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MATTIE LOU O'KELLEY (American, 1908-1997)

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MATTIE LOU O'KELLEY (American, 1908-1997)

Lot 1056 Details

Description
Untitled (night scene), 1977
Oil on canvas (framed)
Signed and dated M.L. O'Kelley 1977 lower right
28" x 39 1/2"

Born and raised on a farm in Maysville, Georgia, Mattie Lou O’Kelley’s bucolic landscapes reflect her contentment and love of place. The hobby of painting, taken up at the age of 60, made her an unexpectedly celebrated self-taught artist. It began when the Director of the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia selected several O'Kelley pictures for sale in its gift shop. In 1975 he showed her work to Robert Bishop, an art dealer, curator and collector, later the director of the American Museum of Folk Art in New York. Mr. Bishop found O’Kelley’s memory paintings of rural Southern life “an exquisite recorder of time and place”. He drove 50 miles to Maysville and found the artist in a one-room cabin. They became friends and he brought her work to the attention of museums and other collectors. Her work can be found in institutions including the American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.
Condition
Some foxing to verso
Condition reports (given as opinion and not as guaranteed statements of fact) are added online throughout the auction process. The absence of a condition report does not imply that there are no condition issues with the lot. Please call (609) 397-9374 or e-mail info@ragoarts.com with any questions about this lot at least 24 hours prior to auction.
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MATTIE LOU O'KELLEY (American, 1908-1997)

Estimate $5,000 - $7,000
Oct 20, 2019
Starting Price $2,600
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1056: MATTIE LOU O'KELLEY (American, 1908-1997)

Sold for $9,000
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Est. $5,000 - $7,000Starting Price $2,600
Outsider & Fine Art, Curious Objects
Sun, Oct 20, 2019 11:00 AM
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Lot 1056 Details

Description
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Untitled (night scene), 1977
Oil on canvas (framed)
Signed and dated M.L. O'Kelley 1977 lower right
28" x 39 1/2"

Born and raised on a farm in Maysville, Georgia, Mattie Lou O’Kelley’s bucolic landscapes reflect her contentment and love of place. The hobby of painting, taken up at the age of 60, made her an unexpectedly celebrated self-taught artist. It began when the Director of the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia selected several O'Kelley pictures for sale in its gift shop. In 1975 he showed her work to Robert Bishop, an art dealer, curator and collector, later the director of the American Museum of Folk Art in New York. Mr. Bishop found O’Kelley’s memory paintings of rural Southern life “an exquisite recorder of time and place”. He drove 50 miles to Maysville and found the artist in a one-room cabin. They became friends and he brought her work to the attention of museums and other collectors. Her work can be found in institutions including the American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.
Condition
...
Some foxing to verso
Condition reports (given as opinion and not as guaranteed statements of fact) are added online throughout the auction process. The absence of a condition report does not imply that there are no condition issues with the lot. Please call (609) 397-9374 or e-mail info@ragoarts.com with any questions about this lot at least 24 hours prior to auction.

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