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Painter, Sculptor, b. 1910 - d. 1965

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    • HENRY "MIKE" BANNARN (1910 - 1965) City Lights, NY.
      Oct. 19, 2023

      HENRY "MIKE" BANNARN (1910 - 1965) City Lights, NY.

      Est: $40,000 - $60,000

      HENRY "MIKE" BANNARN (1910 - 1965) City Lights, NY. Oil on linen canvas, circa 1957. 762x1218 mm; 30x48 inches. Signed in oil, lower left. Provenance: estate of the artist; private collection, New York (2017). This dynamic, mid-century painting is a very scarce example of abstraction by Henry Bannarn. Around 1949, after concluding his military service in South Carolina, Bannarn returned to New York. He began his shift from social realism to modernism in his practice soon after. Bannarn was close to Charles Alston and Norman Lewis in New York from their time together during the Harlem Renaissance and the 306 - a group of Harlem writers and artists who met in the studios of Bannarn and Alston founded in 1935. Bannarn appears particularly influenced by Norman Lewis's nocturnal painting of New York, including Lewis's City Night, 1949, collection of MoMA, New York. Bannarn's interest in abstraction is also seen in the painting Modernist Exhibition, 1957, private collection, which had been on view recently at the Birmingham Museum of Art - it depicts a black woman viewing a modernist art exhibit of abstract painting and sculpture in a gallery space. Sadly, in his midcareer period, Henry "Mike" Bannarn contracted cancer and passed away in his home in 1965.

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • Henry Wilmer Bannarn (1910 - 1965) American
      Jun. 13, 2023

      Henry Wilmer Bannarn (1910 - 1965) American

      Est: $6,500 - $9,500

      Henry Wilmer Bannarn (1910 - 1965) Oil on Canvas, Signed, Measures ( 22 x 24 inches ) w/frame ( 24 x 28 inches ) Henry W. Bannarn was born in Wetumpka, Hughes County, Oklahoma on July 17, 1910. When he was still a very young child, the family moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. He died on September 20, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York. His favorite subjects were related to the American negro and the struggle for equality and justice. Some of his subjects were Frederick Douglass, John Brown, Richard B. Harrison, Matthew Henson - heroes of his time and before. He also chose to sculpt lynch victims and midwives. His art was strongly rooted in his social conscience throughout his life. He was well known for his work with wood, stone, oil and water color. His watercolors were brilliant and powerful. Much of his work can be described as falling into the modern/abstract area.

      Cutler Bay Auctions
    • HENRY W. BANNARN (1910 - 1965) Sam's Luncheonette, Brooklyn, NY.
      Apr. 06, 2023

      HENRY W. BANNARN (1910 - 1965) Sam's Luncheonette, Brooklyn, NY.

      Est: $15,000 - $25,000

      HENRY W. BANNARN (1910 - 1965) Sam's Luncheonette, Brooklyn, NY. Oil on canvas, 1957. 609x762 mm; 24x30 inches. Provenance: estate of the artist; private collection, New York (2017). Around 1949, after concluding his military service in South Carolina, Henry Bannarn returned to New York. Bannarn first worked from his home studio in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, then, three years later, in a brownstone in Bedford Stuyvesant on the corner of Lafayette and Marcy Avenues. From his fourth floor studio, in Sam's Luncheonette, he recorded the demolition of a neighboring building that was located on the Northeast corner of the intersection. He also documented the change that was occurring in his neighborhood including the growth of public spaces and the public school system.

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    • Henry "Mike" Bannarn, 1910-1965, Colt
      Jun. 04, 2022

      Henry "Mike" Bannarn, 1910-1965, Colt

      Est: $20,000 - $40,000

      Henry "Mike" Bannarn 1910-1965 Colt c. 1940-50 carved stone 12-1/2 x 23 x 7 inches signed The title of this work is not confirmed, but a work listed as "Colt" in Afro-American Artists, A Bio-bibliographical Directory, Cederholm, is highly plausible. Provenance: the artist's daughter, Jean Merriman This is an extremely rare and important work by a Harlem Renaissance sculptor. Bannarn and Charles "Spinky" Alston formed the 306 Group in Harlem, where he mentored Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis, and others.

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    • HENRY W. BANNARN (1910 - 1965) Sam's Luncheonette, Brooklyn, NY.
      Mar. 31, 2022

      HENRY W. BANNARN (1910 - 1965) Sam's Luncheonette, Brooklyn, NY.

