Rolph Scarlett (Canada, 1889 - 1984) gouache on paper signed "Scarlett" to lower left corner and framed under glass in gold frame with framed height of 16-3/8" and width of 19" and sight image of 10-3/4" and width of 13-7/8". All measurements are approximate.
Rolph Scarlett was born 1889 in Guelph, Ontario. His long life as an artist began in his teens as a jewelry designer and fabricator. At the age of fourteen he began to design jewelry professionally, a craft which he continued off and on for the rest of his life. His desire to learn more about art took him to New York in 1908, Currently there are over 800 of his designs at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Design Collection. In 1928 he moved to Hollywood, California where he became a very successful stage and set designer. In the mid-1930s he met the director of the Museum of Non-objective Art in New York (Hilla Rebay). He was Chief lecturer at the museum (1939 -1946) teaching the new modernism and abstraction to the new generation of artists in the New York art community. He participated in many of the museum exhibitions and galleries and was regularly exhibiting his work in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Art Museum, the Art Institute in Chicago, the Modern Age Gallery in N.Y., the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. He studied for a time at the Art Student League with William Merrit Chase, John Sloan and Georges Luks. In the early 1960s Scarlett moved to Woodstock, New York, where he would remain until the end of his life. By this time he had returned to geometric abstraction and concentrating on the creation of jewelry. Rolph Scarlett’s artistic career embraced over 75 years. His greatest works were the sculptured jewelry, his Lyrical Figurative Abstractions and Geometric paintings. Also notable are the modernist industrial designs and the stage designs of the 1920’s.