Charles Bohannah (African-American, 1910-1985), "Blond Female with Eyes Shut, New York 1960", 16" x 14" oil on canvas , estate card on verso , good condition.Charles Bohannah, a native New Yorker, was born in Brooklyn,1910. Bohannah began his career as an artist in High School, later enrolling in the Cooper Union School of Art. Around this time Bohannah also joined the prestigious Art Students League. While studying drawing and painting, he began doing “wash drawings” for use in magazines. Bohannah’s first critical success was, winning a scholarship, as a result of an exhibition at the Roak Art Museum in New York. This occurred around the beginning of World War II, when Charles chose to attend the Bell Signal Corp. School of radio to help the war effort.
During the war, Bohannah began to use photography as a means of self expression, working in both color and black and white. After the war, Bohannah resumed his artistic career working in oils, producing figurative, landscape as well as still life compositions. In 1976, Bohannah enjoyed success again with a solo exhibition at the Humanities Gallery of Long Island University as well as at the Community Gallery at the Brooklyn Museum. It was reported that in 1977, Nelson A. Rockefeller then Governor of New York State, began collecting Bohannahs work. For eleven years, Bohannah showed work at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibition, winning several awards.
Bohannah was the subject of an article which appeared in the Los Angeles Times, June 28, 1978 , titled "New Masters Study the Old."
Charles Bohannah died in New York , 1985.