Ted DeGrazia was known for painting on just about anything. Here is a painting he created using wood pieces and ceiling planks from his art gallery, Gallery in the Sun in Arizona.
Wood: 5.5″ x 5.5″
Decorative Wood Frame: 10″ x 10″
Signed by the artist on back and front
Writing on back: “To Bill. This piece of wood is from the ceiling of the Gallery in the Sun.”
View our gallery for other works of art by Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia.
Two original paintings from The Gallery in the Sun by Ettore Ted DeGrazia are available while supplies last. You will receive one with this listing.
Ettore (Ted) DeGrazia (American 1909-1982) Born in the mining town of Morenci, Arizona, Ted DeGrazia became one of Arizona's most prominent painters, illustrators, and graphic artists, resulting in his studio gallery being listed on the National Register of Historic Places. He lived most of his life near Tucson, and worked in his studio, open to the public, that he called "The Gallery of the Sun." His signature work is paintings and illustrations of 'angel-like' Southwest children, many of them Indian and Hispanic. He was the son of an immigrant father who was a copper miner for Phelps Dodge Company, but Ted, at age eleven, returned to Italy with his family for the next five years. When he returned to Morenci, he had forgotten most of his English and entered first grade at age 16. One of his teachers decided to Anglicize his name from Ettore to "Ted" because it was easier to spell. He did not graduate from high school until age 23. During this time, the Depression, he had developed interest and skill as a musician and earned money playing trumpet in local bands at houses of "ill repute." He attended the University of Arizona to learn to paint,[...]