A circa mid to late 1940's Original Abstract Fabric Collage Art by listed American Artist and well known Chicago Architect Robert Vale Faro (1902 - 1988).
This panicking Pirate and his green pet look very worried in this aptly titled "MayDay!! MayDay!!" textile art piece. Shaded with pastel paints or dyes, on muslin, it may have started out as a collagraph, but Faro has covered every inch with zig-zagging stitches in coordinating colored silk thread. This mythical character and his almost human yellow head parrot seem to be running amok aboard a ship on rough seas in this very modern abstract. Applied to scratchboard, the image measures approximately fourteen inches by nine and one half inches and is signed in ink on the lower right. Faro has also handwritten the title in ink.
As Faro lived in Maderia Beach, Florida, this piece may have been inspired by a local Winter Pirate Festival in the Tampa Bay Area known as Gasparilla.
Considered a radical by his peers, Faro was a graphic artist who was associated with the Bauhaus Chicago artists. As an architect, his design work includes the Time-Life Building and the Italian Village which were created for the Century of Progress International Exposition in Chicago (1933-1934).
His work is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Seattle Art Museum.
A transcript of a taped interview with the artist conducted by the Art Institute of Chicago can be read at artic.edu/aic/libraries/caohp/faro.html and artic.edu/aic/libraries/caohp/faro.pdf