Wednesday, January 28, 2015

James Harmon Artwork, part one

The best part of dealing with the estate last year was finding hidden family gems. I knew there was some family material stored on the trailers, and I knew that included some paintings done by my grandfather, James Harmon. I had never seen his artwork, so it was a real treat when we found it.

This is the first of several blog posts featuring my grandfather's artwork. This batch of paintings on canvas were found removed from their stretchers and rolled up together.

Self-portrait, 1941.

Born in Illinois in 1916, Jim Harmon and his mother, Mary Ellen Carson Harmon, moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan after the death of his father in 1929. Jim eventually moved to Washington, D.C., where he lived during the 1940s. I'm not sure where he was living when he created these paintings, but I have several boxes full of family memorabilia, so I'm sure I'll piece it together eventually.

Rural landscape, 1942.

Surrealist mermaid.

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