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Oils, Washed Oils and Acrylics

BOY IN FIESTA de FLORES PARADE

CHOIR BOYS

FRIENDS  "Tommy opening his eyes to the world around him"

BOY AND SEA SHELL

BOY IN THE RIGGING

PLAYING MARBLES

BOY WITH BALLOON

YOUNG BOY WITH FLOWERS

BOY AND SAILBOATS

CHILD WITH FLOWER BASKET

KING OF THE MOUNTAIN

THE LOOKOUT

BOY WITH HOOP

ICE SKATING

SNOWBALL

CHILDREN IN THE SNOW

BALL GAME

PORTRAIT OF RHNEA

DRUMMER BOY AND TWO GIRLS

PORTRAIT OF KELLY

THREE YOUNG GIRLS

GIRLS PLAYING

BEST FRIENDS

TWOSOME

NUN AND CHILDREN PLAYING

This black and white image  of the painting NUN AND CHILDREN  PLAYING was from an art gallery's Pamphlet  and to quote... 

"Bill McCauley was born in Oklahoma in 1931 and moved to Texas in 1936.  He received his Fine Arts degree from the University of North Texas.

He painted and exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico. He gained considerable critical recognition and was selected to represent Young American Painters which toured Europe and the United States.

His coming from the Southwest and having lived periodically in Mexico accounts for the pronounced Spanish influence in much of his work.  While sometimes painting landscapes and still life, his primary interest was the human figure which he often isolates or suspends on the canvas against a stark white background.  The strength and success of his work is in the fluid delicacy of his drawing and subtle range of color.

He also gained a high reputation for the experimental work he did painting in mixed media on plaster surfaces and for his lithographs. 

His later works in watercolor continued to exhibit his use of subtle colors and the delicacy of theme influenced by his study of the master impressionist painters."

GIRL PLAYING WITH BALL

CHILDREN WITH A NUN

PARTY GIRLS

THE ROSE

BIG SISTER - LITTLE BROTHER

PORTRAIT OF SCOTT

YOUNG GIRL WITH YELLOW BALL

SCHOOL GIRL

TWIN BROTHER AND SISTER

IDENTICAL TWINS

DRUMMER BOY

GIRL WITH RED FLOWERS

YOUNG WOMAN AND CHILD

GIRL WITH HAT

YOUNG MOTHER AND BABY

YOUNG GIRL WITH BIRD

BOY WITH BEADS

THE DANCER

BILL's SELF PORTRAIT 1960's

MOONLIGHT IMAGE

SPANISH NUN

BOY AND GOOSE

YOUNG GIRL WITH FLOWERS

THE NUN

THREE NUNS

WOMAN AND BOY IN BLUE

MADONNA AND CHILD

MOTHER AND CHILD  1962

COURT JESTER

THE NUNS

HARLEQUIN

MOTHER AND CHILD RIO

PIGGYBACK MEMORIES

PIGGYBACK

PORTRAIT OF JOHN

BOY IN FIESTA HAT 1960

PIGGYBACK 1960

THE NUN 1960

SPECIAL SHAWL WRAP

MOTHERS AND BABIES

FRIENDS WITH FAVORITE SLED

NUN WATCHING CHILDREN

NUN WITH BOYS PLAYING WITH RED BALL

UNCLE MARTIN

CIRCUS PERFORMER

THE RED BALLOON

BOY WITH SAILBOAT TOY

YOUNG MOTHER AND SON

SLEEPING CHILD

BALLERINAS

SPECIAL RIBBONS MOTHER AND DAUGHTER

BOY AND FLOWERS

Bill predominantly worked in oils starting in his college years through the 1960's.  One done while he was in college, the Harlequin, shows Bill's early talents with this unique painting done as a class assignment.  In these early years, Bill salvaged materials from construction sites to paint on.  The Choir Boys is painted on wall board and the Boy in the Fiesta de Flores Parade was painted on antique gold fiber board.  Bill had seen this young boy while in Mexico.  The boy had made his costume by attaching flowers to a tennis racket and his hat.  The Three Nuns were painted on brown paper with thinned oil paint using toothpicks.  Bill was inspired by the hats of this order of Nuns in Mexico.  The Portrait of John was painted on the back of a 'Keep off the Grass' sign and Bill's Self Portrait 1960's was painted on a piece of card board.  Another painting, Boy and Goose, was done on a burlap sack stretched on wooden frame.

The
Mother and Child 1962 is also a very unique painting.  Bill painted on a very large (approximately 3' X 4') concrete paving stone then set fire to it to obtain a blistering texture effect of the paint, then sealed it to preserve the unique finish and colors.  Another unusual finish Bill obtained in 1955 on the painting Madonna and Child, was by using crushed eggshells added to the paint to give an aged cracked appearance to the finished work as it dried.

The
Mother and Child RIO is an oil wash and also reflects the influence of Mexico.  Bill did several oil wash paintings to be hung in each room of the Rio motel in Oklahoma City.  His sister Theta recalls "It was good to watch him as he painted these.  He could do one in less than an hour".  He also did a large wall mural of the Garden of Eden in the Bar of this motel.   Bill did another large wall mural of women with yokes on their shoulders carrying buckets of water for the Rio motel in Ardmore Oklahoma.

 

For the French restaurant, The Chateau, he did some very large paintings copying the style of Toulouse Lautrec.  The oil painting Piggyback preceded his lithograph works of the same subject.

Over time, Bill became allergic to the oil paints and in the 1970's he began to work with acrylics such as the Boy and Flowers, which is also an example of him working from photographs taken in Central Park by a friend.

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