Oil on panel painting, 25 1/2" by 23 1/2" framed, the subject rather difficult to describe, but bridging abstract and realism with some surreal thrown in for good measure, by difficult to categorize American contemporary artist JERRY MCLAUGHLIN (born circa 1925), now a resident of Santa Cruz, California. McLaughlin's meandering career was described in detail in a Metro Santa Cruz article of 1998, and a New York Times article of 2001. The artist was an art director on Madison Avenue, but moved west by 1973. McLaughlin has been represented by the Allen Stone Gallery in New York City for many years, but has by his own admission not been a commercial success, despite having paintings in the collections of the Whitney, Art Institute of Chicago, and Philadelphia Museum of Art. The New York Times article describes at length his hard-to-describe style, with often dark backgrounds, "candy colors" in daubs, and a surreal, alien atmosphere. The colors used on the bright horizontal bar remind me of how Wayne Thiebaud would use color in his Pop Art way. Search out the article on google and read the reviewer's grasp of the subject. This painting bears a Stamford, Connecticut gallery label, and it was found in Connecticut. Signed at lower right and dated '87, the piece has acquired a number of abrasions over a dusty surface, especially along the right side, as shown. Some professional conservation should restore it to good condition. The photos seem to overemphasize the "starry night sky", as dust catches the light. The surface is dusty and has some abrasions but conservation could minimize a lot of this.
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