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A Helicopter Eyeballs My Wife, 14" x 13"

A Helicopter Eyeballs My Wife

14" x 13"

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Anushka, 17" x 15"

Anushka

17" x 15"

Oil On Canvas

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Boy, Sergeant And Puppet, 16" x 17"

Boy, Sergeant And Puppet

16" x 17"

Terracotta

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But With Whom Can You Sit In Water (SOLD), 41" x 46"

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"

Denigrating a Father

18" x 28"

Terracotta

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Dog In Park, 25" x 40"

Dog In Park

25" x 40"

Oil On Canvas

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Embrace-After Felixmuller, 53" x 36"

Embrace-After Felixmuller

53" x 36"

Oil On Canvas

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Family Refuge , 58" x 58"

Family Refuge 

58" x 58"

Oil On Canvas

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Flying Over The Countryside, 46" x 44"

Flying Over The Countryside

46" x 44"

Oil On Canvas

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From Behind Curtains, 13" x 9"

From Behind Curtains

13" x 9"

Oil On Canvas

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Front Yard, 74" x 88"

Front Yard

74" x 88"

Oil On Canvas

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Hanging, 22" x 14"

Hanging

22" x 14"

Terracotta

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In A Time Of Peace I, 40" x 56"

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"

In A Time Of Peace II

13" x 21.5"

Oil On Board

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In The Audience, 13" x 23"

In The Audience

13" x 23"

Oil On Canvas

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Large Overture, 48" x 70"

Large Overture

48" x 70"

Oil On Canvas

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Large Overture II, 53" x 76"

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"

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"

Mocking Boy

15" x 15" x 13"

Wax And Wood

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Mourning The Murder Of Sonja, 16" x 25" x 16"

Mourning The Murder Of Sonja

16" x 25" x 16"

Wax And Wood

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Murder (SOLD), 12" x 15"

Murder (SOLD)

12" x 15"

Oil On Canvas

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Murder, After Giovanni Bellini, 40" x 70"

Murder, After Giovanni Bellini

40" x 70"

Oil On Canvas

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Of Weddings Before The War , 47" x 62"

Of Weddings Before The War 

47" x 62"

Oil On Canvas

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Overcoat Over Pajamas, 43" x 23"

Overcoat Over Pajamas

43" x 23"

Oil On Canvas

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Overture (SOLD), 30" x 22"

Overture (SOLD)

30" x 22"

Oil On Canvas

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Overture, Study #1, 30" x 22"

Overture, Study #1

30" x 22"

Pastel On Paper

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Overture, Study #2, 30" x 22"

Overture, Study #2

30" x 22"

Pastel On Paper

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Overture, Study #3, 30" x 22"

Overture, Study #3

30" x 22"

Pastel On Paper

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Overture, Study #4, 14" x 22"

Overture, Study #4

14" x 22"

Pencil On Paper

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Overture, Study #5, 14" x 22"

Overture, Study #5

14" x 22"

Pencil On Paper

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People Live Here (SOLD), 5" x 8"

People Live Here (SOLD)

5" x 8"

Oil On Canvas

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Red Chair, 22" x 14"

Red Chair

22" x 14"

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Rehearsal, 21" x 35"

Rehearsal

21" x 35"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal II, 24" x 33"

Rehearsal II

24" x 33"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal III, 24" x 34"

Rehearsal III

24" x 34"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal III, Study #1, 18" x 24"

Rehearsal III, Study #1

18" x 24"

Pastel On Paper

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Rehearsal III, Study #2, 18" x 24"

Rehearsal III, Study #2

18" x 24"

Pastel On Paper

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Rehearsal III, Study #3, 18" x 24"

Rehearsal III, Study #3

18" x 24"

Pastel On Paper

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Rehearsal IV, 55" x 44"

Rehearsal IV

55" x 44"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal V, 34" x 32"

Rehearsal V

34" x 32"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal V, Study #1, 20" x 20"

Rehearsal V, Study #1

20" x 20"

Pencil On Paper

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Rehearsal VI, 16" x 11"

