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Original oil painting on reinforced masonite panel by Vernon Fimple (American, born 1930). This painting retains its original artist-constructed frame. It is signed "V. Fimple" and dated "62" l.r. It is also titled "Masquerade" on a label which also indicates the original price of the painting ($1250). This painting measures 24" by 30" (29" by 35" in its frame). Extraordinary surrealist painting inspired by the "Garden of Earthly Delights". Vernon Fimple is a rather elusive artist who had a number of exhibitions in Los Angeles in the early sixties, at the Parsons Gallery, the Galerie De Ville, and the Zora Gallery (these exhibitions were reviewed in the then new Artforum (Volume I, issues 1 and 10, and Volume III, issue 7). These were followed by a one man show in 1965 at the ACA Gallery in New York City. He was the recipient of a number of fellowships and residencies (MacDowell Colony, Yaddo Residency, Wurlitzer Foundation, Ragdale Foundation, etc.) in the years that followed. Vernon Fimple maintained studios in California (Venice)in the sixties, in Spain for a year, in New Mexico (Albuquerque) in the seventies. He currently resides and works in Arizona. "Masquerade" was painted in Kaweah, Ca, and first exhibited at the Galerie De Ville in LA in 1963--this show was reviewed in Artforum of April 1963. This painting was in fact singled out by the reviewer, who describes it as presenting "...rampant animism, plants growing hoofs or other personal forms, people in nude display with pieces or clusters of anatomy removed or replaced by birds or other heads, marvelously bacchanal and yet, a masquerade..." (Most of the preceding information was kindly provided by the artist himself).