In Search of Mary Hill. 1999 by Stephen B Whatley

One of a series of 3 tribute paintings of 1999, by expressionist artist Stephen B Whatley, of 1950s Hollywood film actress, Paula Hill (USA 1926-2000).

The B-movie actress was credited in 3 of her films as Mary Hill; most notably as the leading lady of the surreal 1952 science fiction movie, Mesa of Lost Women; which has acquired something of a cult status since the early 1980s. She also appeared, as Mary Hill, in the celebrated classic, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953).

The painting was inspired by a photograph the artist took from television, of the actress in a scene from the black & white film, which also featured Jackie Coogan, Robert Knapp, Allan Nixon, Tandra Quinn, Dolores Fuller, Mona McKinnon, Richard Travis, Angelo Rossito & Katherine Victor.

Oil on canvas
12 x 16in/30.5 x 40.6cm
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Posted by Stephen B. Whatley on 2015-01-20 15:38:24

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