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 Harold H. Sims  (1912 - 2002)

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Lived/Active: Alabama/Texas      Known for: marine, portrait

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted May 2005, is from Suzanne Sims, daughter of the artist.

A watercolor painter, Harold H. (Hal) Sims focuses on American scenery and wildlife.
Sims was raised in the deep south, near Montgomery, Alabama, and has traveled widely. He served until 1969 in the United States Air Force and then devoted the next thirty years to painting. He died in 2002 in San Antonio, Texas, where he lived after his retirement and painted until six months before his death.

Hal Sims has had one-man shows at the Gallery Allard, Paris, France; Rockefeller Center, New York; and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts in Texas

By invitation, his work was shown in a group show under the auspices of UNESCO, Paris, France which included works by Renoir, Ultrillo, Vlaminck, Grausala, Valledon, Laurencin, Yves Bayer and other noted artists.

He was the first living American artist to have a one-man show "A Flyer's World", at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC. Over 60 paintings were on display representing scenes from his military travels. Many of these paintings were sold to private individuals and a number are now part of the permanent collection in the Air Force Museum of Art, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

As a Forward to the Smithsonian Institute's exhibit, Head Curator, Paul Edward Garber wrote:

"The great expansion of America's international relations since World War II has stretched and strengthened our far-flung battle line. The members of our Amed Forces have thereby gained wonderful opportunities to see the world, broadening their individual knowledge of peoples and places and bringing back to us at home a deeper appreciation of what lies beyond our individual horizons.
"As I look at this exhibit, I see each frame as a window through which we can look out upon the world and enjoy the beauties of nature and the accomplishments of man made visible to us by the artist's eye and skillfully wielded brush of Colonel Sims. I join with our guests in thanking him for sharing his impressions with us." Nation Air Museum

Sims was also the only American artist to be chosen to design a tapestry for, Aubusson, the famous 700 year old tapestry company in France. This original tapestry is among the family Estate holdings.

Sims was President of the Texas Watercolor Society and member of many fine-art associations as well as the famous San Antonio, "Watercolor Gang".
A military career person who served as a navigator in the Air Force, Harold Sims was also was a life-long artist. His work is in the Air Force Art Collection.

Sims became a New Deal painter with the CCC at the age of twenty, having left home the year before to support his family because his father had been killed in the line of duty as a deputy sheriff. One of the early paintings by Sims was a portrait of Presdient Franklin Roosevelt.


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