Rehearsal VI

16" x 11"

Oil On Canvas

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

Rehearsal VI, Study #1

12" x 8"

Pastel On Paper

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

Rehearsal VI, Study #2

12" x 8"

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

Rehearsal VI, Study #3

12" x 8"

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Rehearsal VII, 16" x 11"

Rehearsal VII

16" x 11"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal VII, Study #1, 12" x 8"

Rehearsal VII, Study #1

12" x 8"

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She Flies Over The Country (SOLD), 32" x 54"

She Flies Over The Country (SOLD)

32" x 54"

Oil On Canvas

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Side Yard With Umbrella, 74" x 88"

Side Yard With Umbrella

74" x 88"

Oil On Canvas

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Sitting In The Audience (SOLD), 18" x 69"

Sitting In The Audience (SOLD)

18" x 69"

Oil On Canvas

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Someone's Last Supper, 74" x 60"

Someone's Last Supper

74" x 60"

Oil On Canvas

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Something Of The Sky In Us (SOLD), 58" x 28"

Something Of The Sky In Us (SOLD)

58" x 28"

Oil On Canvas

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

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"

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"

Tap Tap

49" x 16" x 5"

Wood

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The Children Are Watching, 35" x 22"

The Children Are Watching

35" x 22"

Ink And Pastel On Paper

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The Children Watch Us Watch, 47" x 42"

The Children Watch Us Watch

47" x 42"

Oil On Canvas

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The Sky Within Us, 37" x 18"

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"

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

35" x 48"

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They Shot 50 Women, 18" x 16"

They Shot 50 Women

18" x 16"

Terracotta 

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We Lived Happily During The War (SOLD), 46" x 56"

We Lived Happily During The War (SOLD)

46" x 56"

Oil On Canvas

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Until You Speak, Until You Speak Right, 18" x 21" x 20"

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"

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"

Wife's Dress

31" x 14"

Oil On Canvas

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With Whom Can You Sit In Water II, 34" x 40"

With Whom Can You Sit In Water II

34" x 40"

Oil On Canvas

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A Helicopter Eyeballs My Wife, 14" x 13"

A Helicopter Eyeballs My Wife

14" x 13"

Oil On Canvas

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Anushka, 17" x 15"

Anushka

17" x 15"

Oil On Canvas

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Boy, Sergeant And Puppet, 16" x 17"

Boy, Sergeant And Puppet

16" x 17"

Terracotta

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But With Whom Can You Sit In Water (SOLD), 41" x 46"

But With Whom Can You Sit In Water (SOLD)

41" x 46"

Oil On Canvas

Denigrating a Father, 18" x 28"

Denigrating a Father

18" x 28"

Terracotta

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Dog In Park, 25" x 40"

Dog In Park

25" x 40"

Oil On Canvas

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Embrace-After Felixmuller, 53" x 36"

Embrace-After Felixmuller

53" x 36"

Oil On Canvas

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Family Refuge , 58" x 58"

Family Refuge 

58" x 58"

Oil On Canvas

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Flying Over The Countryside, 46" x 44"

Flying Over The Countryside

46" x 44"

Oil On Canvas

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From Behind Curtains, 13" x 9"

From Behind Curtains

13" x 9"

Oil On Canvas

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Front Yard, 74" x 88"

Front Yard

74" x 88"

Oil On Canvas

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Hanging, 22" x 14"

Hanging

22" x 14"

Terracotta

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In A Time Of Peace I, 40" x 56"

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"

In A Time Of Peace II

13" x 21.5"

Oil On Board

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In The Audience, 13" x 23"

In The Audience

13" x 23"

Oil On Canvas

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Large Overture, 48" x 70"

Large Overture

48" x 70"

Oil On Canvas

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Large Overture II, 53" x 76"

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"

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"

Mocking Boy

15" x 15" x 13"

Wax And Wood

Mourning The Murder Of Sonja, 16" x 25" x 16"

Mourning The Murder Of Sonja

16" x 25" x 16"

Wax And Wood

Murder (SOLD), 12" x 15"

Murder (SOLD)

