Sold together as a pair, two watercolor and ink drawings of female nudes, the smaller executed in black and gray wash, 15 3/4" by 11 3/4" (22" by 18 1/4" framed), the larger example in colors, 17 3/4" by 13" (27 3/4" by 21 1/2" framed), each signed at lower right by the very well known San Francisco watercolorist JACK LAYCOX (1921-1984). Laycox works have really come into their own in recent years, with auction records above $10,000 for highly desirable works showing familiar and much-loved San Francisco scenes. The cover of the John Moran March 2015 sale is of a Laycox work expected to sell for more than $7,000. In his relatively short life, the artist produced a large amount of work. Much of it featured his beloved San Francisco and the Bay Area, but Laycox also painted in New York and New England, Nevada, and Europe among other locales. Born in Auburn in the California Gold Country, he was educated at University of California Berkeley and at San Francisco State. During the 1950's he worked for the Atomic Energy Commission creating technical illustrations, but later turned his full talents to his own art. Laycox works are now highly coveted at auction----especially highly colored, impressionist works on paper featuring sights like the base of the Bay Bridge, California Street cable cars, and other classic San Francisco subject matter. These drawings are in excellent condition. They are lightly taped on the reverse side to the mats, which can be removed. Frames and mats are tired and should ideally be replaced.
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