John F. Stenvall
John F. Stenvall
Abstract Landscape with Mountains
Oil on artist’s board
Signed lower right
15 1/4 x 20 inches
Provenance: Summit Gallery, Evanston, Illinois
There are partial remains of the artist’s Chicago address label on the verso.
Here is a brief (slightly edited) excerpt from a nice biographical statement on John F. Stenvall posted on askart.com and originally provided by the Bingham Gallery:
Winning a scholarship for advanced study in industrial design and painting, Stenvall spent a year at the Art Institute of Chicago. Then, having had enough of school, he went out into the world to travel, work at commercial art jobs, and paint. Eventually, he settled down in Chicago and worked on and off with the W.P.A. art project as a painter and designer.
For all of this youthful assertiveness, Stenvall's work gained immediate acceptance. In 1933, his work was exhibited at the Chicago Art Institute and in 1934, two of his watercolors were included in an International Water Color Exhibition that visited ten venues.
Early in 1936, his oil Home Sweet Home was shown in the Chicago Artists 40th Annual Exhibition at the Art Institute where it won the Robert Rice Jenkins award. He also exhibited work at the Museum of Modern Art, Rockefeller Center, and various other museums and galleries.
As American art evolved and matured, so did Stenvall's. By the 1940s, he was creating exuberant canvases in the manner of Stuart Davis with simplified forms and cubist-like figures. His charming silkscreen, Farm at Night (1941), received an Honorable Mention from the Museum of Modern Art where it was part of an exhibition.
Go to askart.com for the full biographical statement. In my opinion, it is one of the best biographies on the site.