Rod Massey (American, b. 1949). Oil on panel painting titled "Behind Shilla" depicting two St. Paul homes in a winter landscape, 2005. Possibly depicting the houses on Van Buren Avenue just behind Pho Pasteur on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul. Signed, dated, and titled on a label affixed to the verso. With a label from Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota along the verso.
Massey was born in Minneapolis in 1949 and received his BFA at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Upon graduation, he continued his education at the Tanglewood/Boston University and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work features everyday urban scenes and imbues them with a sense of buoyancy. Massey's main interests lie in unpacking the underlying character of daily objects, such as houses, highways, work trucks, fruits, etc. He argues that "While my art is rooted in traditional painting, my intent is to convey a deeper, more personal and contemporary insight into my environment. Distortions of perspective, space, color and light all define the regionalist nature of my personal vision and experience." His work is housed in numerous national collections including, but not limited to, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, 3M Company, General Mills, and Target Corporation.Sight; height: 30 1/2 in x width: 32 in. Framed; height: 32 1/4 in x width: 34 1/4 in.
Overall there are no visible tears, creases or losses. The surface is stable. The colors are bold and bright. There is minute paint losses to the extreme edge of the right lower corner, possibly against the old frame. On the verso there is original paint accretion; please see listing image. There is light wear to the frame. There is a light of white paint accretion to the underside of the frame. There are no visible signs of restoration under UV light.
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