Oct 07, 2021 - Sale 2581

Sale 2581 - Lot 64

Price Realized: $ 10,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 12,000 - $ 18,000
Untitled (Portrait of a Young Man).

Oil on cotton canvas, circa 1968-69. 455x555 mm; 18x22 inches.

Provenance: private collection, New Jersey.

This striking portait is a scarce, early oil painting by Charles Searles. Born in Philadelphia, Searles studied at the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, graduating with honors. By 1971, Searles had risen to prominence with the inclusion of his 1970 painting, News in the survey exhibition Contemporary Black Artists in America at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Searles received the Cresson Traveling Scholarship and the Ware Traveling Memorial Scholarships which allowed him to travel to Nigeria, Ghana, and Morocco in 1972. He later taught at the Philadelphia College of Art for over twenty years. His works are found in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Montclair Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, Philadelphia and Howard University.