Apr 02, 2015 - Sale 2378

Sale 2378 - Lot 103

Price Realized: $ 10,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
CHARLES SEARLES (1937 - 2004)
Portrait (Man on the Street).

Oil and acrylic on cotton canvas, 1971. 813x610 mm; 32x24 inches. Signed in ink (faded), lower right.

Provenance: private collection.

Exhibited: Charles Searles: Universal Reflections of Color and Rhythm, Diggs Gallery, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC, Februrary 8 - March 21, 2009.

Portait (Man on the Street) is a striking and scarce example from Searles's most influential period of work.This canvas embodies the artist's career-long interest in African tribal arts--he first incorporated mask forms and colors from Africa in these late 1960s and early '70s figurative paintings. By 1971, Searles had risen to prominence with the inclusion of his 1970 painting, News, in the exhibition of Contemporary Black Artists in America at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Searles studied at the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, graduating with honors, and later taught at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia for 19 years. His works are found in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Montclair Museum of Art, Montclair, NJ, the Dallas Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, Philadelphia and Howard University.