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Silver and Gold
re: Evalyn Gertrude James - Silver and Gold (artwork #4016)

Evalyn Gertrude James (1898-1990)

Silver and Gold (1943)

Oil on Board
9 x 12 inches
Signed Lower Right

This Evalyn James painting was featured in our weekly email on 2/28/13 along with the following gallery comments:

Evalyn Gertrude James hails from Brazil, IN – my dear mother’s hometown. And by all anecdotal accounts was slightly eccentric. Several site visitors over the years have relayed similar stories, this from a visitor in 2008:

“I grew up in Brazil, Indiana and my sister and I took art lessons from Ms. James at the old Davis hotel in the 1950’s. It was my mother who also was a artist who wanted me to take lessons from Ms. James. My mom also took lessons and painted many pictures based upon Ms. James teaching . My mom wanted me to become an artist. I wasn’t very good, not much interested, and didn’t take lessons much more than a year or so.

“Ms. James studio in the Davis Hotel was in the hotel ballroom. I remember lots of paintings all around the room on the floor leaned up against the walls. My parents had a very large picture, about 4 foot by 3 foot by Ms. James that hung over our couch in our living room in Brazil for more than thirty years.

“Ms. James was a somewhat of a hermit like person who lived in a very rustic cabin on the west side of town in the woods. You would see her walking home carrying her stuff along the road all the time.”

And from another visitor in 2009: "Ms. James lived down the road from us. She was for lack of a better word, ‘odd.’ "

So she was crazy – I seem drawn to crazy. She always represented her degrees on studio labels. ‘Evalyn Gertrude James, A.B. A.M.’. Lest we should forget.

Here we have a nice example of her work dating to 1943. Visceral, full of impasto and bright colors. Silver and Gold represents James at her best. Crazy. Obviously crazy.

– Curt Churchman, Fine Estate Art

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