RARE 1950s John STENVALL (1907-1998) USA Handmade Copper Enamel Modernist FIGURE Design Wall Plaque ARTWORK - image 1 of 5

For sale here is a RARE original vintage 1950s handmade copper enamel modernist Figure design wall-mounted framed artwork by American artist/enamelist John Stenvall (1907-1998). This artwork seems to depict a mythological figure about to blow his cosmic horn to summon Ragnarok...or is he an amazing jazz musician that blows your mind with his horn-playing? In any case, here's a bio of the artist from The Enamel Arts Foundation website:
John Stenvall was born in Wyoming of Swedish parentage. He exhibited artistic tendencies as a child, with a particular interest in music. He became a pianist and intended to make a career as a musician. An impatient man, Stenvall moved from place to place, however, taking on odd jobs as actor, a milkman, an apple picker, a bottle washer, and a museum guard, among many other occupations. He ultimately decided to resume his studies at the University of Nebraska. There his interest shifted to art and design. He was not a model student, always at odds with his teachers, but he did complete his bachelor of fine arts degree in 1931. That year, at the state fair, he presented a three-dimensional model of the state of Nebraska carved of butter. His entry won him a scholarship to study for a year at the Art Institute of Chicago. After finishing his course work, he was able to work with the WPA art project as a painter and designer.
By 1939 his artwork was being exhibited at the Art Institute. The following year, he was included in the prestigious International Watercolor Exhibition, which originated at the Art Institute and toured to ten other venues. His major national breakthrough came when his work was exhibited in a 1936 show at the Downtown Gallery, New York, along with that of John Marin, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Charles Sheeler. The following year his oil painting Ohio River Flood was included in The New Horizon, an exhibition organized by the Museum of Modern Art and presented at several venues, including the Cleveland Museum of Art. His association with the Downtown Gallery lasted until 1940. He exhibited a print, Farm at Night, in 1941 at the Museum of Modern Art, where he received an honorable mention. His work won him universal praise, and his reputation as an accomplished artist extended from the Midwest to the East Coast. During this period his work evolved from the Regionalist style developed in Chicago to a more East Coast style in the vein of the modernist painter Stuart Davis. The rural scenes gave way to more abstract work energized by the excitement of being in New York.
In 1942 he enlisted in the army and served throughout the war. Upon his discharge in 1945, he enrolled at Stanford University under the GI Bill, earning a master’s degree in art education in 1952. Stenvall moved back to Chicago, where he worked as both as an artist and an educator. His artwork continued to evolve and become more abstract. In the 1950s he learned how to enamel. Soon he was creating enameled works that were an extension of his work as a painter. He brought the same vigor and quality to his enamels that he brought to his oil paintings and prints. Stenvall eventually moved to Santa Cruz, California, where he continued to produce work until his death in 1998.
The enamel section measures 6" by 6", the outer frame measures 13" square. Signed at front at lower right of enamel plaque as shown in photos. There is some wear to the painted black background within the frame, but the wood frame itself is in good shape with little wear. The enamel plaque is flawless with no chips or crazing or damage of any kind to the enamel. Excellent vintage condition with just fine light wear as shown - please view the photos, read the description, and ask all questions prior to purchase. I am open to reasonable offers from serious buyers.

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