Audrey Skaling, American, 1912-2009, Modernist -RARE #2

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  • Sold Date: May 08, 2011
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Audrey Skaling, American, 1912-2009, Modernist

"The Witch",

acrylic/oil on canvas,

signed lower right.

Collection from the Estate of the Artist.

Measurements

36" x 30"; framed: 38" x 32"

Condition

Soiled; minor paint loss. Frame rubbed and abraded.

Audrey Skaling Papadaki, painter and sculptor and known professionally simply as Skaling, died in Santa Barbara, California on 3 March 2008, age 96. Born in British Columbia in 1912, she was educated at the University of Buffalo and the University of Syracuse, in New York, gaining a summa cum laude degree in Fine Arts. To sustain her early career Skaling painted portraits but her artistic leanings were really toward abstraction.

One of her early dealers was the collector Earl Stendahl with galleries of Los Angeles. During WWII she worked for the government in the Department of Defense drawing maps. The Julius Carlebach Gallery of New York City for the next seven years was her dealer at the recommendation of Pierre Matisse and Fernand Leger.

Towards the end of the war Audrey Skaling’s life really began to blossom in every way, when she met and married the world renowned architect and author Stamo Papadaki, a friend and co-worker of Wallace Harrison, Lucio Costa, and Oscar Niemeyer, she became part of the international
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