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Bruce Hafley

 (1920 - 2011)
Bruce Winston Hafley was active/lived in Georgia.  Bruce Hafley is known for portrait painting.

Bruce Hafley

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The following excerpts from articles are from an anonymous source, who found it on the University of Georgia website,

I do own an example of his work, a watercolor I commissioned of my beautiful wife, which was later used as "picture of the author" in a book she wrote, which can be found in the Library of Congress.

Below is a news release giving many facts about Hafley, with whom I am not in touch, I having left Atlanta.

Portrait of former UGA President Knapp to be unveiled on campus and in Atlanta

By Larry B. Dendy

The official portrait of the university's 20th president, Charles B. Knapp, will be unveiled this month in ceremonies on campus and in Atlanta. Painted by Atlanta artist Bruce Hafley, the portrait depicts Knapp in academic regalia standing in front of a column. In the background are architectural plans for East Campus--the crown jewel of Knapps administration, which was marked by the largest building boom in UGA history. Knapp was president from 1987 until July of 1997, when he left to become president of the Aspen Institute.

Knapp and his wife, Lynne, will be at the University Jan. 28 for an informal reception at which the portrait will be on view. Friends are invited to greet the Knapps and see the portrait in the conference room of Lustrat House from 1:30 to 2:30p.m. The president's office is in Lustrat House.

That evening, the portrait will be formally unveiled and presented at a black-tie dinner and tribute sponsored by trustees of the University of Georgia Foundation at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta. The portrait, commissioned and funded by the foundation trustees, continues a long-standing tradition of honoring former UGA presidents with a formal portrait. It will hang in the Lustrat House conference room alongside portraits of past presidents dating back to Abraham Baldwin, who wrote the charter that created UGA in 1785.

Hafley, an Atlanta native and 1942 graduate of Georgia Tech, has painted portraits of many notable figures. His subjects include former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox; Henry King Stanford, who served as interim president of UGA for a year before Knapp arrived; former University System of Georgia Chancellor H.Dean Propst; and the partners of the Alston and Bird law firm in Atlanta.

Hafley, who also studied drawing and painting at the Royal Academy in the Hague, attracted early attention for creating Renaissance-style portraits with a touch of whimsy. One of his trademarks is incorporating something closely associated with the subject into the portrait. His portrait of Maddox shows the Great Seal of Georgia with a tiny figure riding a bicycle backward. The painting also shows a rolled-up Atlanta Journal-Constitution with a fish fin protruding from one end--an allusion to Maddox's famous feuds with the Atlanta newspapers.

The Stanford portrait shows Mt. Everest in the background. Stanford climbed part of Mt. Everest after leaving UGA. Hafley depicts Knapp with his arm resting on his ever-present black appointment book.

Works by Hafley are in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., in the Georgia State Capitol, at Georgia Tech, and in private collections.

Former president Charles Knapp and wife Lynne were back on campus in January for the unveiling of his official portrait, which will hang in the conference room at Lustrat House with portraits of Knapp's predecessors. Painted by Atlanta artist Bruce Hafley, the Knapp portrait shows UGA's 20th president in an academic robe standing in front of a map of East Campus, which Knapp helped create before leaving the University in 1997 to lead the Washington, D.C.-based Aspen Institute.
Former UGA President Knapp honored with portrait

By Joan Stroer
Staff Writer

Former University of Georgia President Charles Knapp came back to campus Thursday to greet old friends and view a new oil portrait of himself, depicting a beaming 20th president, clothed in blue and black academic robes and standing in front of an architectural map of East Campus.

Knapp's hand rests on a stone pedestal displaying a witticism suggested to the artist by Knapp: Nullum Benificium Est Impunitum, or ''No good deed goes unpunished."

Knapp's deeds at the university over 10 years -- building up East Campus, upping university academic standards and leading a $151 million capital campaign -- were rewarded by an offer in 1996 to lead the Washington, D.C.-based Aspen Institute, a non-partisan think tank.

Back in Athens Thursday, the former UGA chief was honored at a luncheon and at a reception in Lustrat House, his former North Campus offices, where well-wishers mingled with Knapp and his wife, Lynn, and eyed the portrait, painted from sketches and photos by Atlanta artist Bruce Hafley.

The portrait was scheduled for formal unveiling Thursday night at a black-tie dinner sponsored by university trustees at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Buckhead.

Hafley, a Georgia Tech graduate, said he enjoyed meeting Knapp and chatting with the former president before he captured the Iowa native in oil. The work hangs over a mantel next to an oil of Knapp's predecessor, Fred Davison.

''He's got great restraint,'' Hafley said of Knapp. ''He knows who he is but he's not going to try to impress anybody with who he is. You can tell right away.''

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About  Bruce Hafley

Born:  1920 - Atlanta, Georgia
Died:   2011 - Atlanta, Georgia
Known for:  portrait painting