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Lot 91

John Thomason (American, b.1903, d.1985) "Evening on Salt Creek" Florida Oil on Board Painting c. 1960

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Lot 91

John Thomason (American, b.1903, d.1985) "Evening on Salt Creek" Florida Oil on Board Painting c. 1960


Description: Signed lower right. It has a 78th Annual Exhibition Rochester Art Club 1960 label on the back. Entitled "Evening on Salt Creek". Oil on artist board. John was a Prominent Rochester New York artist. John Thomason was born on 14 December 1903 in the Bronx, New York City of an English father and a German mother. Thomason received his early training as an artist in New York City high schools. He also studied at the National Academy of Design, Art Students League, Rochester Institute of Technology, and University of Rochester Memorial Art Gallery under Fritz Trautman. In 1963 Thomason went to Rochester, NY to teach at the newly opened Monroe Community College. He later became the Director of Art there and retired in 1970. His home and studio were on Conesus Lake in Geneseo, NY. His biography appears in Scenes of Monroe and Ontario Counties Past and Present by Anne Peacock-Jacobs. Thomason was active in the Rochester Art Club and Geneseo artists' groups. He exhibited in Rochester and New York City. John Thomason died in January of 1985 in Geneseo, New York. His parents were Samuel and Hedwig A. Hattie Koch Thomason. Samuel was a successful bricklayer who died between 1920 and 1930. The family was well off enough to have a live-in maid in 1910 and 1920. John was still living at home in 1930, the oldest son in the household. He was a laborer working as a bricklayer at the time as were his two younger brothers. This identification is possible because, in addition to signing his name on the back of one of his oils, he also included his address, 1559 Undercliff Avenue, an address found in the Bronx, New York. The family was residing there in 1920 and 1930 during the censuses. John Thomason is listed in Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide as a 20th Century New York artist. John Thomason is mentioned in Falk’s Who Was Who in American Art, 3 volumes edition, but I have not yet had the opportunity to examine Falk’s work, so do not known which John Thomason it is. John Thomason was one of six artists who were featured in an exhibition of oils and watercolors called Exhibition of Paintings by a Group of Six at a New York gallery, Barbizon-Plaza Art Galleries in 1941. The other artists were David Jacobson, T. Oscar Maine, Arthur Tilgner, Oscar Ralph Weidhass, and Edward Sunquist. This show ran from 22 September – 20 October 1941. All of these artists were active in New York City in the 1940s, though none seem to have gained enduring notoriety. Please ask specific questions on details, condition, and shipping prior to bidding, ALL ITEMS ARE SOLD AS IS, and the bidder will be responsible for payment. We box and ship what we can to keep costs low, and use USPS and UPS. Large items, extremely fragile, and high value items will be packed by UPS. Quotes available on request

  • Condition: Very Good Condition with no in painting
  • Dimensions: 23.75" x 18"

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