And Then There Was Light, Genesis 1:3
James Henry Daugherty (06/01/1889-1974) was born in Asheville, North Carolina. He moved to the Indiana-Ohio area with his family shortly after his birth, and later to Washington, D.C., where he studied at the Corcoran School of Art. He traveled through Europe from 1905 until 1907, studying in London under Frank Brangwyn. During the New York Armory Show in 1913, Daugherty was influenced by the wave of modernism that the show presented to American audiences. He worked for the next couple of years doing futuristic works for newspapers illustrations. In late 1915 he seemed to find a clear direction for his painting after meeting Arthur Frost, Jr., who had just returned from Paris (where Frost was exposed to the color abstraction movement). Daugherty worked on innovative abstract paintings for the next seven years. Beginning in 1920 on he worked on many different murals and wrote and illustrated children's books. During the 1930s, Daingerfield worked as a muralist for the Works Progress Administration/Federal Artist Project. In 1960, Daugherty returned to abstract paintings with a renewed interest.