Born in Philadelphia in 1924, ROBERT M. KULICKE attended the Tyler School of Art (Temple University) and the Philadelphia Museum School. In 1949, he studied in Paris with Fernand Léger at the Academie Leger, Paris. Davis & Langdale Company exclusively represented the work of Robert M. Kulicke since 1974 and continues to represent the estate of the artist.
Robert M. Kulicke primarily painted still lifes, such as a jar of olives, a bouquet of flowers and, his signature subject, pears. Intimate in scale, Kulicke's paintings are often paired with frames handmade by the artist, frequently based on historical frame designs.
Kulicke had an annual exhibition at Davis & Langdale Company from 1974 until his death in 2007. He also had exhibitions at Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University (1978), John F. Warren, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (Color of Money: Robert Kulicke’s Dollar Bill Paintings, 1988), Columbia Museums of Art and Science, South Carolina (1983), and Campbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco (1991, 1994) and others. Since the early 1960s, Robert M. Kulicke has designed frames for both traditional and contemporary use. Those designs include:
In 1988 Kulicke was elected an Associate Member of National Academy of Design.
Kulicke was the Co-Director of the Kulicke-Stark Academy in New York City until 1974, and was an associate of the Jewelry Arts Institute from 1987 until his passing.
Robert M. Kulicke passed away in December of 2007.
ROBERT M. KULICKE (1924 - 2007)
Two Pears Against a Black Background
Oil on masonite, 5 1/4 x 7 7/16 inches
Signed (at top right, scratched into paint): Kulicke
Painted circa 1960
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Smithsonian, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
One Dollar Bill
Pen, wash and Chinese white on paper
6 3/8 x 8 3/4 inches (sight)
Signed and dated (at top center, in pencil): Kulicke 69
Knoll Welded Metal
(designed for Museum of Modern Art, New York)
Band, Parcel Gilded (including two-piece mat)
Paul Cummings interviewed Kulicke in 1968 for an oral history for the Archives of American Art.
In 1994 Kulicke was featured on CBS News "Sunday Morning" in their segment "Profile of Artist: Robert Kulicke." The interview was conducted by Anthony Mason in Kulicke's studio on the West Side of Manhattan. In it, Kulicke discussed his career while demonstrating the process of creating a credible reproduction frame.
Oil on masonite, 3 13/16 x 7 7/8 inches
Signed and dated (at bottom center, in pencil): Kulicke 83
Dollar Bill on Dark Background
Oil on ragboard, 5 1/2 x 9 inches (sight)
Signed and dated (at bottom center, in pencil): Kulicke 84
DAVIS & LANGDALE COMPANY, INC.
NEW YORK, NY 10021
ROBERT M. KULICKE (1924 - 2007)
Half Peeled Orange on Light Grey Background
Oil on ragboard, 6 x 5 inches [sight] (painting); 13 x 11 5/8 inches [framed]
Painted in 1995
Signed, dated, and inscribed (at bottom center): Kulicke 95;( on the frame): LINDSAY & JOE; (around the frame, from the top): QVLIC/FECIT/M.CM.XC.V/IPSE ME; (on the back of the frame): RMK [monogram]
Oil on wood panel, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
Signed and dated (at bottom center, in pencil): Kulicke 85
Painted in 1985
This painting is in a 17th century Flemish frame
with antique wood finish made by the artist.