JOSEPH B. O'SICKEY (American 1918-2013) Oil Pastel
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Celebrated Cleveland Ohio artist. Oil pastel of a garden with a table on gray paper signed lower right. From a Cleveland estate, this was likely a sketch for a larger work.
About the Artist:
Called “the dean of painting in Northeast Ohio”, Joseph O’Sickey was a cerebral artist who had a long and prestigious career thanks to his ever-changing style and presence in exhibitions. Exhibiting his work alongside contemporaries like Roy Lichtenstein and Georgia O’Keefe, O’Sickey also was the subject of many one-man shows at Seligmann Galleries in New York City who had previously featured Picasso, Seurat, Bonnard, and many others. O’Sickey firmly believed in poetic expression of color and figures, where subjects and backgrounds must play and react with each other to form a cohesive scene.
Spending time teaching at Kent State and Ohio State, O’Sickey was insistent that, “the subject has to be seen as a whole and the painting has to be structured to be seen as a whole.” This philosophy is evident in this oil pastel, where there is no real distinction in foreground and background. The subject is able to be understood by the careful underlying structure of this abstract work. O’Sickey’s deliberate punches of color texture evoke the movement and fervor that he felt was integral to his art, which he felt was a “direct response to the subject.”
Good condition, repaired as photographed.
18.5"H x 22.5"H