JAMES McCRAY (Listed California Modernist 1912-1993). Figures Playing Cards by a Window with view of a Palm Tree, painted 5/41, 9" x 12" watercolor, signed/dated lower left. Unframed. Condition: Has some brown age dots; lower right corner is rounded. Provenance: Estate of Virginia Gould McCray (the artist's wife). Virginia Gould was a well recognized artist as well.
Biography from Askart:
James McCray was born in Niles, CA on Oct. 1, 1912. McCray received a scholarship for further study in Pennsylvania at the Barnes Foundation after graduating from UC Berkeley (M.A.).
At UC he was greatly influenced by his teachers Worth Ryder and John Haley. His teaching experience included UC Berkeley (1935-40, 1947-80), California School of Fine Arts (San Francisco) (1940-46), San Francisco Museum of (modern) Art (1941-43), and Santa Barbara College (1951).
He acted as juror for many northern California shows before his death in Walnut Creek, CA on Jan. 12, 1993. An abstract painter, his early works were geometric and later evolved into lyrical abstraction.
Exh: Oakland Art Gallery, 1934; Golden Gate Internat
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940" Interview with the artist or his/her family; Art News, Sept. 1949.
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