Offering this intriguing original semi-nude portrait drawing by the listed Georgia artist Bruce Hafley. Signed by the artist in the lower right and again on the verso with title "Gypsy Girl 1962". This work measures about 4 x 5 inches (mat opening/viewable area) with a mat measurement of 6 3/8 by 8 inches. This work is offered unframed with the original mat. The mat will need to be replaced prior to framing. The work is in great condition with no noted problems. This is a very finely detailed work that effectively captures the personality and presence of the sitter. Typical of the artist's best work. Excellent addition to a figure / nude drawing collection.
Bruce Hafley (American, b. 1920 d. 2011)
Hafley, an Atlanta native and 1942 graduate of Georgia Tech, painted portraits of many notable figures. His subjects include former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox; Henry King Stanford, who served as interim president of UGA for a year before Knapp arrived; former University System of Georgia Chancellor H.Dean Propst; and the partners of the Alston and Bird law firm in Atlanta.
According to Southern Artistry, an online registry, Mr. Hafley studied architecture at Georgia Tech and served with the U.S. Army's Engineer Corps in Africa and Italy during World War II. While serving, he painted murals for the Red Cross in Naples and the Our Lady of Pompeii Orphanage near Naples.
In 1958, he studied three years at the Royal Academy of the Art in the Hague, the Netherlands, supplementing his work with study and practice in the museums of Rome, Florence, Paris and London. He attracted early attention for creating Renaissance-style portraits with a touch of whimsy. One of his trademarks is incorporating something closely associated with the subject into the portrait. His portrait of Maddox shows the Great Seal of Georgia with a tiny figure riding a bicycle backward. The painting also shows a rolled-up Atlanta Journal-Constitution with a fish fin protruding from one end--an allusion to Maddox's famous feuds with the Atlanta newspapers.