Guy Palazzola, American (1919-1978)
Guy Palazzola, American, 1919 - 1978. Mid Century- Modern Oil on Canvas Assemblage, composed of nine small canvases . Signed lower right, “Guy Palazzola”. Image is 36.25” x 30.25” high, in modern frame measures 37.5” x 31.25” high overall. Some signs of wear and surface build-up.
Born in Kalamazoo, Palazzola attended the Art School of the Society of Arts and Crafts and received its diploma in Painting. Subsequently he taught on its faculty and served as Assistant to the Director before joining the faculty at The University of Michigan in 1957. He was named Associate Dean in the School of Art in 1975 and carried on extensive television broadcasting which earned him an international reputation. His work in this medium carried his views on art and its techniques to countless thousands across the country in a direct way, which had enormous appeal.
His paintings were always characterized by virtuosity and a compelling sense of the respect he held for traditional values in composition and technique. These were qualities which he maintained in his teaching, and which gave him the unique character he possessed as a professor of art at U of M.