HARD EDGE PAINTINGS & OP ART SERIGRAPHS: 1965--1988
by BOB HAGLE
About the Book
Roy Ahlgren: Hard Edge Paintings & Op Art Serigraphs: 1965-1988
Roy Ahlgren entered the art world somewhat in reverse. While most artists start by recording realistic subjects and moving to abstract work later in their careers, Ahlgren began creating geometric abstract designs and continued to do so for 23 years. His media was both serigraphy and traditionally brushed pigment onto canvas. His compositions were unique with many being mathematically constructed with considerable precision.
These compositions depict motion and volume through modulated color. Occasionally, representational elements such as sky, horizon, water and landforms can be seen in Ahlgren's work, but symbolism is usually abundant.
The book details all of Roy's art created during this period and identifies national and international museums that currently hold his work.
"Fran Schanz: Heart of Art" and "Fran Schanz: Select Drawings" are two recent books about artist Schanz. "Roy Ahlgren: Catalogue Raisonne" and "Roy Ahlgren: Hard Edge Paintings & Op Art Serigraphs: 1965-1988" are my third and second books, respectively. In 2005, I and Albrecht Associates published Courage and Innovation, a 150 page historical book about Lord Corporation. The volume was heavily illustrated and oversize in dimension and contained much content and opinion from the company's and Jura Corporation's then Chairman, Donald Alstadt. Hagle retired from Lord Corporation in 2002 after 37 years of service in a variety of technical and communication management positions. He holds an MFA degree in visual communications from Syracuse University and has taught at Mercyhurst College where he also served as director of the college's Cummings Art Gallery. He is a USAF veteran and currently lives and writes in Erie, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, North Carolina.