Lot Details & Additional Photographs
1970s, oil on canvas and signed "Neiser" on stretcher, completed in the same blue palette as the Night Bird
painting; depicting a stretched owl, perhaps in anamorphic perspective, clutching a human skull bathed in the light of the full moon. Faint areas of crescent shaped moons can also be seen on the surface.
DOA 46 1/2 x 34 1/2 in.By Descent of the Family
Don Neiser was a prolific and talented illustrator, working in New York from the 1940s to the 1970s. After high school, he was awarded a full scholarship to a Tennessee art school and then entered the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York. Neiser's work at Pratt caught the eye of Norman Rockwell, who asked Neiser to "teach me how to paint beautiful women."
Neiser provided illustrations for stories or covers of Good Housekeeping, Sports Illustrated, McCall's, Playboy and others. He illustrated advertising campaigns for Smirnoff, Revlon, and Avon. And Neiser provided cover illustrations for paperback books published by Bantam and Signet.
After moving to Florida in the mid-1970s, Neiser moved to Greensboro, North Carolina to be closer to family. But he never stopped painting.
Some stretcher marks are visible on the image from the canvas resting on stretcher frame.