We are very proud to offer an original, fabulous, oil on masonite, 20 inches x 30 inches, signed lr. It is titled on back "Strange Light In Taos". The title leads one to speculate if it had anything to do with " strange lights " in the night sky, observed by many people. I just love this painting! The subject is a Taos Indian Village. There are 3 figures, two women & a child, pueblos,outdoor domed cooking ovens, clothes drying outside, Aspen trees, & clouds (& strange lights somewhere?). This painting has an inventory number on back, as well as title, & an artist statement. This original oil is in excellent condition. Here is a Biography on John Franklin from his son Matthew Franklin. John Franklin was born on Christmas Day, 1925, in North Platte, Nebraska. When he was only 6 years old, his father died. His mother moved her family to Glendale California, where he grew up. He attended college at Glendale Collage until he joined the Army in WW11. After the Army in 1946, he spent the next 20 years as an Accountant in Phoenix. In 1966, his children gave him a painting set as a Father's Day gift. He began to paint! This love of Art & his natural talent took his life in an entirely new direction. By 1968, he had established himself as a VERY credible artist. When you got it, you got it! By 1970, his paintings were in prominent galleries in Senora, Phoenix, Taos, San Diego, etc. In 1971, he moved to Taos, New Mexico. In 1974, Julie Nixon Eisenhower wrote a 6 page article about Taos artist including Eanger Couse, Oscar Berninghaus, John Steuart Curry, & JOHN FRANKLIN! This article was published in THE " Saturday Evening Post"! There was even a full -color- page of one of his paintings! Franklin was a very prolific artist, selling over a thousand paintings in his active years. His success was not only validated by the buying public but by his third career as an Art Instructor at The Instituto Allende in Mexico. John Franklin died Feb. 20, 2010 in San Marcos, Calif. He is missed by all. But, here is an opportunity to purchase a superb example of his Best work from, probably, the 1970's.. The subject is just terrific! Although he painted lots of oils, they do not come up for sale very often. People cannot bear to part with them.
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