- Oil on canvas
- Canvas: 18“ high x 24” wide
- Frame: 23.5” high x 29.5” wide
- Signed lower left
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About the work
Oatman, Arizona, is located a short distance across the Colorado River from Laughlin, Nevada. The town was established in the Black Mountains of Mohave County when two prospectors made a multi-million dollar gold discovery in the early 1900s.
A typed inscription on reverse reads:
“Oatman, Arizona, late 1880’s to 1940. Oatman is located in the Mojave County, surrounded by various other mining towns, all ghost towns today. In its glory days, it boasted 7 hotels, 20 saloons and a stock exchange to boot. The whole town was undermined with mining shafts so that the population could often not sleep with the dynamiting going on down below!”
About the artist…
Al Gmuer is an icon of the American animation industry, having served in prominent roles with Hanna-Barbera and Steve Krantz Productions for more than 30 years. His remarkable career accomplishments included stints in art direction, production design, background art, background styling, and background and layout supervision.
Gmuer is particularly well known for designing the exterior of the Justice League of America's “Hall of Justice.” The producers wanted a grand headquarters for their heroes and the job fell to Gmuer. Using his knowledge of architecture, he sketched out a building design that became a look-a-like for Union Terminal, a spectacular 1933 Art Deco railroad station in Cincinnati. Gmuer later commented about his ordeal working up the concept art for the building: "The way it's designed, it was not easy to draw. I had nightmares about that damn building.”
In additional to work in the animation field, Gmuer has long enjoyed painting for pleasure, with memberships in the California Art Club and Verdugo Hills Art Association. His works have been exhibited in numerous juried exhibitions, including the pivotal 90th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition at the Pasadena Historical Museum and the annual Verdugo Hills Art Group Show. He is listed on the roles of the American Society of Portrait Artists (ASOPA).
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