This is a fantastic Vintage Male Portrait Painting by African American Outsider Artist, Rev. Joel D. Hewlett. This Religious Folk Art Painting was done with oils on a wooden panel of the Prophet Isaiah. Hewlett was highly prolific painting in the 50's and 60's, this one looks like early to mid 50's. Painting is signed in the lower right, Signature is a little hard to see as it is dark on dark, but it is signed. This original fine art painting is NOT framed.
"Self-taught African American artist Reverend Joel Hewlett (1921-1994) was a native of Evansville, Indiana. Hewlett worked at International Harvester and served as an associate pastor of Hood Temple AME Zion Church for 37 years. His religious carvings and paintings, depicting Jesus, biblical scenes and the lives of saints, reflect his deep Christian faith. These works were the subject of a one-man show "EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IN ITS TIME: THE ART OF REVEREND JOEL HEWLETT," at The Evansville Museum of Art, January - April, 2018"
This piece is in excellent vintage condition, *with some Definite and expected subtle signs of age and wear, all adding to the super rich, naturally aged patina. Please see 4th photo, as there is some scuff to the left of his eyes. Please Zoom the photos to appreciate all the intricate details, as well as to best understand overall condition.
Painting measures 14" x 17" x .25" painted on wooden panel.
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