Woman at the Grafton Bridge, 1975
Oil on Canvasboard
8 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches
Signed Lower Right
Born in Ohio in 1896, Harry Shokler studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy, the Chester Springs Academy (Pennsylvania), and the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. A traveling fellowship enabled him to spend several early painting years in Europe and North Africa – a fruitful period that culminated in a one-man show of his work in Paris at the Gallerie de Marsan. He also exhibited at the Salon des Beaux Arts in Paris. In addition to oil painting, Shokler's other media were etching, wood engraving and serigraphy. One of the early developers of silk screen printmaking, he was a member of the Silk Screen Group, president of the National Serigraph Society, and a teacher at the Brooklyn Museum of Art School, actively promoting the medium's acceptance through teaching and lecturing. His book on serigraphy, "Artists Manual for Silk Screen Printmaking" has gone through many printings. During his career, he has been included in numerous national group exhibitions and has had over fifty one-man shows in various parts of the country. His serigraphs are held in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum, the Syracuse Museum, the Carnegie Institute and the Princeton Print Club.
With H. Wessel, D. Garber, and H. Giles
National Serigraph Society; the American Color Print Society; the Artists League of America; Southern Vermont Artists (Trustee); the Miller League of America; Southern Vermont Artists (Trustee); the Miller Art Center; the Chagee Art Museum; Chester Art Guild and West River Artists.
Society of Independent Artists (1926); Paris Salon, Paris, France (1928); Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Annual (1930, 1936); National Academy of Design, New York (1943-46); Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (1944-45); San Francisco Museum of Art, California (1945); Northwest Printmakers (1944-45); Southern Vermont Artists; Dayton Art Institute; Chaffee Art Museum (1969 Award for Pigeon Cove; Albany Print Biennial (Award for Tunisian Coffee House); Miller Art Center (Award for West River in March); "NYC WPA Art" at Parsons School of Design (1977); and the Grand Central Art Galleries, New York (1970s).