Item #AT-0298

"Peonies" Oil on Canvas by Clifford N. Geary (1916 - 2008)


"Peonies" Oil on Canvas by Clifford N. Geary (1916 - 2008)
Exhibited Salmagundi Club NYC 1970

Modern wood frame.




26"H x 20"W


33.5"H x 27.5"W

Clifford N Geary was born February 26, 1916 in Somerville, Massachusetts and grew up in Cambridge where he graduated from Rindge School of Technical Arts, class of 1934. He was a Drawing and Painting major at Massachusetts College of Art where he graduated with the class of 1940, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

He continued his studies at the Art Students League of New York, working for some time as an assistant instructor under his teacher and mentor, Frank J Reilly, remaining a life long member of the League.

He is best known as a science fiction illustrator due to his collaboration on Robert Heinleinís early childrenís books and Margaret Hydeís science texts. Cliff wrote and illustrated his own childrenís book, Ticonderoga, which was sold in the fortís gift shop. He was commissioned to design bronze commemorative plaques for the fortís bicentennial celebration. His design was adapted for a Wedgwood commemorative plate, which was also sold at the fort.

Most of his life was devoted to the Fine Arts, primarily oil paintings, though he experimented with many mediums including watercolor, woodworking and metal work.

He showed regularly in the Washington Square Art Shows, made famous by Jackson Pollock and Willem DeKooning. Clifford was an invited member of the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

He Died May 31 2008.