(American, 1911-1992)
Evening Entertainment, Guam
watercolor, 1945
dated and signed Maltby Sykes ''45 Guam, l.l.
sight: 15 x 19 1/2 in.; frame: 25 x 29 in.

Provenance: The Lifetime Collection of a New York City Gentleman.

Other Notes: Born in Mississippi and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, William Maltby Sykes studied under and worked with numerous noted artists early in his career, spending summers in Elizabethtown, New York under the tutelage of Wayman Adams and George C. Miller. He also served as an artistic assistant to Diego Rivera in 1936, working on a mural project in Mexico City. Sykes joined the Air Force at the outbreak of WWII, and was sent to the Pacific as a military artist. After the war, Sykes continued his career as an art teacher and as an artist, and traveled to Paris on the G.I. Bill, studying under Fernand Leger and Andre Lhote.
The present work, which dates to Sykes'' time in the Pacific during WWII, depicts troops in Guam viewing a film thought to star Bette Davis.

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