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Achi Sullo Foliate Abstract Oil Painting, Mid to Late 20th Century

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Achillo “Achi” Sullo (Massachusetts, 1922 – 2013)
Untitled (foliate abstract), mid to late 20th century
Oil painting on board
Unsigned
Artist’s estate stamp to the verso

Provenance
From the artist’s estate.

Achillo ‘Achi’ Sullo was a first-generation Italian-American artist, born and raised in Medford, Massachusetts. A veteran of World War II and a D-day survivor, he served in the Engineering Corps painting camouflage onto military vehicles. Sullo went on to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on the GI Bill, during which time he spent a year studying abroad in Italy in France. His work evolved throughout his artistic career, with earlier pieces heavily influenced by post-impressionism and expressionism, and a later marked by a shift into abstract expressionism and hard-edged abstraction with a concentration on organic forms.

Sullo’s work was shown in two early solo exhibitions in 1958 at the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and in 1961 at Dunbarton Galleries in Boston, after which he decided to make his living as a manager at Gilbert & Davis Catering in Roxbury, Massachusetts and to keep the majority of his artistic practice out of the public eye and simply for personal enjoyment. The few works he chose to exhibit after this were shown in group exhibitions up through the 1970s, including a 1974 exhibition titled Quadriga at the Boston City Hall. He continued to be prolific in his creation of paintings, drawings, and sculptural forms and lived in Massachusetts until his death at the age of 91 in 2013.

Condition

- minor chips to the upper right corner of the board; minor debris and stray paint marks to the surface of the painting; lines of faint staining along all edges of the painting; minor nicks and abrasions to the frame.

Dimensions

21.0" W x 24.75" H x 2.0" D

- measures frame; board measures 19.5" W x 23.5" H.

Item #

ITMG838482

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