Vtg 1960s Portrait Young Blonde Girl Palm Springs Artist Painting OEL GRAVES

Category Art Paintings

Current price $78.51

Listing type Fixed Price Item

Location Torrance, California 905** US

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Quantity available 1

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Seller clkla (3175)

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Painting Surface Canvas

Features Framed, Signed

Region Of Origin US

Width (Inches) 8

Production Technique Oil Painting

Listed By Dealer or Reseller

Subject Portrait

Size Small (up to 12in.)

Material Oil

Height (Inches) 10

Date Of Creation 1950-1969

Artist O.E.L. Graves

Year Of Production 1950-1969

Style Impressionism

Color Green

Original/Licensed Reproduction Original

Type Painting

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Untitled Portrait of a Young Blonde Girl by Palm Springs artist O.E.L. Graves (1897 - 1971).
It is in good pre-owned vintage condition with some minor age-related wear.
Appraisal is not available.
The sheet shown titled, "O.E.L. Graves Collection of Deborah Davis and William Cooper" WILL NOT accompany portrait. It is shown to establish provenance only.
_The article below uses material from the Wikipedia article "O.E.L. "Bud" Graves, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License_
_"O. E. L. Graves (1897 - 1971) was an American artist and painter/sculptor based in Palm Springs, California during Hollywood's golden years. His client list included many of the rich and famous of his era, from movie stars (Clark Gable, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Janet Gaynor) and business magnates (Raymond Loewys, George R. Hearst Sr) to shady criminal kingpins. His own personal life was just as full of high intrigue and secrecy as the famous clients he cultivated; as a result, his need to maintain a relatively low profile in his private life has relegated him to near obscurity in death as an artist._
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_Graves experimented constantly with new media and techniques for expressing his art, his works include delicate watercolors, fine detailed portraits, impressionistic oils, sculptures in metal, and some techniques of his own invention. Graves claims to have invented "sculpted oil painting", where multiple layers of thick oil paint are placed on masonite and then cut away to create the image, his sculpted oil paintings were displayed in some of the trendiest galleries and art museums, including the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, which purchased some of his sculpted paintings after they had been shown there. Winthrop Rockefeller tried to purchase Grave's favorite sculpted painting from him (Ptolemy's Daughters) for a very tidy sum, only to be refused by the artist, who wouldn't part with it._
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_Born in London, Ontario, Canada, Graves had a strong interest in Native Americans throughout his career, which is reflected in many of his paintings. While still a youth, he became a full member of the Sarcee Indian tribe after many years of association with its people, he was also a cowpuncher, rodeo rider, and trick roper, able to throw a 100-foot circle of rope and lasso eight horses at once. He rode in the famed Calgary Stampede, displaying his cowboy skills, he had developed an interest in drawing as a boy and drew pastel sketches on sandpaper even during his cowboy days. During World War I, he was a fighter pilot with the Royal Flying Corps. After the war, he came to the United States to work as a commercial artist. During World War II, he worked as a designer of airplanes and guided missiles with North American Aviation. After World War II, Graves moved to Palm Springs, California to illustrate covers for The Palm Springs Villager magazine, a local publication in the famous celebrity town. Palm Springs then became his base of operations for a successful career as a fine artist. _
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_After his death in 1971, court battles erupted for his estate between his wife and his mistress. During the hearings, it was discovered that O.E.L. Graves had another legal wife in Canada. In exasperation, and to recover back taxes due, the court finally awarded his remaining unsold artwork to the state of California. Immetta Davis purchased the entire collection from the state at auction. Achilles Fine Arts and Antiques in Palm Springs, owned by Jack Louis Midling, then purchased half of the works from Immetta Davis."
eBay seller CLKLA acquired a portion of this portfolio from the estate of Immetta Davis in October 2019. _
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