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The Circus
Watercolor on paper
21 x 29 in.
Clyde J. Singer

(American, born in 1908)

Clyde J. Singer was a painter, muralist, etcher and teacher born in 1908 in Malvern, Ohio. Living his professional life in Youngstown, Ohio the artist studied at the Columbus, Ohio Art School, the Arts Student's League in new York with Kenneth Hayes Miller, John Stuart Curry, A Brook, and with Thomas Hart Benton, A. Brook, F. Bridgman, Franklin DuMond and others. He was a member of the Columbus Art League and exhibited throughout the United States, winning awards of merit at the National Academy of Design (First Hallgarten Prize, 1938); Butler Art Institute (1938, 1942); Columbus Art League (1937, 1938); Art Institute of Chicago (Norman Wait Harris silver medal, 1935); Portland Art Museum (1939); Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts (1946); Ohio Fine Arts State Exhibition (1969) and more.

Singer's work is represented in many permanent museum collections including those at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Philadelphia) Vanderpoel Collection; Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts; Gilcrease Institute of History & Art, Tulsa, OK; Wadsworth Athenaeum; Butler Art Institute; Massillon Museum of Art; Canton (OH) Art Institute and more. He painted commissioned murals of Skaters for the Post Office at New Concord, Ohio (1940) and was the art critic for the Ohio Vindicator in Youngstown, OH and the assistant director of the Butler Institute for American Art from 1940-.

Singer is best known for his animated figural pieces showing slices of life in America from the Great Depression onward. The Circus was painted during the 1930s.


References: "Clyde Singer," American Artist (February 1969); Paul Chew, Singer Retrospective, 1931-1972, (Westmoreland Co. Museum of Art, March, 1972); Who's Who in American Art, 1947; Who Was Who in American Art, volume 3, p. 3045.