Eugene Kupjack was an artist who specialized in creating minature rooms. Eujene J. Kupjack was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1912.
Kupjack began takign art lessons at the Art Institute of Chicago when he was only eight years of age. The artist also attended Crane College located in Chicago, and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Kupjack hoped to be a set designer in the film industry.
Kupjack served in the Navy. After his discharge he spent time selling patents for unique surgical devices he created.
In this clip from the Antiques Roadshow we view an appraisal of one the artist’s signature minature rooms:
The artist was renown for his miniature works in shadow boxes he created for the Art Institute of Chicago. These rooms were designed for the Thorne family, who were heirs to the Montgomery Ward department store chain.
Kupchak had seen an article in Life magazine that showed Mrs. Thorne experimenting with creating minature rooms using antiques. Kupjack sent her items he made himself that he thought she might have difficulty finding. Mrs. Thorne loved the works Kupjack had created and she called him on the phone and asked him to go to work her.
Eugene Kupjack passed away in 1991. He was 79 years of age.
Price range information: Works range from $50,000 to $250,000.
The artist had two sons that followed in his footsteps creating miniature rooms of contemporary American life.