(1893 - 1970)
Jay Hall Connaway was active/lived in Maine, Arizona, Indiana. Jay Connaway is known for coastal view, marine, landscape painting.
Biography from the Archives of askART
A prolific, well educated and much exhibited landscape painter, Jay Connaway lived at Monhegan Island, Maine from 1931 to 1947, and he ran a summer school there and then at Dorset, Vermont until 1966. He died at his winter home in Arizona.
Biography from Wiscasset Bay Gallery
Source: Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"
Although born in Liberty, Indiana, Jay Hall Connaway (1893-1970) was fascinated by coastal life and marine scenery, an attraction that had profound effects on his life and artwork.
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After periodically studying at the Art Institute of Indianapolis and at the Art Students League with William Merritt Chase, Connaway traveled throughout the United States, taking labor-intensive jobs as a railroad worker, a doryman in a fishing fleet, and a cook at a remote lumber camp. He volunteered for active duty in World War I and, after sustaining an injury, continued to help with the war effort as a cartographer and medical draughtsman.
The talent he displayed at these jobs led him to undertake further study in Paris at the Academie Julian and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Following his studies, Connaway decided to focus on painting and eventually settled on Monhegan Island, a place he and his family inhabited year-round from 1931 until 1947.
His work was featured in an unprecedented 85 one-man shows, evidence of his successful and widely renowned career as a skilled sea painter.
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