A fine soft pencil drawing of a young Asian man with white head cloth, inscribed at lower left "JAIRONG Boy from drawing by Graham Peck", and signed at lower right by well listed California artist JADE FON (WOO) 1911-1983. Graham Peck (1914-) was a Yale-educated, Derby, Connecticut illustrator and writer; he illustrated and wrote "Through China's Wall" in 1940. Fon has created a sensitive portrait of an individual which the "Jairong" word and Peck's biography suggests was from eastern Tibet/southwestern China. Fon was born in San Jose, California and grew up in Winslow, Arizona, receiving education in Flagstaff and at the University of New Mexico. He returned to California in 1930 and began to paint, mostly in watercolor, scenes of the Southwest, California, and Hawaii. Fon worked in the plein air manner, and incorporated Asian influences. Over time he came to be highly associated with what came to be called the "California Style" in watercolor. Some oils are known but it is for the watercolor medium that Fon is best known. From 1945 on he lived in the San Francisco Bay area, taking on commercial illustration jobs at times, and was even a nightclub entertainer. Late in life he was a founder of a highly regarded art workshop in Asilomar, near Monterey and Carmel. Fon's finest watercolors, of San Francisco, have brought over $5,000 at auctions. This work measures 17" by 12 3/4" inside the mat and 25" by 20" framed in a bamboo style frame with mid century style liner. Allow for reflections in the glass.
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