Saturday, August 13, 2022

02 Orientalist Paintings, Hugh Joseph Ward's Desert Madness, with footnotes, #99

Hugh Joseph Ward (American, 1909-1945)
Desert Madness
Oil on canvas
20 x 14 inches (50.8 x 35.6 cm)
Private collection

Hugh Joseph Ward (American, 1909-1945)
The Price
Oil on canvas
35 x 23 in.
Private collection

Hugh Joseph Ward (March 8, 1909 – February 7, 1945), is primarily known for the "Spicy" cover art he did for pulp magazines. His paintings for these covers almost always portrayed a beautiful woman (often modeled by his lovely wife Viola) fleeing for her life from a thug or some fiendish monster or another, sometimes in little more than her under garments!

Ward was born Hugh Joseph Ward (commonly referred to as H. J. Ward) on March 8, 1909 in South Philadelphia, the youngest of eight children. He attended the Philadelphia College of Art. In the early 1930s he started a career doing cover art for pulp magazines most notably "the Spicy Pulps." These magazines covers depicted the usual genres of Detective, Horror, Mystery, Science-Fiction, Western, etc.

The original paintings that were done for these covers are primarily in oil on stretched canvas usually 24" x 30." Ward's prolific life was cut short, on February 7,1945 he was to pass away at the young age of thirty-six leaving behind a young family to bare the loss. More on Hugh Joseph Ward 

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