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Artist Oliver Balf

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The late Oliver Balf lived and worked as an artist in Rockport, Massachusetts for more than 60 years.  He was a teacher, a father, a husband and a painter. He created an eclectic mix of work in his lifetime with much of his art inspired by the landscape of Cape Ann. The following slide show is a collection of photographs taken at the family home and studio by photographer Jared Charney in 2013, personal family photographs as well as some of Oliver Balf’s original paintings.

To see more of artist Oliver Balf’s work, please visit his Web site: oliverbalf.com

A collection of the artist's sketchbooks taken in 2013 at his studio.

A collection of the artist's sketchbooks taken in 2013 at his studio.

Photo/art by Jared Charney

Self Portrait, circa 1970, hangs on the wall at the family home in Rockport.

Self Portrait, circa 1970, hangs on the wall at the family home in Rockport.

Photo/art by Jared Charney

Oliver Balf playing the coronet, a frequent subject in many of his jazz inspired paintings. Chicago, 1988.

Oliver Balf playing the coronet, a frequent subject in many of his jazz inspired paintings. Chicago, 1988.

Photo/art by courtesy of The Balf Family

Star Island, 1966.

Star Island, 1966.

Photo/art by courtesy of The Balf Family

Sketchbook and Montserrat College of Art faculty photo. Balf Studio, 2013.

Sketchbook and Montserrat College of Art faculty photo. Balf Studio, 2013.

Photo/art by Jared Charney

Artist's work in storage studio, Rockport, 2013.

Artist's work in storage studio, Rockport, 2013.

Photo/art by Jared Charney

Coronet Montage, 1992.

Coronet Montage, 1992.

Photo/art by courtesy of The Balf Family

Artist's Daffodils in Vase hanging in the family home in Rockport.

Artist's Daffodils in Vase hanging in the family home in Rockport.

Photo/art by Jared Charney

Oliver Balf teaching students in the classroom at Montserrat College of Art, circa 1976.

Oliver Balf teaching students in the classroom at Montserrat College of Art, circa 1976.

Photo/art by courtesy of The Balf Family

Montserrat College of Art founding faculty (Balf, back row, middle), taken at the school's temporary quarters at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, 1970.

Montserrat College of Art founding faculty (Balf, back row, middle), taken at the school's temporary quarters at the Crane Estate in Ipswich, 1970.

Photo/art by courtesy of The Balf Family

Quarries, 1960.

Quarries, 1960.

Photo/art by courtesy of The Balf Family

A collection of mixed media hangs on the walls of Oliver Balf's Studio in 2013.

A collection of mixed media hangs on the walls of Oliver Balf's Studio in 2013.

Photo/art by Jared Charney

Nancy and Oliver Balf with son Todd at Cove Hill Lane in 1966.

Nancy and Oliver Balf with son Todd at Cove Hill Lane in 1966.

Photo/art by courtesy of The Balf Family

Oliver Balf relaxes in his backyard at Cove Hill Lane in Rockport, circa 1965.

Oliver Balf relaxes in his backyard at Cove Hill Lane in Rockport, circa 1965.

Photo/art by courtesy of The Balf Family

Oliver Balf sketching by the water in Pigeon Cove, circa 1950.

Oliver Balf sketching by the water in Pigeon Cove, circa 1950.

Photo/art by courtesy of The Balf Family

Still life of paints and brushes at Oliver Balf's studio taken in 2013.

Still life of paints and brushes at Oliver Balf's studio taken in 2013.

Photo/art by Jared Charney

Fruit with Pitcher, 1998.

Fruit with Pitcher, 1998.

Photo/art by courtesy of The Balf Family

Program featuring the artist's signature from an art show early in his career.

Program featuring the artist's signature from an art show early in his career.

Photo/art by courtesy of The Balf Family

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