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 Paul L. Hendricks  (1904 - 1956)

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Lived/Active: Ohio      Known for: rural genre painting

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Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:

Paul Lewis Hendricks attended the Corcoran Gallery of Fine Arts and Abbott School of Fine Arts.  His work which has been included in several of the New Year Shows at the Butler Art Institute, has also been displayed in Maine, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, West Virginia, and other states.

Holdings : White Sulphur Springs, Indiana; Minneapolis Museum; Illinois State Teachers College; Kansas City Museum; Vendome Galleries; Morton's Gallery.

Exhibits : Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts; Cleveland Museum of Art; Massillon Museum; rt Institute of Zanesville; Ohio University; Ohio Wesleyan University; Taft Museum; Dayton Art Institute; Cincinnati Art Museum; Toledo Museum of Art; Johnson-Hunnickhouse Memorial Museum; Akron Art Institute; Miami University; Kalamazoo Art Museum; Springville Utah Art Gallery; Parkersburg Fine Arts Center; Porland Society of Art; William Rockhill Nelson Gallery; Springfield Art Museum; John Herron Art Institute; Milwaukee Art Institute; Decatur Art Institute; Norton Galleries.

Before his untimely death in1956, Paul L. Hendricks had finished well over three-hundred oils and water colors, many of which have been exhibited in the leading museums of the east and midwest.  This ambitious career goes back much further than his formal training at the Corcoran School of Art or the Abbtott School of Fine Arts.  It probably began in the one-room school house at "Knaufville" outside of Canfield, Ohio.  Here, in these rural surroundings Paul Hendricks, as a child, conjured up the Indians that roamed in the Western Reserve.  More than once his teacher had to remonstrate with the young student who could not be diverted from his favorite pastime -- the sketching of Indians.  Then, too, there were the never-to-be-forgotten rural scenes of early childhood that were later to be so effective, captured on canvas : The Dutch ButcheringSugar Camp, The Ringing of the Boar, and many others.

After his formal training at the above schools in Washington, D.C., Paul Hendricks returned to his home in Mahoning County where, with his Father, he operated a pony farm, free-lanced at fine art and design, and became active in the various art groups of the area.  Not all of his art was confined to the local scene, however. Paul Hendricks travelled extensively through the east and the south and many of his canvases reflect the diversity of these travels. For instance, there is the Third Avenue El, a typical New York metropolitan scene to be compared with such scenes as In Old Tennessee, or The Cotton Gin, the latter representing the typical deep South.

Although he belonged to no particular "school" of art, Paul Hendricks was not primarily interested in producing on canvas photographic likenesses -- rather he painted into his canvases the moods, the mists, the storms, the gaiety, the wistfulness and the spontaniety of people and of things.  Of special interest is the wet-paper technique used in his water colors.  These, all painted on a special linen paper, are best exemplified in the numerous landscapes such as "Storm" and "And This, Too, Shall Pass.  Of his many awards in the numerous exhibits throughout the country Paul Hendrick's work had wide appeal to the uninitiated as well as to the critics.

Sources include: Butler Museum archive file including essay about Paul Hendricks.  No author is listed, but the likliehood is Clyde Singer 

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