HAROLD C. STEPHENSON aka Abruzzi (Listed California artist 1908-1974). Stephenson also used the name of Abruzzi on some of his paintings. Many of the works signed Abruzzi are his atomic ruins pieces. This is one of his big eyed children paintings from the Mid Century and it's a cute one! Young Big eyed Girl holding a Bouquet of Flowers, 24" x 12" oil on Masonite (framed size: 32-1/2" x 20") signed lower left. Ships with frame for $37.00; if you don't want the frame we can discard it and ship the painting for $20.00 without frame. Condition: “Frame liner has stains and dirt, a few frame nicks, the Masonite has some staining on back bottom that does not affect the front of the painting in any way”
Biography from Askart as provided by Jeffrey Morseburg:
Harold Stephenson was a California painter who was known for his formal portraits of Hollywood notables and as later as a painter of stylized scenes of children and post-Atomic ruins in the early 1960's.
Stephenson was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio in 1907 and he left Ohio as a young man to study at the Art Student's League and the National Academy of Design in New York and later at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.
During World War II, Stephenson was a combat artist with the United States Army and he painted on Guadalcanal and in 1942 and during some of the other island campaigns. Some of his work resides in the Pentagon and in the Collection of the United States Army.
After the War, Stephenson settled in Hollywood where he worked for the studios and painted portraits for the Hollywood elite. In the early 1960's, he began painting a series of painting of waif-like children among fanciful ruins, reflecting his anxiety over nuclear war. These scenes of children were very successful and were published as popular prints. Stephenson was also active as a teacher, opening his Benedict Canyon Studio for students several days a week. In recent years his work has been re-discovered by young rock and roll musicians who are ardently collecting the art and furniture of the early 1960's.
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