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Indianapolis-born artist Felrath Hines worked as a painting conservator at museums in New York City and Washington DC while simultaneously developing his career as a painter. He evolved a unique abstract style characterized by geometric forms and harmonic color. The rhythmic, musical quality of his work is suggestive of the cadences of the jazz music Hines often listened to while painting. Elevation, with its bold, asymmetrical composition, exudes this sense of musicality. In a 1983 statement, Hines remarked, “I prefer painting that gives visual as well as spiritual pleasure and presents a sense of balance and harmony.”

Felrath Hines
American, 1913‒1993
Elevation
1986
Oil on linen
40 x 48 in. (101.6 x 121.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of the wife of the artist, 2009.27

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