12" x 15"

Oil On Canvas

Murder, After Giovanni Bellini, 40" x 70"

Murder, After Giovanni Bellini

40" x 70"

Oil On Canvas

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Of Weddings Before The War , 47" x 62"

Of Weddings Before The War 

47" x 62"

Oil On Canvas

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Overcoat Over Pajamas, 43" x 23"

Overcoat Over Pajamas

43" x 23"

Oil On Canvas

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Overture (SOLD), 30" x 22"

Overture (SOLD)

30" x 22"

Oil On Canvas

Overture, Study #1, 30" x 22"

Overture, Study #1

30" x 22"

Pastel On Paper

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Overture, Study #2, 30" x 22"

Overture, Study #2

30" x 22"

Pastel On Paper

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Overture, Study #3, 30" x 22"

Overture, Study #3

30" x 22"

Pastel On Paper

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Overture, Study #4, 14" x 22"

Overture, Study #4

14" x 22"

Pencil On Paper

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Overture, Study #5, 14" x 22"

Overture, Study #5

14" x 22"

Pencil On Paper

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People Live Here (SOLD), 5" x 8"

People Live Here (SOLD)

5" x 8"

Oil On Canvas

Red Chair, 22" x 14"

Red Chair

22" x 14"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal, 21" x 35"

Rehearsal

21" x 35"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal II, 24" x 33"

Rehearsal II

24" x 33"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal III, 24" x 34"

Rehearsal III

24" x 34"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal III, Study #1, 18" x 24"

Rehearsal III, Study #1

18" x 24"

Pastel On Paper

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Rehearsal III, Study #2, 18" x 24"

Rehearsal III, Study #2

18" x 24"

Pastel On Paper

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Rehearsal III, Study #3, 18" x 24"

Rehearsal III, Study #3

18" x 24"

Pastel On Paper

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Rehearsal IV, 55" x 44"

Rehearsal IV

55" x 44"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal V, 34" x 32"

Rehearsal V

34" x 32"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal V, Study #1, 20" x 20"

Rehearsal V, Study #1

20" x 20"

Pencil On Paper

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Rehearsal VI, 16" x 11"

Rehearsal VI

16" x 11"

Oil On Canvas

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

Rehearsal VI, Study #1

12" x 8"

Pastel On Paper

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

Rehearsal VI, Study #2

12" x 8"

Pastel On Paper

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

Rehearsal VI, Study #3

12" x 8"

Pastel On Paper

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Rehearsal VII, 16" x 11"

Rehearsal VII

16" x 11"

Oil On Canvas

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Rehearsal VII, Study #1, 12" x 8"

Rehearsal VII, Study #1

12" x 8"

Oil On Canvas

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She Flies Over The Country (SOLD), 32" x 54"

She Flies Over The Country (SOLD)

32" x 54"

Oil On Canvas

Side Yard With Umbrella, 74" x 88"

Side Yard With Umbrella

74" x 88"

Oil On Canvas

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Sitting In The Audience (SOLD), 18" x 69"

Sitting In The Audience (SOLD)

18" x 69"

Oil On Canvas

Someone's Last Supper, 74" x 60"

Someone's Last Supper

74" x 60"

Oil On Canvas

Something Of The Sky In Us (SOLD), 58" x 28"

Something Of The Sky In Us (SOLD)

58" x 28"

Oil On Canvas

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

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"

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"

Tap Tap

49" x 16" x 5"

Wood

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The Children Are Watching, 35" x 22"

The Children Are Watching

35" x 22"

Ink And Pastel On Paper

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The Children Watch Us Watch, 47" x 42"

The Children Watch Us Watch

47" x 42"

Oil On Canvas

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The Sky Within Us, 37" x 18"

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"

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"

They Shot 50 Women

18" x 16"

Terracotta 

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We Lived Happily During The War (SOLD), 46" x 56"

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"

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"

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"

Wife's Dress

31" x 14"

Oil On Canvas

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With Whom Can You Sit In Water II, 34" x 40"

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

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

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."

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

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."

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

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. 

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

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.