Sold together as a pair, unframed oil on masonite board paintings of trees in landscapes, the larger piece 30" by 40", the smaller one 24" by 35 1/2", both by the noted Santa Barbara/Ventura area California artist DOUGLAS SHIVELY (1896-1991). Shively was born in Santa Paula among the citrus and avocado groves, and he chose to continue to live in that scenic area his entire life, despite many overseas voyages. After serving in World War I he went into the banking business, ultimately reaching executive level. Later in life he became an avocado rancher and concentrated on his artistic talents, which first became apparent much earlier in his life (I saw online a beautiful 1929 landscape by his hand). Shively painted with his buddies John Cotton, George Demont Otis, Paul Sample, and Ralph Holmes. He is known for larger size highly impressionistic paintings, especially those featuring the native California Sycamore tree in various seasons. Only one of these works is signed (the larger one), which is signed at lower left and dated 1989, and it is titled by the artist "Sycamores in the Park" and dated again on the reverse. Shively suffered a stroke in 1986 and after that time his work was much looser. Still, all considered, these are remarkable works for a then 93 year old suffering the effects of a stroke. Due to careless storage by past owners the pair is a bit soiled, with minor abrasions. Interestingly, the larger piece seems to have been altered by the artist himself, at lower left, he apparently inserting an irregularly-shaped piece of paper, over which he painted. At bottom left, a chunk of that paper has gone missing (the white area in the photos). Framed, these two works will come to life and the genius of the artist, even at 93, will be quickly apparent.
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