Two weeks after doing a post all about original mid-century paintings and artwork I happened to stumble across one of the best pieces of original art I’ve found in a long time, one of my all time best finds. The painting is an abstract expressionist piece done by Jewell Haley, who was an art professor at Thomas More college in Kentucky, very close to Cincinnati, Ohio. Even better the painting is HUGE coming in at a massive 47×49 inches, I left a small portion of my couch in the photo so you could get a true sense of the scale. The painting is dated June 3, 1965 and titled on the back “Dark Banner.”
Haley was born on on October 24, 1927 and passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2009.
I’ve come across of some of her later abstract painting (in a more 1980’s style) at a few galleries and a few paintings she did of human figures (all women), some good, some not so good. Haley’s abstract work, especially the work she did in the 1950’s and 60’s, is impressive and right up my alley.
It seems the sale of her estate resulted in number of her paintings entering the marketplace, including my painting. The problem with artist’s estates being sold is you get some great new paintings as well as studies and “paintings never meant to be seen/ I was just keeping the canvas to paint over one day” types of works. It makes no difference to the people selling the estate, as a general rule, if the paintings were completed works or half-finished studies. They sell everything they find in the estate, which I’m sure has left some artists rolling in their graves.
I won’t complain however because its events like these that allow me to buy some really extraordinary pieces of original art. I don’t think there could be a more perfect painting for my living room. Eventually I’ll post some shots of the entire lounge so it can be put in perspective along with lots of the other pieces I write about on here.