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Lived/Active: Arkansas      Known for: land-and waterscape, portrait, dolls, flower painting

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William (Gus) Brady
Title Unknown. 20th Century (1960-1975)
Plastic Polymer on Paper. 36" x 35.75"

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William “Gus” Brady (1939-2010)

Gus Brady was born in Eudora, Arkansas on March 12th, 1939.  He was at talented artist at a young age, winning a high school art competition in the 8th grade.  He graduated from Eudora High School in 1957 where he was an outstanding three sport athlete (football, basketball and track).  He attended Ouachita Baptist College, Henderson State University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he pursued his interest in the arts.  He worked as a commercial artist for the Peerless Engravers printing company and Pfeifer-Blass department stores (precursors of Dillard’s) in Little Rock, Arkansas.  He won many art competitions during this time, and regularly exhibited and/or published his works.

During the 1950s he explored a variety of traditional media and techniques including oil on canvas, as well as watercolor.  By the 1960s he was working mainly with plastic polymer, which is essentially an acrylic paint.  His work ranges from a heavy application bordering on impasto, to a heavily thinned pigment that mimics gouache or watercolor, on substrates including canvas, paper, and glass.  His subject matter is known to have included landscapes, waterscapes, portrait vignettes and flowers.  During a period in the 1960s, he created a prolific series of works featuring dolls, often with slightly macabre overtones and politically charged themes.  In this period there was a distinct and masterful melding of fine art themes, commercial art, and political editorial.  By the late 1960’s the artist became an entrepreneur, going into business for himself in North Little Rock, Arkansas.  During this transition his painting output decreased, and his artwork production was all but halted by the mid-1970’s as his business took off.  He died on October 31, 2010.  

Information provided by Jennifer Carman, Chief Appraiser, J. Carman, Inc. Fine & Decorative Art.

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