Mary Louise Fry Finley (1908-1964) - Abstract Oil on Canvas P2867
An assured modernist abstract by this noted California painter. The mysterious 1970 notation on the back of the canvas is not the date, since Finley died in 1964. Could be an exhibition or acquisition date.
Measures 16" x 20", frame is 19 1/2" x 23 1/2".
Portrait painter, illustrator, muralist, lithographer and etcher, Mary Louise Finley was born in San Francisco, CA on Nov. 28, 1908. She was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where she studied under Hans Hofmann.
She was an art teacher at Los Angeles City College (1935-42), UCLA (1950), Occidental College (1950-51), and Chouinard Art Institute. Early in life she was Mrs. Jack Fry; she later married real estate broker Irvin C. Thomas. The artist was a resident of Studio City, CA until her demise on June 19, 1964.
California Water Color Society.
Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles, 1932-38; Los Angeles County Museum of Art,, 1932, 1935, 1940, 1941, 1950; San Diego Fine Arts Society, 1934, 1940; Santa Cruz Art League, 1938; San Francisco Museum of Art, 1939; Art Institute of Chicago, 1939; Calif Water Color Society, 1939-55; Oakland Art Gallery, 1940; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1941-48; California State Fair, 1947, 1950 (awards).
Orange County California Museum.
Who Was Who in American Art, 1947-62; DR; Kovinick; Los Angeles Times, 6-21-1964 (obit).