This interesting conte crayon and charcoal on paper was done by American artist Steven Trefonides (1926-). Steven Trefonides was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1926. He studied at The Swain School of Design in New Bedford and after serving in the Air Force from 1944 through 1945, he continued his studies at Boston’s Vesper George School of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Later, he received the Louis Comfort Tiffany grant and traveled to France, Italy, Spain and Greece. On his return to Boston he accepted a teaching position at Vesper George. He currently resides and maintains a studio in Brookline, Massachusetts.
In the summer of 1958 he was awarded the grand prize for painting at the Portland Art Festival. The next year he received a prestigious Fulbright grant to study in India and later published a book of photographs of India.
Trefonides returned to Boston where he worked for many years in a studio on Dartmouth Street. He began to exhibit regularly in Boston and New York. He also continued to teach and helped to develop the Studio Art Department at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he taught from 1969-1975.
Other awards include the Blanche Colman award (1968); Artist of the Year, St. Botolph Club (1980); and the Camargo Foundation fellowship to study in Cassis, France (1984).
In addition to more than 20 one-man exhibitions, Trefonides held three museum retrospectives: Fitchburg Art Museum (1955), Brockton Art Museum (1968), and the University of Connecticut-Storrs (1974).
Many other important public and private collections hold Trefonides’ work including: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Dartmouth College; Wadsworth Atheneum; Addison Gallery of Art; Portland Museum of Art; Worcester Art Museum; DeCordova Museum and Brandeis University.
Conte crayon and charcoal on paper, signed and dated lower left, titled on verso label “The Nest” under plexiglas and housed in a modern metal frame. Some imperfections to the frame. Dimensions: Approximately 47” h x 48” w.
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