Artful collection of Alfred L. Bright headlines Gray’s June 30 auction

Al Bright, ‘Room Installation #1,’ estimated at $300-$500

Al Bright, ‘Room Installation #1,’ estimated at $300-$500

CLEVELAND – The Fine Art, Furniture, and Decorative Art sale scheduled for Gray’s Auctioneers on June 30 at 10 am Eastern time features superlative lots drawn from estates across Northeast Ohio. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

It will include paintings by Jean Charlot, Nevada Wilson, Al Bright, and Harry Aiken Vincent; a strong collection of Charles Harper seriographs; two collections of African art and artifacts; elegant pieces of jewelry; a striking mid-century modern Brutalist dining suite; and a delightful 19th century Italian bronze table fountain modeled after Giacomo della Porta’s Fontana della Tartarughe in Rome’s Piazza Mattei. These are just a few of the highlights from Gray’s engagingly varied early summer auction, which features more than 300 lots in all.

Charles Harper, ‘Yellow Bellied Sapsucker,’ estimated at $200-$400

Charles Harper, ‘Yellow Bellied Sapsucker,’ estimated at $200-$400

Alfred L.  Bright, (American, 1940 – 2019), also known as Al Bright, was a well known Mahoning Valley artist, advocate and educator. He was the first African American full service faculty member at Youngstown State University (YSU), where he had earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education in 1963. He received his Master’s Degree in Painting from Kent State University, and in 1970, he founded the YSU Black Studies Program, now known as Africana Studies. He was the Professor Emeritus, Department of Art, YSU and was a three-time recipient of YSU’s Distinguished Professorship Award. His artwork is featured in local private and public collections throughout the country.

African Bwoom Royal Mask, Kuba Democratic Republic of Congo, estimated at $200-$400

African Bwoom Royal Mask, Kuba Democratic Republic of Congo, estimated at $200-$400

The 62 lots from Al’s collection featured in this auction are a selection of his paintings, works by other artists, and also a range of African artifacts.

 

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