biography of George Copeland AULT (1891-1948)

Birth place: Cleveland, OH

Death place: Woodstock, NY

Addresses: Woodstock, NY (1937-on)

Profession: Painter

Studied: St. John's Wood School Art under Orchardson and Clausen; Slade School Art, London with Henry Tonks and Wilson Steer

Exhibited: Soc. Independent Artists, 1920; Salons of America, 1921-34; Bourgeois Gallery, 1923 (solo); J.B. Neumann's New Art Circle, 1927; Downtown Gallery, 1927, 1928; Grand Central Art Gallery, 1930; Montclair Art Mus., 1931, 1933; PAFA, 1931, 1934, 1944, 1946; WMAA, 1932, 1934; BM, 1935; CI, 1941, 1943, 1946; Albany Inst. History & Art, 1941-43; AIC, 1943; NAD, 1945; VMFA, 1946; CPLH, 1946.

Member: Soc. Independent Artists; Woodstock Artists Assoc.

Work: MMA; MoMA; WMAA; Brooklyn Mus.; Addison Gal. Am. Art; WPA Project, 1934; Treasury Relief Art Project, FAP, 1937, 1939; Woodstock Artists Assoc.; Newark Mus.; New Jersey Hist. Soc.; Albany Inst. History & Art; Dartmouth; AGAA; CPLH; LACMA; PAFA; Field Fnd.

Comments: A Precisionist painter best known for his architectonic urban scenes of the 1920s-30s, by the 1940s he was turning toward Surrealism รณ but he died in a flood in Woodstock, NY! Ault"s father owned a printing ink company (he introduced American printing ink to Europe) and in 1899 moved his family to London. After studying art in London, Ault went to NYC in 1911. He painted in Provincetown, MA, 1922-27; and in Bermuda, in 1922. In 1937 he and his wife permanently moved to Woodstock, NY.

Sources: WW47; Woodstock Art Heritage, 50-51; P&H Samuels, 14; Wechsler, 35; Provincetown Painters, 165; add'l. info. courtesy Woodstock Artists Assoc.