Amazing Mid Century abstract oil on board painting by Willard Downes. This composition has a cubist and abstract expressionist quality to it, it's very nicely float mounted in a simple white frame. The frame is about 1.25" thick, the overall size is 37" wide by 27" tall, the painting itself is float mounted and measures approx. 19.75" x 29.75"
About the artist:
Willard Alfred Downes (1908 - 2000)
Mr. Downes was born in Washington and grew up in Fredericksburg. He went to New York City at age 17 to pursue a career as an artist.
In New York, he attended the Art Students League, the National Academy of Design and the Industrial Arts School, and started a dual career as a commercial illustrator and fine-arts painter.
He illustrated books for the publishing companies Fawcett and Golden Books and cover art for hundreds of paperbacks such as Before It’s Too Late and Dangerous Legacy as well as press kits for movie companies. He led a $15 million advertising campaign for Kent cigarettes and created original paintings of Yellowstone National Park. During World War II, he introduced a series of posters entitled I Am Still an American which now reside in the Library of Congress. His movie star portraits and caricatures have been promised to the Smithsonian. In the 1950’s, he explored aspects of Modernism, particularly those which he believed exemplified the Modernist credo that the world could be transformed for the better via the arts. With this in mind, he produced abstract paintings on a myriad of subjects which provided another channel for him to enhance his creative canon.