TROY, Drawn

Troy on the Hudson. Watercolor on paper. #regionalpainting #upstateny #donmochon #midcenturypainting

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The account is dedicated to bringing the work of the late Don Mochon to new audiences. From a short bio on the TROY, Drawn website:

Born in South Troy in 1916, he grew up in a town that was vital with industry and manufacturing. He attended R.P.I, turning to architecture as something as close to art as he could imagine. He taught Design at the School of Architecture at RPI for many years and often served as the Dean of the School.
He believed that good design and art were partners. He invited artist friends, the painters Eddie Millman, Walter "Bud" Plate and sculptor George Rickey, to teach fine art disciplines to the architecture students. Later he was the first Director of the University Art Museum at SUNY Albany.

And from a 1996 UAlbany news item about an effort to compile a Don Mochon online archive and CD-ROM(!):

Abstraction., 1950 Ink, watercolor on paper. #midcenturypainting #20thcentury abstractpainting

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He is known for his "25-cents auctions," which he used to enable a wide audience to own one of his works. During his years at the University and RPI the auctions' proceeds benefited both schools' art departments. Prospective buyers placed bids, raising the price no more than a quarter at a time, and most and most of the drawings were sold in this way for as little as $2 or $3.
Mochon "communicated by drawing," Dougherty said, adding that many of his existing art works are "memos." "If you sent a memo to Don, he'd respond with a drawing," she explained. After his early death from cancer in 1976, the Art Museum displayed a whole wall of Mochon memos in tribute to this much loved artist and gallery director.

It appears the effort was successful at collecting some of his works, and they even ended up online.

There's also a typeface based on Mochon's lettering.

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