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Campfire Joy
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re: George Jo Mess - Campfire Joy (artwork #4188)



George Jo Mess (1898-1962)

Campfire Joy (1945)

Oil on Board
16 x 12 inches
Signed Lower Left


This painting was featured in our weekly email on 11/21/14 along with the following gallery comments:

By 1940, George Jo Mess had been in ill health as a result of cancer and an operation for the same, leaving him weak and recuperating. He and Evelynne returned from a three year stint in Chicago to their home in Indianapolis so George could be more comfortable and concentrate on what he loved most – making art. The thirties had been the decade of printmaking for Mess and by the 1940s, he began doing less etching and more painting. Campfire Joy, created in 1945 is a result of this re-focus. A wonderful work and very reflective of Mess’ unique approach, his look. And such an inspired title – makes me want to build a campfire! The painting has been cleaned and is in flawless shape. It’s housed in the original frame which shows some wear consistent with age. A nice painting by one of Broad Ripple’s own, George Jo Mess.

- Curt Churchman, Fine Estate Art

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