The Collection of Paul Gregory and Janet Gaynor

    O.E.L. GRAVES (American, 1897-1971)
    Floral Bouquet
    Mixed media and graffito on metal plate (tin)
    36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61.0 cm)
    Signed at lower right: O.E.L. Graves

    O.E.L. Graves had a long, varied career as a painter, sculptor, and commercial artist, starting as a youth in London shortly preceding World War I. He had no formal art education, but painted and drew throughout his life. As an artist active in New York during the 1940s and 50s, he was profoundly influenced by the Abstract Expressionists and developed a love of thickly encrusted surfaces. He produced what the John Heller Gallery termed in 1958 "Sculptured Paintings"--a culmination of nearly a lifetime of creative plastic activity. His paintings are typically built up heavily with oil on masonite or board, and then cut with a chisel or knife. Graves was always attentive to the surface quality of his work, often distressing the materials and support to resemble lava or stone to impart a patina of age. In the present work, Graves painted upon and scratched into a sheet of metal to create evocative contrasts of shiny and matte, dark and light, opaque and transparent forms which coalesce into an image of a bouquet of flowers. The Gregory-Gaynor collection contains several works by Graves, the majority of them later-career American Indian portraits painted from life. Paul was drawn to them because of his own Cherokee heritage.

    Estimate: $500 - $1,000.

    Condition Report*:

    Very good condition with a few surface scratches and accretions. Framed to an overall size of 41 x 29 inches. 

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    March, 2011
    20th Sunday
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