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A Helicopter Eyeballs My Wife  14" x 13"  Oil On Canvas

A Helicopter Eyeballs My Wife

14" x 13"

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Anushka  17" x 15"  Oil On Canvas

Anushka

17" x 15"

Oil On Canvas

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Boy, Sergeant And Puppet  16" x 17"  Terracotta

Boy, Sergeant And Puppet

16" x 17"

Terracotta

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But With Whom Can You Sit In Water  41" x 46"  Oil On Canvas

But With Whom Can You Sit In Water (SOLD)

41" x 46"

Oil On Canvas

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Denigrating a Father  18" x 28"  Terracotta

Denigrating a Father

18" x 28"

Terracotta

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Dog In Park  25" x 40"  Oil On Canvas

Dog In Park

25" x 40"

Oil On Canvas

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Embrace-After Felixmuller  53" x 36"  Oil On Canvas

Embrace-After Felixmuller

53" x 36"

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Family Refuge  58" x 58"  Oil On Canvas

Family Refuge 

58" x 58"

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Flying Over The Countryside  46" x 44"  Oil On Canvas

Flying Over The Countryside

46" x 44"

Oil On Canvas

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From Behind Curtains  13" x 9"  Oil On Canvas

From Behind Curtains

13" x 9"

Oil On Canvas

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Front Yard  74" x 88"  Oil On Canvas

Front Yard

74" x 88"

Oil On Canvas

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Hanging  22" x 14"  Terracotta

Hanging

22" x 14"

Terracotta

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In A Time Of Peace I 40" x 56"  Oil On Canvas

In A Time Of Peace I

40" x 56"

Oil On Canvas

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In A Time Of Peace II 13" x 21.5"  Oil On Board

In A Time Of Peace II

13" x 21.5"

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In The Audience  13" x 23"  Oil On Canvas

In The Audience

13" x 23"

Oil On Canvas

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Large Overture  48" x 70"  Oil On Canvas

Large Overture

48" x 70"

Oil On Canvas

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Large Overture II  53" x 76"  Oil On Canvas

Large Overture II

53" x 76"

Oil On Canvas

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Lord, Such Fire From A Match You Never Lit  8" x 8.5"  Oil On Board

Lord, Such Fire From A Match You Never Lit

8" x 8.5"

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Mocking Boy  15" x 15" x 13"  Wax And Wood

Mocking Boy

15" x 15" x 13"

Wax And Wood

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Mourning The Murder Of Sonja  16" x 25" x 16"  Wax And Wood

Mourning The Murder Of Sonja

16" x 25" x 16"

Wax And Wood

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Murder  12" x 15"  Oil On Canvas

Murder (SOLD)

12" x 15"

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Murder, After Giovanni Bellini  40" x 70"  Oil On Canvas

Murder, After Giovanni Bellini

40" x 70"

Oil On Canvas

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Of Weddings Before The War  47" x 62"  Oil On Canvas

Of Weddings Before The War 

47" x 62"

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Overcoat Over Pajamas  43" x 23"  Oil On Canvas

Overcoat Over Pajamas

43" x 23"

Oil On Canvas

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Overture  30" x 22"  Oil On Canvas

Overture (SOLD)

30" x 22"

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Overture Study #1  30" x 22"  Pastel

Overture, Study #1

30" x 22"

Pastel On Paper

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Overture Study #2  30" x 22"  Pastel

Overture, Study #2

30" x 22"

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Overture Study #3  30" x 22"  Pastel

Overture, Study #3

30" x 22"

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Overture Study #4  14" x 22"  Pencil On Paper

Overture, Study #4

14" x 22"

Pencil On Paper

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Overture Study #5  14" x 22"  Pencil On Paper

Overture, Study #5

14" x 22"

Pencil On Paper

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People Live Here  5" x 8"  Oil On Canvas

People Live Here (SOLD)

5" x 8"

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Red Chair  22" x 14"  Oil On Canvas

Red Chair

22" x 14"

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Rehearsal  21" x 35"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal

21" x 35"

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Rehearsal II  24" x 33"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal II

24" x 33"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal III  24" x 34"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal III

24" x 34"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal III Study #1  18" x 24"  Pastel

Rehearsal III, Study #1

18" x 24"

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Rehearsal III Study #2  18" x 24"  Pastel

Rehearsal III, Study #2

18" x 24"

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Rehearsal III, Study #3  18" x 24"  Pastel On Paper

Rehearsal III, Study #3

18" x 24"

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Rehearsal IV 55" x 44"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal IV

55" x 44"

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Rehearsal V, 34" x 32"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal V

34" x 32"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal V, Study #1  20" x 20"  Pencil On Paper

Rehearsal V, Study #1

20" x 20"

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Rehearsal VI  16" x 11"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal VI

16" x 11"

