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Charles Kinghan
"Happy Family", Mid Century Sepia Figurative Interior Scene, Illustration Art

c.1940's

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"Happy Family", Mid Century Sepia Figurative Interior Scene, Illustration Art by Charles Kinghan A classic and heartwarming mid-century sepia toned figurative interior scene by Charles Ross Kinghan (American, 1895-1984). Circa 1940's. This mid-century piece exemplifies the classic style of illustrations and advertisements from the period, and depicts a family gathered in their living room. Signed "Kinghan" in the lower right corner. Acquired with other works by the artist. Displayed in a period giltwood frame. Linen size: 36"H x 30"W. Framed size: 45"H x 38.5"W x 2"D. Charles Ross Kinghan (American, 1895-1984) was born in Anthony, KS on January 18, 1895. A teacher, he moved to Wichita as a teenager and did sign painting for the Western Sign Works. He studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art in 1916, the American Academy of Art in Chicago, the Audubon School of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. He was a pupil of Carl Scheffler, J. Wellington Reynolds, and H.A. Oberteuffer. He taught at the Art Institute of Chicago and at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He was an illustrator for McCalls, Good Housekeeping, Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, and many other magazines. including American Artist magazine, Farmers Wife, Liberty Magazine. He was author and illustrator of Rendering Techniques for Commercial Art and Advertising (1956) and of Ted Kautzky—Master of Pencil and Watercolor (1959). Head of the art department at BBDO Advertising Agency in New Rochelle, NY in 1962. One of the founders of the Huguenot School of Art in New Rochelle, NY. Retired in 1962 and moved to Laguna Beach, CA in 1973. Member: Assoc. of the National Academy of Design; American Watercolor Society; Salmagundi Club; Philadelphia Water Color Club; Hudson Valley Art Assoc.; New Rochelle Art Assoc.; Allied Artists of America. Exhibitions: American Watercolor Society, 1949-56, 1959; Frye Museum of Art, Seattle, WA, 1955; one-man: Fort Worth, 1963; Dallas, 1964; Wichita Art Assoc., 1967, 1978. Awards: New Rochelle Art Assoc., 1945, 1946, 1948, 1969; Hudson Valley Art Assoc., 1951, 1964; Salmagundi Club, 1953, 1957; and many more. Collections: Mural at the New Rochelle, NY YMCA; Philadelphia Museum of Art; National Academy of Design; Smithsonian Institution; Emprise Bank Collections harles Ross Kinghan began his studies in 1916 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago, and studied at the Art Institute and the American Academy of Art*, whose teaching staff he later joined. Also well known as an illustrator, he worked for McCalls, Good Housekeeping, Saturday Evening Post, Colliers and many others. In addition he has contributed many articles dealing with art and art techniques to such magazines as American Artist and The Artist. Mr. Kinghan is one of the founders of the Huguenot School of Art. A collection of his watercolors was done as a commission for the U.S. Navy Department as part of a goodwill tour throughout the world and now hang in the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. Mr. Kinghan was a member of numerous art organizations including The National Academy of Design* as Membership Chairman and on the Board of Directors, the American Watercolor Society*, Allied Artists of America*, the Salmagundi Club,* Hudson Valley Art Association*, Philadelphia Watercolor Club, The Veterans Art Association, and New Rochelle Art Association. Submitted by Jacques Lamy, May 2004. The information was taken from the back of a Kinghan painting, which was donated to a private highschool in the Dallas area and consequently purchased by us during a fund-raising auction. The painting belonged to a friend or pupil of Mr. Kinghan and included a Polaroid picture of Mr. Kinghan with the painting in question on the back of the painting itself.
  • Creator:
    Charles Kinghan (1895 - 1984, American)
  • Creation Year:
    c.1940's
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 45 in (114.3 cm)Width: 38.5 in (97.79 cm)Depth: 2 in (5.08 cm)
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  • Condition:
    Corner and edge wear professionally in-painted and restored. Vintage frame may show signs of wear consistent with age and history; minor cosmetic issues will be minimized but may not be restored to original condition. New hanging hardware installed.
  • Gallery Location:
    Soquel, CA
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: JT-68011stDibs: LU54210544342
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