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 Joseph Paul Hussar  (1911 - 1993)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/New York      Known for: industrial design, painting, sculpture

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Joseph Paul Hussar (born: April 27,1911 died: Jan. 17, 1993)

Mr. Hussar was born in New York City; his father, Dr. Ernest A. Hussar (dentist) was born in Poland (1890), his mother Rose Matula, was born in Hungary (circa 1886). He received his formal education at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. He married Lucille Francis Murphy in 1935. Her father was William A. Murphy Sr., a well known political speech writer in the 30's and 40's. His wife died in 1986.

During the 2nd World War, Joseph Hussar worked at the Naval Shipyard, in Quincy MA as a ship designer. In 1946 he went into business for himself as an Artist-Designer, an occupation that he remained in throughout his working career. He utilized his many creative talents as a model maker and designer to develop and build an impressive array of consumer and industrial products. From the initial product concept, he did engineering drawings, prototype development, product models and patent drawings/models. Although at heart always an Artist, his work and creative intellect led him to make extensive use of engineering, electronics, and optics. He had a complete machine shop and became an expert machinist as well.

Mr. Hussar exhibited his works in various galleries throughout the East Coast area, often as a "one man show". In 1965 he was Chairman of the Invitational Show for the 10th annual South Shore Arts Festival, choosing the theme "The Aspirations of Man". This choice reflected Mr. Hussar's deeply held personal philosophy, as the paintings and sculpture selected for the show were defined:

"........ to be concerned with man's timeless search for peace, dignity and equality
- - with particular emphasis on political and social rights. This world wide?yearning has been the source of much great and significant art in the past............................ "

In 1977 one of his seashore paintings was featured on the (back) cover of Exhibit, a then popular arts magazine issued by The Treasure Gallery, Inc. of Hingham, MA. He lived near the sea most of his life and frequently painted the sea and the shore, boats, birds, and lighthouses. The magazine summarized Mr. Hussar's artistic style as: "rich and textured, but the artist's chief focus seems to be on design and motion....................... he [often] uses an ancient technique of overlapping figures kinetically, so that his gulls appear to swirl through fog, his sandpipers to skitter busily along the water's edge. The counterpoint of line and the dynamic balance of values............... demonstrates Mr. Hussar's masterful treatment
of a familiar subject".

Mr. Hussar viewed his work as an extension of his art, and consequently never retired. He also had a well known sense of humor, commenting that the real reason he did not retire was so he could take periodic vacations on Cape Cod, something he could not do if he was not working. He loved the ocean and his "vacations" were always focused on the shoreline, from Nova Scotia to Florida.

He and his wife brought up 5 children; his artistic works are prominent in the homes of each. A selfless humanist his entire life, Mr. Hussar donated his body to Tufts School of Medicine in Boston.

Written and submitted by Joseph P. Hussar, son of the artist


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