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PAUL BLAINE HENRIE (1932-1999) Mid Century Modern painting clowns

PAUL BLAINE HENRIE (1932-1999) Mid Century Modern painting clowns

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A very colorful and whimsical MCM or "Retro" painting of doll-like figures appearing as a hybrid between clowns and Raggedy Ann dolls, by the noted California-based painter at mid century, PAUL BLAINE HENRIE (1932-1999). This circa 1960's or 1970's oil or acrylic on canvas measures 18" by 24" (23" by 29" framed). Condition is excellent, the original goldish frame a bit dusty and dulled by age. Signed at lower center and appears to be dated there "66". Henrie was born in Tampa, Florida and by 1960 was an active member of the Laguna Beach art colony. From Laguna he moved north to Carmel. At mid century he became well known as a prolific artist, his work available at commercial galleries, some purchased by celebrities. He was criticized for being too commercial---too motivated by the money his rapidly painted work could bring him. Most of the paintings are palette knife with thick, heavy gobs of paint spread liberally on the canvas. He often signed "in the paint" with the end of the brush. Henrie's style is identifiably distinctive. Subject matter often featured places to which he traveled, including Hawaii, Mexico, the South Pacific and New Orleans. He wrote also at least one "how to" book on painting technique. Henrie died in 1999 in only his late sixties.