Join us for a celebration of the art of Cal Massey, moderated by Philadelphia-based artist Richard J. Watson.
Born on February 10, 1926 in the Philadelphia area, Cal Massey started drawing at the age of four by tracing newspaper cartoons. Upon graduating from high school, he served in the military as a mechanic. After his tour of duty, he studied life drawing and illustration at the Hussian School in Philadelphia, where he later joined the faculty.
Massey began his art career by working in the comic book industry, illustrating science fiction and war stories. In the 1970s, he worked for the Franklin Mint, producing the first commemorative medal—a Douglas MacArthur memorial medal—as well as over 200 other medallic designs. More recently, he designed a commemorative medal for the Atlanta Olympic Games. Using watercolors and acrylics, many of Massey’s best known works are his paintings of statuesque Africans in native costume.
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