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Rehearsal VI, Study #1  12" x 8"  Pastel

Rehearsal VI, Study #1

12" x 8"

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Rehearsal VI, Study #2  12" x 8"  Pastel

Rehearsal VI, Study #2

12" x 8"

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Rehearsal VI, Study #3  12" x 8"  Pastel

Rehearsal VI, Study #3

12" x 8"

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Rehearsal VII  16" x 11"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal VII

16" x 11"

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Rehearsal VII, Study #1, 12" x 8"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal VII, Study #1

12" x 8"

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She Flies Over The Country  32" x 54"  Oil On Canvas

She Flies Over The Country (SOLD)

32" x 54"

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Side Yard With Umbrella  74" x 88"  Oil On Canvas

Side Yard With Umbrella

74" x 88"

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Sitting In The Audience  18" x 69"  Oil On Canvas

Sitting In The Audience (SOLD)

18" x 69"

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Someone's Last Supper 74" x 60"  Oil On Canvas

Someone's Last Supper

74" x 60"

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Something Of The Sky In Us,  58" x 28"  Oil On Canvas

Something Of The Sky In Us (SOLD)

58" x 28"

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Something Of The Sky In Us, Study #1  20" x 12"  Charcoal

Something Of The Sky In Us, Study #1 

20" x 12"

Charcoal On Paper

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Something Of The Sky In Us, Study #2  24" x 16"  Ink

Something Of The Sky In Us, Study #2

24" x 16"

Ink On Paper

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Tap Tap  49" x 16" x 5"  Wood

Tap Tap

49" x 16" x 5"

Wood

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The Children Are Watching  35" x 22"  Ink And Pastel On Paper

The Children Are Watching

35" x 22"

Ink And Pastel On Paper

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The Children Watch Us Watch, 47" x 42"  Oil On Canvas

The Children Watch Us Watch

47" x 42"

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The Sky Within Us  37" x 18"  Oil On Canvas

The Sky Within Us

37" x 18"

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The Sound We Do Not Hear Lifts The Gulls Off The Water  35" x 48"  Oil On Canvas

The Sound We Do Not Hear Lifts The Gulls Off The Water

35" x 48"

Oil On Canvas

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They Shot 50 Women  18" x 16"  Terracotta

They Shot 50 Women

18" x 16"

Terracotta 

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We Lived Happily During The War (Deaf Republic Series)  46" x 56"  Oil On Canvas

We Lived Happily During The War (SOLD)

46" x 56"

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Until You Speak, Until You Speak Right  18" x 21" x 20"  Wood And Plaster

Until You Speak, Until You Speak Right

18" x 21" x 20"

Wood And Plaster

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We (Forgive Us) Lived Happily During The War  40" x 45"  Oil And Paper On Canvas

We (Forgive Us) Lived Happily During The War

40" x 45"

Oil And Paper On Canvas

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Wife's Dress  31" x 14"  Oil On Canvas

Wife's Dress

31" x 14"

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With Whom Can You Sit In Water II  34" x 40"  Oil On Canvas

With Whom Can You Sit In Water II

34" x 40"

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A Helicopter Eyeballs My Wife  14" x 13"  Oil On Canvas

A Helicopter Eyeballs My Wife

14" x 13"

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Anushka  17" x 15"  Oil On Canvas

Anushka

17" x 15"

Oil On Canvas

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Boy, Sergeant And Puppet  16" x 17"  Terracotta

Boy, Sergeant And Puppet

16" x 17"

Terracotta

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But With Whom Can You Sit In Water  41" x 46"  Oil On Canvas

But With Whom Can You Sit In Water (SOLD)

41" x 46"

Oil On Canvas

Denigrating a Father  18" x 28"  Terracotta

Denigrating a Father

18" x 28"

Terracotta

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Dog In Park  25" x 40"  Oil On Canvas

Dog In Park

25" x 40"

Oil On Canvas

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Embrace-After Felixmuller  53" x 36"  Oil On Canvas

Embrace-After Felixmuller

53" x 36"

Oil On Canvas

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Family Refuge  58" x 58"  Oil On Canvas

Family Refuge 

58" x 58"

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Flying Over The Countryside  46" x 44"  Oil On Canvas

Flying Over The Countryside

46" x 44"

Oil On Canvas

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From Behind Curtains  13" x 9"  Oil On Canvas

From Behind Curtains

13" x 9"

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Front Yard  74" x 88"  Oil On Canvas

Front Yard

74" x 88"

Oil On Canvas

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Hanging  22" x 14"  Terracotta

Hanging

22" x 14"

Terracotta

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In A Time Of Peace I 40" x 56"  Oil On Canvas

In A Time Of Peace I

40" x 56"

Oil On Canvas

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In A Time Of Peace II 13" x 21.5"  Oil On Board

