Listed Artist Harold Laynor Incredible Modernist Artwork "Basketball Game" 1970s

Harold A. Laynor was born in New York City in 1922 and embarked on his artistic journey at the age of 12, when he traded his stamp collection for an oil painting set. He attended the Art Students League in Woodstock, NY, and the Pan American Art School. He graduated from Parson's School of Design. He earned at B.S. and M.S. from New York University and his doctorate from The State University of New York at Albany. Laynor served his country in World War II by joining other artists, architects and designers as a member of the famed "Ghost Army", the 603rd Camouflage Engineers. Wounded in the Battle of the Bulge, he convalesced in Paris and was able to study with Pablo Picasso and was influenced by him throughout his career. Laynor was a Professor of Art Emeritus at Millersville University, Millersville, PA. He was an Associate in Art Education for the New York State Department and was also the Superivsor of Art for the Poughkeepsie School District in New York State. As a renowned artist nationally and internationally, Laynor has won many prestigious awards including the Louis Comfort Tiffany , Guggenheim Fellowship and the Huntington Hartford Fellowship for painting. Laynor has exhibited in many important galleries and many of his paintings are included in special collections. Laynor's World War II collection of paintings is now

This exceptional piece was acquired by the seller in the LAYNOR FOUNDATION MUSEUM auction of Harold Laynor's art back in February of 2011. This is a large (30" x 31") striking piece that looks like a painting at first glance but is actually yarn stitched into a large linen sheet. I doubt whether the flat application of either oil or acrylic paint could acheive the bright colors that Laynor created by using three dimensional yarn. This artwork is incredible in that it must have taken the artist several days to weave the abstract image. The piece has a title on the back "Basketball Game" (photo 5). The exact date is unknown but it is likely from the 1970's. This was lot 719 in the Laynor Museum sale. The piece is signed with the artist's initials "HL" at the lower right (photo 2). Please observe photo 7 (which looks like a Jackson Pollock in itsw own right) as this is the BACK of the painting where all the stitching was bound. I will include the Museum auction bill of sale for provenance. This fine artist is finally receiving some of his due as prices for his artwork are definitely on the rise. Do your research and come back and marvel at this modernistic masterpiece. Oh yes, and please consider bidding!

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