Mid-Century Americana Oil on Board Winter Sporting Action Scene of a Down Hill Skier by Ray Maurin
One-of-a-kind Americana oil on board winter sporting action scene of a down hill skier, racing perhaps. This wonderful work of art was painted not by a well known listed artist, but rather a pillar of his community and a true American veteran hero. Painting was one of his hobbies/talents and skiing was his passion, thus this stunning quintessential mid-century oil painting with a very Nordic pallet and feel. Our deduction from the torn partial label is that this piece was donated to a charity or fundraising event: Donate $1 for a chance to "Win an original... by Ray Maurin". Every picture tells a story.
About Ray Maurin (Excerpts from Meaningfulfunerals.net)
Raymond T. "Ray" Maurin of Ironwood Michigan (Upper Peninsula). An American playwright, director. Grantee Michigan Council for Arts, 1989. Curator Ironwood Area History Museum, 1970-1990; member Ironwood Recreation and Quality of Life Committee, 1988-1990. With United States Navy, 1943-1946, PTO.
Ray was a prize winning state and national playwright and wrote and directed three of his local historical plays at the historic Ironwood Theatre. He also directed over 30 other plays locally at Theatre North, The Chequamegon Theatre Association in Ashland, Wis., and for the Luther L. Wright High School, and graduated from Northland College in Ashland in 1973.
Ray was a free-lance photographer/writer for the Ironwood Daily Globe, the former U.P. Sunday Times and the Iron County Miner. He wrote several unproduced screenplays and co-wrote the historic documentary videos, Murder on Silver Street and The Last Stagecoach Robber. He played a part in the horror film, "Children of the Night", and appeared in a cable CMTV (Country Music TV) production promoting the Hiawatha Statue in Ironwood. He also was the author of the book, U.P. Tragedy.
Ray was chosen "1988 Citizen of the Year" by the Ironwood area Chamber of Commerce. In 1993 he was awarded the Charles Follo Award for Michigan and U.P. Historical Research. He never married, and enjoyed downhill skiing and golf.
He was a lifetime member of Northland Chapter, Disabled American Veterans No. 66, a member of the Gogebic County Council of Veterans Affairs, and was chapter president of the Lake Superior Tri-County AARP No. 566. He was also a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood.
Artist: Ray Maurin
Color/Pattern: Red, White, Blue
Styles: Mid-Century Modern, Americana
Place of Origin: United States
Materials: Oil Paint, Board, Wood
Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition, Original Unaltered
Damage or Points of Notice: Painted board was nailed into the frame and the nail heads are visible (please see photos). Nails could be painted over or covered with new framing.
Overall Size: 48.5"W x 2"D x 36.5"H
Image size: 48"W x 36"H
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