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Charles Kinghan
Portrait of a Man in Armchair, Mid Century Short Story Illustration

1937

About the Item

Excellent figurative oil painting of a man seated in an armchair with papers strewn about the interior space by Charles Ross Kinghan (American, 1895-1984). A working illustration painting of a writer or newsman deep in thought. Unsigned and unframed. Acquired with other works by the artist. Image size: 24"H x 30"W. Charles Ross Kinghan 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. 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 Collection. 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 high school 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:
    1937
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 24 in (60.96 cm)Width: 30 in (76.2 cm)Depth: 0.75 in (1.91 cm)
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  • Condition:
    Professionally cleaned. Several small chips in paint have been professionally in-painted and restored.
  • Gallery Location:
    Soquel, CA
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: JT-68021stDibs: LU5428057302
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