Large Still Life Of Melon - 1957 Watercolor By James Proctor - Listed


Large Still Life Of Melon - 1957 Watercolor By James Proctor - Listed

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Large Still Life Of Melon - 1957 Watercolor By James Proctor - Listed:
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LARGE STILL LIFE OF MELON - 1957 WATERCOLOR BY JAMES PROCTOR - LISTED LARGE STILL LIFE OF MELON - 1957 WATERCOLOR BY JAMES PROCTOR - LISTED

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Description " Still life " : Original watercolor onlight cream wove paper by James Proctor, 1957: ( 1919 - 2004 ):image/sheet size: 25 1/2 inches by 19 3/4 inches: signed and dated lower right - " Proctor '57 " and dated lower right. Frame size: 32 1/2 inches by 26 1/2 inches.Still Life modernist painting at its best!

NOTE: This work is in excellent condition: work is framed under glass in a fine new gold leafed modern style frame.


James Proctor was born in Philadelphia in 1919, the son of James William Proctor of Goole, England. An important early Modernist, Proctor worked almost exclusively in watercolor. Proctor's progressive, broad stroked, spontaneous still life and landscape watercolors show the influence of the 'Berkeley School' of watercolorists founded by Professor Earle Loran. His figurative watercolors show the influence of his Bay Area contemporary painter, David Park. A precocious youth, he was tutored by the artist, Martha Berry, holding his first exhibition at age thirteen at the Skyland Lodge in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Proctor continued his studies for six years at the Yale School of Fine Art, the Art Students League of New York, and the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. While at the Art Student's League, Proctor studied under Reginald Marsh, who became a lifelong friend and in later years he was a collector of Marsh's work


From 1942 to 1945 Proctor served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific where he worked as a draftsman and designer while continuing to paint landscapes and figurative subjects in watercolor in Guam and Hawaii. After the war, in 1946 and 1947 Proctor traveled on to Switzerland where he studied psychoanalysis at the Carl Jung Institute. In the early 195Ds he returned to Hawaii where he painted for several months. During the 1940s, Proctor began to record many of his dreams in watercolor. These autobiographical symbolic works took on a Modernist style that was to influence his later work in watercolor. Leaving Switzerland, Proctor established his studio in Berkeley, California where he painted figures, landscapes and dramatic decorative still lifes in a richly colored spontaneous Modernist style. In the 1950s, 1960s while continuing to maintain his studio in Berkeley, California, Proctor traveled and painted throughout Europe ( France, England, Italy, Germany, Switzerland ) and Asia ( Thailand, Japan, and China ). In later years, Proctor retired to a studio home in Carmel, California.

Throughout his life, Proctor exhibited actively, including at New York University ( 1938 Grand Prize in Watercolor ): Yale University Art Gallery: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center ( 1944 ):Oakland Museum of Art ( Exhibition of Western Painters: 1955 ): Von Keppel & Green/Beverly Hills: Arizona University/Tucson: Arizona State Museum of Art ( 1943 ): Tucson: Summit Art Association: New Jersey: Gumps Galleries/San Francisco: Kresges Gallery/New Jersey: Pacific Grove Art Center: Monterey Art Museum. ( REF: Askart ).

This work is fully guaranteed. Work comes with a certificate of authenticity from a museum trained specialist and former Sotheby's Associate.


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Large Still Life Of Melon - 1957 Watercolor By James Proctor - Listed:
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