This is an apparently very early work in sanguine chalk (8 1/2" by 11", unframed, affixed at top edge behind an old mat) by the well listed Chicago-born artist WALTER KAMYS (1917-), now known for his modernist paintings executed in an "abstract impressionist" style. Kamys went to Central America and Mexico at a young age in 1942, there becoming friendly with the important English surrealist Gordon Onslow Ford. This proved to be crucial to the evolution of Kamys' mature style. Ford introduced him to such art luminaries as Roberto Matta, Wolfgang Paalen, Leonora Carrington, and Esteban Frances, and Marcel Duchamp became a champion of the young artist. In the early years, some spent at Silvermine (and, apparently, some time in Eureka Springs, Arkansas) Kamys drew and painted in a more traditional style, and he worked on murals as well; this drawing of a paddock certainly suggests WPA period murals. In the years following Kamys went on to exhibit at many galleries, as well as major American venues such as the Smithsonian, Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. From 1962 through 1987 Kamys was a professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Today he is recognized as an art educator as well as a most accomplished and prolific artist. There is a fine website chronicling the life and career of this artist. Condition is good, with just two slight scuffs that are more like shiny lines, and they are visible only when viewed at an angle. .
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