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HUGHIE LEE-SMITH (1915 - 1999) Encore.
Oil on linen canvas, 1991. 660x914 mm; 26x36 inches. Signed in oil, lower right.
Provenance: the estate of the artist; thence by descent to the current owner.
Exhibited: June Kelly Gallery, New York, with the label on the frame back.
Encore is an excellent example of the artist's late series of paintings depicting musicians and actors in a staged environment. There is a more colorful tone to his 1990s series of paintings which explore the mood and space around or between young African-American performers. They appear in a bright or even sun-lit settings that are still very much a part of Lee-Smith world.