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    Velox Benjamin Ward (American, 1901-1994)
    Jimmy Clay, 1969
    Oil on panel
    16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
    Signed and dated lower left: Velox Ward / 12-69

    The artist;
    The artist's wife, acquired from the above;
    Private collection, Texas, acquired from the above, circa 1985.

    Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas (and elsewhere), "Velox Ward," May 11, 1972- July 29, 1973;
    Longview Museum & Arts Center, Longview, Texas, October 1980.

    A self-taught memory painter, Velox Ward, Sr. began painting at age 59 at the request of his family. Like many other great Folk artists, Ward turned to his memories of growing up in rural East Texas during the early part of the twentieth century. He is known for youthful recollections of his community, including outdoor scenes of ginning cotton, tending a garden, butchering meat, and napping on the porch. Unlike most other memory painters, he refused to rely on the idealized nostalgia of days gone by and strove to infuse his work with as much realism as possible.

    By the 1970s, the North Texas arts community was beginning to recognize Ward's potential, including Donald and Margaret Vogel of Valley House Gallery, Dallas and the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art (now the Amon Carter Museum of American Art), Fort Worth. In 1972, they arranged for an exhibition of his work at the Amon Carter that then traveled to the Wichita Falls Museum, the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts (now the Dallas Museum of Art). Currently, Velox Ward's work is found in the Amon Carter, Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, and other public and private collections.

    Condition Report*: Under UV exam, there appears to be two tiny touches of inpaint: One 1/8 inch area on the brim of the figures hat; and a small 1 inch L shape in the upper left corner. 4 inch scuff left of the figures head, noticeable in raking light. Mild surface soiling, notable along the extreme edges.
    Framed Dimensions 22 X 26 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2021
    22nd Saturday
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