Birds – set of four (c.1970)


Set of four ink on paper drawings; each signed ‘Skaling’ in pencil on the verso
Newly-framed as pictured

29cm x 24.5cm in the frame


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Born in British Columbia in 1912, the American painter and sculptor Audrey Skaling (always known professionally simply as ‘Skaling’) was educated at the University of Buffalo and the University of Syracuse in New York, gaining a summa cum laude degree in Fine Arts. To sustain her early career Skaling painted portraits but her artistic leanings were really toward abstraction.

One of her early dealers was the collector Earl Stendhal in Los Angeles. At the recommendation of Pierre Matisse and Fernand Leger, she was then represented by The Julius Carlebach Gallery of New York. Towards the end of the war, Skaling met and married the world-renowned architect and author Stamo Papadaki, and became part of the international art and architectural scene of the day, counting among their friends Le Corbusier, Fernand Leger, Jose Sert, Edgard Varese, Naum Gabo, James Sweeney, Alexander Calder, and Kurt Seligmann. Skaling and Papadaki settled in Connecticut – Audrey’s dealer during these years being Ruth White, in whose 57th Street gallery in New York City she had many exhibitions of paintings and sculptures. Her works are in museums and private collections in Athens, Rio de Janeiro, Geneva, and New York City. Many of Skaling’s works, exhibition announcements, press releases, magazine clippings can be viewed at the Smithsonian Institution website from the Ruth White Gallery records.

These whimsically concocted bird drawings were acquired directly from the Audrey Skaling Papadaki estate.