Buell Whitehead (American, 1919 - 1993), "Alabama Road, 1946", lithograph on toned paper, 9 1/4" x 7 3/8" image, paper 11 1/2" x 9 1/8", titled, signed and dated (19)46 in pencil on lower margin. Excellent condition.
About the artist: A fine American lithographer and painter, Buell Whitehead belongs to that unfortunate list of artists who are mainly 'discovered' after their death. He received little or no artistic training and graduated from a Ft. Myers high school in 1937. In his early years it is interesting to note that Whitehead worked in the Ft. Myers laboratory of the famous inventor, Thomas Edison. As a boy he actually assisted Edison in his experiments on the development of the nickel battery.
Buell Whitehead used his own inventing skills to create, design and lithograph a board game from which he hoped to earn a good livelihood. Parker Brother's, however, launched a law suit, claiming the game bore some similarities to Monopoly, forcing him to abandon this pursuit. He then turned his attention to artistic lithography and during the 1940's traveled to the American west on several occasions, where he actually sold his art door to door.
Sometime in the 1950's Buell Whitehead returned to Florida where he established and owned a trailer park. He died there in 1993.
Buell Whitehead created lithographs in both color and black and white. The subjects range from stylized landscapes of Illinois, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida and elsewhere to pure fantasy scenes with processions of fantastic figures.
Regardless of the work, there are always amazing, surreal elements that challenge and expand our imagination within a Buell Whitehead lithograph.