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Howard Schafer (American, 1938–2004)

Howard Schafer was a 20th century landscape artist and illustrator who painted a wide range of landscape subjects including some western scenes. He signed paintings simply "Schafer" in upper-case printed letters of alternating heights, in a style that is in some ways similar to but not quite the same as that of Frederick F. Schafer. Howard Schafer's paintings have a uniform level of detail and finish throughout, and exhibit a high standard of draftmanship in figures and structures. They also use a wide-ranging palette that includes both saturated colors and pastels. Considered in combination, the appearance of these paintings is quite different from those of Frederick Ferdinand Schafer.

Howard Schafer attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, graduating in 1959. During the sixties he was a concept artist for Martin Marietta Corporation in Orlando, Florida, where he depicted the early stages of the U.S. Space Program. Moving to New York City as a free-lance illustrator his clients included Popular Mechanics, Motor Boating and Sailing and American Aviation Magazines. During the summers he opened his own studio/gallery at Barnegat Light, New Jersey. Most recently painting full time in Stuart, Florida, his subjects were the small sail and power fishing craft of the east coast, from the Chesapeake to Florida and the Bahamas. Mr. Schafer passed away on 7 April 2004.

For reference, at the right are images of two paintings by Howard Schafer along with their signature inscriptions, which are typical.

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Untitled western scene by Howard Schafer
Oil on canvas, size not reported
private collection, Illinois
Photographs courtesy of the owner
Reproduced with the permission of the artist

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Detail of signature, l/r.

An Abandoned Boat at Lighthouse Point by Howard Schafer
Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches
private collection, southern California
Photographs courtesy of the owner
Reproduced with the permission of the artist

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Detail of signature, l/r.

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