John Oilver Sharp Magic Realism Painting “Three Bricks in Summer” Nantucket
John Oliver Sharp (1911–1955) oil on board. Magic realism/ surrealist painting. Reminiscent of summer in Nantucket. The title of the painting is “THE THREE BRICKS IN SUMMER” Painting size approx. 18X14 inches, with the frame it is 22.5X18.5 inches. On the back there is a tag from The Woodmere Art Gallery Chestnut Hill PA label. Original condition. Probably from his solo Exhibition at the Woodmere Gallery in 1953. Needs a cleaning. Reminiscent of Gertrude Abercrombie, an artist from Chicago.
John Oliver Sharp was from Galesburg, Illinois. He attended the University of Iowa in 1928. In Iowa, he became lifelong friends with Grant Wood. He even found the home in Grant Wood’s iconic painting “American Gothic.” The Davenport Art Museum gave him a full scholarship. He was initiated into the Stone art Colony in 1932. He had a life long relationship with artist Paul Crosthwaite. The WPA hired him to make murals in Iowa from 1939 to 1942. He made painting for a lot of Post Offices. Sharp had exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC.
“He had several one-man exhibitions, including shows at the Milch Galleries (NYC, 1952) and the Woodmere Art Gallery (Philadelphia,1953). He also exhibited at the Iowa Art Salon and at the Detroit Museum in Michigan. In New York City, his works were displayed at Radio City, the New York City Galleries, the Municipal Art Galleries and Studio Guild Galleries.” He would later move to West Palm Beach.
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