In A Time Of Peace II

13" x 21.5"

Oil On Board

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In The Audience  13" x 23"  Oil On Canvas

In The Audience

13" x 23"

Oil On Canvas

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Large Overture  48" x 70"  Oil On Canvas

Large Overture

48" x 70"

Oil On Canvas

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Large Overture II  53" x 76"  Oil On Canvas

Large Overture II

53" x 76"

Oil On Canvas

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Lord, Such Fire From A Match You Never Lit  8" x 8.5"  Oil On Board

Lord, Such Fire From A Match You Never Lit

8" x 8.5"

Oil On Board

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Mocking Boy  15" x 15" x 13"  Wax And Wood

Mocking Boy

15" x 15" x 13"

Wax And Wood

Mourning The Murder Of Sonja  16" x 25" x 16"  Wax And Wood

Mourning The Murder Of Sonja

16" x 25" x 16"

Wax And Wood

Murder  12" x 15"  Oil On Canvas

Murder (SOLD)

12" x 15"

Oil On Canvas

Murder, After Giovanni Bellini  40" x 70"  Oil On Canvas

Murder, After Giovanni Bellini

40" x 70"

Oil On Canvas

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Of Weddings Before The War  47" x 62"  Oil On Canvas

Of Weddings Before The War 

47" x 62"

Oil On Canvas

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Overcoat Over Pajamas  43" x 23"  Oil On Canvas

Overcoat Over Pajamas

43" x 23"

Oil On Canvas

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Overture  30" x 22"  Oil On Canvas

Overture (SOLD)

30" x 22"

Oil On Canvas

Overture Study #1  30" x 22"  Pastel

Overture, Study #1

30" x 22"

Pastel On Paper

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Overture Study #2  30" x 22"  Pastel

Overture, Study #2

30" x 22"

Pastel On Paper

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Overture Study #3  30" x 22"  Pastel

Overture, Study #3

30" x 22"

Pastel On Paper

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Overture Study #4  14" x 22"  Pencil On Paper

Overture, Study #4

14" x 22"

Pencil On Paper

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Overture Study #5  14" x 22"  Pencil On Paper

Overture, Study #5

14" x 22"

Pencil On Paper

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People Live Here  5" x 8"  Oil On Canvas

People Live Here (SOLD)

5" x 8"

Oil On Canvas

Red Chair  22" x 14"  Oil On Canvas

Red Chair

22" x 14"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal  21" x 35"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal

21" x 35"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal II  24" x 33"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal II

24" x 33"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal III  24" x 34"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal III

24" x 34"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal III Study #1  18" x 24"  Pastel

Rehearsal III, Study #1

18" x 24"

Pastel On Paper

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Rehearsal III Study #2  18" x 24"  Pastel

Rehearsal III, Study #2

18" x 24"

Pastel On Paper

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Rehearsal III, Study #3  18" x 24"  Pastel On Paper

Rehearsal III, Study #3

18" x 24"

Pastel On Paper

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Rehearsal IV 55" x 44"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal IV

55" x 44"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal V, 34" x 32"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal V

34" x 32"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal V, Study #1  20" x 20"  Pencil On Paper

Rehearsal V, Study #1

20" x 20"

Pencil On Paper

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Rehearsal VI  16" x 11"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal VI

16" x 11"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal VI, Study #1  12" x 8"  Pastel

Rehearsal VI, Study #1

12" x 8"

Pastel On Paper

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Rehearsal VI, Study #2  12" x 8"  Pastel

Rehearsal VI, Study #2

12" x 8"

Pastel On Paper

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Rehearsal VI, Study #3  12" x 8"  Pastel

Rehearsal VI, Study #3

12" x 8"

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Rehearsal VII  16" x 11"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal VII

16" x 11"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal VII, Study #1, 12" x 8"  Oil On Canvas

Rehearsal VII, Study #1

12" x 8"

Oil On Canvas

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She Flies Over The Country  32" x 54"  Oil On Canvas

She Flies Over The Country (SOLD)

32" x 54"

Oil On Canvas

Side Yard With Umbrella  74" x 88"  Oil On Canvas

Side Yard With Umbrella

74" x 88"

Oil On Canvas

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Sitting In The Audience  18" x 69"  Oil On Canvas

Sitting In The Audience (SOLD)

18" x 69"

Oil On Canvas

Someone's Last Supper 74" x 60"  Oil On Canvas

Someone's Last Supper

74" x 60"

Oil On Canvas

Something Of The Sky In Us,  58" x 28"  Oil On Canvas

Something Of The Sky In Us (SOLD)

58" x 28"

Oil On Canvas

Something Of The Sky In Us, Study #1  20" x 12"  Charcoal

Something Of The Sky In Us, Study #1 

20" x 12"

Charcoal On Paper

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Something Of The Sky In Us, Study #2  24" x 16"  Ink

