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SEYMOUR LOCKS

(American, 1919-1994)

ACTION ABSTRACT

Oil on Canvas

18¾  x 30 Inches

Signed Verso

 

Painted circa 1955 and additionally inscribed with artist's address. An energetic and dynamic, mid-century abstract that illustrates this California artist's rejection of pictorial representation through sinuous shapes, adjacent and superimposed, in a swirling kaleidoscope of colors. The elegantly tumultuous roiling of forms across the surface of the canvas exemplifies Seymour Lock's mature style.

 

Born in Chicago, Seymour Benjamin Locks moved to California in 1931. An alumnus of San Jose State and Stanford, where he earned an M.A., Locks served in the Army during WWII. After service, he taught art at San Francisco State College from 1947 to 1963.

 

Locks exhibited widely and with success, including at the San Jose Art League, 1938; GGIE, 1939; San Francisco Art Association, 1940; Santa Barbara Museum, 1959; SFMA, 1960 (solo) and was the recipient of numerous prizes,medals and juried awards. His work is held in private and public collections nationwide including the Oakland Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Fine Art.

 

Reference:

Artists in California 1786-1940, Third Edition, Edan Milton Hughes: Crocker Art Museum, Sheridan Books 2002, Vol. 2, p. 692; et al.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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