      Est: $20,000 - $30,000

      HENRY W. BANNARN (1910 - 1965) Sam's Luncheonette, Brooklyn, NY. Oil on canvas, 1957. 609x762 mm; 24x30 inches. Provenance: estate of the artist; private collection, New York (2017). Around 1949, after concluding his military service in South Carolina, Henry Bannarn returned to New York. Bannarn first worked from his home studio in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, then, three years later, in a brownstone in Bedford Stuyvesant on the corner of Lafayette and Marcy Avenues. From his fourth floor studio, in Sam's Luncheonette, he recorded the demolition of a neighboring building that was located on the Northeast corner of the intersection. He also documented the change that was occurring in his neighborhood including the growth of public spaces and the public school system.

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    • HENRY W. BANNARN (1910 - 1965) Rowhouses, Charleston, SC.
      Oct. 07, 2021

      HENRY W. BANNARN (1910 - 1965) Rowhouses, Charleston, SC.

      Est: $10,000 - $15,000

      HENRY W. BANNARN (1910 - 1965) Rowhouses, Charleston, SC. Oil on canvas board, 1943. 454x606 mm; 17 7/8x23 7/8 inches. Signed "P.F.C. H. Bannarn", inscribed "Charleston S.C." and dated "19[4]3" in oil, lower left recto. Signed and inscribed "This is the one that Mike gave [illeg.]" in pencil, verso. Provenance: the estate of the artist; private collection, New York (2017). Exhibited: Menconi+Schoelkopf, New York; Conner & Rosenkranz, New York, with the gallery labels on the verso. Born in Wetumpka, OK, Bannarn moved with his family to Minneapolis when he was a child. There Bannarn studied at the Minneapolis School of Art (now the Minneapolis College of Art and Design). He won two first place prizes in sculpture at the Minnesota State Art Fair and showed at the Harmon Foundation in New York in 1933. With a grant from the Minneapolis philanthropist James Ford Bell, Bannarn moved to New York in 1934. There Bannarn and Charles Alston rented the studio which became the Harlem Workshop or the "306", a creative center and meeting place for artists, musicians and poets. Bannard also taught at the Harlem Community Art Center, where he worked alongside Norman Lewis and Charles Alston, and mentored Jacob Lawrence. Rowhouses, Charleston, SC is a scarce example of Bannarn's modernist painting made during his wartime service in the US Army. Bannarn was inducted around 1940, and his painting skills were soon put to use in the Army's Special Services Division. In Camp Plauche, Harahan, Louisiana, he created a series of murals depicting soldiers on furlough in various theaters of operation. Later at the Charleston Port of Embarkation, South Carolina, he completed murals depicting American soldiers on leave around the world, and recruitment and war bond posters, painting some of the the first service and support images to depict African American soldiers as a fighting men. Bannarn continued to paint his own work at the time, and returned to his studio practice in New York in 1949.

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    • HENRY W. BANNARN (1910 - 1965) Sharecroppers.
      Oct. 08, 2019

      HENRY W. BANNARN (1910 - 1965) Sharecroppers.

      Est: $4,000 - $6,000

      HENRY W. BANNARN (1910 - 1965) Sharecroppers. Gouache on buff wove paper, 1944. 305x508 mm; 12x20 inches. Signed, titled "S.C." and dated in red gouache, lower left. Provenance: private collection, California. Henry W. Bannarn was born in Wetumpka, Oklahoma on July 17, 1910. At a young age, Bannarn's family moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he studied at the Minneapolis School of Art (now the Minneapolis College of Art and Design). He received a grant from the Minneapolis philanthropist James Ford Bell, giving him the opportunity to move to New York City and further his career. In their Harlem Sutdio, Bannarn and Charles Alston founded the Alston-Bannarn workshop at 306 West 141 Street. It became known as the "306" and was a creative center and meeting place for artstis, musicians and poets. Bannard became a teacher at the Harlem Community Art Center and was also part of the WPA Art Project. His work is mostly known for confronting issues among the African-American communities and the struggle for equality and justice. Bannarn exhibited at Clark Atlanta University, Howard University, the Schomburg Center of Research for Black Culture, Harmon Foundation, Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • Henry Bannarn (NY/OK, 1910-1965), Sledding
      Dec. 02, 2016

      Henry Bannarn (NY/OK, 1910-1965), Sledding

      Est: $2,000 - $4,000

      oil on canvas, signed and dated 1959, presented in a later frame. SS 23.25 x 29.25 in.; DOA 28.5 x 34.5 in.

      Leland Little Auctions
    • HENRY W. BANNARN (1910 - 1965) Approaching the Rocks.
      Oct. 09, 2014

      HENRY W. BANNARN (1910 - 1965) Approaching the Rocks.

