Clyde Singer

American , 1908 - 1999

Regionalist painter, etcher and muralist, Clyde Singer was born in Malvern, Ohio in 1908. While still in high school, he made signs for local farmers and he began working for a sign company while in his 20’s, completing special displays such as the Christmas display on the Stark County Courthouse. He enrolled in the art school of the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, (later the Columbus Museum of Art) and in 1932, he returned to Malvern and began creating paintings that gained him a reputation of renown.

In 1933 Singer was awarded a scholarship to the Art Students League in New York, where his teachers included John Steuert Curry, Thomas Hart Benton, Kenneth Hayes Miller and Ivan Olinsky. For a time, Singer painted in the same locations as George Bellows and John Sloan, even painting scenes of McSorley’s famous saloon which Sloan had also depicted. Singer returned to his home state and in 1935 he sent a large canvas to the Chicago Art Institute, earning $500.00 and the Harris Silver Medal. From then on he entered the Whitney Museum Annual, the Corcoran Biennial and exhibitions at the National Academy of Design, among others.

Singer married a former classmate in 1941 and from 1942 to 1945 he served in the Army, traveling to Japan, New Guinea and the Philippines, where he completed numerous sketches. Following the war, he was employed by the Butler Institute, teaching classes, conducting tours of exhibitions, acting as curator and co-director, and running the museum when Butler was away. Singer died in 1999.


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