394
gouache on paper, 14x10.5
1956
Three Calligraphic Images
Three Calligraphic Images
woodcut, 24.5x16.5
1959
Mockingbird Moon
Mockingbird Moon
woodcut, 19.5x24
1959
Vive La France
Vive La France
oil on canvas, 49x38.5
1960
Autumn Sun
Autumn Sun
woodcut, 14x18
1960
Athlete
Athlete
oil on canvas, 49x39.5
1960
Waterfall Four
Waterfall Four
oil on canvas, 50x40
1960
Woman Seated in Wrought Iron Chair
Woman Seated in Wrought Iron Chair
woodcut, 24x14
1961
The Beast
The Beast
woodcut, 17x24
1961
Landscape With Boy & Bird
Landscape With Boy & Bird
woodcut, 30.25x20.25
1961
Blue Bull
Blue Bull
woodcut, 17.25x24
1962
Positively Ya
Positively Ya
woodcut, 68x25
1963
 Dancing Couple
Dancing Couple
woodcut, 15x24
1963
 Mr. Big
Mr. Big
woodcut, 22.5x16
1963
The Detroit Tiger
The Detroit Tiger
woodcut, 24.5x16
1967
The Model
The Model
woodcut, 25x18
1968
 Birdman
Birdman
acrylic on wood-sculpted canvas, 50x75
1969
Venus Departing
Venus Departing
acrylic on wood-sculpted canvas, 60x48
1971
On The Beach
On The Beach
acrylic on wood-sculpted canvas, 53.75x45.5
1971
Lydia Reading
Lydia Reading
woodcut, 26x19.5
1975
A Young Prince
A Young Prince
woodcut, 27x18.75
1975
Lift Off
Lift Off
woodcut, 17x22.5
1975
Tahiti Tahiti
Tahiti Tahiti
woodcut, 24x17.5
1975
 Buttercup
Buttercup
woodcut, 10x12
1975
The Long Journey
The Long Journey
woodcut, 27x19
1975
Pioneer Woman
Pioneer Woman
acrylic on wood-sculpted canvas, 40x35
1976
Lizzie
Lizzie
woodcut, 21.5x14.5
1976
 Third And Five
Third And Five
woodcut, 10x26.75
1978
The Sweet Heart
The Sweet Heart
woodcut, 10.5x7
1980
The Generous Heart
The Generous Heart
woodut, 10.5x7
1980