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      Sale 2255 | Lot 52
      Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
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      • Sale 2255 Lot 52

        JOSEPH E. GREY II (1927 - )

        Oil on canvas, 1950. 560x686 mm; 22x27 inches. Signed in oil, lower right recto. Signed and dated in oil, upper left verso.

        Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection.

        This early modernist oil is the first painting by this overlooked artist to come to auction. Raised in rural Ohio, Grey earned a masters degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design. His career as a painter peaked in 1958 when he won the prestigious Emily Lowe painting competition in New York, the year after Hughie Lee-Smith. His 1958 watercolor Bull and Fighter is illustrated in Cedric Dover's American Negro Art. Grey then went on to pursue a career in advertising, and was an award-winning art director for over 40 years. Grey's watercolors have also been shown extensively with the National Watercolor Society.

        Estimate $4,000 - 6,000