      Est: $5,000 - $7,000

      HENRY W. BANNARN (1910 - 1965) Approaching the Rocks. Watercolor on wove paper, circa 1930s. 508x635 mm; 20x25 inches. Signed in watercolor, lower left. Provenance: private collection, North Carolina. In the beginning of 1934, Henry Bannarn along with friend and fellow artist, Charles Alston, founded the Alston-Bannarn Workshop in Harlem. The workshop, commonly refered to as the "306" because of its address at 306 W. 141st Street, would become one of the main workshops where young artists in Harlem could take classes and receive guidance, in addition to Augusta Savage's studios and the Harlem Art Workshop. Bannarn's pupils at the Alston-Bannarn workshop included Jacob Lawrence and Bob Blackburn.Hills 21.

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • Henry Wilmer Bannarn (1910-1965 New York, NY)
      Oct. 18, 2011

      Henry Wilmer Bannarn (1910-1965 New York, NY)

      Est: $2,500 - $3,500

      Shanty Town, signed, inscribed and dated lower right: Bannarn NY 1939 and dated again verso, oil on canvas, 26'' H x 34'' W, est:$2500/3500Exhibited: National Academy, New York, NY, n.d. (see partial exhibition label verso). Note: Bannarn was an important member of the Harlem Rennaissance whose contributions include sculpture and works in various painting mediums. In the 1930s he co-founded with friend and fellow artist Charles Alston the Alston-Bannarn Harlem Art Workshop, a central meeting place for aspiring writers, artists and intellectuals.

      John Moran Auctioneers
    • HENRY W. BANNARN (1910 - 1965) Cleota.
      Oct. 06, 2011

      HENRY W. BANNARN (1910 - 1965) Cleota.

      Est: $6,000 - $9,000

      HENRY W. BANNARN (1910 - 1965) Cleota. Painted plaster, 1932. 432x191x234 mm; 17x7 1/4x9 1/4 inches. Signed, dated "6/9/32" and inscribed "To Cleota" in the plaster, at the rear of the neck truncation. Titled in the plaster, at the front edge of the base. Provenance: private collection. This impressive portrait is the first known sculpture by this artist to come to auction, and is a very scarce, early example of his work before the WPA. Born in Wetumpka, OK on July 17, 1910, Bannarn moved with his family to Minneapolis when he was a child. This sculpture was made before Bannarn had won two first place prizes in sculpture at the Minnesota State Art Fair Art Galleries and showed at the Harmon Foundation in New York in 1933. He moved to New York in 1934 after leaving the Minneapolis School of Art. He and Charles Alston rented the studio that became the Harlem Workshop or the "306." Cleota Josephine Collins (1893 -1976) was a soprano singer from Ohio who enjoyed some acclaim during the Harlem Renaissance. She was a member of the Tuskegee Institute faculty at the time of this portrait. Powell/Reynolds pp. 173-174.

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    • HENRY WILMER BANNARN (American, 1910-1965) GULLS AND ROCKS.
      Aug. 25, 2010

      HENRY WILMER BANNARN (American, 1910-1965) GULLS AND ROCKS.

      Est: $4,000 - $6,000

      Large unframed oil on canvas mounted to masonite scene shows five white seagulls over a rock outcropping with water beyond. Signed lower right and dated "1956". Also known for his sculpture this Afro-American artist displays the angular feel of sculpture in this painting. SIZE: 35-3/4" x 51". CONDITION: Surface dirt with evidence of several tears, in need of restoration. 9-98514

      James D. Julia
    • HENRY WILLIAM BANNARN, American (1910-1965), Abstract, 1962, gouache, signed and dated lower right., 17 3/4 x 23 3/4
      Apr. 29, 2010

      HENRY WILLIAM BANNARN, American (1910-1965), Abstract, 1962, gouache, signed and dated lower right., 17 3/4 x 23 3/4

      Est: $4,000 - $6,000

      HENRY WILLIAM BANNARN American (1910-1965) Abstract, 1962 gouache, signed and dated lower right. 17 3/4 x 23 3/4 Provenance: Private collection, Florida.

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    • HENRY WILMER BANNARN (American, 1910-1965) GULLS AND ROCKS.
      Feb. 04, 2010

      HENRY WILMER BANNARN (American, 1910-1965) GULLS AND ROCKS.

      Est: $6,000 - $8,000

      Large unframed oil on canvas mounted to masonite scene shows five white seagulls over a rock outcropping with water beyond. Signed lower right and dated "1956". Also known for his sculpture this Afro-American artist displays the angular feel of sculpture in this painting. SIZE: 35-3/4" x 51". CONDITION: Surface dirt with evidence of several tears, in need of restoration. 9-98514

      James D. Julia
    • HENRY W. BANNARN American (1910-1965)
      Apr. 26, 2007

      HENRY W. BANNARN American (1910-1965)

      Est: $2,500 - $3,500

      HENRY W. BANNARN American (1910-1965) Modern Art Exhibition oil on canvas

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