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 Frank Richard Myslive  (1908 - 1986)

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Lived/Active: Michigan/Indiana      Known for: regional landscape painting

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Biography from Wickliff & Associates Auctioneers, Inc.:
Frank Richard Myslive was born 5 November 1908 (Social Security Administration, Death Index, public record), of Polish origin (“Myslivec”). Myslive was a founding member in 1936 of the Hammond District Art Association, which began in that year holding an annual art exhibition.

The Association soon expanded beyond Hammond and Calumet to include member artists from East Chicago and Whiting, and later all of Lake County. Its annual exhibition became the “Salon Show” in 1944, held in partnership with the Painters and Sculptors League of Lake County: Frank Myslive was the first prize-winner of the Salon Show, for his painting “Early Caller.”

In 1969, the Association incorporated as the Northern Indiana Arts Association (NIAA); the following year the NIAA opened their new Art Center, holding there the 27th Annual Salon in which Myslive received the Best of Show prize for his painting “Where is Everyone?” Myslive was (like East Chicago’s painter of south shore dunes, John Cowan Templeton) an employee of Inland Steele: remarkably, despite losing an arm in an accident there, he produced many excellent paintings of urban and rural scenes in his lifetime, being known especially for his regionalist style and notably broad palette.

Examples of his work are, or were, to be found in St. Catherine’s Hospital (East Chicago) and the Calumet Orphan Home for Boys (Hammond), and a collection of his paintings is, according to Falk, in Warsaw, Poland. Frank Myslive died in Hammond in August 1986.

submitted by Jan Cover, courtesy of Fine Estate Art, Indianapolis, IN

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