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Jim Guest Abstract Portrait Mixed Media Drawing

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Dr. James Lee Guest, Jr. (American, 1931 -2017)
Untitled (portrait), circa 2000
Wash and pastel on paper
Signed to the lower left

Dr. James Lee Guest, Jr. was born into a military family in 1931. He spent his childhood moving across the United States including Cleveland, Brooklyn, and Hawaii, even living in the Philippines. Guest graduated from high school early, at the age of 15, and went on to study medicine, becoming a doctor at 23. He completed his residencies at Vanderbilt University and the Medical College of Georgia. After four years of teaching medicine, Dr. Guest settled in Alabama with his family and opened a private practice as a surgeon. Though he retired his private practice in 2000, he continued to perform surgeries at a Veteran Hospital and the Alabama prison system. It was not until his 70s, that Dr. Guest became an artist. Self-taught and working with acrylics, watercolors, and pastels, Dr. Guest uses art to continue healing- others and himself. He is heavily influenced by faith, travel and music, and uses his medical experience as well as Catholic pilgrimages to produce compositions ranging from abstract to figural.


- warping to paper; smudges; edgewear; velcro to the verso.


18.0" W x 24.0" H x 0.1" D

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