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, choosing a jar of olives, a bouquet of flowers and, his signature subject, the pear as his subjects. Intimate in scale, each painting is contained in a frame that was hand-made by Kulicke, based on designs found throughout framing history.
Since 1974 Kulicke has had an annual exhibition at Davis & Langdale Company. 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. Kuclike 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
DAVIS & LANGDALE COMPANY, INC.
231 EAST 60 STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10022
Two Peaches and a Pear
Oil on ragboard, 6 x 8 7/8 inches
Signed and dated (at bottom center, in pencil): Kulicke 83
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
Multicolored Flowers in White Vase
Oil on wood panel, 10 13/16 x 8 15/16 inches (sight)
Signed and dated (at top center, scratched in paint): Kulicke 59
Two Apples, Pear, and White Jug
Oil on unprimed canvas mounted on board, 5 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches
Signed, dated, and inscribed (at bottom left, in pencil): for Ginny;
(at bottom center, in pencil): Kulicke 69
Peeled Orange with Leaf
Oil on wood panel, 7 3/16 x 6 9/16 inches
Signed (at bottom center, in pencil): Kulicke
Probably painted about 1987
Single Pear on a Green Background
Oil on wood panel, 11 1/2 x 9 inches
Painted in 1992
Pear and Two Peaches
Oil on ragboard, 7 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches (sight)
Painted in 1980
Cloisonné enamel set in 22 karat gold with sterling silver, 1 1/2 in. diameter
Zinnias in a White Vase
Reverse oil on plexiglass, 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches (sight)
Signed and dated (at top center, scratched into plexiglass): Kulicke 86
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.