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|Harry Lewis Hickman was born in Arnold, Pennsylvania, Westmoreland
County, on March 4, 1912. He was the son of well-known painter
Harry L. Hickman, Sr. who taught painting at the Art Institute of
Pittsburgh. Painting for Hickman was a lifelong avocation,
although, he was also quite the entrepreneur having founded in 1935 the
Hickman Lumber Company, which still exists today.|
Among his early art teachers were A.H. Gorson, a Pittsburgh master of
mills, and Christian Walter, another Pittsburgh artist whose influence
can be seen in his landscapes. He also attended workshops in
Colorado, Arizona, Arkansas, the Adirondacks, and in the Canan Valley
of West Virginia.
Hickman was known primarily for his oils and watercolors. He was fond
of landscapes and scenes native to the sea. For many years he traveled
to Rockport, Massachusetts in the month of May to paint the ocean.
From 1945 to 1947, Hickman conducted a summer school of painting in
Emlenton, Pennsylvania. After that, he established an art colony
at his farmhouse in Kennerdell for business men, housewives, and young
art students who spent their leisure time learning to find subjects,
arrange composition and paint on canvas. His unique method of
instruction eliminated tedious procedures, teaching art directly by
drawing and demonstration.
Hickman had numerous one-man shows and had exhibited in many art shows,
winning numerous prizes and awards. For a time he worked for the
Quaker State Oil Corporation, painting signs for them and traveled
extensively for them.
He was a member of the Rockport Art Association, the Bi-County Artists
of Clarion, the Art Guild on Sharon, the Pennsylvania Watercolor
Society, the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, the Butler Associated
Artists, and the Vendango Museum of Art, Science, and Industry in Oil
City, Pennsylvania. He was also a fellow of the prestigious Royal
Society of Artists in London, England. He was also the art
director of the Kennerdell Music and Art Festival starting in 1964 to
Harry Lewis Hickman died January 4, 1997 at the Northwest Medical Center in Franklin. Pennsylvania.
Submitted October 2006 by Michael R. Perez, Collector and Art Historian
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