A wonderful unique Wayne Morrell (1923-2013) original. I have handled quite a few oil paintings of his work in the past but not one of these original pastel on paper. A great hunting scene along the Ipswich River in Essex Massachusetts. Image measures 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches. Excellent as drawn condition. I have not found a signature but I have not removed the work from the original matte and perhaps is just under the bottom of the matte. On the back of the frame is the original label from the Wayne Morrell Gallery that gives the title and date of the work. The artist liked the work well enough to make this piece a gift to a friend and there is a pen inscription as well. Original frame measures 17 1/4 x 21 1/4 inches.
For those not familiar with the artist, his biography from askart reads:
"Wayne Morrell was born in New Jersey in 1923 and as a young child took an immediate liking towards drawing. As a result, he attended the Philadelphia School of Industrial Arts studied draftsmanship and commercial art. Morrell worked as a commercial artist and served in the United States army during the Korean War. His artwork from this time focused primarily murals. He began painting in 1953 with great success and subsequently left his career as a commercial designer to devote his energy full time to the fine arts. Since then he has exhibited his impressionistic works internationally to great acclaim.
Drawing from his personal life and everyday surroundings gave Morrell greater depth and understanding of his home in New England and these works are what he is best known for. Morrell was a member of the celebrated Rockport artist colony and he is one of a premier group of American artists who continue the tradition of great landscape masters such as Winslow Homer, Edward Redfield, and George Inness.
In his harbor paintings, Morrell often uses bright vibrant colors in combination with grassy green boats to allude to the movement and activity of the harbor. His innate connection to the area is revealed through his impressionist brushstroke, thus revealing Morrell's artistic signature.
Morrell is a member of many artists associations including the American Artists, and the Rockport Art Association. His art can be found in the Butler Institute of American Art, the Columbus Museum of Fine Art, the American Watercolor Society, the Vermont Art Association, the Rockport Art Association, and in private collections throughout the United States. "
Vintage WAYNE BEAM MORRELL (1923-2013) 'Duck Hunting Ipswich River' Oil Pastel Painting