Something Of The Sky In Us, Study #2

24" x 16"

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Tap Tap  49" x 16" x 5"  Wood

Tap Tap

49" x 16" x 5"

Wood

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The Children Are Watching  35" x 22"  Ink And Pastel On Paper

The Children Are Watching

35" x 22"

Ink And Pastel On Paper

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The Children Watch Us Watch, 47" x 42"  Oil On Canvas

The Children Watch Us Watch

47" x 42"

Oil On Canvas

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The Sky Within Us  37" x 18"  Oil On Canvas

The Sky Within Us

37" x 18"

Oil On Canvas

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The Sound We Do Not Hear Lifts The Gulls Off The Water  35" x 48"  Oil On Canvas

The Sound We Do Not Hear Lifts The Gulls Off The Water

35" x 48"

Oil On Canvas

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They Shot 50 Women  18" x 16"  Terracotta

They Shot 50 Women

18" x 16"

Terracotta 

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We Lived Happily During The War (Deaf Republic Series)  46" x 56"  Oil On Canvas

We Lived Happily During The War (SOLD)

46" x 56"

Oil On Canvas

Until You Speak, Until You Speak Right  18" x 21" x 20"  Wood And Plaster

Until You Speak, Until You Speak Right

18" x 21" x 20"

Wood And Plaster

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We (Forgive Us) Lived Happily During The War  40" x 45"  Oil And Paper On Canvas

We (Forgive Us) Lived Happily During The War

40" x 45"

Oil And Paper On Canvas

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Wife's Dress  31" x 14"  Oil On Canvas

Wife's Dress

31" x 14"

Oil On Canvas

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With Whom Can You Sit In Water II  34" x 40"  Oil On Canvas

With Whom Can You Sit In Water II

34" x 40"

Oil On Canvas

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"I prefer to make a fool of myself, which I find to be alarmingly easy when I am alone. It makes painting an obvious choice."

- James Stewart

James Stewart - Artists - Gross McCleaf Gallery

Overture (Detail), 30" x 22", Oil On Canvas

Deaf Republic Series 


"This group of work comes about from the influence of a book of poems by Ilya Kaminsky called ‘Deaf Republic’. The poems are about living in an occupied city and the unrest that ensues. In the poems, we follow a young, newly married couple with their newborn and a rebellious woman with a puppet theater.

For several years I had been using Weimar, Germany as a time period in my paintings, and when this book of poems came along it allowed me to explore more specific moments or events pulled from Ilya’s narrative. 

Although I’ve illustrated the poems in Ilya's book with drawings, I feel that the paintings reflect an 'overall feel' of aspects of the poems, and posess an independent sense of their own."

James Stewart - Artists - Gross McCleaf Gallery

Rehearsal II, 24" x 33", Oil On Canvas

Brundibar Series


"This work seems to be an extension of the ‘Deaf Republic’ work. The story line has no tie but there was nevertheless a feeling of connection in the studio.

Brundibar is the name of a children’s opera, written by Hans Krasa and performed at Theresienstadt, a hybrid concentration camp and ghetto established by the SS during World War II that was known for its relatively rich cultural life, including concerts, lectures, and clandestine education for children.

With Degas’ influence, I was trying to imagine the childrens' rehearsals and backstage activities."

James Stewart - Artists - Gross McCleaf Gallery

She Flies Over The Country, 32" x 54", Oil On Canvas

Stewart has been painting full time since leaving school in 1992. He has had solo exhibitions with Gross McCleaf, Gallery 71, Swarthmore College, Washington County Museum of Art, Carspecken-Scott Gallery, Hoyt Institute of Fine Art, and The Butler Museum of American Art.

After attending the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts he was awarded a travel prize allowing him to travel and study in Europe. In 2007 he was awarded a Guggenheim that again allowed travel and study in Europe. In 2009 he was awarded the Ballinglen Fellowship which allowed travel and work in Ireland where he has returned to work. Stewart lives and works in Western Pennsylvania. 

James Stewart - Artists - Gross McCleaf Gallery

Weddings Before The War (Deaf Republic Series), 47" x 62", Oil On Canvas

"I don’t find I am necessarily gifted, but I will give myself credit for being tenacious."

- James Stewart 

Video

Over the past decade, James Stewart has made paintings about Republics that have failed or were crushed. One subject was Germany’s Weimar Republic, which fell to the Nazis. Thornton spoke with James by phone about a gigantic 60 by 94-inch painting that he has just finished. It is called, "January 6th, We Are Tearing Ourselves Apart.”

 

At Gross McCleaf Gallery, artist James Stewart is showing paintings, drawings, and sculptures that were inspired by poet Ilya Kaminsky's "Deaf Republic". James talks to me about narrative art and the types of visual expression possible when reacting to great poetry.