Maccoy, Guy (illus).
No date. Ca. late 1960s.
Silk screen print, image 25 1/2 x 37 inches on sheet 30 1/2 x 43 inches. Very light toning to left margin and verso, light crease to lower right corner well outside image, overall very good to fine condition, never matted or framed, with brilliant color. An oversized silk screen print by Guy Maccoy, a pioneer of the art of serigraphy. One of a limited edition of 50. Prior to the 1930s silk-screen was primarily used for commercial purposes, but in the early 1930s, inspired by "pochoir prints" from France, Maccoy and his wife experimented with it as a medium for creative printmaking. Guy Crittington MacCoy (1904 - 1981) was born in Kansas City and studied at the Kansas City Art Institute. During the Depression he worked as a muralist for the WPA Federal Art Project. In the 30s he began producing prints with his wife, Geno Pettit. The couple moved to California following World War II where he taught at Jepson Art Institute and Otis Art Institute. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum. This particular print came from an art gallery in Portland, Oregon, which has been long out of business. It has been in storage for over twenty years, protected from sunlight, damp and mold. It is excellent condition. It is signed in the margin, bottom right. It is a bold representation of silkscreen printing of the mid century modern era. Item #43012