Hal Frater
(b. 1909 - 2008)

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Hal Frater

Hal Frater

Hal Frater
Entertainers
Oil on Linen
36" x 46"
Exhibition: 1977 National Academy of Design
Very Good Condition

Hal Frater
Figure With Hand Raised
December 1959
Oil on board
27" x 15"
Very Good Condition

Hal Frater passed away on February 3, 2008, just a month from celebrating his 99th birthday.

Hal Frater had a long and prolific career. He became a sought after commercial artist for over fifty years and was an early member of the well-know Society of Illustrators in New York City. All the while he would return to his studio and paint for himself rather than his clients. Yet he always retained his illustration roots in wanting to tell a story on canvas with his keen eye of observation on the human condition.

Often he would join fellow artists in informal sessions and paint from a model - no formal art school training but a mutually beneficial learning experience. His contemporaries that influenced him were Jack Levine, Raphael Soyer, John Sloan, Thomas Hart Benton, Reginald Marsh and Phillip Reisman.

courtesy of Nancy di Benedetto, Art Historian and Critic

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