Sterling Strauser, Abstract Floral Still Life, Oil PaintingSterling Strauser, Abstract Floral Still Life, Oil PaintingSterling Strauser, Abstract Floral Still Life, Oil PaintingSterling Strauser, Abstract Floral Still Life, Oil Painting

Sterling Boyd Strauser (Pennsylvania, 1907–1995) Oil on board painting, depicting abstract, colorful flowers in a vase, executed in Strauser's heavy impasto with scratched and scraped figures that form the structure of the shapes within the painting. Strauser is considered the originator of a uniquely American style; "romantic abstract expressionism", where he paints what he sees, not focused on an objective reality, but instead a subjective and highly individual point of view. Signed bottom left "Strauser 84". Sight: 15 3/4" H X 8" W. Framed: 20" H X 12" W.

CONDITION: Excellent condition with only normal wear for age. The "worn" look to spots on the edges of Strauser's painting boards is normal and as the artist intended.

Artist Bio: Sterling Boyd Strauser (1907–1995), whose German name means “one who binds the flowers,” was born in Bloomsburg, PA in 1907, and later moved to East Stroudsburg, PA, with his wife, Dorothy.

Strauser’s works have been exhibited at: the Lyzon Gallery, Nashville, TN; the Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA; and Belmont University in Nashville, TN. His paintings are included in the permanent collections of the American Museum in Bath, England; the Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA; Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA; Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA; Cheekwood Museum and Vanderbilt University, both in Nashville, TN.; Maier Museum of Art, Lynchburg, VA; The Sterling Strauser Gallery at the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania; and numerous private and corporate collections.

In addition to his painting, Strauser served as a teacher and principal of the grade school in Mount Pocono from 1928 to 1929. He also worked at the International Boiler Works in East Stroudsburg where he began as a shipping clerk in 1930 and retired as company secretary in 1962. Strauser and his wife both discovered and encouraged many other artists, including the self-taught artist Jack Savitsky. Dorothy was also an artist, creating cloth hooked paintings and floral watercolors.

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United States • American
American Folk Art and Outsider Art, American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture
Abstract Expressionist, Still Life
20" (51 cm)
12" (30 cm)
2" (5 cm)

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